MAGNOLIA SESSIONS – Now Available online at iTunes!!!!

“Magnolia Sessions” is now available at The Sparrows LIVE SHOWS & at iTunes for digital download.  Check out the schedule below for the Official Release Parties.  Keep your ear to the track.

SHOWS

SAT APRIL 26 – Thursdays, Bridgewater, PA. 9PM. With Dan Bubien & Co.
SAT JUNE 7 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA.  Acoustic Story Time with TC Davis & Corey Gray.  9PM.
SAT JUNE 14 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA.  The Dan Bubien Music Co. & The Sparrows. 9PM.
FRI JULY 11 – Cedars, Youngstown, OH.  TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.  Show features Youngstown’s original band River’s Own. 9PM.
FRI JULY 25 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA. 9PM.
SAT JULY 26 – Annual Christmas in July Party at The Ellwood City Saxon’s Club, Ellwood City, PA. 9PM-Midnight.
FRI AUGUST 1 – The Keg, Sharon, PA. 9PM.  TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.
FRI AUGUST 15 – Wooley Bully’s – New Brighton, PA.  9PM.
FRI AUGUST 22 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA.  9PM.
SAT SEPTEMBER 6 – Bocktown Beer, Monaca, PA. 6PM. TC Davis & Dan Bubien acoustic.
FRI SEPTEMBER 26 – Wooly Bully’s, New Brighton, PA.  TC Davis & Corey Gray – acoustic set at THE REDLINES CD RELEASE PARTY! 9PM.
SAT OCT 25th- The Keg, Sharon, PA. 9 PM. TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.
FRI OCT 31st- The Keystone, Ellwood City, PA.  HALLOWEEN BASH 9PM.
SAT DEC 13th- The Gamble Mill, State College, PA.  More details to come.

Photo by Justin Casalandra

The Sparrows
Magnolia Sessions
(Self-released)

Pittsburgh City Paper – Music Editor, Andy Mulkerin

June 12, 2013

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.

SPARROWS FLYING HIGH

Beaver County Time, Scott Tady

Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:45 am

The Sparrows took their sweet time, but did it right.

The result is “Magnolia Sessions,” the Ellwood City band’s smartly crafted sophomore album that’s a sizable step forward for them as recording artists.

Songs like “Amphetamine” and “Gone Too Long” twang and bang in all the right places, though a larger majority of songs, such as “Truck Driver’s Daughter” and “Hell or High Water,” allow vivid and bittersweet storytelling to unfold more patiently.

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.

Photo by Justin Casalandra

Photo by Justin Casalandra