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The gulf coast metropolis of Houston, Texas has a great history of acclaimed blues artists, and Sparky Parker proves that the big city still produces great talent to this day.
Sparky's potent combo of blistering lead guitar work and soulful voice is a force to be reckoned with. For over a decade, he has honed his craft and made a name for himself playing in various Houston-based bands such as Funky Mustard, Mojofromopolis, and Bayou Monster. While the latter two bands mentioned are now defunct, he continues juggling his time between fronting his own band, Sparky Parker Band, as well as playing lead guitar in Funky Mustard and Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy.
Sparky released his debut solo album Live In Houston in 2015 to much acclaim. The album features live, power trio renditions of a variety of blues numbers, including three original songs. His hard-rockin', blues-based sound harkens back to the glory days of The Allman Brothers, Hendrix, and SRV.
Over the years, he has opened for some greats like Johnny Winter, Doyle Bramhall, George Porter Jr, and many more national touring acts. He has played onstage with veteran blues artists such as Bernard Allison, John Primer, Bob Margolin, Billy Branch, Nick Moss, Michael Ledbetter, Selwyn Birchwood, Debbie Davies and many more. In 2016, he performed as the lead guitarist with Diunna Greenleaf at the Chicago Blues Festival (the largest free blues festival in the world) as well as the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #27.
As a vocalist, Parker displays both range and depth. He is equal parts crooner and preacher, and he often employs a relaxed style that is reminiscent of classic Allman brothers Recordings." read more
-Hollywood Steve Rangel - Houston Music News
"...Sparky has become the true master of the art. "Live In Houston", Sparky's latest CD is out for consumption. The volume captures the energy of his stage performance that only a handful of us do not get out often enough to hear live performance. The volume includes covers of Chester (Howlin' Wolf) Burnett, Willie Dixon and other great blues players that cry out to the ear and the mind - restraint and timing, Sparky's strong suits, clearly come through on each and every track. Kevin Berry (drums) and Larry Evans (bass) complete the power trio and frame every note from this young blues master's six string. In addition Sparky has included 3 original tracks that when listened to in the context of the album make it clear that this artist belongs to be held in high regard not only in H-Town but to the planet. From the first note to the last on the entire volume, the blues is expressed in a manner that brings a smile to the face and joy to the heart.
Recorded at Dan Electro's, November 2014, the volume captures an energy that rarely defined on recordings made in-situ, that is to say on stage. If you can't or won't make it out to a show but need to hear that sound, the electric blues, this is a must for your next party, lazy afternoon, or ride around town... the driver's seat boogie needs a sound track, and this is it." read more
-Sandy Weinmann - 90.1FM KPFT
- Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise #27
- Chicago Blues Festival
- Tawas Blues By The Bay Festival
- BBQ Blues and Bikes Festival
- Houston East End Street Festival
- Houston International Festival
- Antone's - Austin's Home of the Blues
Sparky Parker is a ferocious guitar slinger and soulful vocalist from Houston, TX that could be described as a blend between Greg Allman's blues-drenched vocals and Jimi Hendrix's screaming guitar.
Gary Clark Jr, SRV, Doyle Bramhall II, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang