“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.
TUE DECEMBER 31 – NEW YEAR’s EVE PARTY with The Sparrows at Bock Town, Monaca, PA. 10PM.SAT JANUARY 11 – Thursday’s, Bridgewater, PA. The Sparrows with The Dan Bubien Music Co. 9PM.FRI JANUARY 24 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA. TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic. 9PM.SAT FEBRUARY 22 – Black Horse Trail, Bridgeville, PA. 9PM.SAT MARCH 1 – The Loft at 1876- formerly The Alpine Inn, Beaver Falls, PA. 9PM.FRI MARCH 14 – Kelly’s Riverside, Bridgewater, PA. 9PM. TC Davis & Corey Gray acoustic.FRI APRIL 18 – The Keystone, Ellwood City, PA. 9PM.SAT APRIL 26 – Thursdays, Bridgewater, PA. 9PM. With Dan Bubien & Co.SAT JUNE 7 – Black Horse Trail, Bridgeville, PA. 9PM.
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.