Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Scratch Track
Feb 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The WorkPlay Theatre
Birmingham, AL
Ticket sales ended Feb 21, 2013 12:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
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Note: a $3.00 charge will be collected at the door from all ticket holders under the age of 21. No one under 18 will be admitted without someone 18+ with them. Tickets are General Admission and seating is first come first serve to 21+.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is a nine-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.

Dynamic singer and front-woman Sister Sparrow first began penning tunes in the alleyways and back roads between New York City and the Catskill Mountains as a teenager. Though already aided and abetted by her harmonica-shredding brother Jackson, it was clear that a large, powerful band was needed to do justice to the songs she was crafting. The brother and sister team called upon their cousin Bram, a California-bred drummer of considerable prowess, to help them assemble a super-band of epic proportions. Bram brought in childhood friends JJ Byars (alto saxophone) and Ryan Snow (trombone), and Ryan called upon baritone saxophonist and close friend Johnny Butler. Later, the addition of trumpeter Phil Rodriguez completed the unstoppable force of the virtuosic Dirty Birds’ horns. The rhythm section was filled out by tapping guitarist Sasha Brown and bassist Aidan Carroll, a tandem that proved to be the perfect engineers of the hard-driving, bare-knuckle grooves that propel this ferocious group.

It was evident from the start that the deep friendships among its members translated directly to the music they made together. While Sister Sparrow is the principal songwriter and unifying voice of the band, the Dirty Birds work collaboratively on arrangements. The result is musical creativity and diversity seldom seen in groups of this size and character. By the middle of 2009, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds had packed New York’s legendary Rockwood Music Hall every Saturday night, holding down a five-month-long residency that built them a reputation for being one of the funkiest, tightest groups in the city. Fueled by the band’s boundless energy, every show turned into a wild dance party, and the Dirty Birds established a rabid following of fans eager to receive a potent dose of good times, delivered by the band night after night.

Within six months of their November 2010 debut release on Modern Vintage Recordings, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds had opened for the Black Keys, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, the Rebirth Brass Band, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band, among others. Through appearances at such festivals as moe.down, Strange Creek, Camp Jam, Sterling Stage, and late-night at New Orleans JazzFest, they continued to gain wider acclaim. In the spring of 2011, they embarked on an extensive national tour that continues through year’s end and includes performances at Gathering of the Vibes and Bear Creek.

Sister Sparrow’s commanding stage presence alone is more than enough to dazzle audiences, but the magic doesn’t end with her: the band’s palpable camaraderie, undeniable talent and passion for music makes for a contagious combination that is taking the country by storm. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ blend of seductive soul and dirty blues-rock reminds audiences why they love live music. more >>>
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Some might label it acoustic hip-hop soul, others could call it a deft blend of beats and unplugged instrumentation, The Chicago Sun Times christened the band a slick cross section between “Digable Planets and Jack Johnson,” while On Tap attempted to identity them as “Outkast or the Neptunes…throw in a guitar and more beat boxing, and you might come close.” But no matter what adjectives are put in place, Tennessee-bred/Kansas City-based Scratch Track is an anomaly to the most ambitiously extreme degrees, that is perhaps best left to the words of a New York University reporter who praised the pair as “mind-bending, style-bending and undeniably original.”
Indeed that’s the exact reaction the duo comprised of David “DJ” Lee (singer, beatboxer and songwriter) and Jason “Pistol Boot” Hamlin (singer,guitarist and songwriter) have been gaining since their college beginnings at the top of 2000, which has evolved exponentially thanks to tireless time on the road. In fact, what was once a flurry of campus shows, coffeehouses and clubs soon turned into a arena tour supporting O.A.R., plus prominent opening slots for the boundary breaking likes of The Roots, The Zac Brown Band, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jars of Clay, Los Lonely Boys, Erykah Badu, Jurassic 5, Living Colour, Twista, Rehab, Will Hoge, Soulive, DJ Skribble and members of Goodie Mob (to name but a few).
“Our goal from the beginning was to just get on the road and start trucking, and as long as the bills were paid, we were ready to take on whatever challenge the road brought,” reflects Hamlin of Scratch Track’s lengthy lineage. “And sometimes that meant opening for someone at the House of Blues in Chicago and driving through the night to play for ten people at the CBGB in New York. But you build a fan base one person at a time, and we’ve found that most people we’ve met along the way have stuck with us through today.”
Outside of being road dogs, the group’s stayed steady in the studio, starting with 2003's debut The Simple and moving into the following year’s Unreleased Sessions. Come the tip of 2006, the group dropped the EP Interpretation of the Afterwards, followed by the new full-length The Legend of Wild Bill in 2008. In 2010, Scratch Track released the EP “Sirens” which was co-produced by Micah Wilshire. And in August of 2011, Scratch Track released their 6th album titled Brake Lights which was co-produced by Luke DeJaynes.
“Our music has so many different textures, and as we wrote on the back of the Legend of Wild Bill CD, ‘there are no drums on this album- all instruments performed by Scratch Track,’” muses Lee. “We take pride in the fact that what you hear is exactly who we are and that there are a lot of different vibes that all still gel within our style. Scratch Track is always growing and expanding artisically and sonically. We have experimented some with additional instruments on our most recent recordings and even at our live shows, but the core and backbone of what and who we are is acoustic guitar and beatboxing.”
For Lee, that means a steady diet of classic soul stars like Marvin Gaye, plus electronic innovator Beck, while Hamlin often digs deep into the old school Delta blues, crossed with the raucous riffs of Led Zeppelin and introspection of Tom Waits. Outside of catching on like wildfire with fans, Scratch Track’s catalogue has also permeated literally every facet of pop culture. ”What we’re listening to changes all the time,” Hamlin proudly says. ”One week, it might be Johnny Cash and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the next week it might be Jay-Z and Michael Jackson. You never know what we might be listening to.”
The group’s vast resume is loaded with soundtrack slots including “CSI New York,” Warren Miller’s snowboarding film “Off the Grid” and Sony Playstation’s “MLB” video game, along with a prestigious performance credit on the Trick Daddy/Ludacris/Cee-Lo collaboration’s top twenty tune “Sugar (Gimme Some).” Given the enormous success in those mediums, Scratch Track caught the attention of Sonicbids, who wound up choosing the group to embark on tours to entertain America’s Armed Forces (including trips to the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Japan).
“We support our troops and wanted to really give back to them because they’re always in our minds and hearts,” shares Hamlin. “The least we can do is go over there and show them a good time, plus we can bring a piece of America to them, especially those who’ve been overseas for years.”
Still the group remains closest to the college crowd and is often the center of campus concerts all across the country. Not only do these NACA tour veterans (with over 500 colleges under their belt) and 2006 Campus Activities Magazine “Brightest Rising Star” Award winners find that college audiences to be amongst the most opened minded to indie acts, but they’ll also readily embrace an unpredictable musical melting pot that seems to pervade the iPod generation.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s two hundred, two thousand or twenty thousand people, we just bring out as much energy as we have in us each and every night,” Lee sums up. “We’re at a point in our career where we’re writing the most determined material to date and we’re having a blast pulling it off on stage. Even though we play hundreds of shows a year, we actually believe in what we’re doing so much that the songs never get old. And neither do people’s comments, which range from telling us how refreshing we sound to the fact they can’t believe the sound’s so big with only two people performing. So we get a lot of repeat offenders, but we’ll be back to their city soon to pick up all their friends to join us for the ride.” more >>>
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Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

8:00 PM

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