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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

66 Ratings

Absolutely Awesome!

Whoa!!!!!!!,

The Weather Below captures everything I love about seeing Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds live: Jackson’s wailing harmonica, Phil and Brian’s fiery horns, Sasha's driving and soaring guitar riffs, the tight rhythm section with Josh on bass and Dan on drums, and of course, Sister Sparrow taking her voice out for a test drive and putting it through its paces. Oh, the things this woman can do with her pipes! Whether she’s growling, purring, howling, ranting, flirting, preaching, pleading, celebrating, or testifying, prepare to be blown away!

This album will make your ears extremely happy, but it will lift your heart as well. Sister Sparrow is an old soul, and her music and lyrics capture emotions and experiences with great honesty. From the anticipation of a first kiss on Sugar, to the overwhelming feeling of pouring everything you have into a relationship in Disappear, to the fear that your best (and only?) love might be behind you in Cold-Blooded, Sister Sparrow’s songs grab you and don’t let go. Sister Sparrow is much younger than me, but somehow she knows exactly how I feel.

It’s hard to describe SSDB’s music… maybe soul rock funky blues?... but even that label doesn’t capture their unique sound. They don’t get locked into a genre, but instead go where the music leads them, and trust me, you’ll want to tag along wherever they go. Each one of these musicians is incredibly talented, but when they play together, the magic they create is somehow more than the sum of its parts. Songs like Prison Cells, Mama Knows, Don’t Be Jealous, and We Need a Love touch something deep inside and set even the most reluctant bodies to groovin’.

Nothing beats seeing SSDB live, but there are some distinct advantages to hearing these fantastic versions of their songs on The Weather Below. First, you get to hear each song mixed exactly as the band desired. (Thank you, Ryan Hadlock, for so accurately capturing everything that makes this band special!) You also get some wonderful surprises…Josh’s piano on Sugar, a completely re-imagined Every Road, and a crushing bridge on Disappear, to name just a few. But my favorite aspect of this album is the harmonies. The only thing better than hearing Sister Sparrow sing is hearing Sister Sparrow sing back up for Sister Sparrow!

I highly recommend that you buy The Weather Below right now, but be forewarned: After one listen you will probably become hopelessly addicted to SSDB, and the next thing you know, you’ll be binge listening to all of their albums and will see them live 14 times in 3 years. That’s completely possible, by the way. These road warriors are an incredibly hard working band. The Weather Below is an amazing album that proves that hard work can pay off in incredible ways.

Best Band Around

K-Cro,

I’ve only heard the first two tracks from this album, but whoa!!! The tunes are amazing!!! This is the best live band on the planet right now and they’ve finally matched their live prowess with an impeccably produced, lively studio pass. Can’t wait to hear the rest.

About Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

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 up a reputation as a powerhouse live band who mixed soul, funk, blues, rock, and country to great effect during their weekly residency at the Rockwood Music Hall. They put this live chemistry to the test with their self-titled 2010 debut, which was recorded live during a marathon 12-hour session at New York's Avatar Studios. They spent the following year building up a national fan base through constant touring, earning support slots with major acts like Dr. John, Gov't Mule, and Counting Crows. Their second album, Pound of Dirt, which arrived in 2012, was followed a year later by the Fight EP, produced by Grammy-winning American Idol judge Randy Jackson. They continued to log miles on the road establishing themselves on the festival circuit, making appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. For their third LP, the group enlisted producer Ryan Hadlock (Vance Joy, the Lumineers) and recorded at famed rural studio Bear Creek outside of Seattle. The Weather Below was released in the summer of 2015. ~ Timothy Monger

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