Blues Guitarist Neil Hardwire Speers
Photo courtesy of Roy and Betty Television

I’ve been playing guitar since about 1976 – and have covered a lot of ground in those years since. I consider myself a blues guitarist and performer with influences and experience in everything from rock, country rock (when that was a ‘thing’) jazz, Top 40, Canadiana/Americana and so on.

Honestly, I didn’t sing most of those years – I did front one of my high school bands, but concentrated on guitar until about 10 years ago and have been working my butt off learning to sing at a much higher level than I ever have.

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 wordplay. Yes, sometimes I take a slanted view of society.

The way I tell the stories that run through my songs seem to have been influenced by my past life as a reporter and editor on newspapers.

Most of my playing revolves around the blues and 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.

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