It’s safe to assume that many of the folks who will be in the audience at the Hamilton this evening saw Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds open for Allen Stone at the 9:30 Club in September and, like so many before them, fell under the spell of this musical juggernaut from Brooklyn. By many accounts, they got the better of the headliner with their raw brand of soul and R&B, which made the goofy looking Stone appear somewhat tame by comparison. As vocalist Arleigh Kincheloe succinctly puts it, “This is not high-class wearing-suits stuff. This is rock and roll.”
The band got started in 2008, when Kincheloe, her harmonica prodigy brother Jackson, and their drummer cousin Bram started playing together. Bram brought along a horn section, bassist, and guitarist. They honed their skills in 2009 during a five-month residency at Brooklyn’s Rockwood Music Hall, and have been tearing up stages ever since. The now eight-piece band will play music from both of their records, 2010’s self-titled album, and 2012’s phenomenal Pound of Dirt. They’ve been consistently working on new material as well, so expect to hear that in the mix.
The band recently paid tribute to their Rockwood days by playing a show there on New Year’s Eve, which, despite not being publicized, managed to sell out before tickets even went on sale. Bad news came at the NYE show as well, when the band announced that original members J.J. Byars, Johnny Butler, and Aidan Carroll were leaving the band. They quickly filled in the blanks by adding baritone sax phenom Brian Graham and bassist Josh Myers. While they’re not easy shoes to fill, it’s unlikely the lineup change will cause them to kick any less ass.