MacNichol Guitars and Mandolins
"Rick Spreitzer, Americana Singer/Songwriter,
is among the many who have discovered the unique sound and benefits
of playing a carbon fiber guitar. Rick plays two CA Guitars models,
a GX Performer (now known as 8M-CE) and a Cargo."
Fisher's Roots & Country
"I have now
my own 2 hour show on MCR106.5 called "Desi Fisher's Roots
& Country" (this show goes out in the NorthWest area
of N. Ireland, every Sunday afternoon 4-6)), and I have revisited
"Dirt Tracks" on the show and have been playing the
following tracks "December's Song again", "Porter
wagoner" (especially popular when i played it around Porter's
untimely death), "Molly ann" & "Follow the
water home". I gave the album away in a compo and have
had a great email from the winner saying how much she loved
the Cd and that the show was making her listen to music she'd
never even knew existed!!"
for Best of Americana Artist / Album / Song -
From the Bottom - “Serpent & Henry Gray”
and Winner of Best Artist
"From the Bottom" selected for inclusion on the next
compilation CD going to our Troops overseas.
News & Notes
15, 8 to 11 p.m. - Rick Spreitzer and Mike Strauss perform at
Summit Coffee. "Mr. Spreitzer plays ragged, bluesy, alt-country
songs with an emphasis on emotional lyrical content that never
sounds like a posture. Recommended for fans of Neil Young or
and Acoustic Music Exchange
If you want my opinion, this isn't the best
thing Spreitzer will ever do and that's not a slam. It's just
that as good as this is, and it's damn good, Spreitzer has a hell
of a future ahead. The guy writes, he sings, he plays. He's got
the goods. I'm already looking forward to his next album."
~Frank Gutch Jr. Read
the Full Review here
"This CD is full of such music. Spreitzer
is a musician/songwriter that some may need a few listens to
appreciate, but when they do it is well worth it. Motel
Prayer and No Idea have that lost feel to them,
a sense of fatigue oozing from the speakers and overtaking you
slowly until you're almost depressed without really knowing
why. The major/minor chords of Ghosts of Natchez give
it an eerie feel and it is helped along by a female chorus of
ghostly but harmonious demeanor. And Falling Down—the
title pretty much says it all.
"From the Bottom confirms
that Spreitzer is one of the region's most gifted songwriters.
His songs have the homespun comfort of Steve Earle's best work,
and he couches them with female harmonies and intricate acoustic
picking." ~Michael D. Evans/High Timberline Media
4 Stars: "The opening
chords of this CD told me that I was on to something good, something
very good. Track one, “roll back”, has a cool bluegrass
pulse that features some excellent fiddle and banjo, and the momentum
builds from there. Yes, there’s a definite bluegrass influence
happening here, it’s bluegrass a la Steve Earle, who Spreitzer
incidentally not only has a passing vocal resemblance to, but
at times could be mistaken for lyrically. Not having heard either
of his first two releases, Dirt Tracks and Meanderthal, (gotta
like that title), it’s difficult to assess his performing
evolution, but stuff like this doesn’t happen merely by
chance, you can count on that. With the stellar assistance of
a retinue of some of North Carolina’s finer musicians, 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 judges. Individual track credits are not provided for
his several female backing vocalists, which is a shame, because
I could perhaps be persuaded to fall in love with more than just
the music herein." ~Don Grant
"Thanks for the Cd by Rick Spreitzer.
What can I say? This type of great Down-home American Roots music
is what Wild West Radio is all about. The first song on the Cd
(Roll Back) is a grabber. It was just played on the station. If
I can find the time, I'm thinking about featuring the entire Cd
this Sunday evening. I'll work other songs from the Cd into rotation
once I get to listen to it in its entirety.
Thanks again for getting a hold of me and sending the Cd. I'd
sure like to see Rick and David Childers make their way out to
the left coast." ~Jeff Scammon
"A delicious, predominating semi-acoustic, CD where the emphasis
lies primary at deliciously stimulating work...Captivating,
heating and very expressive." ~Rein
van den Berg
Click for full Dutch review with loose
"Your package with Rick Spreitzer's
CD "From The Bottom" arrived safely here, thank you
so much! Wow, it's definitely a great one, I like Rick's voice
and the lyrics are excellent, he knows how to show that little
arthouse movie in every song." ~Johanna
"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. My favorite example is from the title track
of his latest CD, From The Bottom, in which the end of a 12 year
relationship is summed up with, "how do you take back the
holes in the wall?" Spreitzer's songwriting talent's are
gaining recognition, having won the 7th Annual North Carolina
Songwriter’s Co-Op Songwriter’s Contest and twice
placing in the top 10 at the Flat Rock Music Festival’s
Hank Williams Songwriting Contest. The music is well crafted to
keep the lyrics front and center. About half of the songs twangy
base to them and the other half have an acoustic coffeehouse folk
feel to them. Highlight tracks are "Roll Back", "Serpent
and Henry Gray," and "From the Bottom."
