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fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk
LA Times

…stick-to-your-ribs style rock…
Wall Street Journal

Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe’s nom de disque, is a soul queen with a voice strong and raspy enough to compete with riffing horns and clipped funk beats.
Washington Post

…frontwoman Arleigh Kincheloe has one of the biggest voices in the soul-funk business. Prepare to be blown away.
Baltimore Sun

What do you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger…?

Arleigh Kincheloe…presides over eight musicians with smoldering intensity, and her body language is as sly and stirring as her bluesy voice
New Yorker

For nearly two decades, the Catskill Mountains hid rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret. Then one day, singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe said goodbye to her hometown hideaway and moved to New York City to start the hard soul collective, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.
“Our music is loud, fun, and it’s supposed to make you feel good,” she declares. “That’s the goal.”

In the years since, the group – her brother, Jackson Kincheloe (harmonica), Sasha Brown (guitar), Josh Myers (bass), Phil Rodriguez (trumpet), Brian Graham (saxophones) and Dan Boyden (drums) – teamed with producer Randy Jackson for their debut EP, performed more than 700 shows and made their national TV debut on the Today show. They’ve released three full-length studio albums, including their most recent studio pass, the acclaimed The Weather Below.

Now, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will finally appease its flock of devotees by releasing its first live album – Fowl Play. The album was recorded on New Year’s Eve before a raucous, sold-out crowd in Fairfield, Connecticut and was the beautiful, accidental result of an original New Year’s Eve plan gone awry. After losing their New Year’s Eve gig just weeks before the big night, the band made proverbial lemonade, securing an alternate venue at the last moment, packing the house, putting on their biggest party to date and recording it for the world to hear.

Fowl Play captures the unbridled live energy for which Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds has become famous and finds the band rollicking through catalogue favorites past and present. The album also features a brand new song entitled “Frankie” and a deeply soulful, overwhelmingly powerful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Dr. Feelgood”.

“They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul,” writes the LA Times. “Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang.”

The band has shared the stage with Gov’t Mule, Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, and Galactic, and has turned audiences into believers through appearances on the festival circuit at Bonnaroo, Firefly, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bottle Rock and Forecastle.

Ultimately, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds stand poised to shake up rock ‘n’ roll all around the world. “This all stems back to why I loved performing and singing to begin with,” Arleigh leaves off. “I want to make crowds happy and see them smile and dance. Singing brings me so much joy. I hope our music does the same for everyone.”

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Arleigh Kincheloe – vocals
Jackson Kincheloe – harmonica
Sasha Brown – guitar
Josh Myers – bass
Phil Rodriguez – trumpet
Brian Graham – saxophones
Dan Boyden – drums

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They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul. Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang.
LA Times

If you’ve had a hankering to get down and dirty with some funky old soul, then this nonet, featuring powerhouse vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe and Berklee grad Sasha Brown on guitar, may have just what you need
Boston Globe

‘Band On The Verge’… the nine-person, horn-driven band prove that they can swagger as well as skank—and get bluesy and torchy when they need to.”

a seriously funky collective capable of bringing elements of deep soul, New Orleans funk, Stax/Memphis stylings and earthy R&B together in a manner that makes the sentient mammal want to shake it
Buffalo News

…rollicking blend of soul, funk and backwoods Americana rock ’n’ roll, which draws even indifferent hipsters onto the dance floor.
New York Daily News

’Make It Rain’, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Funky horns and Arleigh Kincheloe’s sultry, sassy vocals propel this track from new ‘Pound of Dirt.’
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The forefront of soul/funk bands to be recognized

…this nine-piece soul-rock crew does red-hot and brassy ‘60’s soul with a scraggly blues edge.
M Music & Musicians Magazine