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Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

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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?
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MRI
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B0043Y3Z0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I stumbled upon Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds 2 weeks ago. I have now seen them live twice and have listened to this disc at least 10 times in that span.

The songs on this disc have a bit of something for everyone, a lot of funk and soul, a good dose of blues and rock and a nice bit of a reggae vibe too. The band can get a whole room of people who've never heard them before stop and take notice and start grooving along with them. Each member seems to be quite talented in their own right and I have not experienced a weak link in the bunch.

Reading her story of growing up in the Catskill Mountains of NY you can understand how she gained her inspiration and maybe even a head start over most people in terms of experience & confidence for someone her age. What you can't explain is how when you hear Arleigh sing if you close your eyes you hear glimpses of the voices of some of the very best who have sung and moved people before her. I know it's a huge compliment to give to someone who is only 22 years old and I will not name names because it would not be fair to anyone to have to live up to those expectations.

What I can say is; do yourself a favor and buy this disc, you will not be disappointed. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will have you moving and grooving in no time, and if the opportunity arises don't miss a chance to see them live because I have a feeling that one day soon they will be too big for the small bars and clubs they currently play.

One Love. Enjoy!
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I just found out about them myself and was able to catch them live twice (Saratoga and Albany, NY)in one week as they get ready for their summer tour. The crowd at both shows was blown away by them. Apparently the CD was recorded a while back, as good as it is - they've improved even more since then. They are all accomplished soloists and ensemble players and Arleigh Kincheloe is the best singer I have ever heard from 10 feet away! Sasha Brown, the guitarist can really tear it up on that Strat. I can't recommend them enough - after they rock the crowds at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Gathering of the Vibes, they will no doubt be the big story of this year. Check youtube - there's a bunch of live video on there (I posted some HD clips myself). Female-fronted horn bands are nothing new - but this particular combination of players is packed with talent and the songs, especially the newer ones that haven't come out on an album yet, are exceptional.
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Just saw them earlier this week at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond, Oklahoma. As a long-time fan of the bassist, Aiden Carroll, I thought that I should check the band out. The sound on the U-Tube videos is awful and the videos all appear to be shot from one location by an amateur. Based on the U-Tube presentations, I was having misgivings about attending (I gave up two seats behind home plate to friends). I had a front row seat and was blown away by the experience. Although the sound man allowed the instruments to dominant (meaning that you often couldn't make out the lyrics) the performance was still unbelieveable! These are very accomplished musicians who are likely just as comfortable in a mainstream jazz group or rock band or symphony orchestra.
But, as good as they are (and they are very good) your eyes will eventually be riveted on Sister Sparrow (Arleigh). She exudes energy as she both dances and sings her way through each song. The fact that she is as beautiful as she is talented doesn't hurt at all. Since this band is touring and playing in a number of clubs with intimate seating, hnopefully you will have an opportunity to view them up close. Be prepared to stand at the close of show and beg for an encore. Should they return here, I will be back with even more friends. I haven't heard the CD yet, but no matter how good your home theater is, it cannot possibly equal the live experience. Perhaps I'll be able to make out more of the lyrics, though. If you have sensitive hearing or are just cautious about maintaining it, bring earplugs, they can get very loud. Nonetheless, see this band. If Arleigh performed on American Idol or some such show, they would just cancel the remaining episodes and hand her the prize money!
Wow!
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Sister sparrow is a new band on the rise. I saw them live for the first time a few weeks ago and they were awesome. Their music is very unique. Very classy rock and roll. The lead singer will suprise you with her astonishing vocals. I purchased the c.d. and i listen to it all the time. I recomend it to anyone who likes classy rock and roll..If you buy this c.d. you will not be disapointed.
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Its all sex, booze and rock 'n roll on this ride with the dirty birds and who in their right mind would want it any other way? "Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds" have an uncanny way of making you want to quit your job and run away with this rock and roll circus made up of a shredding guitarist, a gritty and powerful harmonica player, and a bombastic horn section all held together by a phenomenal drummer and led by the sexy, energetic enigma, singer, Arleigh Kincheloe. After a relentless romp around the U.S. in support of their first album I wish them much success in 2012 and am looking forward to the next big thing from this bad-ass Brooklyn Band!
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