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Sister Sparrow flies into Twilight Alive

Rebekah Wilson • Jul 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, an eight-piece “hard soul rock” group from Brooklyn, N.Y., promises an explosive performance at Twilight Alive on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Show time is 7 p.m. on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport, and admission is free.

“We deliver a very high-energy show — it’s in the force of eight people working together to throw down a raging dance party,” lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe said. “Bring your dancing shoes.”

Kincheloe is in her element when she’s on stage, singing.

“My goal is to try to make sure everyone else is enjoying themselves too,” she continued. “I want to spread the joy that singing brings me.”

Kincheloe is the Dirty Birds’ primary songwriter, though members arrange the music — which mixes elements of funk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll — as a group.

“Right now we’re actually working on a song together, a rare co-write,” she said. “It’s always fun to put our minds together to create something.”

Kincheloe began writing songs as a teenager, accompanied by her brother, Jackson, on harmonica. In addition to their California drummer cousin Bram Kincheloe, Arleigh and Jackson Kincheloe are joined by Sasha Brown (guitar), Josh Myers (bass), Phil Rodriguez (trumpet), Ryan Snow (trombone) and Brian Graham (baritone sax).

The Dirty Birds will continue touring coast to coast until early August. After a short break, they will kick off their fall tour.“We spend most of our time out here on the road,” Kincheloe said.

After playing every Saturday night for five months at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, the group recorded its debut, self-titled album in 2010 during a 12-hour session at Avatar Studios.

By the end of their first tour in April 2011, members had traveled over 50,000 miles and played in 28 states.

In 2012, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds recorded its second full-length album, “Pound of Dirt.” The band’s latest EP, “Fight,” recorded with Randy Jackson, will be out this fall.

“I think this EP is more mature than the first two albums, and in that maturity it’s actually more simple than our previous recordings,” Kincheloe said. “We just relaxed and played the songs. Randy is all about creating the right ‘vibe’ for a record. I think we caught a really nice energy on this one.”

The group has performed at Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam and Voodoo Experience, among others. Members have performed with Warren Haynes and Donald Fagen at Levon Helm’s studios and have opened for Fitz and the Tantrums, the Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

The group has been described by the Buffalo News as “a seriously funky collective capable of bringing elements of deep soul, New Orleans funk, Stax/Memphis stylings and early R&B together in a manner that makes the sentient mammal want to shake it.”

For more information on the Twilight Alive concert series, visit www.twilightalive.com.

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