Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Sarah DeGraw & The Band
Saturday, August 3, 2019
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Known far and wide as the impossibly big voiced leader of acclaimed soul collective Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, singer Arleigh Kincheloe has made an astonishing leap forward with Sister Sparrow’s new LP, GOLD. Produced by Carter Matschullat (Chef’Special, Secret Weapons), the album sees Sister Sparrow taking the classic brass-fueled Dirty Birds sound and turning it into something altogether new: a

soul-blasted contemporary pop sound both timeless yet utterly now. Recorded mere months after Kincheloe became a new mother, songs like the evocative first single, “Ghost,” and the ebullient title track highlight Sister Sparrow’s strikingly strong vocals while also showcasing her growing muscle as an individualistic, communicative songwriter.

“It was uncharted waters for me in a lot of ways,” she says. “It’s a bit of a departure from what I’ve done before, it’s me really seeking my own personal sound. Like motherhood, making an album is a really personal thing.”

For nearly a decade, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have been hailed for their explosive brand of modern soul, equally celebrated for their three studio albums and electrifying live performances.

Kincheloe grew up amongst an intensely musical family in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains,

co-founding Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds with her brother Jackson at just 18. The band based itself in Brooklyn and soon earned a rep as one of the hardest working outfits anywhere in the world, playing upwards of 150 shows each year including headline dates, sold out residencies, and top festivals. “Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe’s nom de disque, is a soul queen,” raved The Washington Post, while The Baltimore Sun simply noted, “Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the business. Prepare to be blown away.”

GOLD – which features backing by members of The Dirty Birds, along with Matschullat and some of NYC’s leading session players – feels a remarkably natural progression from Sister Sparrow’s previous body of work, with flavors of folk, rock, and pop now fully fused with her traditional soul approach to create what is certainly the most sensual and emotionally diverse music of her career. Songs like “Gold” and “Bad Habit” reveal a striking new freedom as a songwriter, their heart-hitting melodies more than a match for her candid lyricism and vocal prowess. With GOLD in her pocket, Sister Sparrow is now excited to return to the road, eager to introduce fans old and new to her expanded musical vision. The Dirty Birds will of course continue as her touring band, augmented by additional instruments to approximate the more diverse sounds on GOLD.

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The song “Gypsy Woman” might best depict the sound and style of this band. It starts out tame with blues licks leading the way through the atmospheric backing of the main descending riff and ends with a Pink Floyd-esque transition into an oozing rock and roll guitar solo all the while DeGraw's powerful and sultry vocals carry the tune through it's dynamic rises and falls. It's the whole package.With energy like 1960’s rock and roll founders, to the reeled in 1971 center stage arena feel, this band plays a range of original material that'll keep you wanting more.Like The Family Von Trapp, DeGraw was born into a traveling band and by age 5 was singing in five-part harmony with her siblings and mother touring across the country. At age seven she would receive her first instrument: the cello, and the rest is history.From piano, guitar, drums, cello, and last but far from the least, vocals, this singer-songwriter “packs a punch” according to January 2017 City Weekly magazine article advertising a sold out show at the State Room in SLC, UT.

Since their start in September 2016, Sarah Anne DeGraw and “The Odd Jobs”, local prodigies; Michael Sasich (lead guitar), Greg Shaw (bass), and Joey Davis (drums), this band has been in high demand since their start in SLC, UT. With the debut album on the horizon, this train won't be long in the station.Keep an eye out for this one.