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I am from the town of Olive Hill, in Eastern Kentucky. I have always loved Bluegrass music, and have been playing for over 10 years now. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts degree at the Kentucky Center for Traditional music, of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. It was here that I began playing the upright bass for the Mountain Music Ambassadors. Ever since I have listened to Bluegrass Music. Larry Sparks has been an influence, with his heartfelt, stylistic,and soulful singing and guitar playing. The experience and guidance with which Larry has provided me has been like no other, and it is truly an honor to be able to perform alongside such a remarkable man and musician, and I am very thankful to be performing with the rest of the Lonesome Ramblers.
I am from the town of Backus Mountain in West Virginia.
All my brothers and sisters played music. After a while I wanted to go out on the road and play for someone.
Joe Meadows introduced me to Larry Sparks and I become the mandolin player and tenor singer. I have been on the road a long time with the group. I like Larrys style and soulful sound and his heartfelt singing and music.
Larry has been in the business for 50 years. But keeps pressing forward. It is my honor to play and sing with Larry Sparks. There is none like him. To me he is the best singer out there today, in this music and any music.
Phyllis Ousley Rice
When legends come to my mind the one star that shines above them all is icon Larry Sparks. For over 5 decades he has worked hard to become on of the most influential artists in bluegrass music. He is a dedicated leader for bluegrass music.
I am from Prestonsburg, Kentucky. I have been a fan of Larrys since my early teenage years. I am honored and it is a privilege to be working with Larry Sparks. Helping him with his bookings and promotions.
I became a Lonesome Rambler in March 2009. Growing up in a small church near
Sparta, Ky. I had heard bluegrass music particularly bluegrass gospel all my life. When I was 11 years old, I began playing banjo and joined my middle school\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s after school bluegrass club. The band director asked if I would like to form a band with her daughter and some friends they had met at a music camp. This band became known as Kentucky Sassafras and was based out of Louisville, Ky.
When Sassafras disbanded in January 2009, it just so happened that I heard Larry Sparks was in need of a banjo player. I started two months later and have been with him ever since.
Working for Larry has been a great learning experience. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform with such a soulful, iconic legend in bluegrass music. Congratulations Larry, on your 50 years in the business. There is none better.