Spencer Elliott began composing instrumental piano music in his early years -- his influences mainly consisting of contemporary composers like George Winston. It was later that he picked up the guitar, yet he was still more influenced by punk and alternative genres at that time. For more than two decades, Spencer performed as a vocalist and occasional guitarist in a number of punk and alternative bands. It wasn’t until 2007 that Spencer turned his focus to progressive steel string guitar. Spencer spent several years taking inspiration from artists such as Hedges, Ross, McKee and Dufour. However, he maintained a love for influences ranging from Beethoven to Billie Holiday to Bad Brains.
Once Spencer began to write progressive finger style pieces, his compositional elements pulled not only from his piano background but also from his affinity for edgy guitar music. Following three solo releases on Candyrat, Spencer has reimagined a number of his compositions, both old and new, through the vehicle of a prog rock trio. This new effort has culminated in the release of Spencer’s most recent album, SE3, featuring bassist, Sean Sydnor and drummer, Chris Hudson. While SE3 is firmly rooted in modern acoustic guitar composition, the addition of meticulously crafted parts for bass and drums transforms the compositions into something that is simultaneously familiar and yet completely different.
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