The Resonant Rogues is the songwriting soul child 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. Since then, they have dedicated their lives to crafting and sharing their music with the world, touring extensively across the US and Europe. The Resonant Rogues are difficult to define, but easy to enjoy. With a passion for folk music that spans continents and oceans, these songwriters bring a new relevance to old styles. The Rogues weave the threads of European, Middle Eastern, and American folk music together into a beautiful tapestry that simultaneously showcases tradition and innovation.
Though the full lineup has shifted throughout the years, the soul remains the same, and stellar musicianship is a constant. Featuring a core sound of vocal harmonies, accordion, guitar, and banjo, they are often accompanied by fiddle, upright bass, and percussion.
The Rogues’ latest album, Hands in the Dirt, is out on May 12th, and the group will be touring the US and Europe in 2017 to support the album and satisfy their adventurous spirits.
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 J. Smith–songwriter, guitar, suitcase bass drum, percussion, vocals
Keith cut his musical teeth in his early teens, playing drums in punk/rock bands. 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 at the age of 18, and began traveling around the US, hopping freight trains, and street performing for a living. As a traveling busker, he accompanied many acts from New Orleans to the Pacific Northwest and everywhere in between. After a few years of hard traveling and inspiration, he gained a renewed focus on songwriting and studying the guitar. In the summer of ’12 he made a demo recording of his own songs with some top musicians in Seattle. After the album was done, he hopped trains across the country to Asheville, NC, where he soon met Sparrow, and within a few days was laying tracks for her solo album. After deciding they wanted to create a co-lead group, they formed The Resonant Rogues in ’13, and Keith’s adventurous spirit is now satisfied with touring around the world.
All bio photos by John Gellman