Minton Sparks (acclaimed Nashville recording artist, storyteller)

October 13, 2012
8:00 pm

Minton Sparks is a storyteller and performance artist all rolled into one.

At her show, you will hear laughing, hollering, and crying.  You’ll see people listening intently and getting caught up in the moments she creates.  Sparks has that effect on people.  It’s mighty hard to envision singular performances by a poet and short story author, a character actor and a songwriter being offered on a single bill.  That is, until one, Minton Sparks takes the stage.


She’s performed in the American Songbook Series at the Lincoln Center, served as teller-in-residence at the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival, been invited to the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, shared the stage with the likes of Rodney Crowell, John Prine and Nanci Griffith and has received some of the highest possible praise for a southern writer — being called the lovechild of Flannery O’Connor and Hank Williams.  These are no insignificant accomplishments.


She delivers words in beelines of bluesy rhythm and worries the hooks—and there are hooks—backed solely by the nimble acoustic guitar work of John Jackson, who’s perhaps best known for having played with Bob Dylan.  And she inhabits each character in full-bodied fashion;  now buck dancing, now chicken strutting, now delivering gossip with a self-righteous shrug. 


Her albums boast the contributions of no less than Waylon Jennings and multi-instrumentalist, Darrell Scott, the next Irish siren, Maura O’Connell and bluesman Keb’ Mo’, and the third Grammy-winning acoustic producer, Gary Paczosa and players including John Jackson, blues pianist, Steve Conn, mandolin virtuoso, Chris Thile and clawhammer banjo stylist, Abigail Washburn.  All of which is to say, musicians of stature from all corners of the world dig Sparks’ unorthodox work.  You will too.

The best way to experience her hybrid of performance poetry, music and monologue artistry is live — especially in a venue as intimate as Lannie’s, where she and guitarist, John Jackson cast their spell on people likely to hear their own relatives, histories and family secrets reflected in her pieces.


Minton Sparks

Photo of John Jackson provided courtesy of KENNISON PHOTOGRAPHY

Saturday, October 13th at 8pm
Doors open at 7pm

Please arrive to be seated no later than 7:45


We do not issue physical tickets. Once purchased, your name will be added to our reservations list, check in at our box office when you arrive.

NOTE: If you would like to be seated as a group/with friends, please include the first and last name of the agreed upon group name on the line provided: GROUP. Group seating is not guaranteed if requested within 3 hours of show-time. If a show is almost sold out, we cannot guarantee group seating. Purchase early if you can!

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of completing your purchase, call (303) 293-0075.

Most shows have assigned seating based on order of ticket purchase and party size, assigned front to back. The venue is intimate, no seats are far from the stage.

Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable to other shows/dates. (You can sell or give them to friends if you can’t make it.)

If you have special seating needs, (wheelchairs/elderly, etc) PLEASE let us know in advance.

We reserve the right to give up reserved seats after the show begins.

Doors typically open one hour prior to show-time (check website for info)

We serve appetizers, desserts, cocktails, wine, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages.

All tickets include sales tax.