Putting the Blues back in ‘Rhythm and Blues’

The songs I write, and that I perform by others, typically revolve around either themes of loss and redemption – or have what I hope is wry wit and clever wordplay. Yes, sometimes I take a slanted view of society.

Blues Guitarist Neil Hardwire Speers
This photo and banner photo courtesy of Roy and Betty Television

The way I tell the stories that run through my songs has been influenced by my “past life” as a reporter and editor on newspapers. It was learning people’s stories and writing about them, bring out their humanity that was the best part of that career.

Most of my guitar playing revolves around the blues side of old school R&B along with a healthy dose of blues rock, but I also have a love for a good story in a song as well as contemporary instrumental acoustic guitar – so you’ll find examples of all those in my music.

I’m a big believer in the magic of improvisation when it comes to playing, especially in solos. I grew up with a lot of jazz in the house, and almost all the players I really loved growing into guitar tended to take side roads while playing.

In 2008 I won an award for best original music for a video in a local competition. It was kind of trip-hop cowboy music.

I hope you enjoy what you hear. Thank you for visiting.