Spence Brothers at the Port on Memorial Day
A veteran blues rock band has entered the Brookings music scene: The Spence Brothers.
“We play Texas-style, hard blues rock similar to ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn,” said lead guitarist and singer Troy Spence. “I call it ‘Light It and Run’ blues rock.”
The band currently consists of Troy, brother Rodney Spence (bass and vocals), and recent recruit Maynard Hull, a drummer from Port Orford. The band hopes to add a keyboard player soon, Troy said.
The band has been playing at several bars and taverns since the Spence brothers moved from Washington state to Harbor a few months ago. The band is set play the upcoming “Summer’s Eve Prom” fundraiser for Stagelights Musical Arts Community on Saturday, June 18.
Troy and his brother have been professional musicians for 40 years, mostly playing gigs on the West Coast. Troy plays covers and writes original songs. In the mid-1970s, Troy was briefly the lead guitar player for the San Francisco-based band Blue Cheer, known for it’s cover version of “Summertime Blues.”
When not playing locally, the band travels to gigs in Washington, Oregon and California. A website to promote the reconfigured Spence Brothers band is currently under construction.
Here are several original Spence Brother songs for your listening pleasure.