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Larry Sparks On Mountain Stage - 02/04/09

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Larry Sparks On Mountain Stage

Larry Sparks On Mountain Stage

Larry Sparks On Mountain Stage - 02/04/09

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Set List

  • "The Old Coal Mine"
  • "The Last Suit You Wear"
  • "Tennessee 1949"
  • "Just an Old Country Preacher"
  • "What Kinda Man"

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In 2009, Larry Sparks celebrates 40 years as a bandleader and a bona fide first-generation bluegrass star. Sparks played guitar with The Stanley Brothers when the group toured Ohio while he was still a teenager.

When Carter Stanley died tragically, Sparks became a member of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys for three years. In 1969, Sparks formed his own group, the Lonesome Ramblers, which would turn into a launching pad for talented young players, Ricky Skaggs and Stuart Duncan among them.

Taking very little time off from the road or the studio since, Sparks has released 30 records, and was the International Bluegrass Music Association's Male Singer of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Here, he performs a couple of songs from his 2007 release The Last Suit You Wear, as well as some material from his latest gospel record, I Don't Regret a Mile, which came out last year.

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