Dave Specter is a busy man. Just back from a tour of Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, Dave and his band are hitting a few stateside gigs (including the 2010 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival) before heading off for another European tour in November.

We are honored to include the Dave Specter Band in our lineup for this year’s festival. If you’ve spent any time listening to the blues over the last 25 years, you’ve certainly heard his instantly recognizable jazzy-bluesy guitar playing. A virtuoso on hollow-bodied electric guitar, Dave can move effortlessly between hard core blues licks and complex jazz chords and phrasings.

Before forming his own band in 1989, Specter toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe behind such blues greats as Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and Steve Freund. Specter has also performed and recorded with such blues and jazz artists as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Robert Jr. Lockwood, John Primer, Mighty Joe Young, Valerie Wellington, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Earl, Otis Clay, Pinetop Perkins and Sunnyland Slim, to name just a few.

Dave has released nine solo albums and has appeared as a guest artist on numerous others, with a discography totaling out at more than 30 releases. His latest release (which came out just over a month ago), Spectified, is currenlty near the top of the Roots Radio chart and is garnering blistering reviews, including five stars from the Blues Underground Network:

Spectified is an album that is not only purely instrumental, it is also a album that is instrumentally pure. Unlike the vast majority of albums out there today, instrumental albums do not have the option of hiding behind lyrics if there are flaws. Spectified was flawless, in fact lyrics would have only taken this treasure down a few notches.”

On October 23rd, we’ll all have the wonderful opportunity to hear one of the truly original blues guitar virtuosos performing at the top of his game in the intimate setting of the Rivoli Theatre. Be prepared to be amazed!

To learn more about Dave Specter, visit his website here.

To get the inside skinny on the life of a Chicago blues guitarist, check out Dave Specter’s Blues & Beyond.

To buy his latest album, click here.

To visit his Amazon Artist Store, click here.

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