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A 25 year veteran of the Central New York music scene, Ron Spencer brought his four piece group to national attention with their CD, Ron Spencer & The Nite Crew - Burnin' Desire. During Ron's performing career he has shared the stage with many blues greats, such as Charlie Musselwhite, John Copeland, Kenny Neal, Son Seals, and Little Charlie and The Nite Cats. A regular at the "world famous" Dinosaur B.B.Q., he has jammed with many of the national recording acts there including Anson Fundergurgh, Bob Margolin, Coco Montoya's band & Rick Holmstrom.
Highlights of his career include touring with Chicago blues diva and Delmark recording artist, Big Time Sarah, trading licks on stage with guitar great Duke Robillard, and playing in the house band for the 1st Annual Harmonica Blow-Off.
In 2000 Ron formed the seven piece R&B revue, Jumpstart. Fusing West Coast & Kansas City jump blues, r&b and New Orleans style rock n' roll, Jumpstart was a swing dancers delight! This two time SAMMY Award winning band has been a crowd pleaser and featured act for eight years running at The NYS Rhythm & Blues Festival & The Alex Bay Blues Fest and has toured up and down the East Coast.
In 2002 Ron co-produced and released a CD on Blue Wave Records with rock & roll and r&b legend, Jimmy Cavallo. The CD, Jimmy Cavallo - The Houserocker with Ron Spencer & Jumpstart was nominated in 2003 for the ultimate recognition in the blues field...a W.C. Handy Award!
In reviewing their second Blue Wave collaboration, You'd Better Believe It!, Blues Revue proclaimed Jumpstart "the real deal!" Ron and Jimmy have performed together three times to sold out shows at England's premier r&b festivals. Jumpstart's 2005 Blue Wave release, Livin' Low, won them their second SAMMY Award.
The Ron Spencer Band, returning to a four piece unit, announces the release of their new CD, Roller Coaster Blues, on Real Gone Records. Consisting entirely of original songs written in the styles of American roots music, Blues, R&B. R&R and even Rock-A-Billy, is destined to be another winner!
The Ron Spencer Band is: Ron Spencer - guitar & vocals, Mark Gibson - vocals, Jay Gould - bass & vocals, Ross Moe - drums
Photo credit: Bob Burns