BOBBY “HURRICANE” SPENCER
R MUSIC, INC.
GOTTA GET BACK TO CHICAGO–YOU’RE ALL I NEED–CAMARILLO–HONKY TONK-LOVER’S HILL–LITTLE MAMA–YOU MAKE ME CRAZY–MR. MAGIC–I GOT THE BLUES–BIG MAYBELLE–HOLLER’N AND WALLOW’N–CALL YOUR DOGS OFF
Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer began his career blowing his sax in the rough-and-tumble Bay Area “chitlin circuit,” playing just about anything that was asked of him. He now lives in L. A., and his latest release is titled “Hurricane Unleashed,” shows the various styles and genres’ that this seasoned veteran cut his teeth on.
Talk about a fun set. This one kicks off with a shot of funky blues that bemoans Californa women—yep, “I Gotta Get Back To Chicago to find a woman whose love is true!” A humorous request by Bobby to a no-good lover is to “check me in to Camarillo, baby, ’cause loving you has made me lose my mind,” Camarillo being a noted mental institution.
Bobby and guitarist Lester Lunds get back to their roots on the guitar-and-sax call-and-response reprise of Bill Doggett’s “Honky Tonk,” while there is a definite gospel feel to the tale of forlorn lovers who go to “Lover’s Hill” to rekindle passion with a different person.
Mostly over this set, tho, Bobby is all about a good time. Check out his ode to “Little Mama’s skinny jeans,” set over a rhumba-fied beat, which makes her “queen of the dance floor!” At the other end of the spectrum is Bobby’s love for a plus-sized woman named “Big Maybelle,” and “when she squeezes me, she’s gonna break me in two!” And, the set closes with a New Orleans-style rocker, “Call Your Dogs Off, baby!”
Our favorite was really easy. For those of us who came of age in the Seventies, it didn’t matter if you called it “mackin,” ‘making out,” or just plain “hookin’ up,” there wasn’t a better song to do it to than one of the baddest-@@@ lover’s jams of all time, Grover Washington, Jr.s instrumental classic, “Mr. Magic.” Bobby recreates it here in a more uptempo version, and, as he says, “puts some dirt on it!”
Bobby “Hurricane” Spencer keeps that sax blowin’ and shows no sign of slowing down. He covers both contemporary music and the music of his roots in this highly-energetic set, “Hurricane Unleashed!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.