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Larry Sparks

Albums by Larry Sparks

Larry Sparks 40
Larry Sparks Almost Home
Larry Sparks Blue Mountain Memories
Larry Sparks Blue Sparks
Larry Sparks Classic Bluegrass
Larry Sparks I Just Want To Thank You Lord
Larry Sparks John Deere Tractor
Larry Sparks Larry Sparks Sings Hank Williams
Larry Sparks Let Him Lead You
Larry Sparks Silver Reflections
Larry Sparks Special Delivery
Larry Sparks The Best Of Larry Sparks: Bound To Ride
Larry Sparks The Coldest Part Of The Winter
Larry Sparks The Last Suit You Wear
Larry Sparks The Old Church Yard
Larry Sparks The Rocks I Stand On

About Larry Sparks

Larry Sparks (born September 25, 1947) is a Bluegrass singer and guitarist. He was the winner of the 2004 and 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Award. 2005, won IBMA for Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year for his album "40," celebrating his 40th year(2003) in bluegrass music.

Sparks was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio. His family originated from Jackson County, Kentucky in the Appalachians. In his childhood, he used to listen to the Grand Ole Opry and to radio station WCKY. He learned to play the guitar when he was quite young influenced by artists such as Wayne Raney, Stanley Brothers, Tommy Sutton and Paul "Moon" Mullins. Although he had played in country music and rock bands while he was in high school, his bluegrass career began when he joined the Stanley Brothers in 1964. At that time he was playing in a local band in Middletown, Ohio: "Irvin MackIntosh and His Band" and a friend of him, banjo player Wilbur Hall, was acquainted with Moon Mullins - who had just arrived to Middletown - and Hall told Mullins about Sparks. Mullins, who knew the Stanley Brothers, recommended Sparks to them and he was hired after an audition. An extensive tour followed and he recorded for the first time in 1965 for a small label in Dayton, Ohio.

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