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Joseph Spence

Delivered on the isle of Andrus within the Bahamas, Spence developed an idiosyncratic (and inimitable) electric guitar design rife with percussive and improvisatory vamps around staid hymns and such “square” specifications as “To arrive on the Wing along with a Prayer.” He was a folk guitarist’s Thelonious Monk, and his growling vocal counterpoint and unexpected inventions are among folk music’s great delights.

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