10 December, 2009

Joseph Spence

Joseph Spence was on born in August of1910 in Andros, Bahamas; and was a Bahamian guitarist and singer. 

He is well known for his vocalizations and humming while performing on guitar. Spence played a steel-string acoustic guitar, and nearly all of his recorded songs employ guitar accompaniment in a Drop D tuning, so that the guitar sounds, from sixth to first D A D G B E. The power of his playing derives from moving bass lines and interior voices and a driving beat that he emphasized with foot tapping. To this mix he adds blues coloration and calypso rhythms to achieve a unique and easily identifiable sound.

Spence died on March 18, 1984 in Nassau, Bahamas.

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