Matthew Ryan with The Sparrows

Yellow Couch Sessions

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TC Davis & Corey Gray had the pleasure of backing up Alt. Country stalwart Matthew Ryan at The Yellow Couch Sessions in Pittsburgh, PA.

Songs performed by Matthew Ryan along with TC Davis (Drums) and Corey Gray (Bass & Vocals) of The Sparrows

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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.”

All audio for Yellow Couch Sessions is recorded and mixed by Steven Foxbury of Yellow Couch Studio. Video for Matthew Ryan was shot and edited by Matt Dayak. Thanks, as always to the friends and sponsors who help make this possible. Please click some of their links below:

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Yellow Couch Sessions

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.


SAT JAN 10th – Wooly Bully’s, New Brighton, PA. 9PM.
WED JAN 28th – Jergel’s with The Dan Bubien Music Company.  8 PM.
FRI JAN 30th – J. Hick’s on the Square, Mercer, PA.  9PM.  TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.
FRI FEB 6th – Shakespeare’s, Ellwood City, PA. 7PM.  TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.
SAT MARCH 7th – Town and Country, New Castle, PA. 9PM.

Photo by Justin Casalandra

The Sparrows
Magnolia Sessions

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.


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