FAIRBORN — Larry Sparks is among the most widely-known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today, and he is performing in Fairborn tonight. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Fairborn Eagles, 509 Sports St. Tickets are $20.
Sparks began his career in the mid-1960s as guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. He went on to form his own band in 1969, the Lonesome Ramblers.
He has recorded and toured with his band for over four decades, releasing over 60 albums and releasing such hits as “John Deere Tractor”, “A Face in the Crowd”, “Tennessee 1949”, “Blue Virginia Blues”, “I Just Want to Thank You Lord”, “Love of the Mountains”, “Goodbye Little Darlin”, “You Could Have Called”, “Tribute to Hank Williams” and “Green Pastures in the Sky.”
Sparks has also performed on such world famous venues as the “Grand Ole Opry Austin City Limits” television show on PBS and “Song of the Mountains” on PBS.
He has been recognized as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year. He also was awarded Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year with his album Larry Sparks 40 featuring several artists such as Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and many more.
Sparks received the honor of being inducted into the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into The George D. Hays Hall of fame. Larry has also been nominated for a Grammy Dove award for his Gospel album New Highway.
His 50th Celebration CD will be due out in the spring of 2014, featuring Bluegrass legends Ralph Stanley,Curly Seckler, Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Alison Krauss and Judy Marshall.