"From The Bottom
is the third release from Rick Spreitzer. The North Carolina-based
artist is an accomplished song-writer having won first place in
the 7th Annual North Carolina Songwriter's Co-Op Contest. From
the Bottom is laid-back Americana infused with folk, bluegrass
and country influences. Spreitzer's earthy and organic music feels
like a comfortable old sweater. This is down-home folk
music from an exceptionally talented songwriter." ~
"Sometimes I come across a CD from an independent
writer that is better than most. It’s thoughtful, well presented
and well written. The truth of the writing rings through
every song and I’m drawn into the stories and music from
start to finish. Rick Spreitzer’s 3rd CD, from the bottom,
is such a CD. With a voice reminding me of John Prine and Waylon
Jennings, Spreitzer manages to entertain me all the way through."
~ Jane Eamon
Album of the Month - July,
"...excellent craftsman of songs." ~ Fabio Cerbone....
for the full Italian review and loose English translation
"A real treat...fantastic artist...Van
Morrison type arrangement...I absolutely love this song [No Idea]"..
~ Tom Fahey
"Singer/guitarist Spreitzer has won a variety of songwriting
awards, and it's easy to hear why. From the Bottom is
filled with lyrical tunes and texts. His best songs use evocative
language to create enigmatic characters: the "tired railroad
man with the liquor tooth" in "Falling Down", the
old man who "casts off his witches" in "Ghosts
of Natchez", the rambler who "can smell the law coming
on" in "No Idea."
Spreitzer's music comes out of the Piedmont tradition, a blend
of old-time folk ballads, church-born harmonizing, and singer/songwriters
like James Taylor. In addition to showcasing Spreitzer's warm,
kind voice, the twelve songs on this CD are a vehicle for some
great playing and singing by local musicians. Especially fine
are Mike Orlando's mandolin and Charlotte Symphony violinist Jane
Hart Brendle's fiddle.
From the Bottom is a gentle album - perhaps too gentle.
One can't help but wish for a stab of Dylanesque irony or unexpected
humor to pierce the persistent earnestness. But there's a lot
to be said for beauty, and Spreitzer's album has that to spare.
Available at www.rickspreitzer.com ~ Meg Whalen
to Your Folks)
Hi Rick, Just listened to a review of your new cd on the Americana
Roots Podcast. Loved the sound. I host a folk/Americana show
on KMSU radio here in Minnesota. Wondering if you might be willing
to send along a copy or two of your new one. It would certainly
get some airplay. ~ Dave Engen
"The fog and the trees on the cover give a good pictures
about the kind of music Spreitzer makes. If the instruments get
very quiet the fog seems to dissapear and the two most beautiful
songs on the album appear. Back to Blue and the perfect piano
ballad No Idea show that Spreitzer can rise above himself and
has the same talent as Cleaves, Picott..." ~Patrick
for full Dutch review with loose English translation.
"Rick Spreitzer has been tending to
his songwriting garden quite intensely, releasing three full-length
albums in five years. Throughout these five years, of recording
and playing to live audiences, Rick's songwriting style is evolving."
"[Rick] puts forth an intimate
sound that captures his wonderful ability with words."
4 Bottle Caps ~ Ray Randall's AmericanaRoots.com
Podcast review of From the Bottom. To listen, click
the download link to grab a copy of the show.
