The Spurs USA, Infinity Hall, Sunday, September 23, 7:30 PM. Tickets at: 866.666.6306 or Infinityhall.com
The Spurs USA, well known in Capital Region, The Berkshires, and Connecticut; as one of the best classic country bands around, will be making a stop at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Ct; Sunday, September 23rd, show time is 7:30 PM. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to play at Infinity Hall, a sort of dream come true for many musicians. “, said John Barrett, the band’s founder who is originally from Winsted, Connecticut. While John has been playing music all over the world for the past few decades, his roots are from Winsted, a hop, skip, and jump from Infinity Hall. While John is now settled just a few miles up the road in Great Barrington, Winsted is where many of his family members and friends still live. An original member of San Francisco Bay area band, The Rhythm Dukes, he has played with Saint Anthony’s fife and drum corp. The Gilbert School Band, Cushing Academy Band, U-CONN marching band and orchestra, US Army 1st Cavalry Division Band (Vietnam) and many small combos through the years as well. He was especially fond of his Rock ‘n Roll band in Winsted called the “Fascinations”, consisting of other Winsted friends, Ed and George Smith, Jack Kempf, Torrington’s Al Brown, Clair and Ritchie Litke, Goshen’s Tommy “Turk” Coury and Al Fellows. The band was a big hit at Fraternity Parties at U-CONN.
Barrett’s six piece “classic” country & western band highlights some of the group’s favorites by Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and others of that genre. “Great tunes mixed with pedal steel guitar, fiddle, country crooning and personality plus, are just some of the reasons the band receives invites from all over the area and have a growing fan base of people who can’t hear these songs on the radio much any longer. “The synergy of this little band is magical” quoted Barrett, “I’m so excited to see the growing fan base of classic country music lovers finding us and now, Infinity Hall, what could be better?” The band’s popularity continues to receive increased attention, most recently appearing at The Colonial Theater, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to an almost sold out crowd, as part of Guitar Jam 2012. But, along with playing their stage shows, the band still performs in the places they love, playing in restaurants and clubs, at fundraisers, and dance halls booked all over upstate New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Saratoga Springs & beyond.
The Spurs USA specialize in the country swing, ballads, and popular music of the 40’s-80’s that so many of people tell the members they miss. “We have all played in bands for years and wanted to get together and do something we loved that was different. Turned out, everyone loves it!” said Barrett, who is the bass player for the group.
The band also features lead singer and lead guitarist, Dwight O’Neil. O’Neil hails from Memphis but now lives in Canaan, NY. His greatest influences growing up in the south were Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and the likes. His song lists brings the crowd to their feet. Spurs USA drummer, Bob Jones, a Stockbridge resident, focuses mainly on rock, blues, and loves country. He also lends his pipes on tunes as he has a rich and powerful Cash-like baritone voice. Andy Gordon, from Lenox, is an extraordinary multi-talented musician. He plays seasoned banjo & pedal steel all over the place, most notably with the Sun Mountain Fiddler and of course, The Spurs USA. Saratoga Springs resident, Dona Frank-Federico has been playing and singing since the age of 10. In her words she, “makes the most noise” in the band, singing and dancing her heart out. Fiddle player Paul Rice, is known as “one of the best in the Berkshires and Beyond” and can fiddle a tune of almost any tempo and style with showmanship and ease.