Appearances, Projects, and Awards

AWARDS 

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER 

Underground Railroad Free Press Award, 2018 
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 

Down by the Riverside (Tremont, 2017) 
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 and Rhonda have also appeared on many anthologies.

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, Winnipeg, and Philadelphia Folk Festivals

MEDIA PROJECTS AND APPEARANCES (partial list) 

SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER 

"All Things Considered" NPR 
Love & Solidarity (Bullfrog Films) 
"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