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Spencer Bohren

Sep 29, 2020

Spencer Bohren
Credit Marian Pickett, Spencer Bohren

Program #417 (October 4 at 3:00 p.m.)

"Spencer Bohren"

Spencer Bohren’s music resonates with the ambience of the rivers, roads, and bayous of the American South. He has a marvelous gift for sharing his great love for America’s wealth of traditional folk, blues, gospel and country music with audiences of all ages.

His ability to animate the musicians and singers from the past with both respectful readings of their music and spellbinding stories is legendary. Spencer’s laid-back stage presence and comfortable delivery make each concert feel like a pleasant visit with an old friend.

The atmosphere of his New Orleans home subtly informs each performance. What’s more, the stories that preface the songs are often as well received as the songs themselves.

Spencer Bohren was born on April 5, 1950, in the wind-swept town of Casper, Wyoming, and passed on June 8, 2019, in his adopted home of New Orleans.

He leaves behind two legacies: a fifty-five year career as a world-traveling solo musician; and the family he and his wife, Marilyn, built over their forty-two year marriage.

In his music, Spencer accompanied his expressive singing voice with blues- and folk-based guitar and lap steel over thousands of live performances and 20 solo albums.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, their four children Django, Andre, Corinna, and Tucker, and their families.

(provided by Spencer Bohren)