San Francisco, CA - On April 21st, legendary guitarist Jeremy Spencer, an originalmember of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, member of the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame, and featured artist on Propelz, released a limitededition double vinyl album titled 'Bend In The Road' for International Record Store Day. Therelease packs a "vintage vibe" by way of Jeremy's handmadetouch, fusing his artistry as a consummate slide guitarist,singer/songwriter, interpreter, and illustrator. His evocativewatercolor graces the timeless gatefold cover, recalling enduringalbums when records were the sum of their parts and made withconsequence. Within is an equally crafted collection of songs comingfrom the deepest core of his heart. Hesounds as authentically tasty and fiery as ever, displaying a farwider guitar palette, insight, and conviction that have continued toevolve since his long absence from the public eye. On August 28, 2012 Jeremy Spencer's 'Bend In The Road' will be released on CD worldwide with a new package design.
InFleetwood Mac, Jeremy shared the spotlight with reticent star-supernova Peter Green, embodying Elmore James riffs and vocals obsessivelyand uncannily. He possessed an equal fervor and absolute command ofquintessential early rock and roll, personifying personal hero BuddyHolly and his ilk spot on. On 'Bend In The Road,' the Elmore andBuddy influences and impeccable blues and rock rendering remainintact and vibrant, while also present is a new collaborative nature.He selflessly trades guitar licks and support with Brett Lucas (theyoung Detroit guitarist and aficionado who co-produced the album andwhose band augments the proceedings) in the way Green and Kirwanshared on the iconic "Albatross", the torching "Like It ThisWay" and the introspective "World In Harmony". On the album'selegant "Merciful Sea", producer Brett managed to persuade Jeremyto reveal his hereto unsung, intimate, and affecting piano playingfor all to marvel. Throughout the full 32 tracks recorded at thistime, one can hear an expansive range of influences from Django toMarty Robbins. Jeremy plays effortlessly while seamlesslyincorporating these influences and making them his own, as naturaland easy of a fit as that of his beloved ceramic slides.
Thisrecord is a career culmination of technique meeting soul that has atranscendent, "Layla-esque," quality. With its escalating andemotive sequence of songs, which are spiritually driven and invested(recalling LPs of yore, but without sounding dated), the albuminstead sounds intoxicatingly assured, relaxed, and out of the blueresonant.
TheSpecial Limited 2-LP Gatefold Edition released on Record Store Day,April 21st,2012, contains 17 tracks, 4 of which are exclusive: Jambo, StrangeWoman, The Sun is Shining, and Blind Lover (but without the songHomework, which only appears on the CD).
In2006 Jeremy Spencer released his album 'Precious Little', whichmet with enthusiastic reviews and marked a new beginning for Jeremyafter virtually disappearing from the music world for 33 years.
Presssurrounding 'Bend In The Road' includes:
"I had chills up my spine listening to it tonight, and when I heard 'Aphrodite' the first time a few days ago, I was literally right back into 'Then Play On' territory...couldn't believe it...an instant classic right there." Rick Frystak, Amoeba Records
"Inside is a collection of songs that come from Spencer's love of the blues. It's an intimate journey but one that will connect profoundly and repeatedly with listeners." Clive Rawlings, Blues Matters
"An album I am sure will satisfy all good music lovers, from those who loved the original Fleetwood Mac, to the younger ones, who enjoy pop music, blues, rock, classical music, soul... So, if you like good music, this album is perfect for you." Vincent Zumel, La Hora del Blues
" 'Bend In The Road' flows with the ease of a master craftsman at the top of his game. His obvious skill and passion for what he does makes this disc impossible for me to remove from the player. It has simply mesmerized me." Monte Adkinson, Suncoast Blues Society
'PreciousLittle' left Blues aficionados eager for more… and now, six yearslater, Jeremy Spencer has put together a masterpiece with his newrelease, 'Bend in the Road'.
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