Ben Sparaco

And The New Effect

New Single “Casual Friends” Premiered at Live For Live Music

May 24, 2018
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Our friends at Live For Live Music have premiered “Casual Friends,” the lead single from our upcoming EP “Greetings, from Ben Sparaco and The New Effect,” out June 8th. Stream and download it on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and more. Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KT931H iTunes: https://apple.co/2GKztQx Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2II0QRb YouTube: https://youtu.be/uoQ3kYvgwS0     Read the full article here: https://liveforlivemusic.com/features/premiere-ben-sparaco-casual-friends/   From Live For Live Music: “This is the first time I’ve made a record with a band that I have a lot …

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Jackson Free Press Interview: “Finding The New Effect”

December 27, 2017
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Big thanks to Jackson Free Press in Jackson, MS for the great interview and article before our show at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar on 12/29 with special guests the Jason Daniels Band as support. “I think part of it’s [writing music] just the natural evolution of being any sort of artist,” he says. “You kind of want to do something that is your own, just to feel like you’re making something fresh. As fun as it is to play other …

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Music Fest News Feature and Interview

December 20, 2017
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“Guitarist and singer/songwriter Ben Sparaco has made the most of his move from South Florida to Nashville, including the release of solo album Wooden a year ago. We first encountered Sparaco almost two years ago when he turned heads with impressive sets at Suwannee Springfest and the Wanee Music Festival in March and April of 2016. His style, at the age of 18, showed great promise, much like Derek Trucks in some respects. In addition to his set at Wanee, he further impressed with Crazy Fingers, a prominent Dead …

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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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