Download Podcast [mp3]
"They don’t make records like this anymore"
- Americana UK
"I’ll tell you what
you don’t get with Rick Spreitzer, you don’t get anything
that doesn’t serve the song, you don’t get things
that haven’t been thought through, you don’t get words
that you’d be embarrassed reading as prose or poetry. What
you do get is a tightly knit, carefully constructed set of songs,
each one built with care, like dolls houses that are perfect replicas
of the real thing, everything is done with attention to detail,
situations and feelings are recreated, everything is anchored,
everything covered with realism, so songs like ‘Back to
Blue’ are flawlessly realised, each note placed with care,
each element works perfectly on its own, the guitars gently support
the vocals, the dots of organ adding punctuation, the vocals placing
the words exactly in place, the chorus patiently placed, painstaking
in the care lavished. Each song follows a similar template, the
title tracks adds some noisier guitar and keyboards and some bluesy
(yet restrained) female backing vocals but it is the same sensibility
at work. Listening closely to this is like watching your Grandfather
clean down the paintbrushes properly after use, and you think,
"I’m not spending my life doing that!" And when
you next come to use one of your brushes and it is stiff with
dried paint, you realise that he was right, there’s a quick
way to do things and a right way. The problem with modern life
is that we feel we have no time to do things right and we want
instant gratification, why should we invest the same amount of
time to enjoying this record as it took to record. It’s
not a question that I can answer because it is one of those records
that I admire more than like, I can see the beauty in the detail
but I get bogged down waiting for something that is going to grab
me, shake me up and leave me slightly, almost imperceptibly, changed.
The slow graceful piano chords of ‘No Idea’ should
have me thinking of mist covered grass, the chords breaking through
to my melancholy side, but I think of the skip button. I too am
a victim of this modern malaise and am almost ashamed that I lack
the patience to appreciate work like this more." ~ David
WSGE 91.7 #1 Album -
Week of Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2006
Wrecking Ball/WCOM 103.5FM
"I think it's the best of what I received in the mail this
week." ~ Jayson
"Spotlight Album" - 1 track off "From
the Bottom" played weekly during March.
Two recent, gracious reviews of "From
- "The stories Spreitzer tells in
these songs are wonderfully put to word and performed with a
lot of feeling. On this CD too, his strength is his versatility
rooted in all good things American. These days this is barely
comforting, but it does produce songs that get their juice from
Country, Americana and Rock, and from flirts and love-sessions:
a quartet that we could describe as 'typically our Rick' (raspy
voice, great hooks, grown-up lyrics, a high recognition factor,
songs that immediately get lodged in your brains and stay there)"
Country NL - "Rick Spreitzer
is a modest artist, but definitely measures up to the majority
of American singer-songwriters that usually populate Dutch stages."
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"Your new album ' from the bottom ' is 1st-class in every
respect Rick....as I was very impressed and will be airing on
my shows for sure ." ~ Eddie Russell - Outlaw
For Peace /
• 1st Place - 7th
Annual North Carolina Songwriters Co-Op Contest
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 musicianship.
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
• 3rd Place Winner for the 2004
Rock Music Festival Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.
• "Americana music is very difficult
to define, but Rick's new CD comes very close to being a defining
work. It combines the best of country, folk & folk rock with
a little bit of blue grass thrown in for good measure along with
wonderfully crafted lyrics and great players.Rick is a wonderful
singer song writer- his songs are simply structured and beautifully
constructed. He is a poet in the sense that Bob Dylan is a poet.
To be specific: Roll Back and 1,2,3 are such
wonderfully happy tunes- I can't imagine anyone not feeling better
for having heard them. No Idea and Ghosts of Natchez
are beautifully poignant- reminding me of his earlier Panhandler
Stomp- probably my all time favorite Rick Spreitzer tune.
Back to Blue is a love song with a twist- love that keeps
on trying- while Motel Prayer is beautifully erotic.
From the Bottom and The Serpent & Henry Gray
evoke dark & mysterious moods and are great songs in their
own right. Another wonderful thing about this CD, particularly
for the Charlotte music scene, is the number of great players
in the background- many (or perhaps all) of whom are local musicians.
The vocalists on Roll Back and Ghosts of Natchez
and the mandolin in Motel Prayer come immediately to
mind but every track benefits. I once heard Rick say that songs
are like children- you struggle through their birthing and then
spank them and send them out into the world- well Rick can be
rightfully proud of these babies- I hope the world treats them
well. Everytime I listen I find a new favorite song!"
