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NEW CD PROGRESS REPORT!
Our new CD is comin' along great! Another set of all-original material, again exploring the blues-based American roots styles that are part of our musical DNA. After recording the basic tracks in a general store built in the 1800s where we got an amazing sound, we're now adding the icing on the proverbial cake. Mick Walker (Little Georgie & the Shufflin' Hungarians, Joe Whiting & the Bandit Band and Marilyn's Chamber) is manning the recording desk and lending his finely tuned ear. Mark Nanni (Los Blancos) has added his keyboard wizardry and Dan "Cato" Eaton has blown some honkin' sax, really fleshing these songs out as we had originally envisioned them. Stay tuned for more updates!
#2 WITH A BULLET!
We started at # 18 and we're movin' on up. Thanks to everyone who has viewed and liked the Ron Spencer Band and helped us climb up the Reverbnation Blues Charts! Help us get to the # 1 slot by visiting us on Facebook and Reverbnation, becoming friends, viewing our videos and listening to our songs. With your help we can do it! Thanks, Ron, Mark, Jay and Ross; the Ron Spencer Band!
Shufflin' Off To Buffalo (actually, Hamburg)
The Friday before Christmas, RSB visited a new room that was really great! We played at the Armor Inn & Tap Room in Hamburg, NY, southwest of Buffalo. You know how sometimes you walk in a place and immediately feel like it's gonna be a good night? That's the way I felt. Super nice people, very friendly wait staff and bartenders, Big room with a great soundman named Alex and a nice stage. The crowd was not capacity (winter storm warnings out and snowin' like crazy) but those who were there were very appreciative and very complimentary. We were put up at OMA'S Guest Haus, a bed and breakfast owned by Karl and DeniseTakacs. You couldn't ask for nicer people. Absolute sweethearts including their dog, Maddox who is a lab/pit bull rescued dog! Maddox greeted us at the door at about 2 in the morning and couldn't wait to play tug of war! Ross and I were happy to oblige! We felt like we were home! Thank you Armor Tap Room! Thank you Karl and Denise! Can't wait to go back! Mark Gibson Ron Spencer Band
Well, we're home from Canada! Petersborough, Ontario, to be exact. We had a great gig at the Showplace Events Theatre on 11\6 and rumor has it that we will be going back! I was tickled pink with our Canadian audience. They made us feel right at home and that just got us fired up! Ron was getting standing ovations after his solos! Needless to say, Jay and RossMoe were tight as...... Well, to steal a line from Muddy Waters: they were "a bulldog hug a hound" tight! We were just getting started at the end of the gig (two 50 minute sets plus an encore) so we hiked for a grueling 30 seconds back to our hotel, retired to Jay's room, had some liquid refreshments, and watched the election results on Canadian TV. (Quick aside: I was astounded at how much the Canadians follow and know about our politics!) And speaking of Canadians, I would like to say that from the desk clerk at the hotel ("the nicest hotel room I've ever had" hotel), to the sound guy, Rael (sp?), to the woman who volunteered to mann our CD sales, to the waitress at the breakfast place the next morning, the people we came in contact with were the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Thank you, Petersborough!
RSB featured in Syracuse New Times
Check out the feature on the Ron Spencer Band in the latest issue of the Syracuse New Times! www.syracusenewtimes.com