Count Sparkula! He can really manhandle that ol' Martin. I heard him on video recently telling the audience when he puts his capo on he has to leave it loose enough to get a good "rattle" on his strings. He joked "Without my rattle I wouldn't have nothing."
I like Larry Spark's music because he sings lots of original tunes that tell a story. Not many older bluegrass performers around. Tunes like "John Deere Tractor".
In a period when most contemporary bluegrass is repetitive and strident(too fast and too high)Larry Sparks remains a story-teller with a soulful delivery. Winter in Miami is a song that that paints a mental picture that conveys a lot of emotion, just one of my favorites. Blue Virginia Blues is another evocative song. Tennesse 1949...the list goes on. He may not write all of his songs, but he sure can deliver them like nobody else