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The Sparklers

The Sparklers are an American rock 'n' roll band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consists of McCracken (voice and guitars), John Douglas Smith (voice and bass guitar), and Bob Enck (voice and drums). They are known for keeping secrets, telling lies, writing songs you wish you did, and keeping up the neighbors.

The band was formed at the turn of the century in South Philadelphia after a fortuitous meeting in the drunk tank on St. Patricks Day. It was here that the trio found they shared a common love of all things rock 'n' roll, the poetry of Seamus Heaney, and the City of Philadelphia. Over breakfast the following morning, they decided to meet again... this time with guitars.

The Sparklers quickly wrote, recorded, and released their first album, "Fall Apart Heart", in 2001. Produced by Paul Smith (Marah, Steve Earl), it was a loud, fast, and bitter take on matters of the heart.

A second album, "Crying at the Low Bar", a song cycle about loss, losing, losering, the City of Philadelphia, and the weight of the human heart, was released in 2012. Despite the delay in it's release, the album was well received; garnering radio airplay and landing on many "Best of 2012" lists.

In September of 2017, the band released, "All the Prettiest Girls Go Straight to Hell", a rollicking collection of city and eastern swing, gutter pop mongrel ballads, junk country, a tinkers damn of sentiment, and a whole lotta shaking going on.