He’s already been mentioned a few times on the blog, namely in reviews for his excellent offerings, The Tempest Line EP and his more recent LP, In Our Time (which just came out yesterday).
Jay Sparrow has a raw honesty in his music that makes it so intensely likable. He never seems to hold back what he feels when he sings, and he also possesses the gift of making a country sound very much accessible to non-country fans.
His music always balances between the roaring and the soft- songs like “Trouble” or “Don’t Let the Flag Hit the Floor” will have you stomping and clapping while songs like “The Light” or “Rest of My Days” will have you slowly swaying.
Sparrow is very much a man of the country- growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, he ended up winning the 2009 Great Canadian Song Quest. He ended up immortalizing the Alberta Badlands with “The Ballad of Mary White,” a very hauntingly beautiful song.
Jay Sparrow will be playing the Dakota Tavern in Toronto this Thursday, and will be playing a live acoustic show on November 21st in Edmonton.