The Resonant Rogues
The Resonant Rogues, hailing from Asheville, NC, have ears for the past and eyes toward the future. Partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith write songs that transcend genres, blending Gypsy jazz and Balkan music with American folk traditions like old-time and blues. Their infectious melodies and eloquent lyrics bring a nouveau pop sensibility to their old fashioned style. 2015 was a big year for the young group, with the release of their new all-original album and tours that span the US and Europe. They will be hitting the road again in 2016 in their new shiny blue tour van!
The Resonant Rogues is the lovechild 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. After a short incubation period in which Keith moved back to New Orleans and Sparrow visited constantly, they decided to settle in Asheville (where Sparrow already lived with her son, Kale) and start a real band- and the Resonant Rogues was born. The first year included tours that spanned the US, playing all across the North East and out to the West Coast, recording their first EP at Jenke arts in Burlington Vermont and second EP in Port Townsend Washington, which were combined to make the Coast to Coast Double EP. The second year involved some transition and settling in- the original bass player, Ben Fox, and fiddle player, Walter Prettyman, lived in New Orleans, while Keith and Sparrow were committed to making Asheville their home. Swing Set, the jazz EP, and Go East Young Band, the Balkan EP, were recorded in New Orleans at Word of Mouth Studio right before this lineup parted ways. Craig Sandberg, upright bassist, moved to Asheville in the summer of 2014 from Minneapolis, and the Resonant Rogues scooped him up nearly immediately. Drayton Aldridge joined on the fiddle a few months later, and completed the quartet once again. The new lineup continued to tour extensively as well as playing most of the major venues in western North Carolina.