delivery, Spike Settles has entertained
this area for decades without ever
disappointing the audience, whether
as a solo or with Never Never.
of training, result in the consistently
thrilling performer that we have all
been happily amazed by!
his father, a classical guitarist; mother,
a pianist; and brother, a bassist it was
only natural that Spike would begin his
musical world behind a drum set. He told
me that his father's favorite way to relax
was to play classic standards on the guitar.
Being surrounded by classical guitar music
influenced the complicated changes in
time, key and melodic progression that
characterize Spike's performance. A natural
sense of timing and his remarkable vocals
coalesce to make his solo performances a
pleasure. His guitar performance and his
vocals, though played simultaneously,
are controlled separately. His talent with
either is stellar; together they are magical.
Never that Spike would be thrust to the
front of the stage to showcase, in this
writer's opinion, his finest instrument . . .
his voice! That instrument can play
Sweet Dreams and follow it with Sweet
Home Alabama, executed in two entirely
different styles. His ease and familiarity
with both songs leaves the audience with
a feeling that he may have composed
them both himself.
built with his
many fans over
bring to light the
that the venues
years, Spike has
played just about everywhere and with
just about every musician. Fellow musician
and friend from high school, Patrick
Redmond of the Route 66 Band said
"I love performing with Kevin (Spike);
he always brings so much positive energy
to the stage!"