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-1960”s as 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 over four decades, releasing over 60 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.
Releasing such hits as A Face In The Crowd, Blue Virginia Blues, I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages, Tennessee 1949, John Deere Tractor, I Just Want To Thank You Lord, Love Of The Mountains, The Last Suit, These Ole Blues . Also a tribute album to Hank Williams, and the list goes on.
Larry has performed on such world famous venues as the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits television show, and other PBS appearances. Also having toured the United States, Canada and Japan.
Larry has been recognized as the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year. Larry 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. Larry was inducted into The Hall Of Fame at IBMA in Raleigh, North Carolina October 1 2015.
Larry 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 was inducted into The Hall Of Fame at IBMA in Raleigh, North Carolina October 1st 2015. Larry has also been nominated for a Grammy Dove award for his Gospel album New Highway.
Larry's 50th Celebration CD was released August 2014. Featuring Bluegrass Legends. Ralph Stanley, Curly Seckler, Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Alison Krauss and Judy Marshall.
While Sparks is most defiantly a stylist and his approach to the music is more than a style ,it is real with no gimmicks and after fifty years in the spotlight. Larry is still on a roll and creating some of his best music. Larry Sparks is bluegrass music's Ray Charles, no one can touch him. He is an absolute original - Alison Krauss
Sparks style mature, seasoned and deeply expressive.
Throughout his long career Larry has stuck with what works. He has followed his vision and he has made an enormous contribution to the music. Larry Sparks has kept his music real.