Bill Harrell and Larry Sparks Reissues From Rebel

by | 15 Apr, 2011

On Tuesday, 26th April, Rebel Records is reissuing two classic albums from the 1980s for download, I Can Hear Virginia Calling and Lonesome Guitar, which are the latest in Rebel’s Digital Campaign.

I Can Hear Virginia Calling Me by Bill Harrell & The Virginians and Larry Sparks’ all-instrumental Lonesome Guitar will be available for purchase through major digital retailers including iTunes Music Store.

I Can Hear Virginia Calling Me

This was the first album Bill Harrell recorded for Rebel Records, marking the beginning of his productive tenure with the label.  Harrell was a mainstay in the thriving Washington D.C. bluegrass scene of the 60s and 70s, and when this LP was recorded in 1979 Harrell had recently finished his musical partnership with Don Reno.  The Virginians’ lineup includes Harrell on lead vocals and guitar, Carl Nelson on fiddle, Darrell Sanders on banjo, Ed Ferris on bass, Mike Auldridge on Dobro, and a young Larry Stephenson on mandolin.

Lonesome Guitar

This was the only instrumental recording of the many LPs and CDs that Larry Sparks cut for Rebel in his 25 years with the label.  Sparks guitar fans will delight as this album showcases his distinctive blues-tinged picking in fine form.  Selections range from the slow and sultry Chittlin Cookin’ Time in Cheatum County to the hard driving Carroll County Blues.  Larry’s band additionally features his son Larry D. Sparks on bass, John Masters on banjo, Josh Graves on Dobro, and Stuart Duncan on mandolin and fiddle.  Lonesome Guitar is the only Lonesome Ramblers recording that includes Duncan.