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Songwriter of the Year 2014
Summit Coffee Songwriter Series
Best Performing Male Songwriter 2013
Summit Coffee Songwriter Series
Latest Product Endorsement
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Latest Artist Endorsement
"From the Bottom" included
in new AmericanaOK CD compilation
of the Evening Muse" - Photographs by Monty Chandler
Now That's Americana Radio - The CD - Vol 1 with 13 Classic
Americana Tracks As Featured On AmericanaOK selected the title track
"From the Bottom" as one of their featured songs on this
features a two-page spread of Rick Spreitzer & Kevin Edwards when
they opened for Richard Buckner in 2008. You can preview and
purchase a copy of this 160 page book at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/510412
Gift Film Documentary
"No Idea" from the CD "From the Bottom" is featured
in the soundtrack of this documentary film. The
Final Gift is currently in the works by local writer, filmmaker
and friend, Therese Bartholomew of Charlotte, NC. The film follows
Bartholomew’s pursuit to find meaning in her brother, Steve’s,
K&K Sound, manufacturer of top-quality pickups, microphones,
and preamps for a variety of instruments, selected Rick Spreitzer
as the Artist of the Month
for June, 2008.
"On February's Alleycast, we'll listen to music from Malinky's
exclusive Live From Folk Alley concert recording, along with our
in-studio session with David Wilcox. We hear the Open Mic sounds
of Ember, Ashley Brooke Toussant, and Rick Spreitzer.
Plus, we'll get a montage of songs featured in our Love and Alt-Love
side streams and hear the obscure sounds of Synanthesia - a band
that made only one record in 1969. Download
the Alleycast today!!"
"Special thanks to Randy Mullis at Mullis
Music in Concord, NC for the ongoing support and honest
business! And thanks to Godin Guitars and Composite
Acoustics for the Artist Endorsements. Feel free to contact
me (or come up to me when playing live) to ask about both lines
Music Awards Winner!
2007 Best Artist Web Site. Also a Finalist
for Best of Americana Artist/Album/Song for From
the Bottom/“Serpent & Henry Gray”.
K&K Sound Endorsement
Recently added to roster of artists endorsing K&K
Sound - makers of acoustic pick-ups and pre-amps
Track on Troops Complilation
"From the Bottom" selected to be one of
the tracks on the latest compilation CD to be sent to our military
Troops overseas. This is a homemade project started as a small
hobby by a good soul who goes by the name of oldtoad gil.
Visit him at http://www.myspace.com/oldtoadgil.
Troops duplicate and trade the 100's of CDs they are given. There
have been 5 versions since 2004.
Article written by Rick on Tom
Yocky Dulcimers published in the Charlotte Folk Society monthly
newsletter. Read it here.
Miller Tells Her Tale" Best of 2006 "Oh
Kitty" picked as one of the best songs of 2006.
Charlotte Indie Radio
New Charlotte radio station up and running on Live365
"From the Bottom"
selected as one of the top 15 CDs for 2006 by AmericanaOK.
and Acoustic Music Exchange
"The guy writes, he sings, he plays.
He's got the goods. I'm already looking forward to his next album."
..more in Press
"From the Bottom confirms that Spreitzer is one of
the region's most gifted songwriters."..more in Press
A new fan comments on "From
"I play it day in, day out! Love it; love what you write about;
love how you write. Your other 2 CD's are on my Christmas list!"
more in Press
Flat Rock Songwriting Contest
- 3rd Place Winner!
"Back to Blue" came in as the 3rd Place
Winner in the 2006 Flat Rock Music Festival Songwriting Contest.
Congratulations also to 2nd Place winner Steve Simpson and first
place winner Ken Kiser - all three with Charlotte ties.
Underground Radio - features "Roll Back"
and "From the Bottom" on their internet radio broadcast.
"...music for the long road home. Rick really knows how
to weave a tale."
Flat Rock Songwriting Contest
2006 - "Back to Blue" is a Top 10 Finalist!
