Ben Sparaco

And The New Effect

Coast To Coast 2019 Spring Tour Announced

February 15, 2019









Ben Sparaco and The New Effect, the Nashville-based indie-rock trio fronted by songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ben Sparaco, have announced their national spring tour which includes headlining shows as well as direct support slots with G. Love & Special Sauce. Tickets for all dates are on sale today (2/15).

Ben Sparaco and The New Effect will hit the road on their 26-date tour with the inaugural show Friday, March 1 in Boulder, CO at Fox Theatre as direct support for G. Love & Special Sauce. An additional six dates in the tour’s coast-to-coast itinerary will accompany G. Love & Special Sauce while the others will be headlining engagements.


“When we’re opening for G. Love we’ll be doing 45-minute sets which is short for us, says Sparaco. “Those shows will be all about making the best impression we can in a relatively short time. We’ll probably stick to a similar setlist with pre-determined transitions whereas our headline shows will be a little more improvisational and have more setlist variation.”


The tour will make additional stops in Denver, Aspen, Nashville, Athens, Richmond, Washington D.C., New York City, Asbury Park, Indianapolis, Asheville, Charlotte and many others before wrapping in Alpharetta, GA at Matilda’s on Saturday, June 1.


“Some of these shows are our first theater shows ever which is super exciting for us and we get to go to some of our favorite places on this tour; Colorado, New York City, etc.,” adds Sparaco. “We’ll be stepping it up a notch for these bigger audiences by incorporating a lot of new sounds into our set that we’ve never had in our music before.”


To wrap the band’s 2018 year, they released their latest single, “Scared of The Dark,” on November 30. The song—which delivers the band’s alternative vibe with a jam element, built from Sparaco’s notable lead guitar chops—has been steadily grabbing attention as it’s now logged over 130,000 Spotify streams to date.


“I’m playing a lot less lead guitar on this song than I normally would,” says Sparaco. “It’s funny that it worked out that way because the song is about my younger self and a lot of the insecurities that came with growing up and trying to be a musician. When I was younger, I was all about being a guitar player. As I’ve grown up, I’ve become more focused on songs. This song really shows where I’m at right now with my songwriting, while referencing a past version of myself the whole time.”

West Coast Tour Dates With G. Love & Special Sauce!

February 4, 2019

We are thrilled to be opening for G. Love & Special Sauce for select west coast tour dates this March. Our first theatre shows! Tickets available now.

3/1 – The Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO

3/2 – The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

3/19 – The Rialto – Bozeman, MT

3/21 – Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA

3/28 – Warren Station Center For The Arts – Keystone, CO

3/29 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO

3/30 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO

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

May 24, 2018

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.




Read the full article here:


From Live For Live Music:

“This is the first time I’ve made a record with a band that I have a lot of experience playing within a live setting. All of these songs have been played live and I’ve been able to spend countless hours on the road with the band living with this music. That allowed us to really get a clear vision of what we wanted these new songs to sound like on the record. It’s easy to be on the same wavelength in the studio after sitting in a van listening to the same music and playing together a bunch.”

Today, Live For Live Music is thrilled to premiere the lead single from Greetings, “Casual Friends”. Enjoy the funky, blues-tinged track with an 80s dance beat in the chorus that will linger long after you hear it.

Spring 2018

April 16, 2018

Our first tour back out west this year was a success! Thanks to all the fine people that came to our shows in Lincoln, Denver, Durango, and Taos. We’ll be back later this summer.

We’re about to head down to Wanee Festival to play for the third year in a row. Catch Ben Sparaco and The New Effect on Wednesday from 7pm-8:30pm and keep an eye out all weekend for Ben sitting in with some other bands.

After Wanee we’re heading home to Nashville for a few weeks to recharge and finish up the debut Ben Sparaco and The New Effect EP featuring the single “There Is No Them” (available at all online music retailers now) plus four brand new songs and a new version of “Walk on the Levee” (from Ben’s debut release, Bring the Jubilee EP, available at all online music retailers).

We’ll also be playing our first hometown show of the year at The 5 Spot on April 28th with some other great bands and friends like Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL), Rich Mahan Band, and many more. Don’t miss the Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III!

In mid may we head back out to the west coast for the first time since last summer. Full tour announcement coming soon, but we have already announced our return to Whitefish, Montana at The Great Northern. We can’t wait to go back to one of our favorite venues right on the edge of Glacier National Park and throw a party with you all again!

As always, you can keep up with Ben and the band by following @bensparacomusic on instagram and twitter and liking Ben Sparaco on Facebook.


See you out on the road!

-Ben Sparaco and The New Effect.


P.S. If you can’t wait to hear this new music, check out our 615 Hideaway session from a few weeks ago. We play the whole EP plus a few more songs live!

Jackson Free Press Interview: “Finding The New Effect”

December 27, 2017

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 people’s music, there’s a point where it can get tiring because you’ve heard it all before.”

Read the full article here.

Music Fest News Feature and Interview

December 20, 2017

“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 tribute band. In addition to his solo work, the late Butch Trucks invited him along for some of the Freight Train Band shows. We had the opportunity to speak with Sparaco on Tuesday shortly before he was to perform in Nashville.”

See the full interview with photos and videos here.