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The Silvertone Twangs of D. Charles Speer

Posted: Jun 24, 2011

The Silvertone Twangs of D. Charles Speer

David Charles Shuford was born in Atlanta, Georgia. In the 90s, he moved to New York City and explored a variety of experimental styles, but his musical foundation never strayed far from pure country.

Soon Shuford adopted the moniker D. Charles Speer. He played in eclectic groups such as No Neck Blues Band, Enos Slaughter, The Suntanam, Egypt Is The Magick # and Coach Fingers. Speer released his first solo album, Some Forgotten Country, in 2007. Speer also recorded with a group called the Helix on another release called After Hours.

In 2008, Speer struck up a musical friendship with the late guitar wizard Jack Rose. Rose, Speer and the Helix recorded an amazing EP titled Ragged and Right that showcased the group's country-hearted intention. Speer recently released his latest solo work Arghiledes. On the heels of Arghiledes, Speer and Helix recently recorded and released Leaving the Commonwealth on Thrill Jockey Records.

Speer stands as a true American original, and his music projects a wooden instrument kalidescope of sound. Upcoming Speer & Helix tour dates include Baltimore, MD (July 19), Raleigh, NC (July 20), Asheville, NC (July 21), Atlanta, GA (July 22) and Athens, GA (July 23). You've not heard the last of D. Charles Speer and the Helix...

James Calemine


Jack Rose, D. Charles Speer & the Helix: Ragged and Right

D. Charles Speer: Arghiledes

D. Charles Speer & the Helix: Leaving the Commonwealth

D. Charles Speer & the Helix: Distillation


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