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.