~ Charlie V - WSGE
• "Rick Spreitzer - "Dirt
Tracks" - Absolutely timeless! Spreitzer has mastered one
of my favorite sounds in the world. Good ole' western flavored
folk tunes, focused on telling a story in a thoughtful, quaint,
easy to understand fashion. "Dirt Tracks", as a project,
is a very listener friendly and damn close to perfection for it's
genre....or is there a genre? Rick could walk off a Woodstock
stage, right on to the Grand Ole Opry Stage..and then go open
for the Jam Rock band of the annum. 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
• "Fans of the Charlotte music
scene as well as fans of coffeehouse music would do well to check
out Dirt Tracks. And if there’s an arty little coffee house
in your neighborhood, Rick will probably be playing there soon.
Go see him live—it’s worth it." ~
Jake Cansado - Left
off the Dial
• "Thanks for sending dirt tricks,
its become one of my favourite albums." ~
Rob Ellen - Medicine Show (Health And Happiness Hour) Web Cast
• "thank you very much for sending
me "Dirt Tracks". I really enjoyed it!!!!! My favorite
tracks are 3,4,7,12,........followed by 2,5,6,8......excellent..
nice greetings to Eddie Russell.....Eddie never was wrong.....thanx
again." All Best Whishes, ~ Gerd
Stassen - "Hillbilly
Rockhouse" - Radio "EMS-VECHTE-WELLE", Germany
• "With dozens of vocalizing
songwriters in every decent-sized city, it's too easy to lose
the most promising ones in the shuffle. Here's a heads up: be
on the lookout for Charlotte's Rick Spreitzer... Dirt Tracks,
the second release from Spreitzer, offers a parade of interesting
characters telling their own stories-- or, at least, a story--in
their own distinctive voices. Most are looking for a break (the
Vietnam vet of "Panhandler's Stomp," featuring supporting
vocals from David Childers) or holding onto a memory for dear
life (the 40-year-old anecdote that drives the excellent "Porter
Wagoner"), and they seem to lean on the kind of wisdom that
comes from traveling the backroads suggested by the album's title.
Spreitzer's joined by an impressive collection of Charlotte-area
musicians, but by design the mostly acoustic backing never moves
beyond jaunty. And that's fine because the folks who inhabit Spreitzer's
songs bring their own emotion and electricity." ~
Rick Cornell - The Music Monitor/No Depression/Independent
Miller Tells Her Tale," an online bi-weekly
radio program broadcasting around the world, chose "December's
Song Again" as one of the top tracks of 2004.
• 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 the Creative Loafing Magazine Group 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.
• ".....Music with generous grit
& unsupervised emotional release... a good workhorse with
energetic gait that makes the picture come alive......" ~
Eddie Russell - Outlaw
For Peace /Rainbow Smoke Network
• "..Spreitzer's songs are above
average. Like - for example - Chris Knight, he is capable of writing
engaging four minute stories in a song. Usually - in his own words
- "about what's broken, lost or hungered for." - Peer
• "CAN'T MISS CD/LP PICKS"
~ WMPG Greater
Portland Community Radio
• "Thank you very much for sending
me your more than beautiful release. I've enjoyed listening to
your great music and songs and I will give your disc regular airplay
in our radio show "Roots Revival", because you
are damn good." ~ Raymond and Theo - Roots
• "Featuring a wealth of artists
hailing from his hometown of Charlotte, NC, Spreitzer has produced
an album displaying a more-than-competent musicianship and lyrics
as evocative as 8mm home movies. The music covers similar ground
to Ryan Adamsí Heartbreaker and Spreitzerís voice has a similar
moody-brooding romanticism to that of Mark Eitzel." ~
DJ - AmericanaUK
• "I like Rick's way of making
music a lot !!! It's just a great record !! I will play almost
every song in my show, because they all are strong and beautiful
enough to be played !"
~ Ray Pieters - "Somewhere
Between" - Golden Flash Radio
• The tales which Rick Spreitzer
in its songs are told under words have been brought splendidly
and with much feeling brought. ~ Rootstime
for full Dutch review w/loose English translation.
• "Spreitzer and friend, Trip
Rogers, both played acoustic guitar: Rick played rhythm, Trip
played lead. Sadly, it was a short set - under 40 minutes. I would
have liked to hear more. They played songs from the album (including
my personal favorite, “Drinking By Myself”), as well
as several new tunes (“Good Medicine“ sticks out in
my mind). The live setting lent a certain honesty and warmth to
the music.... Trip’s guitar playing was amazing. Rogers
actually stepped up to play one of his own songs towards the end,
giving Spreitzer the chance to break out the harmonica. If you
have the opportunity to see Rick Spreitzer play live, do it."
