True Flavor Blues is a five piece, slightly jazzy, traditional blues band fronted by Arizona Blues Hall-of-Famer, Scotty Spenner. We excel in low volume situations but can easily play clubs and festivals.
Price Range: Negotiable
Gig Length: 40 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
We regularly play small rooms almost as an acoustic band, without a P.A system or microphones, simply using very small guitar amps and singing directly to the audience. We can also play clubs and festival shows and do tailor our performance a bit for the expected audience. If the audience is wanting to party and dance, that's the material we'll do. If it's a more intimate room where the audience is primarily listening, we may do more jazz and songs with more subtle instrumentation, and will likely improvise a bit more.
The band has been playing with its current lineup since October of 2016.
Scotty Spenner fronts the band, singing and playing guitar. He is a member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and 2017 recipient of the Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award. Scotty is a fantastic blues singer and has a decades long history playing and teaching music of all types.
Charles Smith, our piano/key player, is the youngest member of the band and received his music degree from Arizona State University in 2017. He is the jazz heavyweight among us but always comes back to the blues!
James Robertson is the second guitar player and is renowned for his slide work and lap steel playing. He's played with many bands around the Phoenix area since his arrival to the valley in 1992 and is particularly fond of the "west coast" style of blues, as well as almost any electric guitar driven roots music from the post-war era, be it blues, western swing, rockabilly, R&B, and Memphis soul.
Vince Curtis on Drums and Curt Arndt on bass are the rhythm section that holds everything together. They have worked together in other bands previous to this one and bring that understanding of each other as players with them. They're understated and slightly mysterious.
Blues By Five - Miles Davis/Red Garland
Bag's Groove - Miles Davis/Milt Jackson
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Chitlins Con Carne - Kenny Burrell
Sleepwalk - Santo & Johnny
Two Bones & A Pick - T Bone Walker
Tell Me What's The Reason - T Bone Walker
Cuban Getaway - Ike Turner
Back At The Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderly
Trouble In Mind - Traditional
Lucille (instrumental version) - Little Richard/Fabulous Thunderbirds
Further On Up The Road - Bobby "Blue" Bland
Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
Comin' Home Baby - The Dave Bailey Quintet
Thrill Is Gone - BB King
When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer - BB King
Just A Little Bit - Roscoe Gordon
Stranger Blues - Elmore James
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James
Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
Honest I Do - Jimmy Reed
Evil - Howlin' Wolf
Smokestack Lightning - Howlin' Wolf
Who's Been Talking - Howlin' Wolf
Blow Wind Blow - Muddy Waters
Hootchie Cootchie Man - Muddy Waters
My Home Is A Prison - Lonesome Sundown
On My Way Back Home - Flash Terry
Wee Wee Hours - Chuck Berry
Your Turn To Cry - Otis Rush
Next Time You See Me - Little Junior Parker
Hoy Hoy - Little Johnny Jones
Influences & Inspiration
Have a look at our setlist and you can get an idea of what the group plays. Our influences are quite diverse and we love all kinds of old traditional blues, swing, jump, jazz, soul, R&B, country, pop, and early rock-n-roll primarily from the early 1950s through the late 60s. Anything old, authentic, and TRUE!
From stage right: Guitar, Guitar/vocals, drums, bass, keyboard.
We will need access to at least two wall outlets in the stage area to plug in amplifiers, keyboard, and other electronics.
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