“Squeezing Out Sparks: A Southern Poet Sings for Her New York City Supper”

by Tom Semioli
Huffington Post, October 14, 2014

“Critics’ Picks”

by Jewly Hight
Nashville Scene (June 2014)

“Speaking Songs About the Southland”

by Charlie Hickerson
Native Magazine (January 2014)

Nashville Scene “Pick of the Week”

by Stephen Trageser
Nashville Scene (January 2013)

“It’s been said that no one has yet found the right term to describe Minton Sparks, but we’re pretty confident in the phrase emblazoned on the T-shirts at her merch table: “The best country music singer that doesn’t sing.” A storyteller of supernatural ability, Sparks appears with a solo accompanist, usually guitar slinger John Jackson, who provides an underpinning of her cadence, through which audiences feel earth being tilled, dirty dishes scrubbed, precious things coveted. Her characters are poor, rural, Southern and white, but with her expertly crafted humor, she makes them universal: In their blossoming, sweaty humanity, they claw back the dignity eroded by the hardships they suffer. At the venerable Station Inn, where her acclaimed live album was recorded, Sparks is perfectly in her element. The second of a three-week Wednesday night residency. 8 p.m. at The Station Inn”

“Minton Sparks” (a description of Minton’s work)

by Jewly Hight
Nashville Scene (August 2012)

“Seeing Sparks”

by Sarah Norris and
Nashville Scene (July 2011)

Live at the Station Inn Review

by Jewly Hight
Nashville Scene (February 2011)

“Obituary” featured in USA Today’s weekly playlist

by Brian Mansfield (November 2010)

“Minton Sparks Catches Fire”

by Marshall Chapman
Garden & Gun (May/June 2008)

“Minton Sparks, Spinning Tuneful Tales”

NPR (September 2005)

“Settle on the porch swing: Southern storyteller has a gift for gab”

by Wayne Bledsoe

Knoxville News (In archives from September 18, 2005)

“Puremusic Interview with Minton Sparks”

by Frank Goodman

“Plenty of high notes for the year in Americana”

by Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun Times (In archives from December 26, 2003)

“This Dress” named as one of 2003’s Top Five Off the Beaten Path Records!

This Dress wins the Just Plain Folk Music Awards 2004 Best Spoken Word Record of the Year!