Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Jon Spear!
Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jon Spear doesn’t admit how long he’s been performing but here’s a hint: Jon was in a band that opened for the Isley Brothers at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY when Twist and Shout was top-40 hit. Since then, Jon has performed with numerous bands from New York on down through DC and Virginia, playing a wide range of styles including swing, rockabilly, classic rock and blues. His electric playing has been influenced by such guitar greats as Hollywood Fats and Debbie Davies
Nominated for the prestigious 2016 Blues Blast Magazine award for best Live Blues Recording, the Jon Spear Band performs regularly in the mid-Atlantic area where it has entertained appreciative audiences at numerous outdoor festivals, clubs, and other popular venues since 2012. Known for their award-winning original songs, red-hot live shows, and unique arrangements of blues standards, the band’s first two CDs charted in the US, France, UK and Spain, including the annual top 100 Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart for the past two consecutive years. The band’s latest CD, Hot Sauce, has appeared on the top 50 blues charts in the US, France, UK and Australia. The band’s debut CD “Old Soul” was a 2016 WAMMIE nominee for best Blues/Traditional R&B Recording (Washington Area Music Association). Base in Central Virginia, the band’s members are Jon Spear (guitar and vocals), Andy Burdetsky (bass), John Stubblefield (drums) and Dara James (lead vocals and guitar plus harmonica).