J. Curly Speegle’s extensive touring career includes his role as lead guitarist and vocalist for Leon Russell for several years. He has also lent his talents to Eddie Hinton, Taylor Hicks, Adam Hood, Damon Johnson, Grammy Award winner O’teil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Oteil and The Peacemakers), Stacy Mitchhart, John McEuen and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock, Experience Hendrix). J. Curly has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Dave Mason, Bob Dylan, Sonny Landreth, Johnny Winter, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Government Mule, Shooter Jennings and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
"One of the best Southern Rock Bands in the USA...J. Curly Speegle performing the lead vocal and laying down some ingeniously cool guitar licks takes this recording to the level of extraordinary... Without a doubt this is truly one of the most triumphant CD's we have ever heard here at Roots Music Report. Southern Rock, Blues, and Roots Rock at its best’’. (5 Stars, Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report Editor)
Born and raised in the heart of Alabama, the earlier Muscle Shoals players influenced and shaped this singer/songwriter’s soul-rock sound and style as an artist, and set the impassioned J. Curly on a path to become the commanding guitarist he is today.
“Speegle is one of the most entertaining, energetic, soulful musicians around and brings an electrifying touch…Speegle played a solo blues number on slide guitar as well as any ‘Delta Blues Man’ could.” (Leon Russell concert review, Vail Daily)
Out on Foxy Music in late September 2012, his debut Indie rock album “J. Curly Speegle” proves how J. Curly saturates and excites with more than one genre of music within a song. “Years of exposure on the road will do it to you, but growing up listening to Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Hinton, Robin Trower mixed with AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Company, Allman Brothers certainly helped too!” he laughs.
From the campy rocker “Right Here Waiting,” to the bluesy slide-rocker “Fool’s Paradise” or the razor-edged “Pearls” track to the R&B grooves of “Baby Goodbye” or the nearly eight-minute live studio magic of “Spirit,” this is a rock album too fun to turn off.
“I get messages from musicians on the road that they’re rockin’ down the highway to my music. I love that. Nothing makes me feel better than to hear that from anyone!”
Album players include Matt Slocum (Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Herring) on keys, drummer and backing vocalist Jesse Diego Suttle (Owsley), Owen Brown (Eddie Hinton, Livingston Taylor) and Caldwell Mackin on bass, with J. Curly on guitars and lead vocals.