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Sparky Rucker grew up black in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of a family of preachers and policemen who fell in love with the blues and then all of American folk and the stories of American history.

Rhonda Hicks Rucker grew up white in Louisville, Kentucky, trained to be a doctor, then fell in love with the blues harmonica — and with Sparky.

Now they travel America’s highways and byways with a wagon-load of American history and legend and song. And when they perform, Americans gather round, and listen again.

This hour, On Point: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker sing America’s story.

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Sparky and Rhonda Rucker: they perform throughout the U.S. and overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition.

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  • Carol Levin

    Wonderful program on “on Point” with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker. Thanks!!! Carol Levin, Guilford, VT

  • Pamcarter

    A wonderful program! I met Sparky at Highlander Center in 1975. Always remembered him and by chance I looked him up and so glad to see your success!! Remember John McCutcheon? Love your music on this show!!!

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