Spears performs in Saluda Oct. 22

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Seasoned performer and touring troubadour, musical artist Doug Spears returns to The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Spears blends elements of contemporary folk, Americana, bluegrass, country and folk rock. Spears has invested more than 35 years developing his craft. Often drawing comparisons to some of the best-known and well-established artists of the genre, Spears has carved a special niche for himself in folk and Americana music.

Spears was born in Leesburg, Fla., and he says his best childhood memories tie back to the farmhouse his grandfather built in Lake County in the 1920s. He took up the guitar at age 12, learning on an old Gibson J-45 loaned to him by a family friend, and soon began writing his own songs heavily influenced by the wealth of songwriter poets of the time.

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Spears song craft matured into a weaving of lyric portraits capturing the essence of the often joyous though sometimes difficult aspects of our lives. Of his Florida homeland, he sings of the unsung and often undiscovered heart of Florida, before Disney World and Margaritaville, a simpler place covered by thousands of acres of palmetto scrub, citrus groves, family farms and cattle range.

The Wine Cellar is located at The Saluda Inn at 229 Greenville Street in Saluda. For reservations and further information call 828-749-9698.