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Have Yourself a Continental Christmas
The Wagoneers and more at the end of the world (year?)
DAILY Music  December 21, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...’Tis the season, or maybe no reason, but reunion shows seem well-suited to the holidays. Starting tonight, Friday, the Continental Club rings the nostalgia chimes with Speedy Sparks’ “End of the World Party,” followed tomorrow Saturday with Paul Ray & the Cobras’ annual Christmas show, and the Wagoneers’ 2nd annual All Ages Holiday Show on Sunday...."

Nacho Daddy
What do Michael Jackson and Manu Chao have in common? Joe King Carrasco.
Music Story  January 25, 2013, by Margaret Moser
"...Heroes weren't hard to find when El Molino played its first gig down in McAllen in 1976. Carrasco, bassist Speedy Sparks, and guitarist Ike Ritter shared $15 between them and were still searching for a drummer..."

To Sir, With Love
The people whose lives were touched by Doug Sahm
Music Story  November 26, 1999, by Christopher Gray
"...The other thing was swamp pop. I never met anybody here who knew about swamp pop, except maybe Speedy Sparks, but Doug knew everything and we could talk for hours..."

Speedy Sparks
Music Review  February 2, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...Speedy SparksOK, Let's Play (Dynamic) If you have any recordings on the Dynamic label (Roky Erickson singles and such), you already know more or less how this is gonna sound. As the insert states, supreme Austin sideman Speedy Sparks' solo effort was made "the Dynamic way -- no over production, no over arrangements." It's a back-to-basics sound, and though some modern music lovers may find the results a bit tinny, the pure Buddy Holly tribute sound should be appreciated by fans of this type of cheery pop-a-billy..."

The Ballad of El Molino
Unearthing one of the great "lost" albums of Texas rock & roll history
Music Story  October 11, 2002, by Bill Bentley
"...Bassist Speedy Sparks started his musical career as doorman at Austin's legendary Soap Creek Saloon, then let it slip one day he had a Fender P-bass in his closet. Farfisa organist David Mercer was the mystery man of the band, and quickly got dubbed the "tokin' straight." Add on a few other musicians here and there, including Sir Doug's right-hand bro Augie Meyers, and you had a lineup capable of just about anything: polkas, rancheras, double shuffles, cumbias, R&B, rock, misdemeanors, felonies, whatever...."

Page Two: More Stars Than There Are in Heaven
Honoring those who helped create, and now tend, the legacy of Clifford Antone
Columns  June 2, 2006, by Louis Black
"...It's for Ian Moore, Will Sexton, Doyle Bramhalls I & II, Mike Judge, Miss Lavelle White, Gary Clark Jr., and the Keller Brothers. George Raines, Sarah Brown, Kaz Kazanoff, Jon Blondell, Speedy Sparks, Hubert Sumlin, Mel Brown, James Cotton, and C.B..."

Dancing About Architecture
Punk rock rough stuff; Emo calls it quits; Tenacious D seems to be the shit.
Music Column  March 24, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...None of this is to say that just because a performer doesn't take himself seriously, he must be good. "I hate to sound like the guy who doesn't get it," sputters Speedy Sparks, attempting to remain calm, before exploding, "But I don't get it!!!" Sparks is reliving his time onstage with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, who announced to SXSW personnel a mere two hours before his Saturday La Zona Rosa showcase that there had been a misunderstanding: He didn't need a pickup amp, he needed a pickup band! Sparks had been jamming at home with the also-legendary George Tomsco, guitarist for Tex-Mex instrumentalists the Fireballs and buddy of Buddy Holly..."

Decade Awards
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...3. Speedy Sparks..."

Behind the Crown
Music Story  January 25, 2013, by Margaret Moser and Joe Nick Patoski
"...The [El Molino] band that played Blondie's on East Sixth Street was Ike Ritter on guitar, Speedy Sparks on bass, David Mercer on Farfisa, and Richard Elizondo on drums. They opened a lot of shows, but because of Joe's pedigree with Salaman and Shorty y los Corvettes, they'd get these Eastside Chicano club gigs...."

Designated Drummer
Drummer Ernie Durawa's Way of Knowledge.
Music Story  May 23, 2003, by Bill Bentley
"..."I first met Joe through bass player Speedy Sparks," Durawa recalls. "I was renting the house on South First which is now known as Jovita's..."

