Say’s Steven Foxbury of the session, “Sometimes we do these sessions and all of the interactions are understandably businesslike. Such was not the case with Matthew Ryan and his de facto bandmates TC Davis and Corey Gray of The Sparrows. We all hit it off immediately and the result was a damn fine (and mighty fun) night of recording these fantastic songs. “Boxers” and “Then She Threw Me Like A Hand Grenade” are both off of Ryan’s new release, which is also titled “Boxers”. As evidenced by these songs, the record is dynamite!”
“We used an interesting array of Peluso mics for these songs. For starters, we used a modified P-49ms that in addition to a standard 49 side-addressed capsule, it features a fixed mid capsule that points toward the top of the mic. Because Matthew plays with his guitar slung low, we blended the side capsule with audio from my 2247se. I also have their P-12 picking up drums and backing vocals.”
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Full-length from the local rootsy trio. Good country-rock that at times recalls Jackson Browne (both in the songwriting and in T.C. Davis’ vocal delivery). With these chops, The Sparrows could easily pick up fans of bands like The Old 97s and Drive By Truckers — it’s that rare record you and your cousin from Clarion County could agree on.
Singer T.C. Davis conveys a world-weary wisdom I’d guess was gleaned while gripping a longneck, or else the steering wheel of a dented vehicle barreling down some lonesome side road on a late-night solo ride.
His Sparrows bandmates Corey Gray (bass and vocals) and Chris Gray (guitar and mandolin) find a sashaying groove that’s pure Americana and up to snuff for any Adult Album Alternative radio station. Guest fiddle player Luke Zacherl of country band NoMAD helps root the songs rurally, as fellow session man Chris Leonardi supplies the soul seasoning on B3 and Wurlitzer organ.
I intend to play lead-off track/likely single “Star Crossed Love” in a few weeks when I do my monthly guest stint on 91.3-WYEP. Or if ‘YEP morning co-host Cindy Howes lets me, I might opt for the harder coated “Amphetamine.”
Spectators might have heard the Sparrows sample some new songs this weekend during gigs at Thursday’s in Bridgewater and the Ambridge Eagles Club.
“Official” album release parties are set for June 14 at Club Cafe on Pittsburgh’s South Side, and July 27 at the Ellwood City Saxons Club.
“We worked very hard on this album,” Corey Gray said. “Probably put over a year and a half into it.”
That included 35 days in studio, which ain’t cheap, as any musician will tell you.
“Every time we would run low on funds, we had a series of gigs to replenish the band fund,” Gray said. “We definitely took our time. Some of the tracks we learned in-studio. This is as close to ‘The album’ we always wanted to make’ as we may ever get.”
Their patience paid off, as fans new and old soon will discover.
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 12:15 am | Updated: 9:00 pm, Fri Feb 24, 2012. He writes the songs — and sings them, too By Louise Carroll Ledger Correspondent EllwoodCityLedger.com Tell Tom “T.C.” Davis a story, and it just might … Continue reading →