The Spares make twangy, bluesy, roots music—call it alt-country or Americana. The Chicago duo writes and sings about characters in hard places whose stories hint at love and truth in ways that the characters themselves don’t always recognize. Their lyrics are thoughtful and honest, just as their acoustic music is raw, beautiful, and compelling.

Jodee Lewis and Steve Hendershot formed The Spares in 2004, and in 2005 released the group's first CD, Hand Me Down. Roots Music Report called the CD "one of the finest Roots Rock/Americana albums to be released in 2005," and the lead song, "Mexico," was named Best Song -- Country" for 2006 by the International Academy of Independent Artists. The Spares toured throughout the Midwest, garnering comparisons to Allison Krauss & Union Station, and Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.

Now The Spares are releasing a second CD, Beautiful and Treacherous Thing. As on Hand Me Down, the pair shares songwriting duties on this collection of songs about the volatility, longing and worth of the heart.

Missouri-native Jodee Lewis was a chemical engineer before co-founding The Spares. Steve Hendershot, originally from Michigan, is also a journalist.

Jodee and Steve are frequently joined in the studio and on the road by Troy Bartholomew on drums, Jason Reed on mandolin, and Doug Zylstra on bass.

Waiting for the Smoke to Clear




Alternative Country
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You and the Moon




Americana Roots Rock
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Chapel of the Winding Road




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Mexico
There's got to be more to life than 9-5.




Country
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Allentown




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Valley of Vision




Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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The Ballad of Columbus Bill
A Western epic ballad



Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana
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Roy Muniz

7/28/2010 10:47:49 AM
I will always be a Fan of your awesome music, ...peace
ps: one of the Best here!




Roy Muniz

11/24/2007 2:23:32 AM
I'm like one of those huge , tall wind powered towers pulling in engery, you know,
A FAN! peace an respect to you,
roymuniz




John Myles

4/3/2007 8:34:36 PM
oh man, I have an arrow in my heart. the Spares are just too clear, sweet, and poignant. listen too long and you just might find yourself in the Valley of Vision


 

       

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