Music Fest News covers Wanee

May 1, 2017
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“Ben Sparaco was up for his first Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park show since moving from South Florida to Nashville. At the advanced age of 19 (!!), Sparaco continues to grow as a superb guitarist and band leader. His tremendous set featured six tunes from new album Wooden. He is cut in the mold of Derek Trucks, but Sparaco is his own man in the same way that Trucks is. Blasting off with “Make Me Feel Alone Tonight,” he …

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“Don’t Try To Wake Me Up” Reviewed in London

December 24, 2016
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London-based music blog “musicmusingsandsuch” reviewed the single “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up” off my forthcoming album “Wooden.” It’s an in depth review that also covers my last release, Bring The Jubilee EP and much more. It’s great to get some love from across the pond, where the single was given a 9.2/10 rating. Some quotes from the review: “The guitars shine and the delicious licks are not bashful when getting into the earlobes (and other more visible regions). The songwriting …

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Live For Live Music Premiers “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up”

November 18, 2016
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Live For Live Music has the exclusive premier of “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up” off the forthcoming album Wooden. Check out the article about the album and stream the new song which features Ross Holmes on Fiddle, Royal Masat on bass, and Taylor Jones on drums. Ben Sparaco Releases New Single “Don’t Try To Wake Me Up” [Premiere]

JamBands.com Review of Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band

September 3, 2016
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“It took only the opening notes of the chugging Allman Brothers Band instrumental “Hot ‘Lanta,” to turn the sweat to satisfaction, as Sparaco, all of 18 years-old, delivered a building and blistering solo reminiscent of modern-day Brother Derek Trucks.” http://www.jambands.com/reviews/shows/2016/08/13/butch-trucks-and-the-freight-train-band-narrows-center-for-the-arts-fall-river-ma-8-6

On Tour with Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band

July 24, 2016
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Ben Sparaco will be playing guitar in Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band this summer. Dates include: 7/21/16 at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton. See the review in Live for Live Music here, with the full recording and videos. 7/23/16 at The Music Ranch in Lakeland, FL 7/24/16 at The Side Bar Theatre in Tallahassee, FL  See the review here 7/27/16 at Amp by Strathmore in Bethesda, MD 7/28/16 at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD 7/29/16 at The Egg in Albany NY …

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New Feature Article in SFL Music Magazine

July 8, 2016
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Ben Sparaco is featured in the July 2016 issue of SFL Music Magazine. You can download the issue here.  The story begins on page 26.

New MFN Review of our set at OBJ

June 6, 2016
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“The Ben Sparaco Band was up next. I was fortunate to have seen him at AURA and Wanee, where they had tremendous sets. This one was a match. They kicked off with a real hot tune which went through a bunch of changes, first “Machine Gun” (!!), then scat-singing and playing, finally into an Allman Brothers-like vibe, with a superb electric piano solo from the keyboard player. And that was the soundcheck! The 18-year-old guitarist then blistered “Walk on the Levee,” the first tune …

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L4LM Shares The EP Release

May 23, 2016
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Live for Live Music covered our EP Release on 5/17. “Hot off a busy spring touring schedule that included appearances at venues across the southeast including Aura Music and Arts Festival and Wanee Festival, the South Florida-based, soulful jam-rockers the Ben Sparaco Band have debuted their first studio release called Bring The Jubilee EP. Featuring five songs written by 18-year-old guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco including one live track from a show the band played in December of 2015, the …

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Music Fest News Covers our Wanee Set

April 22, 2016
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“Music started right on time at 2:30 with Bonnie Blue, an excellent Jacksonville quartet playing their engaging brand of Southern blues and rock. Those early arrivals who made it to the Mushroom Stage got a real treat, and that joy continued with a set from the Ben Sparaco Band from Miami. It would be tempting to say that Sparaco channels Derek Trucks. Sounds similar. Plays similarly. One of his guitars is the same as Derek’s, I think. The set started with “Volunteered Slavery.” And yet Sparaco, …

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Live Performance On Blues Radio International

March 26, 2016
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See the performance here