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Changing The World, 1 Chick At A Time

by Sprague Brothers

The Sprague Brothers are American originals carrying on the tradition of the Everly Brothers, The Ventures, Bobby Fuller, and Buddy Holley. Party on.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Rockabilly Twist
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2. Wormwood
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3. Keep On Loving Me
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4. I've Got It Made
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5. She's In The $ Now
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6. I Want To Be Her Man
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7. Little Star
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8. Better Believe
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9. You're Scarce
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10. She Took My Spittin' Cup
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11. Wichita Falls Rag
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12. I'm Settin' Jake
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13. She Brought Back My Spittin' Cup
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14. No One Cares
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15. Highway 15
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16. Harlem Ska
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17. American Music
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18. Girl Can't Hep It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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If they could, the Sprague Brothers would change the world, one song at a time. From their earliest released recordings in 1990 through their highly acclaimed Hightone CD’s and their recent releases on Wichita Falls Records, the Sprague Brothers have forged a clear and steady path, as leader Frank Lee Sprague says, “Influenced by none, inspired by many.” With their roots in hometown Wichita Falls, Texas, the Sprague Brothers travel the musical map, fusing their love for the music of fellow Texans Buddy Holly and Bobby Fuller with a touch of surf here and a touch of Merseybeat there, all blended into a superb and remarkable brand of rock ‘n’ roll uniquely Sprague.

On Changing the World, One Chick at a Time, Wichita Falls Records presents every facet of Frank and Chris Sprague’s artistry, from Sun Records-style rockabilly, to Everly Brothers-style ballads, to dazzling instrumentals and a dollop of Texas swing. Along the way, listeners experience the stunning musicianship of guitarist extraordinaire, Frank Lee Sprague, who plays every note on a variety of guitars, as well as featured drumming and harmony singing, by Chris Sprague.

The album leads off with the witty story-song, “Rockabilly Twist,” a countrified rocker which will prove popular on the dance floor. Listen for Chris Sprague quoting “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” as the song fades.

Brother acts are famous for their close harmonies. The Sprague Brothers are long-time fans of the fabulous Everly Brothers. On the haunting, “I’ve Got It Made,” Frank Sprague sings with Don Everly’s son, Edan. The song features a rich acoustic backing and beautiful interweaving vocals.

“I Want to Be Her Man,” with its classic, lean sound and intimate, heartfelt lead vocal by Frank, is the sort of timeless song that could be a hit in any era.

“I’m Setting Jake” (a saying from Wichita Falls) and “You’re Scarce” (a phrase used by Elvis Presley in the film, Blue Hawaii) sets you right down at the Sun studios with Sam Phillips at the helm. This is rockabilly at its purest and most authentic, second nature to the gifted Sprague Brothers.

“Wormwood” is an example of what the Sprague Brothers do best, creating a model recording that in a just world would be an international smash hit. Amazingly catchy, sung with raw power, the song has the drive and feel of Bobby Fuller at his rockingest.
Special guest Randy Fuller plays bass guitar on the track and provides background vocals as well.

Other standout tracks include the ballad, “No One Cares,” with a tender vocal by Frank and featuring unusual use of backing and harmony vocals which build in power and intensity that brings ‘brothers harmony’ into the third millennium. An intimate number, “Little Star,” has the quiet passion of one of Buddy Holly’s ballads and includes a special string arrangement by Frank. The romantic, “Keep on Loving Me,” pulls at the heart and demonstrates just how wonderfully Frank and Chris sing together. It’s an Everly-style number with a Latin beat.

No Sprague Brothers album is complete without a bevy of bonus tracks, and Changing the World proves no exception. The best cover versions surpass the original hands down, and with “American Music,” the Sprague Brothers do just that, adding tribute “signature” riffs from Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Ventures and Buddy Holly, and in a clever nod to the universality of rock ‘n’ roll, including a harmonica solo straight out of the Beatles via fellow Texan, Delbert McClinton.

The Sprague Brothers’ work has wowed reviewers in Rolling Stone, Playboy, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and many other magazines and newspapers. They have appeared on CBS nationwide television and National Public Radio, and have performed live around the world, including several successful tours of Japan. Other albums available include, The Savage Sprague Brothers on Wichita Falls Records, The Best of the EssBee CD’s on El Toro/Wichita Falls Records, and Let the Chicks fall Where they May and Forever and a Day, on Hightone Records. This new LP is another great addition to the Sprague Bros library, so join them as they change the world, ONE CHICK AT A TIME!


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Frederick Turgis - www.jumpingfrom6to6.com


Listening to a Sprague Brothers album is always like a good journey into American music. You find as usual some Everly Brothers type of tunes (Chris and Frank really know how to harmonize and put together some melodies that stick into your head) and some Bobby Fuller ("Wormwood") so this is no surprise to find on the guest list Randy Fuller and Edan Everly. “Little Star” is a beautiful ballad in a Texas style (think Buddy Holly), Spanish guitar and superb string arrangement. Rockabilly is also very well represented with “You’re Scarce” and “I’m Settin Jake”, two songs that could come straight from the vault of Sun records. Talking about rockabilly, “Rockabilly Twist” is exactly what the title means with at the end, you have to hear closely, a citation of Surfin’ Bird / Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow. “Wichita Fall Rag” is a stunning western swing instrumental with Jeremy Wakefield on steel, Deke Dickerson on rhythm guitar and Shorty Poole on bass. They really should record more in that style. They provide another instrumental with the short “Highway 15” but this time more in a Ventures style. “She Took My Spittin Cup” and “She Brought Back My Spittin Cup” are, it’s no surprise with titles like that, on the hillbilly side. You also have plenty of bonus tracks The Blasters’ American Music on which Frank quotes riffs by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee, The Ventures and Buddy Holly (it’s also great fun to hear a harmonica solo reminiscent of the Beatles on a song called “American Music”), the classic “Harlem Nocturne” turned into a ska and “The Girl Cant Help It”. But wait, there are more hidden bonus, but sorry folks, you’ll have to buy the cd to discover them.