Live Guitar Performance: An Introduction to Piedmont Blues with Miles Spicer

Live Guitar Performance: An Introduction to Piedmont Blues with Miles Spicer


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Get ready to tap your toes and dance in your seat as we explore the history and culture of Piedmont Blues music in an intimate conversation and performance by blues guitarist Miles Spicer of M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio.

The Piedmont plateau region of the United States spans from New York to northern Alabama. Bound by the Appalachian Mountains to the west, in the late 19th century much of the southern population remained in cities rather than spreading to more rural areas creating a mixing pot of musical influences. And in this musically rich environment the unique sound of Piedmont blues, known for its highly syncopated guitar style, was born.

Miles Spicer will share his personal journey and mastery of the distinctive technique of the Piedmont style. He'll also share personal connections to great musicians of Piedmont Blues including Archie Edwards and John Jackson and learnings from John Cephas and Michael Baytop.

Led by a guitarist, Miles Spicer, this interactive seminar will explore the history, current culture, and unique style of Piedmont blues music through discussion and live performance. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the tones and rhythms that distinguish this unique part of the blues genre.

A native of the Washington Metropolitan area, Miles graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Economics. He’s has been a part of the DC blues scene since the 1980s and has been influenced and taught by the world-class Piedmont blues musicians who called this region their home: John Jackson, John Cephas, Michel Baytop, Archie Edwards, and Eleanor Ellis. Miles took formal guitar lessons for a time from Paul Bell, former guitarist with the Nighthawks. Miles is a principal guitarist with M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio. This band has released three full-length CD’s and played venues throughout the North East United States. They are celebrating their twentieth year together. Highlights of this time together include several appearances at the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and the Chicago Blues Festival. Miles teaches guitar workshops in group settings locally and via zoom. He’s also a staff teaching artist for Arts For The Aging (AFTA) and through them performs workshops for senior citizens throughout the Washington, D.C area. Miles lives in Riverdale Park, MD with his wife Jennifer and son Nicholas.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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