• Larry Sparks and his Lonesome Ramblers

    Larry Sparks just sent along a photo of his latest edition of The Lonesome Ramblers, taken this past weekend at the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC. Larry is taking a larger group out this summer, including a couple

  • Indian Ranch, circa 1972

    We've been in touch recently with Fred Robbins, a photographer and bluegrass enthusiast who has posted a brilliant set of photos from the 1972 Country Gentlemen Festival at Indian Ranch online. This was the first such festival hosted by the

  • Dove Awards nominations announced

    The Gospel Music Association on Friday (2/20) announced the nominations for their forthcoming awards show. Among the finalists for the 40th Annual Dove Awards are the following nominees in the two bluegrass categories. Bluegrass Recorded Song (song; album; artist; writer; label) Help

  • Larry Sparks signature guitar

    Blueridge Guitars is set to introduce a limited edition, signature model guitar for Larry Sparks, honoring a true trend-setter among bluegrass flatpickers. It will be designated as the Blueridge BR-3060, and styled after Larry's legendary early 1950's D-28, including the distinctive

  • Larry Sparks guitar strings

    Larry Sparks has announced that he will be introducing his own signature set of guitar strings. Most bluegrass fans know Larry primarily as among the most soulful and expressive singers in bluegrass music, but guitar players and pickers in general recognize

  • Larry Sparks wins award

    The Richmond Indiana-based Palladium-Item reported on Sunday that bluegrass veteran Larry Sparks is to receive the Legacy Continues Award from the Starr-Gennett Foundation. Sparks who has enjoyed over 40 years as a professional bluegrass musician, beginning when he started high school

  • Bluegrass on Mountain Stage

    Yesterday (Friday 6/13) I received a note from John Lilly, the editor of Goldenseal (the magazine of West Virginia traditional life) and multi-talented acoustic music performer, telling me about what's on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage show this coming

  • Two reissue sets due from Rebel

    Rebel Records has announced the release in early May of two new collections of music from their archives. The first of these is The Best Of The Vetco Years from Dave Evans & River Bend (REB-7519) drawn from the LP's-worth of

  • Fall 07 Bluegrass Music Profiles

    Larry Sparks is on the cover of the September/October '07 issue of Bluegrass Music Profiles. The cover feature finds Larry discussing his new CD, The Last Suit You Wear, plus his road band, his personal guitar, his sister's songwriting and