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The Singing Maine Guide

In my music, I write about the people and the life I’ve known in the places I’ve lived.  I think that puts me in the folk tradition, even if at times, my songs may not sound very folksy.

Unlike many fellow musicians, I never picked up a guitar until I was out of college.  I bought an EKO 12-string in Rome, Italy after meeting a street musician named David Rapp Judd from Utah.  We traveled to Greece together on a trade–he’d teach me how to play, I’d keep him from starving.  We lived in a bamboo hut on a beach in Corfu.  We dove and speared octopus, a fish so exotic to me, it seemed odd to eat them.  But we did.  David more than held up his side of the bargain, working with me 8 to 10 hours a day until my fingers bled.

The first song I ever wrote was called, “Your Shot’s No Better Than Your Aim.”  It was around the time the movie, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid was popular, so I gave the song a western motif.  It’s on the One Road CD.

It wasn’t enough of a living for me just to write songs;  I began jingle writing in the early 1980’s for a small ad agency.  That work soon mushroomed, becoming my full time job for 20 years!  Early in that process, I started my own company.  I still hear jingles playing today that I wrote years ago, as well as new ones, just starting to gain traction.

I think it’s this way for many musicians:  When you go back and listen to songs you’ve written, it feels like a diary.  Things that were true then might not be now.  Other things never change.  Barbara Kingsolver wrote in Lacuna that books are where we go to be free.  I would lengthen her list to include music.

Randy’s Releases

Samples

  •       My Old Friend
  •       Blue Collar Soul
  •       It's About Time

Footprints in the Sand

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Track List

  1. My Old Friend
  2. Blue Collar Soul
  3. Wide and Deep
  4. Footprints in the Sand
  5. It’s About Time
  6. Inspiration
  7. Shadow Man
  8. Helena
  9. Dancin’ Tonight
  10. To Build a Wall
  11. Song for Dave

Released 2009

Samples

  •       Everybody's Fool
  •       Fishin' Blues

Solid Ground

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Track List

  1. Everybody’s Fool
  2. Little Things
  3. Adeline Rose
  4. Northern Lights
  5. Falling In Love Again
  6. I Want To Drink something Different (Tonight)
  7. Reach For The Ground (Ian Spencer)
  8. Where Are You Now Barry Wilson?
  9. Christian Man
  10. No Guts
  11. Fishin’ Blues

Released 2007

Samples

  •       One Fault Baby
  •       Fishin' Pole

The Passenger

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Track List

  1. One Fault Baby
  2. Have Yourself a Good Time
  3. Love Like This
  4. The Last Time
  5. The Passenger
  6. Fordy and Sarah
  7. Short Season
  8. Legends
  9. Fishin’ Pole
  10. Didn’t Mean To Pry
  11. In Another Time

Released 2003

Samples

  •       The Worry Road
  •       The Lucky One

Old Maine Guide

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Track List

  1. Moose Permit
  2. Old Maine Guide
  3. My Someone
  4. King of Swing
  5. The Dutchman
  6. The Worry Road
  7. Lillian
  8. Pine Tree Store
  9. I’m My Own Grandpa
  10. The Lucky One
  11. In a Town This Size

Released 2001

Samples

  •       Black Flies
  •       One Road In

One Road

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Track List

  1. Easy Chair
  2. Button Poppin’Blues
  3. White Bird
  4. Black Flies!
  5. Your Shot’s No better Than Your Aim
  6. A Tombstone Every Mile
  7. Broken Man
  8. Roses In December
  9. Three Legged Man
  10. One Road In
  11. Seeing Eye Boy

Released 1999

The Way I Came - The Randy Spencer Collection

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Buy this Five CD Box Set of all Randy Spencers’ releases to date now while supplies last! Makes an awesome gift for the die-hard Randy Spencer fan!

Box Set Includes:

  • Footprints in the Sand
  • Solid Ground
  • The Passenger
  • Old Maine Guide
  • One Road

Released 2009