JAMES "SPARKY" RUCKER - SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
“Telling Tales in Tandem” chapter co-written with Rhonda H. Rucker. Team Up! Tell In Tandem!, Written and edited by Jonatha Hammer Wright, (PRESTO & US Storytelling Publications, 2010).
Contributing Author for August House Book of Scary Stories, Ed. by Liz Parkhurst, 2009.
“The Preacher’s in the Pulpit: Old Time African American Preacher Tales,” Appalachian Heritage: A Magazine of Southern Appalachian Life & Culture [Berea College, Vol. 36 # 2, Summer 2008]
“The Story of ‘The Ballad of Tom Dooley'” Appalachian Heritage: A Magazine of Southern Appalachian Life & Culture [Berea College, Vol. 36 # 1, Winter 2008]
Contributing author for Encyclopedia of Appalachia, edited by Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell (University of Tennessee Press, 2006).
“Striking Up the Band” and “Sparky Almost Becomes a Painter”, Cumberland Avenue Revisited: Four Decades of Music in Knoxville, Tennessee, [Cardinal Publishing, 2003]
“Against the Law, or Brer Wolf Still in Trouble”, More Ready to Tell Tales [August House, 2001]
“My Soul Survives! Songs of Inspiration from the African-American Experience” Breathing the Same Air [Knoxville Writers Guild, 2000]
Unit of Study: Music of the Civil War [The Southeast Institute for Education in Music/The University of Tennessee, 1996] James David “Sparky” Rucker, Jr. with Leann Logsdon and edited by Dorothy K. Kittaka, Lee D. Harris, and Dr. Jeffrey Patchen.
Hey Rube “Folk Music and Legends: Our Link with the Past?” Sing Out! [Vol. 38, #1, May/June/July ‘93]
The Blue & Gray in Black & White Liner Notes, FFCD611, 1992]
Last Chorus “Jim Ringer (1936-1992) Singer/Songwriter” Sing Out! [Vol. 37, #1, May/June/July ‘92]
“Glory Hallelujah: Anatomy of a Civil War Song” and “The Minstrel Show” section of “The Blues and The Greys: Songs of the Civil War” article, Sing Out! [Vol. 36, #3, Nov/Dec ‘91/Jan ‘92]
“From Slavery I Sing,” Appalachian Heritage: A Magazine of Southern Appalachian Life & Culture [Berea College, Vol. 19 # 4, Fall 1991]
“Steppin’ Out on the Mountain” and “Railroad Bill” Sing Out! [Vol. 24, #6, 1976]