Nae Plumb Nor Square
SPOT is an impressive guitarist, tenor banjoist, multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, fiddola, fiddle, bouzouki, bamdo, percussion, reeds) who considers himself an 'American Musician.' But, no, we're NOT speaking of that thing people call 'americana.' His roots dig way back to 60's surf music, pre-Beatles pop, post-bop jazz, classic country, opera broadcasts and Warner Bros. Cartoon soundtracks. Much musical water under many musical bridges led him to the noisy days of punk trash, which then spit him up into the unlikely world of traditional Irish and Celtic music. Primarily an instrumentalist, he does not consider himself a songwriter but he does back it up with some striking original songs and tunes that cover a wide range of out-of-the-ordinary styles. A mostly solo performer these days, he has shared stages with the likes of Mike Watt, Sonic Youth, Devotchka, Drive-by Truckers, Guitar Wolf, Cherry Valence, Eugene Chadbourne, Bad Livers, Gaza Strippers, The Woggles, Poison 13, Arthur Dodge & Horsefeathers, The Sadies, Fugazi, Bob Mould, Alejandro Escovedo, Clandestine, Jean-Michel Veillon & Yvon Riou, Michael Hurley, Ed Miller and Michael Fracasso. If asked to describe his own work he prefers to say: 'I play both kinds of music-good and bad!' '...Spot can really play his ass off!' - Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges, Porno for Pyros) 'He is a ruling individual-privilege to know him. Spot is the best-funny, insightful, a real natural Dadaistic head.' -Nels Cline (Wilco) '...the man makes some very interesting but very hard to describe music. Certainly worth a listen for the musically adventurous.' -Dirty Linen '...(Spot is) proof that the elusive grail of tradition is as much in the individual vision as it is in the cliches.' -Monica Kendrick (Chicago Reader) '...with influences as far-reaching as rock, jazz, avant-garde, country and Celtic... ...this man takes off, leaving the known world far behind, although pegging it as only a truly 'out there' perspective can. ...he plays the hell out of anything he gets his hands on-most visibly guitar and tenor banjo.' -Tim Britton And, yes, this is the same SPOT who once upon a time created a legendary body of recordings from such seminal bands as the Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Descendents, Big Boys and many more. But please don't be influenced by that...