This show marks the release of Chasin' the Boogie, the 10th solo guitar album from local fingerstyle magician Tim Sparks. Once part of the vintage jazz outfit Rio Nido, Sparks subsequently delved into a broad swath of global music where few guitarists ventured before, including Balkans dances and Russian symphonies. Inspired by visits to his native North Carolina, Boogie is a collection of blues, gospel, and pop standards, all with original arrangements and erudite historical references. Jazz sneaks into the spiritual standard "I'll Fly Away" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," for instance. An unusual key and tricky extrapolations delightfully twist the melody of the Beatles' "Blackbird." "The Mississippi Blues" is an intricate, rollicking joy ride, while the original "Blue La La" recalls eccentric New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin. Phil Heywood and fellow former Nido Tom Lieberman are among friends likely to stop by for a pick or two with Sparks.
Wed., June 18, 7 p.m., 2014