Today we get the opportunity to talk with indie blues artists Gus Spenos about his new CD and his views on the future of blues.
Fans of jump, swing and boogie, rejoice: You have a new artist to play. Gus Spenos is a bluesman with the shouting style of some of the all-time greats who also has serious sax chops (and the day job of being a top neurologist in Indianapolis). On his second album, “It’s Lovin’ I Guarantee,” Spenos and his band prove they know how to lay down tracks that make listeners want to move and groove to the music.
On a set that mixes classic-sounding originals such as the title track with a varied selection of carefully chosen tunes from the past, Spenos teams with ten-time trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon, legendary drummer Cecil Brooks III, and a selection of other veteran performers, including two ex-Raelette backing vocalists on five songs. A swinging, energetic combination of tunes, the album, due March 1, is the follow-up to Spenos’ highly acclaimed “If You Were Gold Baby,” released in 2016. Spenos plays finger-snapping, horn-heavy R&B with a touch of jazz on the album’s thirteen tracks, accompanied by his all-star lineup of performers.
Filled with tight arrangements and cool-blowing sax, “It’s Lovin’ I Guarantee” will set listeners free and thrill their auditory cortexes. The album “jumps the blues” to a degree that may well resurrect the dearly departed!
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