~ Jason Erb - Left
Off The Dial
• "Listening to Rick Spreitzer's
new release Meanderthal I sensed a man who has done some traveling
- traveling that is, within the bounds of the human experience.
Every track is filled with a vignette of life's twists and turns,
even the subtle begs for a closer look and listen. Rick's characters
aren't afraid to show their weaknesses nor that they're often
not really who they seem to be - and therein lies the lyrical
Rick has surrounded himself with some very fine musicians in Mike
Strauss, Jill Lurie, Steven Carpenter and Aaron Brindle. They
do a fine job on Rick's "canvass" adding just the right
"colors" at just the right time. I can hear it playing
in many of the taverns, roadhouses and pubs of old - and new.
Meanderthal is an album for anyone who has tried to climb the
mountain and failed; and haven't we all? That's the point, Rick
connects with our own experiences. We all think we're a "Nice
Guy," that we deserve "Doreen" and that there's
a good reason to be "Drinking By Myself.'"
~ Randy Walker - The Americana Connection - WSGE
91.7 FM, Dallas, NC
• "From the toe tapping melodies
of Be Sweet and Doreen to the soulful rhythms of The Difference,
Rick Spreitzer puts his heart and soul into his songs. I find
myself listening to his CD when I am in that twilight part of
the day of inner musings....singing along and nodding in agreement."
~ Karen Alexander - Charlotte
"Thanks for inviting us, we had a great time and the music
"Such a wonderful time, thank you, Rufus and Cyndi for
bringing us this great music!"
"It was fabulous, thanks for hosting. Wonderful musicians,
loved the jamming."
"Mornin Cindi and the infamous Rufus
of Bethlehem, You two have raised the bar on house concert standards
to a level unreached heretofore.... Congrats for hosting a more
than fabulous evening of fine food, great company, and entertainment
par excellence!!!! The boys put out some magnificent music...made
us all come down w/a severe case of "Happy Feet" syndrome
(the uncontrolable urge to move giddily about, gyrate crazily,
dance and the like)!!! Thanks for inviting us and exposing us
to such fun !! DOes it get better than this? I THINK NOT!!!
Thanks again.... have a great day,
much love, V + P" ~
Hillside House Concert Comments
"I've had many people tell me how much
they enjoyed you...in fact, I think you are the CAL favorite."
~Bobbie/Charlotte Art League
"Rick has been a staple in the Summit
scene since the beginning. His songs are well-crafted and memorable,
and he makes Summit sound like home." ~ Summit Coffee
"man, just keep doing what you're doing.
Molly Ann, Drinking By Myself and Sitting In are among my favorite
songs. I just love what you do." ~
• "In a world of gimmicks, that
guy seems to have none." ~ Chris
been listening to Rick's 3 albums, plus his EP, and I am struck
with just how obscene it is to take in all of a man's heart- and
gut-wrenching hard work in the span of only a few days' time.
There is so much to digest, yet it becomes a part of me instantly.
Here's a man who's not afraid to kick over stones and identify
what's slithering beneath. Rick's songs move me." ~ JL
• "Rick, While
visiting my son at Davidson College a couple weekends back,
he wanted me to drop in at the Summit Coffee Shop to hear you
and Mike play. I was blown away by your vulnerableness in writing;
your voice; your presentation of material.
I visited briefly with you after the first set mentioning that
I would buy a CD if you had one...happily you did, and I bought
From the Bottom.
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!
My next visit to Charlotte/Davidson will definitely include
an evening listening to you perform.
All I can say is keep it up. You are truly an unrecognized,
awesome force. I will continue to share your music around here
in the Pacific Northwest.
My best to you,
is just another great singer/songwriter in the Roots style of
Americana music being recorded these days...5 Stars, Rick!!!"
~Joseph Wokas (at FolkAlley.com)
• "In the tradition of Steve
Goodman, Ian Tyson, Neil Young, even Hank Sr., but intensely
personal and original. One of Charlotte's hidden treasures."
~Billy Rollings (at FolkAlley.com)
tune and amazing lyrics, Rick. As the water off a tin roof makes
it's way, driven back to sea, we just can't help ourselves -
every time...back to blue."
~ JL Braswell
• "I hope I’m never stranded
on a remote island. If, somehow, I manage to find myself in
that predicament, I want at least ten good songs to listen to,
until the time I’m rescued from the island. In making
the ten-song list, I’m not surprised to find that Rick
Spreitzer wrote five of the songs!! The list would include “Porter
Wagoner”, “Follow the Water Home”, “Ghosts
of Natchez”, and maybe a couple he hasn’t yet recorded."
