First/Last-Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

November 5, 2013

“Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, BandCamp and SoundCloud. The band recently released their killer “Fight” EP and are on tour now, stopping in Pittsburgh Friday night at The Rex with support from the Cait Cuneo Band. My thanks to Sister Sparrow herself, Arleigh Kincheloe (Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “Houses of the Holy” Led Zeppelin.
  • Your last album bought?
  • “The Muse” The Wood Brothers.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Too hard! I’ll give you three: Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, Jackson Browne’s “Late for the Sky”, and Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Also hard… I don’t usually keep track of things I don’t enjoy.
  • First concert attended?
  • Tom Petty.
  • Last concert?
  • March Fourth Marching Band.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Bonnie Raitt at NOLA Jazz Fest with my sister a few years ago.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Anything without real live music.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • My dad was born and raised in Pittsburgh, so it’s special to me in that way. We’ve spent a little time there with him and it’s apparent how much he loved growing up there. We’ve had so many fun shows there over the last couple of years, we always look forward to coming back.

Thanks, Arleigh. So cool you have family roots in town. I’m totally with your Dad because I too loved growing up here.