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LARRY SPARKS 'Lonesome and Blue' REB-7536-CD

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It is simply overwhelming to look back over the dozens of songs that this elder statesman of traditional Bluegrass has recorded over the years --they bespeak an amazing repertoire in which everything is of a very high quality. With that in mind, the Rebel label has pulled a wonderful array of songs that were hand picked from various older records going all the way back to the LPs that were inherited from the old King Bluegrass label. Every one of the 14 tracks here demonstrates the taste and skill level that Sparks has maintained right from his earliest recorded work. The music speaks for itself, but just look at the roster of other musicians who accompanied Sparks on many of these early cuts: Dave Evans, Art Stamper, Mike Lilly, Wendy Miller, Ralph "Joe" Meadows, Tommy Boyd, Stuart Duncan, Scott Napier, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Heffernan, Chubby Wise, Gene Elders and Barry Crabtree among others. Songs include LIFE OF SORROW, ROCK HEARTS, PRETTY LITTLE MISS, BROWN EYED DARLING, WALTZ OF THE WIND, THE OLD SPINNING WHEEL CANNONBALL BLUES, TIMBERLINE and HEART TROUBLE This is a superb collection of old favorites at a bargain price!