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Jeremy SpencerBy Jeremy Spencer
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Jeremy SpencerBy Jeremy Spencer
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About

Jeremy Spencer, original member of Fleetwood Mac and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Jeremy Spencer, original member of Fleetwood Mac and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

Happy New Year and greetings from the beautiful Emerald Isle that I now call home! I’m looking forward to exciting endeavours and adventures for 2014.  One is the opportunity to at long last tour the USA again this upcoming February and March.  Another is to release “Coventry Blue”, my second album culled from the same Detroit sessions that produced 2012’s “Bend in the Road”.  The two combine to portray fresh creative steps in my musical journey which I want to share with you on this tour and through these recordings.

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See current tour schedule in FAQ section below

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Bend in the Road

In 2006, I made my so-called “comeback” with “Precious Little”. Then in 2010, at a valued friend’s suggestion I was introduced to Brett Lucas and his Detroit band of Fleetwood enthusiasts. The musical chemistry was instant and inspiring.  So much so, that we laid down 32 musically diverse tracks -- Brett even enticing me to publicly step out on piano after many years!  I named the first album “Bend in the Road”, which turned out to be prophetic both for my personal path and for the album, as upon release we encountered a few peculiar “bends” and bumps upon our road.

Satisfied with the results of our recording, I approached several record labels that, though they collectively liked what they heard, presented uninteresting offers or turned it down for fear of taking the plunge as they bemoaned the changeable state of the recording industry!  I decided to try the independent routeIn collaboration with friends who agreed to join in the financial risk, we set up Propelz as an Indie label to release my music.  We broke open our piggy banks to finance the graphics, duplication, pressing and publicity to launch both a double vinyl and CD versions of “Bend in the Road”.  Reception and reviews were encouraging and we planned a tour for the album’s CD launch in the summer of 2012.  Alas, we hit another “bend”, more like a hairpin curve, when my US work visa renewal application hit a brick wall (fallout from a tenuous, Fleetwood era “incident” 45 years ago). Consequently, we had to disappoint fans and supportive venues by postponing the tour.  In the meantime, I have been performing, collaborating and recording with talented young musicians in France and England (I've included some YouTube links below).  I am thrilled with the prospects.

My visa was finally granted in late 2013, but too late, as without a supporting tour, the accolades for “Bend in the Road were for naught, affecting its sales and taking us into financial straits.

Kickstarter:

My steadfast friends at Propelz suggested Kickstarter to enlist and involve fans, so here we are, preparing to mount a tour of the USA, with a deferred launch of “Bend in the Road” and release of “Coventry Blue” simultaneously.  Admittedly, I am new to this method, nervous at the precipice, but at the same time open to its potential.  I invite you to join me in this DIY undertaking by helping to support the tour and release.

Touring is foolhardy to consider. It’s a black hole of expense. There’s the cost of travel from my home in Dublin, Ireland and rehearsing, melding, transporting, lodging, backline equipment rental, gas, food and paying the band members. Our goal of $10,000 will be for vital tour seed money and the Coventry CD release, and is just the  minimum to get the tour rolling. It is your support that will make this tour reality, and we are extremely grateful for your support & pledge.

“Coventry Blue” will be available as an exclusive digital pre-release for our Kickstarter supporters.  We’re hoping to have the physical CD ready in time for the tour.  Looking forward to seeing you in the States and playing for you there.  We have select venues lined up with bookings in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee and been invited to SXSW in Austin too. We would then travel to Boston, Philadelphia, New York, DC and beyond if we can.  We hope to be posting updates as further venues are confirmed.

Join the Tour Club:

Realizing that many folks will be unable to attend a live show, Propelz is offering a members only, “Tour Club” package. You will receive access to exclusive recordings and video excerpts from tour venues as well as behind the scenes footage unavailable anywhere else.  I’m planning on providing dispatches and updates regularly from the road.  Once the tour is complete, Propelz will mail you an exclusive DVD with tour audio & video, and digital downloads of "Coventry Blue" and “Bend in the Road", plus a 2014 Tour Poster.  If you can’t make it to a show or just want to partake in our alliance, please join the “Tour Club” and enjoy this journey with me.

Workshops:

I’ll also be sharing my slide guitar techniques at a handful of choice intimate workshops along the way on this tour.

  • Westwood Music, Los Angeles
  • Freight & Salvage, San Francisco
  • Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago 
  • Passim, Cambridge MA
  • Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn.

Here is a sneak peek:

Original Art Perk:

One of the perks I'm offering is a limited edition printing of my drawings of the original Fleetwood Mac members - there will be 5 individual art prints of Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Danny Kirwan and myself.  I will sign them should you like too.

I’m grateful for your support and hope for the opportunity to meet you personally. There will be meet and greets scheduled before or after several shows. Thank you for your pledge and working together with me to launch this tour and release my “Coventry Blue” album.  I hope to see you soon!

(And a special commendation to Sam Epstein, our tour architect who’s worked passionately, determinately and tirelessly to arrange this ambitious and provocative tour.)

"Fleetwood Mac used to be a blues band. The two links to the U.K. blues scene in The original quartet were guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. Both had a brilliant take on how to crank blues up a notch for their manic fans, but both would also leave the band within four years and drop into relative obscurity as their rhythm section made millions. The shame is not so much that the guitarists were left at the station as the gravy train pulled out, but more that the record buyers and concert-goers have not heard much from either Green or Spencer in the past few decades. Spencer exhibits a confidence in his ability that rubs salt in the wound of his absence. Talent like his shouldn't be sequestered for one moment, let alone three decades".- Mark Polzin

“In the past two years, I’ve seen Jeremy Spencer perform four shows at the Notodden Blues Festival and I can tell you that each show was better than the previous. Jeremy has lost none of the fire from those Fleetwood Mac days. His slide guitar still sends chills. Every note I’ve heard Jeremy play showcases his great commitment to the blues. I’ve seen him ignite the stage with a mixture of classic Chicago blues and smart contemporary songs." --  Blues Revue senior editor Art Tipaldi

Read more at:

www.jeremyspencer.com

www.jeremyspencertour.com

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge so far was obtaining Jeremy's O1B work visa... but now his visa is in hand, and we are ready to roll with the tour.

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    Jeremy will perform at your private event! Plus autographed "Coventry Blue" CD and autographed tour poster plus downloads for all who attend. (Limit 50)

    Due to travel logistics, we reserve the right to determine a date range based on our tour schedule. We will only be able to make this happen in areas where we have a show planned, or where we will be traveling. Email us first to check on your area if you'd like to arrange a private event with Jeremy. contact@propelz.com

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