Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Landon Spradlin
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, recording engineer and get this—pastor. Landon Spradlin, some call him the Preachin’ Blues Man, resides in Gretna, Virginia. In this one stop light town of about 1,300 people, he pastors The Move Church, runs his in-house recording studio, Farmhouse Productions, and jams with various blues bands on the East Coast.
1953—Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, it seems that blues were bred into him from the start. He started playing the ukulele at age five and started guitar when he was eight. A self-taught musician, he played at high schools and public gatherings until he came of age to branch out into other arenas.
1978—Based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, he played top 40’s at clubs up and down the east coast. He says he came into the blues through the back door by the Rolling Stones.
1984—Landon married Jean Spradlin in 1984 and she’s been along for the ride ever since. Together, they had five children, all of which are musically involved.
1993— He Is There, recorded in Virginia Beach, Virginia and was produced by David Velasquez.
1995—No More Blues Mondays, recorded in Brighton Beach, England with Eric Clapton’s rhythm section and other phenomenal players.
1997—Landon was well received in New Orleans, Louisiana and played for one and a half years at Café Joel on Bourbon Street.
1999—Relocating to Fort Worth, Texas, he played at the Dallas, Texas International Guitar Show and continued to play there for six more years with Jimmy Wallace (of the Stratoblasters and Buggs Henderson fame). While being based out of Ft. Worth, Landon played for over five weeks in Madison Square Garden with Rodney Howard-Browne Ministries. There he also played gigs in Greenwich Village and in the infamous Hell’s Kitchen.
2015—Landon spends much of his life pouring into other musicians and artists. He’s currently running an in-house recording studio, Farmhouse Productions, where he plans to nurture and support growing artists, including his five children.