PLYMOUTH PATCH.com – South Shore based Americana and acoustic Roots duo Sparrow Blue has been selected as an opening act at America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth, MA on Saturday, November 21, 10:30 am at the grandstand at the Plymouth waterfront. The appearance coincides with the premiere of their debut EP, Mabel, available for download on iTunes and at the band’s website on November 15, www.thesparrowblue.com.
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade is one of America’s only historically accurate chronological parades, visually bringing to life America’s rich heritage representing each century from the 17th through the 21st. In showing the preservation of America’s history through the years, beginning with the Pilgrim era, the parade promotes an appreciation among our citizens for our rich heritage.
America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade is ranked the #1 Thanksgiving parade in the nation by AOL. It features beautifully decorated floats, nationally recognized Drum and Bugle Corps, re-enactment units from every period of American history and military marching units.
A chance meeting just over a year ago sparked a new songwriting duo in Katy Boc, (fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, vocals) and Todd Nickerson (guitar, harmonica, vocals). A mutual love of American Roots music inspired their unique version of Americana, blending traces of bluegrass, folk and classic country, rising to a collection of six original songs. Their poetic sound resonates to distant prairies, honky tonk, and an era past, comforting and authentic, stirring and sentimental.
The title track, “Mabel”, is inspired by traditional bluegrass murder ballads with a contemporary spin placing it in modern Americana. “Everybody’s Going to Texas” is a throwback to the music of classic country greats echoing Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, while “Next to Nothing” draws from contemporary influences like Jason Isbell. Recorded in part at 37’ Productions in Rockland, Mabel features Josh Kiggins on drums, Paul Dilley on upright bass, Steve Latanision on pedal steel, lap steel, banjo, and mandolin, and Catie Flynn on vocals. The album was recorded by Zack Bloomstein and Todd Nickerson, produced and mixed by Drew Townson, and mastered at Dirt Floor Studios.
As a fiddler and violinist, Boc has performed across the nation for more than twenty years after receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Texas at Austin. With years of classical training to her credit, she explored performing diverse styles of music, honing in on American roots and bluegrass, while experimenting with singing, songwriting and arranging. She frequently performs with other Americana, country, and bluegrass bands throughout New England including Girls, Guns and Glory, Crabgrass Bluegrass Band, and 6 East.
Nickerson is a founding member of the Americana band 6 East and has been performing in Eastern Massachusetts for a decade. 6 East released two full length albums of original songs (‘Living the Dream’ – 2011 and ‘Rising’ – 2013), both of which received significant radio airplay in Americana and Jam Band radio formats, as well as international radio play. As a songwriter, Nickerson pulls inspiration from life experiences and surroundings to craft songs of love, loss, and universal commonalities.
The Sparrow Blue album release concert will be performed Sunday, November 22, 2 pm, at South Shore Conservatory’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury. Admission to the Sparrow Blue album release concert is free, space is limited to capacity. To learn more about Sparrow Blue or to order the EP, visit www.thesparrowblue.com.