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There’s plenty of sweltering, horn-powered R&B here—but also moments of unexpected subtlety. Singer Arleigh Kincheloe leads the Brooklyn-based combo through a brace of tunes that recall both contemporary soul acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and such ‘60s-era brass ensembles as Ten Wheel Drive. Further defining the sound are Jackson Kincheloe’s wailing harmonica riffs and Sasha Brown's blazing, slightly psychedelic guitar work. The Dirty Birds make the most of their four-piece horn section with creative arrangements that veer from the simmering New Orleans groove of “Millie Mae” to the jittery funk of “Lasso” and the crowd-rousing Memphis soul of “Too Much.” Kincheloe proves herself a compelling, gutsy belter on scorching upbeat numbers like “Make It Rain” and “Dirt.” She’s even better when she digs into slower tracks like “Hollow Bones,” “Horse to Water," and “Another Ride” (the latter boasting an especially evocative, nostalgia-filled lyric). Touches of old-time jazz, blues rock, and disco give Pound of Dirt a distinct flavor that should please soul purists and adventuresome pop fans alike.

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Great New Disc By a Band You Should See

I am probably a bit biased. Never heard of this band until attending the Gathering of the Vibes in the Summer of 2011. Went to see other bands and ended up walking around and caught this group by accident and was really impressed. I have gone to see them twice since and think it is an all out performance every time that anyone would enjoy. Its like J Giels meets Amy Winehouse. Nice horns, harmonica and a booming voice by the lead singer Arleigh. I have heard many of these songs live and so to have them on my IPhone now is well worth it. I wish the group nothing but success because they seem like hard workers with a ton of talent. I was going to list my favorites on the disc but quite honestly so many of the songs are great that you should buy it in whole and not in part.

Better then the First

I am constantly amazed listening to Arleigh's growth as a singer and songwriter. Pound of Dirt is showing the growth in the style of both she and those tremendous Dirty Birds. I never get tired of listening to that voice as it glides through very difficult note progressions and comes out the other side with a clarity and maturity that puts her among the best out there today. I've known the Kincheloe family for 20 years and each of them is more talented than the next. However, many of us realized early on that Arleigh had it all and the discipline to take it to the top. An unbelievable young talent who continues to grow along with her sidemen who are growing right along with her. My favorite on this album is hard to pick...I know Hollow Bones is right up there, as is, Millie Mae. Can't wait to see them live again.

Blew Me Away

I attended an Allen Stone concert the other night with this band as one of the openers. They had an amazing stage presence, and the music was phenomenal. The energy they put into thier music is beyond compare. Every one of these songs captures the mind and soul. I walked away from that concert having enjoyed their performance more than Allen's.


Formed: 2008 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New York soul-funk outfit Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds were formed in 2008 by singer/songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe. Already making noise in their native Catskill Mountains region, the dynamic-voiced Arleigh and her harmonica-playing brother Jackson headed downstate to New York City to put together a fully fledged soul ensemble that includes guitarist Sasha Brown, bassist Josh Myers, drummer Dan Boyden, trumpeter Phil Rodriguez, and saxophonist Brian Graham. By the summer of 2009, they had built...
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Pound of Dirt, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Vocal
  • Released: Feb 28, 2012

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