"Not many groups can boast two virtuoso guitarists as The Jon Spear Band does and few can match the writing skill of Jon Spear and Dara James – obviously a first class band that know precisely how to play together."
The Jon Spear Band can be adventurous in its musical tastes but never strays very far from its blues roots, which provides the foundation for the band's music. Nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for the prestigious best Live Blues Recording of 2016 award, all three of the Jon Spear Band’s CDs have charted in the US, France, UK, Spain, and Australia and have been listed on the annual top 100 Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart for the past three consecutive years. The band has
opened for nationally touring acts including Debbie Davies, Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh, the Iguanas, the Chris Duarte Group, Memphis Gold, and more, and competed competed in the 31st and 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
Based in Central Virginia, the band's members are Jon Spear (guitar and vocals), Andy Burdetsky (bass), John Stubblefield (drums) and Dara James (lead vocals and guitar plus harmonica).
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" Hot Sauce is one of the finest albums I have heard in a while. Well-rooted in the blues, and never straying far from those roots, Spear and the guys lay down solid music, whether it is straight blues, blues with a Latin flair, rockabilly, slow-burnin' R&B or somewhere in between. The tunes, all penned by Spear and the other band members, are exceptionally well-written and performed with a level of passion not often heard these days. Spear is also developing into one of the finest storytellers I've encountered...straight to the point, these stories are absolutely believable and incredibly powerful . . .. The more I hear from Jon and the band, the more impressed I become. This is 100% the real deal...This is perhaps their best work to date. - Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues (July 2017)
"I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hot Sauce, by Jon Spear Band and I quite like it. Opening with Bottom of the Bottle, Jon Spear Band gets into a really nice groove somewhat like Come and Go Blues but with more texture, cooler guitar riffs and better vocals for my taste. With Dara James on guitar, harp and vocal, Jon Spear on guitar and vocal Andy Burdetsky on bass and vocal John Stubblefield on drums and vocals, this is a super opener." -- Bman’s Blues Report, August 11, 2017
"The Jon Spear Band is the band that said, “Live music is better,” and they took over the Tin Pan’s spacious stage and filled it with some of the best music I’ve heard in quite a while. With only four pieces in the band, Dara James on lead guitar and vocals; Jon Spear on rhythm guitar and vocals, Andy Burdetsky on bass and backing vocals; and John Stubblefield on drums, they managed to create the sound of a much larger group. James is a guitar wizard who can move from playing a standard lead to delivering a blistering break that could actually cause the audience to break into applause before he even finished playing. Spear is a helluva player as well, great on the vocals, and writes most of the band’s material. . Burdetsky is a very animated bass player who made several songs come to life and Stubblefield is a very underrated drummer who threw in some great fills throughout the night. Together, the four of them dropped some great blues in support of their latest album Hot Sauce, and mixed up a very spicy meal." -- Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint (July 2017)
"Hot Sauce is a solid collection of blues tunes . . . . and there is a little something for everybody in it. It is nice to see a band put the time and effort into writing and working out an entire disc of new music, and fortunately it has very good production too. – Blues Blast Magazine (July 28, 2017)
With the Jon Spear Band, you can always bet your last money that the music will be excellent, and the songs built either for the dance floor or to make you think. Everything goes good with “Hot Sauce!” -- Don & Sheryl's Blues Blog (July 23, 2017)
"Welcome back Jon Spear Band, you have done it again! You have created another masterpiece that encompasses so many elements of roots music and not just blues. The light and shade of this album is stunning and weaves an intricate story that is so very entertaining. The Jon Spear Band have created an album 'their' way and not a clone of somebody else." -- Peter Merrett, PBS106.7, Melbourne, Australia