Ron Spencer Band review…October 12, 2018….

RON SPENCER BAND

INTO THE BLUE

REAL GONE RECORDS 104

CLOSER TO THE BONE–(I’M DOIN) AH-IGHT–ADDICTED TO YOU–CADILLAC WALK–BLIND, CRIPPLED, AND CRAZY–SO WRONG FOR EACH OTHER–IT’S TIME–CALLIN’ TO ME–FINE, FINE, WOMAN–COLD OUTSIDE

Ron Spencer has been playin’ the blues on his ol’ guitar for over 30 years.  He’s been influenced by virtually everyone from Otis Rush, B. B., T-Bone, and a host of others.  He and his band have just released their third album for Real Gone Records,  eight jumpin’ originals and two classic covers that are guaranteed to get you up and dancin,’ entitled “Into The Blue.”  Joining Ron, who is on guitar and vocals, is Mark Gibson on vocals, Bob Purdy on bass and vocals, and Ross Moe on drums.

On this set, the fellows explore several variations on the blues theme.  These upstate New York veterans waste no time gittin’ down to the gittin’ down, leading off with a tale of today’s “hard, hard times,” and a society that “can’t take our eyes off our phone,” living “Closer To The Bone.” with Cato Eaton on the honky-tonk piano.  The band hits a struttin’ groove with the pounding story of that girl with the “Cadillac Walk,” and ride a T-Bone stride with the story of two lovers who have “given it our best, but it keeps comin’ up a mess,” “It’s Time.”

Want some soul with that?  You can’t go wrong with the fellows’ cool read of O. V. Wright’s “Blind, Crippled, And Crazy,” and the life-altering mood of goin; home, ’cause it’s “Callin’ To Me.”

We had two favorites, too.  Check out the rockabilly blues of our hero, “bout to give you everything I got,” that sho’ nuff “Fine, Fine Woman.”  And, you can’t help but dig that modified Jimmy Reed groove of our man who might not have a lot of material things, but, “for an average guy, I’m Doin’ Ah-ight!”

You don’t have to be a Phi Beta Kappa to realize how the guys in the Ron Spencer Band are still rockin’ after all these years.  They simply give the people what they want–butt-rockin,” danceable blues, straight, no chaser, just like you’ll get with “Into The Blue.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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