The Resonant Rogues is the lovechild of partners Sparrow and Keith Smith. The pair met in Asheville in the Autumn of 2012, and their instant spark lit a blaze that could not be contained. After a short incubation period in which Keith moved back to New Orleans and Sparrow visited constantly, they decided to settle in Asheville (where Sparrow already lived with her son, Kale) and start a real band- and the Resonant Rogues was born. The first year included tours that spanned the US, playing all across the North East and out to the West Coast, recording their first EP at Jenke arts in Burlington Vermont and second EP in Port Townsend Washington, which were combined to make the Coast to Coast Double EP. The second year involved some transition and settling in- the original bass player, Ben Fox, and fiddle player, Walter Prettyman, lived in New Orleans, while Keith and Sparrow were committed to making Asheville their home. Swing Set, the jazz EP, and Go East Young Band, the Balkan EP, were recorded in New Orleans at Word of Mouth Studio right before this lineup parted ways. Craig Sandberg, upright bassist, moved to Asheville in the summer of 2014 from Minneapolis, and the Resonant Rogues scooped him up nearly immediately. Drayton Aldridge joined on the fiddle a few months later, and completed the quartet once again. The new lineup continued to tour extensively as well as playing most of the major venues in western North Carolina.
With two years of bandhood under their belts, the Rogues set their sights on Echo Mountain- Asheville’s premier recording studio. They ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to record a full length, professional, all-original album and send it to print. With their shiny new release in hand, Keith and Sparrow set out to spread their songs around the world. After a whirlwind full band tour of eastern US and Canada, the pair set out on a two month long adventure tour of Europe, trekking from Istanbul to Ireland with many stops in between, playing 30 shows and busking in 12 cities across seven countries. Returning home to their beloved Asheville, the band looks forward to sticking around the south for a while before heading to the west coast in November.
Sparrow–songwriter, accordion, banjo, and vocals
Sparrow loves to play music and dance! Her passion for movement and sound started early, with much time and energy spent on choir, orchestra, musical theatre, swing dancing, and figure skating. A voracious student, she has immersed herself in an enormous range of performance arts. Sparrow plays old fashioned originals with The Resonant Rogues, and also leads a traditional jazz band called Sparrow and her Wingmen. She also occasionally performs as a solo artist, and released a album of her original music in 2012. Her instruments include accordion, banjo, viola, violin, piano, and musical saw. She has been belly dancing since 2003, teaching and performing in Asheville and around the country. In 2006-2007, Sparrow attended the Circus Center in San Francisco, primarily for acrobatics, and has toured and performed with Asheville’s Runaway Circus. For more information than you could possibly ever need about Sparrow, check out www.sparrowsings.com
Keith Smith–songwriter, guitar, vocals, suitcase, percussion
Keith cut his musical teeth in his early teens, primarily playing drum kit. He developed a passion for songwriting upon learning his first chords on guitar, and hosted open mics and a community music festival in his hometown of Menomonie, WI. In the spring of ’09 he left home when he turned 18 and began traveling around the US, hopping freight trains and street performing for a living. As a traveling percussionist he accompanied many acts from New Orleans to Seattle and everywhere in between. After years of traveling with a washboard, he decided to turn his focus on songwriting and guitar. In the summer of ’12 he made a demo record of his own songs with folks in Seattle under the name At The Well. After the album was done, he hit the road again and wandered to Asheville, NC where he met Sparrow and was asked to lay tracks for her solo album in 3 days. They went on t0 form The Resonant Rogues in ’13 and Keith is a happier than a tornado in a trailer park!
Craig Sandberg– upright bass, vocals
Drayton Aldridge– fiddle, vocals
All bio photos by John Gellman