Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Sprague Brothers - Best Of The Sprague Brothers

Hailing from Wichita Falls, Texas, siblings Frank and Chris Sprague are a two-man roots music powerhouse, playing classic rock & roll, rockabilly, and hillbilly bop with an old-school sound and a fresh energy and enthusiasm. Guitarist Frank and drummer Chris were the sons of a musician who spent years playing the trumpet, and both boys picked up their respective instruments at the age of five. Inspired by the guitar and songwriting skills of fellow Texan Buddy Holly and the ethereal harmonies of the Everly Brothers, Frank and Chris began making music together, and in 1990 they booked time at Nesman Recording Studio (a local facility where Holly recorded some of his earliest material) and self-released their debut EP Real Gone Rock ‘n' Roll. The duo's first album, Live at Frank's Place, was issued in 1992, and a number of other self-distributed LPs and singles followed as the Sprague Brothers frequently toured the Southwest. After relocating to California, Frank became a member of Deke Dickerson's band, and the Sprague Brothers struck a deal with Hightone Records, the noted roots music label that had also released several albums on Dickerson; 1999's Let the Chicks Fall Where They May was their first album for their new label. The Spragues continued to tour extensively, crossing the country as well as visiting Europe and Japan, and they even made an appearance on CBS' breakfast-hour program The Early Show. Following a second album for Hightone, 2000's Forever and a Day, the brothers became disenchanted with Hightone, and their next LP, Three, found them back on their own EssBee label. the Sprague Brothers recorded at a prolific pace for EssBee (later changing the label's handle to Wichita Falls Records), and their 2006 album Changing the World, 1 Chick at a Time included guest appearances by Randy Fuller (of the Bobby Fuller Four) and Edan Everly (son of Don Everly). When not busy writing and recording rock & roll, Frank Sprague also plays violin and has written and recorded several contemporary classical pieces.


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