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One String Leads to Another

One String Leads to Another: Reviews



The Toledo Blade

If you've had a tough time finding simple, melodic, virtuoso guitar music devoid of showy percussive fireworks, fret no more. Sparks weaves bits of diverse tunes, usually intricate and most often foreign, into a soothing sort of original world music that alternately dazzles and relaxes.
- Ken Rosenbaum



Guitar Player Magazine
December 1999

A fingerstyle wizard, Tim Sparks draws from many musical traditions on One String Leads to Another. Strains of Celtic, country blues, ragtime, Appalachian, Turkish, Indian, and Italian melodies all find their way into Sparks' solo originals. It takes a skilled muscian - as opposed to guitarist- to weave such diverse rhythmic and harmonic threads into whole cloth, yet Sparks makes it happen.
    Whether thumbing a bass-note drone against bluesy double-stops and sitar like bends, plucking sheets of rippling arpeggios, or playing counterpoint lines at breakneck speed, Sparks is remarkably adventurous-and that's what separates him from the pack. There are many skilled solo-acoustic guitarists making CDs today, but few can match Sparks' verve and intensity. On this live and natural-sounding record, we hear a restless, probing mind, rather than a series of refined techniques.

Andy Ellis, Senior Editor GP


Acoustic Guitar Magazine
January 2000

On his latest release for Acoustic Music, One String Leads to Another, Sparks returns to his North Carolina roots for some musical inspiration... [the] multicultural spirit unifies the album's diverse offerings. Even the familiar Brazilian classic "Eu So Quero Em Xodo" fits in with nary a hitch.

Teja Gerken

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