Newcomers Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds release their debut album November 23rd on Modern Vintage Recordings. The band is tearing up
New York City, regularly playing to packed houses. Recent shows include opening for the Neville Brothers and hitting the stage with moe., The
Black Keys and Built to Spill at the moe.down Festival.
Sister Sparrow blends old school gut-busting funk and soul with straight up rock and roll. Led by Arleigh Kincheloe s strong vocals, the appropriately named Dirty Birds are a flock of eight men that create a sometimes sexy other times funky but always tight-- powerhouse wall of sound where the harmonica and 4 piece brass section plays a front and center role.
Recorded in a single session at world renowned Avatar Studios in New York, this record captures the band at their best... Live. Producers Eshy Gazit and Patrick Ermlich at Modern Vintage stumbled upon the band late one night on the lower east side, fell in love with the band and shortly thereafter the album was born.
Lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe and her brother, Jackson (harmonica), were raised in the Catskills region of New York
by musical parents. Their mother was a country singer a la Patsy Cline and their father, a drummer, performed in
rock and roll bands.
Their home was a revolving door of family and friends, with the Kincheloe s often hosting jam sessions into the wee hours of the night. Music, as they say, was in their blood.
In late 2008, Arleigh and Jackson, now proud Brooklynites, performed their first gig together at the renowned Rockwood Music Hall in New York City s Lower East Side. 'After that show-- and the great response we got from the crowd -- we decided to put our band together,' said Jackson.
Intent on creating a big band with a funk and blues style, the brother and sister team set out to recruit some of
the best young musicians from coast to coast. Their California bred cousin Bram (drums), fit the bill 'to really get
the funk going,' says Jackson, because he grew up in a house alive with New Orleans music, in which drums and bass and horns are a vital component to the overall sound.
The rest of the Dirty Birds a mix of formally trained (Berkeley School of Music, Oberlin and Manhattan School of Music grads) and self-taught road warriors round out the heavyweight band. 'There s something about these nine personalities that really work together,' said Arleigh. 'The boys make it look and seem easy because they really believe in this.'
Already winning rave reviews Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds are rocking stages everywhere and building a huge
buzz and following. Are you ready to get dirty?