SPARKY & RH0NDA RUCKER

APPEARANCES, PROJECTS, AND AWARDS

music, storytelling, history

AWARDS

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER

Artists of Change Award, 2015, Community Shares
Spirit of Freedom Commemorative Medal of Honor, 2014 (African American Civil War Memorial, Washington D.C.)
MLK Art Award, 2013; Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Commission, Knoxville, TN
Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong Legacy Award, 2011
Grammy-nominated Anthology CD "Singing Through the Hard Times" 2009
Nomination for W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Recording, 1991, for "Treasures & Tears"
Certificate of Appreciation, 2003 Multi-Cultural Festival, Marquette High School, MO

SPARKY RUCKER

Certificate of Appreciation, 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Storytelling World Award 2001 Honor Title
Knoxville Music History Mural 2000
Knoxville Civil War Roundtable Award 2000
NAACP Appreciation Award 1998
Spirit of the Buffalo Soldier Award 1997
Nomination for W.C. Handy Award for Best Traditional Artist
The Hurston-Hughes Award, 1989
Kentucky Colonel 1989
John Henry Award, 1976 and 1982
Personalities of the South 1975-76

RHONDA RUCKER

Crystal Kite Award 2014 Finalist for the novel, Swing Low, Sweet Harriet

DISCOGRAPHY

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER

"Let Freedom Ring" (Tremont, 2012)
"One Earth" (Tremont, 2009)
"The Mountains Above and the Valleys Below" (Tremont, 2008)
"Done Told the Truth Goodbye" (Tremont, 2006)
"Midnight Memories" (Tremont, 2004)
“Patchwork Tales” (Tremont, 1996)
“The Blue & Gray in Black & White” (Flying Fish, 1992)
“Treasures & Tears” (Flying Fish, 1990)
“Eventide: Songs of Celebration” (Tremont, 1990)

SPARKY RUCKER

“A Magic Night” (Makin’ Jam, 1988)
“Drive Back the Night” (L&R Records, 1984)
“A Home in Tennessee” (A Gentle Wind, 1981)
“Heroes and Hard Times” (Green Linnet, 1981)
“Cold & Lonesome on a Train” (June Appal, 1977 and Tremont, 1990)
“Bound to Sing the Blues” (Traditional, 1972)

Sparky Rucker has also appeared on many anthologies and has published several articles pertaining to history and folklore.

CONCERT APPEARANCES (partial list)

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
National Folk Festival - Australia
National Folk Festival - Scotland
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
International Storytelling Center
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Tennessee Homecoming Festival
Kerrville Folk Festival
Walnut Valley Festival - Winfield, KS
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Clearwater Folk Festival
Robert Johnson Memorial Blues Festival
National Conference of the Center for Black Music Research and the College Music Society
Vancouver Folk Festival
Old Songs Festival - NY

SPARKY RUCKER

National Storytelling Festival
Piccolo Spoleto Festival - Charleston, SC
International Children’s Festival - Wolf Trap Farm Park
American Folk Blues Tour, Europe, 1983 and 1985
Gurten-Bern International Festival in Switzerland
World’s Fair, 1982
Mariposa, Winnepeg, and Philadelphia Folk Festivals

MEDIA PROJECTS AND APPEARANCES (partial list)

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER

"On Point" NPR
“The Wild West” Time-Warner TV miniseries
“Storytelling in North America” -- National Geographic Society, 1992
Scholastic Teaching Resources Projects
“Old Music for New Ears” - Kentucky Educational Television, 1992
“Tall Tales of the Blue Ridge” - Eastern National Park & Monument Association video, 1992
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival; WQPT-TV; PBS; Moline, IL
“Live at Studio One” KUNI-FM
“Folkscene Music” KPFK-FM, Calif.
“KUNM-FM, Albuquerque, NM

SPARKY RUCKER

“Stories of North America” video, 1994, National Geographic Society
“Catch the Spirit” Cable-TV (BET & CBN)
“Carry It On” PBS series
“Amazing Grace: Music in America” PBS
“Stage 9” KIXE-TV; Redding, CA
“Tonight at Ferlinghetti’s” WPBA-TV in Atlanta
“Rockpalast” WDR, West Germany
“Hier 11 um” East Germany
“Morning Edition” NPR
“Prairie Home Companion” NPR
“Mountain Stage” NPR
“Sandy Bradley’s Potlock” NPR

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