JAMES "SPARKY" RUCKER

music, storytelling, history
James

"It's an absolute must to see Sparky in concert!"
U. UTAH PHILLIPS

"He is entertaining and educational in his music. He shouts, he howls, he moans, he murmurs, he admonishes, he demands. He zaps hecklers with love, spurs drunks to dance, and shares his stage with other performers. People can't help participating when Sparky performs."
EDWARD J. CABBELL

Blessed with an uncommonly evocative voice, a good-natured, perceptive sense of humor, and an enviable mastery of the guitar, Rucker knows how to leave an audience felling pretty good about the human race even after dealing with some serious subjects."
ROBERT TRUSSELL,
Kansas City Star

JAMES "SPARKY" RUCKER has been singing songs and telling stories from the American tradition for over fifty years. Sparky performs with his wife, Rhonda Rucker, adding vocals, guitar, banjo, and spoons to their music. They appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD, Singing Through the Hard Times, in 2009. Sparky has released fifteen albums, and their 1991 release, Treasures and Tears, was nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording.

Sparky's performing credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the International Storytelling Festival as well as NPR's Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Other performing credits include the American Folk Blues Tour in Europe and the National Folk Festival at Wolf Trap.

Sparky's unique renditions of John Henry and Jesse James were used in the National Geographic Society’s 1994 video entitled Storytelling in North America. He also performed in Carry It On and Amazing Grace: Music in America, two videos produced by the Public Broadcasting System.

SPARKY AND RHONDA give educational programs in schools and libraries. For more information, go to Special Programs

For more biographical information, visit Sparky's Bio

For more information on Sparky's writings, visit Essays, Articles, & Anthologies

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