Larry Sparks, Dave Evans get deep vault treatement from Rebel Records
Thursday, February 14, 2008
– Larry Sparks and Dave Evans will get Master Vault Series treatment from Rebel Records with compilation discs coming out May 6.
Sparks' "Bound to Ride" will feature "a lot of his well-known tracks over his Rebel career," said Mark Freeman of Rebel Records.
Sparks' first disc for Rebel was "John Deere Tractor" in 1980. The new CD will have 14 songs. Three of the songs have been unavailable on CD.
Evans' disc will be "Best of the Vetco Years." Evans did 2 albums for the small regional label Vetco in Cincinnati around 1980, one self-titled and "Call Me Long Gone." "The first album became kind of an underground classic," said Freeman. "That was Dave's first proper album."
"We've taken every song that was on that first album, which was 11 tracks. We pulled four songs form the 'Call Me Long Gone ' album. It's a total of 15 tracks. We've remastered it, and we're going to have photos and notes."
The two releases came out about five years ago on Crosscut Records. Rebel bought the rights albums last year at about the time Rebel was working on another collection of Evans' Rebel material. He recorded five discs for Rebel. Freeman said the Rebel compilation will eventually see the light of day.
Larry Sparks was still a teenager when Ralph Stanley chose him to replace his brother Carter Stanley as guitarist and lead singer in the Clinch Mountain Boys in the wake of Carter's passing in December 1966. As the ensuing decades would amply demonstrate, Sparks was to become much more than the answer to a bluegrass trivia question. His bluesy vocals and guitar work gained him a lot of fans. After a couple of years, he left to form his own band, and this new release - his first of new music ...
Through 50 years, Larry Sparks has honed a full-bodied, soulful approach to singing bluegrass. He has a wonderful right hand, maintaining unbreakable rhythm while contributing leads that lend a bluesy country resonance to his songs.
Sparks and his band form the consistent instrumental core with The Lonesome Ramblers appearing throughout. Tyler Mullins handles the banjo duties and Larry D. Sparks takes care of bass. Jackie Kincaid's tenor is recognizable on most songs. ...
Following the death of his brother Carter in 1966, the first lead singer Ralph Stanley hired as a replacement was an Ohio-born teenager named Larry Sparks. Several years later, Sparks formed his own band, the Lonesome Ramblers, and set out on a solo career that continues in full force today more than 40 years later. While known for a voice that highlights the "blue" in bluegrass - the songs of love lost, love never found and hard times that never seem to end - Sparks also recorded a ...