"Back to Blue" has been
chosen as one of 10 song finalists in the 2006 Flat Rock Music Festival
Songwriting Contest. The
Flat Rock Music Festival Songwriter Showcase is a nationally
recognized songwriter competition, open to anyone who writes and
performs original music, and who is not currently signed to a major
recording or publishing deal. Contestants are judged on the quality
of the song’s composition, vocal delivery, and the overall
performance. Each year, the Flat Rock Music Festival staff and local
industry pros select ten songwriter finalists to perform their songs
at the Festival where they are judged by a panel of industry pros.
Winners are awarded prizes, critical acclaim and a chance to perform
on the Festival main stage!
Last year, "Invisible Wind" was a finalist,
and in 2004, "Porter Wagoner" won the 3rd Place prize.
This year's Flat Rock Festival will be held September 29th, 30th
and October 1st, with Rick's performance scheduled for Saturday
at 11:00 am on the Lakeside Stage.
Train Boogie - "...Spreitzer
has produced a disc that can more than hold its own alongside some
of the best that the Americana genre has to offer. He has garnered
a whole raft of songwriting awards over the past few years, and
the first listen to this gem affirms the perceptiveness of those
Wild West Radio
- #1 Track out of 100 for the week (9/3/06) - "This
type of great Down-home American Roots music is what Wild West Radio
is all about." ...more
Real Roots Cafe
- "Captivating, heating and very expressive."
- "This is down-home folk music from
an exceptionally talented songwriter." ...more
Chart August 2006 Release TIP
- "Rick Spreitzer is first and foremost
a lyricist; a songwriter who tosses off one-liners with such casual
ease that you don't realize their emotional punch until he's well
into the next verse."...more
Lazy Five Ranch video
to the tune of "Oh Kitty" (From the Bottom).
Video courtesy of aspiring filmmaker Michael Kahn. (Quicktime 5.52MB)
Coast Music Freeform American Roots (FAR) Chart
- From the Bottom debuts at #28
Texas-based 3rd Coast Music magazine (TCMN) sponsors the Freeform
American Roots (FAR) chart. The FAR charts are compiled from reports
sent in by actual DJs with freeform (i.e. no playlists) radio shows
on public, college and community stations from the United States
and Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Australia and
New Zealand. Each of them lists the six albums they took most
pleasure in playing, one of which can be their Album of the Month.
- Album of the month for July, 2006.
"From the Bottom" has been picked up by Smart
Choice Music which is a reseller of quality Americana
Music to the world. They are based in the UK and are a great company
to work with. Other artists being distributed by Smart Choice include:
Bruce Springsteen, James McMurtry, Steve Earle, Big Blue Hearts
and Jackson Browne. CDs will be available soon.
- Featured tracks on shows #16 and #17 of AmericanaOK
@ LeithFM Podcast. The show can be downloaded from iTunes or http://americanaok.libsyn.com/.
Roots/Ray Randall - Listen to the podcast
of Ray talking with Rick about his songs and the stories behind
a few of them.
Magazine reviews "From the Bottom"
- CDs and individual tracks are now available for sale from eFolkMusic.org.
Alley Open Mic - Log in, listen and cast
your vote for one of 4 songs uploaded. The winner of the "Open
Mic" has an opportunity to advance to the finals, which could
lead to the Grand Prize - a performance at the Kent State University
Folk Festival in November. Your support is greatly appreciated.
to an online podcast review of "From the Bottom" by Ray
Randall on AmericanaRoots.
91.7 #1 Album - Week of Feb.
27 - Mar. 5, 2006
Spotlight Album on IJSSELMOND
- 1 track off "From the Bottom" played weekly during March.
Featured artist on UBL.com
(Artist Direct Ultimate Band List)
Every week, the UBL editorial team picks the best and brightest
artists on the UBL and showcases them here.
"From the Bottom"
The new CD, "From the Bottom," is available as of February
16, 2006!! The 12-song project, engineered by Chris Garges,
features many special guests including: Mike
Strauss, Jason Atkins, JD Wilson, Mike
Orlando, Jon Schigoda, Scoot
Blake and more!
Click HERE to get your copy.
"Invisible Wind" included in
new CD compilation - 1-9-06
"Invisible Wind" from Dirt Tracks was chosen
by a committee of songwriters, artists and a producer to appear
on the new Uptown Sound, Volume 1 CD. This first compilation,
coordinated by CharlotteMusician.com,
is designed to "shine a light on the best unsigned local music
in town," and to "highlight the diversity of the scene."
