"The elder statesman of bluegrass."
2x IBMA MALE VOCALIST OF YEAR
IBMA ALBUM & RECORDED EVENT
IBMA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
BILL MONROE HALL OF FAME
"Sparks is deep and timeless,
the king of bluegrass soul."
"An absolute original!"
- Alison Krauss
Larry Sparks is amoung the most widely-know and repected touring musicians in bluegrass and gosel music today. Larry begin his career in the mid-1960's as guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead and vocalist for the Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry went on to form his own band in 1969 (the lonesome ramblers) He has recorded and toured as a solo artist for over four decades, releasing over 50 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.
Larry Sparks is a dedicated leader for bluegrass music. Larry is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today. Larry began his career in the mid-1960s as a guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry went on to form his own band in 1969. (The Lonesome Ramblers) He has recorded and toured with his band for nearly 50 years, releasing over 60 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.
RELEASED HITS: "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", "Tribute to Hank Williams", "Green Pastures in the Sky"
PERFORMANCES INCLUDE: Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits , Song of the Mountains on PBS, Daily & Vincent Show.
AWARDS: International Bluegrass Music Associations Male Vocalist of the Year (2 times) / IBMA Album of the Year Award & Recorded Event of the Year / International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Inductee 2015 / George D. Hays Hall of Fame, Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
RECORDINGS & PERFORMANCES WITH: Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall & more.
Larry was inducted into The International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Oct 1st 2015. Larry received the honor of being
Larrys 50th Celebration CD came was released in the spring of 2014 with legends Ralph Stanley, Curly Seckler, Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Alison Krauss and Judy Marshall.
"Keeping the music real."