John Spell, Roger Bellow, and Bob Sachs of the Drifting Troubadours (above) will perform their western swing at Prohibition on Sun. May 20 at 7 p.m. — no cover
In 1941, a traveling salesman changed John Spell’s life. The man, from Stars of Tomorrow Studio, was out recruiting new students. A week from his sixth birthday, Spell was awestruck with the guitar, thumb pick, and metal bar before him in his Charleston living room. His first lesson was free, and right then and there, Spell learned his first guitar tune, "Narrow My God to Thee." The frets were numbered to 17. "I hadn’t gotten into numbers yet, but it was fairly simple," he says. "And I thought, ‘Wow, I did that.’" Luckily his father agreed to let him take lessons, and a prodigy was born.
Spell stopped trying to read music and instea...Read More