Dancing About Architecture
SXSW is still over, and now so is the new Emo's and the Metro. True Believers are back, though.
Music Column  March 29, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...Don Walser is apparently back onstage, if not literally back on his feet, and can be found playing at his usual haunts... Finally, Speedy Sparks is alive and well..."

Doug Sahm: All About the Groove
Views & Brew panel tonight at the Cactus goes deep
DAILY Music  November 18, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Next Monday, 14 years to the day after Sahm’s sudden death at the age of 58 on November 18, 1999, he’ll be the topic of a panel discussion at the Cactus Cafe. Moderated by Jody Denberg of KUTX, All About the Groove features Sahm peers/bandmates Marcia Ball, Speedy Sparks, and Ernie Durawa, as well as the best friend Texas music has these days, author Joe Nick Patoski...."

Beer Drinkers, Meet 'Alcospeed'
Just in time for SXSW … someone comes out against Sparks.
DAILY News  March 3, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"... The CSPI argues that the drinks – "adulterated products" that the group has dubbed "alcospeed," which combine booze and stimulants, like caffeine, guarana, or ginseng – are marketed so as to appeal to underage drinkers. Indeed, the group notes that the alcospeed beverages – including A-B's "Tilt" and "Bud Extra" beverages along with Miller's "Sparks" drink – are similar in appearance and flavor (gag) to other nonalcoholic, quasi-energy drinks that are heavily marketed to kids..."

Alcorn/Chadbourne, Dr. Eugene Chadbourne
Texas Platters
Music Review  May 23, 2003, by David Lynch
"...Texas Sessions: Chapter Two is a tribute to the venerable Doug Sahm. Along with Alcorn, it features local harp king Walter Daniels and Sahm rhythm section Ernie Durawa and Speedy Sparks..."

Live at Liberty Lunch
The Neville Brothers
Music Story  July 22, 1999
"...When its leader called an El Molino show, it was a roll of the loaded dice on who would show up; the band's only album, Tex-Mex Rock-Roll on Lisa Records (a label named after Carrasco's girlfriend at the time), was still sitting in huge piles at the singer's West 221/2 Street pad, and no one really knew who was actually in El Molino. But that night at Liberty Lunch, the stars were out in strength on the bandstand: sax player Rocky Morales and trumpeter Charlie McBurney had somehow made it up from San Antonio, along with their sidekick Richard "Eh Eh" Elizondo aka "The Penguin." Ernie "Murphy" Durawa was on drums, and Speedy Sparks had a night off from working the door at Soap Creek to play bass..."

Family Circle
Charlie and Will Sexton
Music Story  December 20, 1996, by Margaret Moser
"...Things eventually got a little better for the single mother and her two boys when Kay met another man, one who was not abusive. This one, in fact, was a musician, an Austin bass player named Speedy Sparks..."

Margaret Moser Memorial
PHOTO GALLERY  December 12, 2017
"...Charlie Sexton and Speedy Sparks..."

Live Music This Weekend, Aug. 11-13
Elvis tribute to Japanoise, take your pick
DAILY Music  August 11, 2017, by Victoria Mycue
"...Since then, the pair – irrevocably tied to Austin music – have celebrated their birthdays jointly at the South Congress speakeasy. This year, they embed in big bro’s Mystic Knights of the Sea, featuring bassist Speedy Sparks, who played with Charlie that first fateful night..."

Record Store Day Unearths a Roky Erickson Rarity
Reanimating one of the great Austin tributes
Music Story  April 20, 2017, by Bill Bentley
"...Sahm stayed a few years, while the Elevators came home and paid the price. For his version of the Elevators' only hit, Sahm gathered sons Shawn and Shandon along with bassist Speedy Sparks and set the song on fire..."

7 Roky Erickson Moments at the Austin Music Awards
Features Story  March 2, 2017
"...1993: Roky Erickson is standing onstage, arms folded, singing a chilling version of "Don't Slander Me." An all-star band led by Will Sexton is sizzling with Mike Buck on drums, Speedy Sparks on bass, and John X Reed reminding everyone he's Austin's best-kept guitar-slinging secret. Will is having to shout at Roky, who seems half-reluctant to be there, when it is time to sing the chorus..."

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