It will be promoted to local media and handed out around town at
various music and CD stores - for free!
"Invisible Wind" advances in the ISC Competition - 1-6-06
"Invisible Wind" from Dirt Tracks, which was
entered into the AAA/Roots/Americana category of the 2005 International
Songwriting Competition, advanced onto the second round of judging.
With the ISC receiving almost 15,000 entries this year, advancing
to this level is quite an honor. The 2005 finalists will be
announced by the end of January, 2006, and winners will be announced
in March, 2006.
Hank Williams Songwriting Contest 2005 - Finalist! - 9-9-05
"Invisible Wind" has been chosen as one of 10 song finalists
in the 2005 Flat Rock Music Festival Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.
Last year, "Porter Wagoner" won the 3rd Place prize.
This year's Flat Rock Festival will be held September 23, 24 &
press & radio
Miller Tells her Tale," an online bi-weekly radio program
broadcasting around the world, has chosen December's Song Again"
from Dirt Tracks as one of the top tracks of 2004.
"Absolutely timeless! ...Nice well-rounded sound and very
interesting mixes and diversity from song to song. Rick is also
an extremely talented and heartfelt singer which made listening
all the better. LOVE IT!" - Annette Warner/CoffeehouseTour.com
((full review in Press)
WINNER! NC Songwriter's Co-Op Songwriting Contest - 11-7-04
1st Place - 7th Annual North Carolina Songwriters Competition.
Charlotte, NC-based singer-songwriter Rick Spreitzer wins 1st Place
in North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op Songwriting Contest.
The 7th Annual NCSC Songwriting Contest held in Carrboro Arts Center
on November 6th, 2004, featured eight finalists. Artists were judged
on quality of composition, quality of performance and quality of
Winner Rick Spreitzer, a Charlotte, NC based singer-songwriter
who writes songs that he describes as “tip jar americana,”
folk music steeped in common tones that dodge the lyrical middle
ground, entered and performed two songs from his latest release
"Dirt Tracks" -- "Invisible Wind"and "Porter
Hank Williams Songwriting Contest - 3rd Place Winner! - 9-25-04
"Porter Wagoner" comes in as the 3rd Place Winner in
the 2004 Flat Rock Music Festival Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.
For more details about the festival and its contest, you can check
See also the personal note in the Guestbook.
Hank Williams Songwriting Contest - 9-13-04
Finalist for the 2004 Flat Rock Music Festival Hank Williams Songwriting
Contest. For more details about the festival and its contest, you
can check out www.flatrockmusicfestival.com
Many thanks to the djs at WSGE 91.7fm for spinning songs from "Dirt
Tracks" since its release. We've managed to stay in the top
ten list 3 weeks in a row.. Thank you to those who have taken the
time to call or write in to the station to request tracks. If others
would like to do so, simply call 704-922-4286 or visit the website
You could also place a request to WNCW 88.7FM by going to their
website at http://www.wncw.org/request.cfm.
Your voice matters more than you know.
Look for a guest appearance by your's truly laying down some harmonica
on Jason Hausman's
upcoming new 6-song EP, "Grey Sky Sparrow."
cd release parties!
**"Dirt Tracks" set to be released July 17th! This
new CD features guest appearances by David
Childers, Mike Orlando & Brian Burton (Cast
Iron Filter), Rodney Lanier (Sea of Cortez/The Gold Coast),
as well as friends and musical partners Kevin Edwards, Trip
Rogers, Jill Lurie,
JD Wilson, Jon Schigoda and Steven
Carpenter. Stay tuned for more details, as well as the
track list and sound bytes.
**In conjuction with the new CD, there will be two CD Release parties
Saturday, July 17th @ the Evening
Muse in Charlotte
Saturday, July 24th @ Crossroads Coffeehouse in Waxhaw
best of charlotte
**Creative Loafing - The Best of Charlotte's Original Music Scene
- In response to an article on the 21 best bands in the Southeast,
the music staff of Creative Loafing picked what they consider to
be the "best of" in various genres in Charlotte.
Rick was chosen as one of Charlotte's best singer/songwriters.
Read more here.
"meanderthal" voted top 10
**"Meanderthal" voted one of the top 10 Releases of 2003
by the staff of Left
Off The Dial!