Visit Spencer’s GoFundMe page HERE
Like a storm without warning, our friend Spencer Bohren has been diagnosed with cancer. Stage IV prostate cancer has found its way into his bones. In the few weeks since they got the unwelcome diagnosis, Spencer and Marilyn have been reading voraciously and talking with physicians, friends, and friends of friends about the many ways to proceed. They have chosen a healing path that resonates with them, and by every indication Spencer is on his way to better health.
Because the regimen of healing therapies and activities will demand a daily full time job for both Marilyn and Spencer, touring in the immediate future has been cancelled. To help ease the financial pressure, we have set up this GoFundMe site to accept donations to help them with daily living expenses as well as current and future medical bills while he navigates the journey toward health.
Spencer has been a light in our lives with his music, teaching, storytelling and artistic ventures and having that love returned will keep him going strong! Many, many thanks to everyone proffering a helping hand. Every donation is appreciated.
One other note ~ Please know that Spencer and Marilyn read all of the correspondence that comes in, and are comforted and strengthened by the over whelming outpouring of good wishes, thoughts and prayers. While they would like to respond to each of you, it can be a daunting undertaking at this time. Hence we ask that you check Spencer’s Health blog at https://www.spencerbohren.com/health-blog/ for updates.
Spencer Bohren’s music resonates with the ambience of the rivers, roads, and bayous of the American South. He has a marvelous gift for sharing his great love for America’s wealth of traditional folk, blues, gospel and country music with audiences of all ages. His ability to animate the musicians and singers from the past with both respectful readings of their music and spellbinding stories is legendary. Spencer’s laid-back stage presence and comfortable delivery make each concert feel like a pleasant visit with an old friend.
But that’s not all . . .
Woven through the fabric of a Spencer Bohren performance are his stunning original pieces, teeming with echoes of the traditional music he loves, yet written from a modern viewpoint. From gently opinionated topical songs to energetic highway tunes to disarmingly beautiful ballads, Spencer presents a wide range of music, punctuated by superlative guitar playing and using an ever-changing assortment of vintage guitars, lapsteels and banjos. The atmosphere of his New Orleans home subtly informs each performance. What’s more, the stories that preface the songs are often as well received as the songs themselves.
Spencer Bohren is also a big hit in the academic community. His documentary performance, Down the Dirt Road Blues, mesmerizes students all over the world, and his American Roots Guitar workshops are popular with musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Exhibitions and workshops featuring Spencer’s visual artwork, provocative assemblages he calls Reliquaries, are available in conjunction with or separate from his musical offerings.
From festival stages in America to concert halls all over Europe, listeners continue to be charmed by the openness and honesty of Spencer’s music and his gracious personality. In a world filled with synthesized pop music, Spencer Bohren defines artistic integrity.