Americana duo Penny and Sparrow to kick off tour of new album Sept. 6 at John Emerald Distillery


By Morgan Bryce

The Texas-based Americana duo Penny and Sparrow will kick off a tour promoting their latest album “Finch” Sept. 6 at downtown Opelika’s John Emerald Distillery.
Consisting of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, Penny and Sparrow was started during the duo’s college days at the University of Texas in Austin. The duo’s breakout year was 2017 with the release of their third studio work “Wendigo,” which resulted in their listing in Rolling Stone as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.”
Finch marks the duo’s first release since Wendigo. The third track on their latest album titled “Eloise” was the primary single off Finch which was released Aug. 2.
In an Associated Press review by Ron Harris, Finch “is an effort thick with gorgeous tales of personal transformation.” Later in the review, Harris noted that the 11-song album has a “smooth and soaring feel to most of (its) tracks, yet each (having) its own distinct energy.”
H.R. Gertner of Americana Highways said Baxter and Jahnke “have a softness to their voice and instrumentations that belies the depth of their content.” He also praised the duo’s openness and rawness as they experience “the growing pains felt when the world’s realities conflict with one’s cultural values.”
Cottonseed Studios is presenting the concert, which will also include a performance by the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Caroline Spence.
Tickets range in cost from $25 to $60 and can be purchased through Showtime is set for 7 p.m.
For more information or to view other concert dates, visit The distillery is located at 706 N. Railroad Ave.


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