Sparky and Rhonda Rucker to play at library

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BRATTLEBORO — Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform songs and stories from the American folk tradition at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. in Brattleboro on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Internationally recognized musicians, authors, and storytellers, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, blues harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, Appalachian music, Civil War music, ballads, civil rights music, and their own original compositions.

Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as National Public Radio programs All Things Considered, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

Rhonda's books for children, based on Sparky's childhood growing up in the South, will be available for sale and signing.

Admission is free and open to the public, and accessible to people in wheelchairs.

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802-254-5290 or visit



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