Mood Swingz

Elizabeth & Bob

(Thanks to Erik Huffine for the caricature)

A Little Bit About Us

 

Bob Spencer

Currently I have an all-instrumental CD, Carolina Dreaming, which is available throughout NC and has had some success. You can purchase it here:

Bob Spencer: Carolina Dreaming
Also have several other CD's:  Himage, An Old Fashioned Christmas, A Christmas Prayer, and (with Elizabeth) Tis So Sweet...The Season, Ain't Misbehavin...Much!, and Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy.  Currently working on a new CD for release Christmas 2013.

 1994 – Present – Perform at churches, restaurants, country clubs, coffee houses, and rest homes – play fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano/keyboard, harmonica and vocals. Teach private guitar and mandolin (at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point),  fiddle, sax, and vocals.

I Also Play With:

Mood Swingz - guitar, harmonica, flute, mandolin, and vocals;

Flashback - keyboards, harmonica, and vocals;

Soloist – guitar, keyboards, sax, flute, vocals.

 1993 - Present – Choir director at Marlboro Friends Meeting, Sophia, NC

 1977 – 1993  - Professional musician – toured 47 states with Billy “Crash” Craddock, Helen Cornelius and Jim Ed Brown, Southern Crescent, Sundance, and Johnny Fisher, a Willie Nelson impersonator (among many others).

Some highlights of this period:

Played on “Hee Haw” – 1980

Played “Jamboree in the Hills” in front of 500,000 people and was broadcast on Showtime to 7 million – 1980

Played for Virginia Governor’s Inauguration – 1984

Had No. 1 country music hit in New York City – “Peaches” – 1985

Played on Grand Ol’ Opry 23 times – 1987-88

Bob plays electric guitar through a Digitech Vocalist, Digitech RP-255, and Digitech JamMan directly into Mood Swingz P.A. system consisting of powered speakers, sub-woofers when necessary, and a Yamaha mixer.  Other instruments include a Gemeinhardt flute, Ovation electric/acoustic mandolin, Fender Strat, and several Hohner Golden Melody harmonicas.  He has been known on occasion to pull out his vintage fiddle, soprano or tenor sax, and also is adept at kazoo.

 

Elizabeth Spencer

2006 - Present - Plays bass with Mood Swingz.

1992 - Present - Plays bass, guitar, banjo, and sings,  performs at churches and rest homes.

Elizabeth plays a Rogue viola style bass (Paul McCartney model) through a Zoom 505-II pedal into a SWR bass amp with DI into the P.A. system. She also has an Ashbory bass.

Song selections you can listen to:

Addicted To Love - Live at the Claddagh Robert Palmer

All Of Me, Ain’t Misbehavin’ “Fats” Waller

Be Young, Foolish, Happy Tams

Brandy Looking Glass

Brown Eyed Girl - Live at the Claddagh Van Morrison

Build Me Up Buttercup Foundations

I'll Be Around Spinners

Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd

Listen To The Music - Live at Big Game Safari The Doobie Brothers

Melinda Bob Spencer / Mood Swingz

Pink Cadillac Bruce Springsteen

Route 66, Sunny Side Of The Street Nat “King” Cole

Under The Boardwalk Drifters

Additional Musicians who play with us on demand

Mary Riddell

2009 - Present A wonderful singer, Mary also plays percussion for Mood Swingz. Mary and Bob have been musical partners for over 7 years, and their harmonies show it.

Jimmy Gatewood

2009 - Present A wonderful singer, Jimmy also plays percussion for Mood Swingz. He's also known throughout the Piedmont as a harmonica player's player (in other words, HE'S GREAT) and adds a nice touch on slide and rhythm guitar. Jimmy and Bob have been musical partners for over 20 years, and their harmonies show it.

Les Postel

2009 - Present A yankee transplant that is quickly becoming a real southerner, Les switches effortlessly between keys and trumpet, all while adding to the trademark tight vocal harmonies. Having spent 25 years playing the wedding and corporate circuit in New Jersey, Les knows what it takes to coordinate a succesful event. (PS - He's starting to like grits)

Gerry Jones

2008 - Present A consummate performer, Gerry has played drums and percussion professionally for over 30 years. He and Bob went to school together from 5th grade on and have played together on and off all this time.

Alesis SR-16

2006 - Present - Plays drums with Mood Swingz, has played in rest homes, restaurants and coffee houses, keeps perfect time, NEVER late or drunk. Alesis plays himself (he doesn't need anything else!).

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