The Resonant Rogues craft fresh songs from a variety of vintage folk styles, featuring vocal harmonies accompanied by accordion, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. With a passion for folk music that spans continents and oceans, the band is led by partners Sparrow and Keith Josiah Smith. The pair met in Asheville in the Autumn of 2012, and their instant spark lit a blaze that could not be contained. Since then, they have dedicated their lives to crafting and sharing their music, touring extensively around the world. The Rogues weave the threads of European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation.
The Rogues have spent the last 6 years traveling from their mountain home in Western North Carolina all the way to Turkey, Australia, around Europe, and all around the US, sharing their music and learning traditional styles along the way. Self managed, tenacious, and fiercely independent, these adventurous travelers make it a priority to seek out epic nature and intimate, spontaneous cultural experiences on their tours.
In addition to bringing the Rogues on the road, Sparrow and Keith are full time musicians in Asheville, leading a swing band (Sparrow and her Wingmen) and a Balkan band (Black Sea Beat Society) as well as teaching swing dance lessons, keeping a garden, and, most importantly, raising an 11 year old son. The pair pull from some of the best musicians in their chosen genres for touring, playing with a mix of Kristen Harris, Daisy Castro, and Cailen Campbell on fiddle, and Daniel Iannucci on upright bass.
The Rogues’ third studio album, Autumn of the World, was released in May, 2019.
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 Josiah Smith – songwriter, guitar, vocals
Smith’s musical journey began with playing drums in punk/rock bands in his early teens. He then developed a passion for songwriting upon learning his first chords on the guitar, and hosted open mics and a community music festival in his hometown of Menomonie, WI. In the spring of ’09, at the age of 18, he left home and began traveling around the USA, hopping freight trains, and street performing for a living. In 2010, he traveled to Nashville, TN with hometown friend Jason Dea West (Intuitive Compass) and formed Barefoot Surrender with Benjamin Tod (Lost Dog Street Band). In the ensuing years he accompanied many other street bands between the Pacific Northwest and New Orleans, LA. In 2012, he gained a renewed focus on songwriting and studying the guitar, which led him to recording a demo in Seattle, WA. With that new demo in hand, he spent the next 10 days traveling across the country via freight train, visiting musician friends along the way and landing in Asheville, NC, where he serendipitously met a woman named Sparrow who needed a guitarist for her recording session in 3 days. They formed Resonant Rogues in 2013, and Keith’s adventurous spirit is now satisfied with touring around the world with his Wife, Sparrow.