Spencer Bates is a solo artist in the most literal sense. Performing regularly, he often relies upon only his voice and piano. He is also entirely self-taught. Some might interpret his lack of formal training as a disadvantage. But, to the contrary, it's one of his greatest assets: his melodies are clear, direct, and indelible - refreshingly devoid of any overstudied pretense. Spencer's latest recording, 'Goodnight Rosebud', is the work of a young musician beginning to hit his stride. Spencer chooses his words and melodies with a wisdom beyond his years. Mature lyrics and intricate arrangements take his songs to previously unseen heights. With a palette that includes melancholy strings, crisp horns, and emphatic cymbals, Spencer offers satirical musings on pop culture and reflections on the complications of finding one's place in a confusing, sometimes chaotic, world. Spencer guides us through this world not only with his unique piano performance, but also with exceptionally versatile vocals. Whether subdued and introspective or soaring and forceful, Spencer's voice is a remarkable instrument. His talent demands to be heard, and 'Goodnight Rosebud' is it's perfect showcase.