June 23, 2007
By MIKE CURTIN
SARATOGA SPRINGS --
Celebrating the release of his latest disc, "The Flame You Follow,"
Jason Spooner will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila
St., Saratoga Springs.
Hailing from Portland, Maine, the singer-songwriter/guitarist has
amassed a loyal fanbase on the Eastern Seaboard with dogged touring
and high-profile engagements.
His lilting brand of folk-pop recalls similiar efforts by Jack
Johnson, Neil Young, Paul Simon and J.J. Cale, and his new disc
gives many more opportunities for such comparisons.
"Spaceship" and the title track are but two gems on a an album
that's a near-perfect distillation of words and voice, melody and
In 2005, Spooner was invited to to perform at the Emerging Artist
Showcase at the 2005 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, and
the following year he traveled the East Coast as part of the Falcoln
Ridge "Most Wanted" Tour.
He was also a finalist at the prestigious 2004 John Lennon
Songwriting Competition and among "New Folk" honorees at the 2006
Kerrville Folk Festival.
Closer to home, he was 2005's Songwriter Of the Year at New
Hampshire's Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival.
He has opened for dozens of nationally known folk acts including Tom
Rush, John Gorka, Chris Smither and Lucy Kaplansky.
Among his biggest fans, veteran tunesmith Christine Lavin once said
about Spooner: "This is someone important".
Last summer, Spooner and band upstaged the Rowan Brothers when they
opened for the latter at Lake George's Shepard Park.
As a bonus, the trio delivered a killer cover of the Rolling Stones'
"Miss You," where stand-up bassist Andy Rice and drummer Reed
Chambers perfectly captured the deceptively lax Stones backbeat
laced with traces of disco.
The two have remained members of Spooner's band.
Rice is a ubiquitous presence on the Portland music scene, backing
singers and musicians of all styles, be it folk, rock, blues,
classical, jazz, funk or hip-hop.
Chambers' stints in Los Angeles and Nashville prepared him well for
Spooner's musical melange.
The trio's knack for cover tunes continues on the new album with a
radical reworking of the Talking Head's "Slippery People."
Tickets for Spooner's performance are $10. Reservations are
recommended and can be made by calling the Caffe at 583-0022.
"The Flame You Follow" and his debut "Lost Houses" are available
through the artist's Web site, www.jasonspooner.com.