Burnin' Desire

Ron Spencer

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Burnin' Desire Review

by Cub Koda

Syracuse, New York guitarist Ron Spencer makes a fine opening splash with this debut disc. His mastery of blues tones and the all-important mix'n'match with the styles they go well with are exemplary, and his playing is powerful and assured. His vocals take something of a back seat to his guitar work, but nonetheless sound quite assured on the title track and "Too Much," the two originals that grace this nine-song outing. His T-Bone-inspired work on "Cold, Cold Feelin'" is one of this album's high points, along with storming versions of Big Joe Turner's "Flip, Flop and Fly" and Ray Charles' "Mess Around." Spencer's backing group, the Nite Crew, is right there with grooves galore, while never overplaying, and the guest horns and harp work from Tom Townsley provide all the right sparks; a guest vocal turn from Paul "Big Daddy" LaRonde on Otis Rush's "She's a Good 'Un" puts the lid on this very interesting opening salvo.