Spreitzer is a beautiful guy; gentle but strong, and clear sighted
about the human condition. He writes about regular people in
a way that reaches all of us, if we take the time to listen.
This is quiet stuff, gentle stuff, but like the man himself
it is tough at the core."
• "I try to write a little,
and in my younger days I could listen to Bob Dylan and know
that I could never hope to be really good at it. Lately some
local folks, Michael Reno Harrell and David Childers have shown
me how much I lack in storytelling ability. Now here comes Rick
Spreitzer to prove I don't have a prayer in hell. Thanks Rick."
~ Bill Stroupe, Blue
Spreitzer is a good friend and a great songwriter. I've been
floored by his stuff from day one, which now goes back years.
Rick's got a great way, a strong style and real focus. He knows
the details. He can see in the dark. He's also a fantastic harmonica
player who knows how to play for the song. I'm thrilled to be
playing on his amazing new record and I'm so happy that he joined
me on mine."
• "I'm so happy to see the
Charlotte songwriter scene come together like it has. Finally
people are noticing. It's writers like Rick Spreitzer who are
causing this awakening. He's got the real stuff.
Meanderthal by Rick Spreitzer is a CD you listen to
kicked back in your favorite easy chair with the lights down....maybe
through headphones, so you won't miss a word.
Most young songwriters don't dig nearly deep enough to find
the real song. Rick Spreitzer is a digging machine."
Spreitzer writes songs because he has to. He is not trying to
write hits for other people; but for himself. This keeps his
references, his imagery, his stories fresh; even when the landscapes
and characters are familiar. Keep the beers cold and the guitar
somewhere near tuned. This is drinking and misery with a grin;
a "hey, ya'll watch dis" attitude." ~
• "..it's so damned exhilarating
to hear a new (to me) local songwriter with his own unique perspective
on the elements of life that are truly worth writing songs about.
Don't ever turn back. You have the ability to touch people."
~ Billy Rollings - Down Home Video
got the words, the music, and the heart." ~ Jim
Sapa Olo'wann (Sings with the Black Wolf)
• "Rick is a visual artist
disguised as a performing artist. Listening to his songs is
like watching a movie. The way he phrases lyrics with such texture
will have you hearing something new with each listen. A very
talented, unique and captivating singer/songwriter/performer.
" ~ Christy
do so love to support burgeoning artists ... especially those
of the caliber of Rick Spreitzer ... one of the most talented
of his lot -- gives me hope for the future." ~ Lindsay
Planer/AMG All Music Guide
• "Rick Spreitzer is the real
thing. A pure, raw poet for those of us who don't get poetry.
Rick's songs offer well- earned wisdom that gets you laughing
just to set you up for the next line's punch in the face."
Spreitzer has a quirky perspective on things. He's a great performer,
and his songs run the gamutfrom sheer fun to introspective musings.
Rick is a local talent to keep an ear on... " ~
Lea Kuhlmann - The
• "Rick paints great pictures
in his songs. He does not hold anything back in his songs, tells
it like it is and how he feels about it!" ~ Doak
Turner - The
• "Always humorous, but sometimes
with a bit of an edge and most likely with a different point
of view, Rick helps you to see the world as you otherwise could
not have seen it. A casual listen leaves you believing he is
a comedian but listen closer and you realize he is a poet, maybe
even a philosopher! Most of all Rick is entertaining. Don't
miss a chance to hear him." ~ Greg Baker - Second
Wind Music Productions
• "Meanderthal serves up 14
honest, soulful tunes. A skillful blend of the uniquely funny
and the thought-provoking, dark and haunting. Well crafted,
performed and produced. Perfect beer drinking music."
~ Steve Simpson
• "Rick Spreitzer has quietly
made some noise with the release of his new CD, 'Meanderthal.'
From the family room to the bar room, Rick leads us through
some damn good stories, with a sense of humor on the side."
~ Dave Holtzclaw
• "Rick has gathered a great
group of local musicians for this record so the music rounds
out the material making this a fine first effort from an up
and coming local songwriter. I am listening to meanderthal
as Im writing this and it gets better every time I hear
it and Im not drinking by myself." ~ Bill
Stroupe - Blue