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Almost Home

Larry Sparks Audio CD
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listen  7. There's More That Holds The Picture 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B004K7M6VK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Still lonesome after all these years, Larry Sparks is nearing half a century at the forefront of bluegrass. He counts that milestone from 1963, when a 16- year-old from Southwest Ohio became Ralph and Carter Stanley's lead guitarist. As Carter's health deteriorated, Sparks' role grew and soon after his brother's death in December 1966, Ralph hired Sparks to sing lead, setting the standard that remains to this day .Larry Sparks is one of the Greats of the music, one of the few who is a direct link to first generation bluegrass, and widely loved and respected as such. This is one of the very best Larry Sparks records of his entire decades-long career, arguably the most fully-realized record he's ever made.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Larry Sparks admits that his music has always had a good, true and real lonesome sound. It's not surprising that his 2010 release on the Rounder Records label is all about nostalgia, homesickness and sadness, along with a healthy dose of wistful longing for traditional values and days gone by.

Larry's music has always had plenty of 'hits' because of his ability to find good stories from the likes of songwriters Pete Goble/Leroy Drumm (i.e. "Gunfighter's Revenge") and Shawn Lane/Gerald Ellenburg ("Momma's Apron Strings"). With his emotive vocalizing, Sparks also makes a pair of Marshal Warwick compositions his own ("There's More That Holds the Picture" and "Bring `Em on Back"). The songwriting team of Michael Keith and Dave Lindsey also had a hand in penning a trio of beautiful songs brimming of sentimentality -- Blue Mountain Melody, Picture Me There, Momma. The lone instrumental on this project, "Back Road," was written by Sparks. "Lines on the Highway" is certainly a song to help you keep pushing on while putting the miles behind. It has nice uptempo drive reminiscent of similar songs like "White Line Fever" and "I Know You Rider." A few tracks later, "Momma" is a tribute to a strong woman who has helped him stay on a road that's straight and true. Sparks doesn't shy away from hard-driving bluegrass (or gospel like "Somebody Touched Me"), but on this CD the tour de force for this multi-year winner of IBMA's "Male Vocalist of the Year" are some of the slower numbers, such as his evocative rendition of Hank Locklin's 1957 hit, "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On."

Besides Larry with his vocals and guitar, the supporting musicians include his son Larry D.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man's got soul! June 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having been a fan of Larry Sparks since he sang with Ralph Stanley, I'm never disappointed. The reality is that the older he gets, the more soulful his music is. Would recommend to any bluegrass or country fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Bluegrass March 5, 2014
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Bluegrass old time style. Very good CD. First one that I purchased from Larry Sparks. Quick delivery and in great shape when received.
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