January 22, 2014

A Touch Of Spice: Jamming at Capitol Records

John Spicer at Capitol Records

Check out John Spicer, bassist Mico Olmos, and drummer Patrick Caccia doing what they do best!

John Spicer, Mico Olmos, Patrick Caccia, and producer-engineer Tom Fletcher at Capitol Records jamming between takes on John’s debut album, to be released in the spring. Recorded in Studio A of the Capitol Records Tower. The following week we were in Studio B, where Merle Haggard recorded for much of the 70s.


January 21, 2014

I’m Officially A Fender Artist!

Fender presents John Spicer

That’s right, I’ve been officially welcomed into the Fender family! Fender’s Vice President of Artist Relations Bill Cummiskey has invited me to join the Fender team and introduce a new line of acoustic guitars from their custom shop in Connecticut.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who’s made this possible – especially Mr. Cummiskey, the Legend Group Records crew, and the man himself, LGR President Houston Curtis! And of course, YOU! None of this would be possible without the people who listen to the music. THANK YOU!!

These are some exciting times! I’ll be making my first appearance on behalf of Fender at THE NAMM SHOW 2014 (where I’ll be playing my new Fender TPD-1), this Thursday January 23rd!

Check out the Legend Group Records blog for details!

~ John

January 18, 2014

GUEST POST: “MB Does Capitol Records: Notes From The Ignorant Assistant”

John Spicer, Tom Fletcher, and Mico Olmos at Capitol Records
Our faithful assistant Mary Beth Sekela blogs about her experience watching John Spicer and the crew record at Capitol Records.

The following is an excerpt from Mary Beth’s personal blog, “Mary Beth In The Real World” – visit her site for the full article. 


MB Does Capitol Records: Notes From The Ignorant

(In which Mary Beth wonders if anyone noticed how out of place she was curled up on the comfy white couch in Studio A…)

It’s official: After a loooooong Christmas vacation – comprised mostly of Netflix, Oreos, Disney DVDs, and many, many hours of cuddling with my favorite stuffed animals – I am back at work! Adulthood! Money-makin’! Huzzah! And what better way to start a new year of professional(ish)ism than by watching some musical magic happen at CAPITOL RECORDS?

Yes, after nearly a month of inertia and a close brush with unemployment, MB won the assistant lottery and got to hunker down in the Capitol Records Tower Studio A for a few days to watch Legend Group Records artist John Spicer make some music history. I may be woefully musically ignorant compared to many, but I know that recording a debut album at Capitol Records (the Interwebz tells me that The Beatles recorded here, and The Chili Peppers, and Katy Perry, and some guy named Ice Cube) is a big friggin’ deal – especially when you’re working with multi-platinum producer-engineer Tom Fletcher (Toto, Ozzy Osbourne, Yes – impressed yet?) and attracting visitors like former Atlantic Records President Jerry Greenberg (the man responsible for signing Dr. Dre and Eazy E, among a buhjillion others – cue the appropriate level of awe).

Needless to say, it was a great first week back. Coat-tail riders of the world, unite!

Watching singer/songwriter/stupidly-talented-guitarist Spicer and the crew (Tom Fletcher, drummer Patrick Caccia, bassist/guitarist Mico Olmos) do what they do has been a surreal experience since day one on the job (the first of many days during which I’ve sat in a small, dark room and watched speechless as Tom interprets dozens of squiggly lines on a screen into actual, y’know, music), but the “wow” was definitely heightened in the presence of Studio A’s celebrity drop-ins, $18,000.00 speakers, and giant mixing console (yes, I had to look up the correct term for “the big table with all the buttons and slide-y thingies”). Not to mention the part where my name had to be on a list in order for me to enter the Hollywood Tower parking lot – not something I had to consider when we were recording guide tracks in Tom’s studio in Van Nuys (aptly dubbed “The Cave” by its inhabitants). And of course we all know that having your name on a list at Capitol Records means that you’ve officially “made it” in Los Angeles – never mind the fact that I have no music industry aspirations whatsoever. I am in, guys. Just go with it.

Despite the fact that I’ve been singing in choirs and a cappella groups (and in my car, loudly) since the age of four, and have been indulging in a nasty djembe habit since my return from Chile in 2011, my knowledge of the ways in which music is conceived and created extremely limited…

Click here to read the full article! And tune in to “Mary Beth In The Real World” weekly for more insights and real-world goodies from MB!

A feature-length post exploring John’s experience at Capitol – complete with quotes from the star himself – is coming soon!

October 8, 2013

Views From The Studio: Here’s Johnny!


Want to know what a week in the life of John Spicer, Recording Artist, looks like? You’ve come to the right place!

Yes, the production of John’s debut album is now in full swing! The Legend Group Records crew has been in the studio nightly working hard (or is it hardly working?) to bring this musical dream to life – and today we bring you an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the action:


Legend Group Records President Houston Curtis, who launched the label in the spring of 2012, has been planning John’s debut since he first discovered this talented musician in the fields of Southern Illinois. Houston, who has a lengthy background in the music industry, is the executive producer of John’s first album along with Dave Weiderman, and has had an intimate hand in developing John as an artist and choosing which of his many, many songs to record. The first night in the studio was spent mulling over – and over, and over – this important decision, but now we are well on our way to completing a hit album!

Enter “The Cave” – John’s home away from home away from home during the recording process. This is the place where the magic happens, and this is what we get to see when we walk through the door:

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Pretty, right? This epic set belongs to master drummer Patrick Caccia, who’s played with Eric Sardinas and Steve Vai, among others, and is currently bringing the rythm for The Atomix and GroovyDo – as well as for John himself!

Patrick and fellow “Cave” resident multi-platinum producer/engineer/mixer Tom Fletcher are working closely with John to make his debut album a chart-topping succcess. Tom was recently quoted saying that John is the artist he has waited for his entire life for – and he has turned down three major label contracts in order to focus solely on John’s album…. Wow! As a producer and engineer Tom is responsible for some of the biggest selling records of all time from dozens of legendary artists including Yes, TOTO, Jeff Beck, Ozzy Osbourne, Don Henley, Hillary Duff, and many, many more. After 30 yearts of producing hit after hit for everyone else, Tom formed The Atomix to create his own record for LGR’s roster alongside Cave cohort and engineer Patrick Caccia on drums and virtuoso Mico Olmos on bass and guitar.

When Tom’s not having the time of his life producing John Spicer, he and The Atomix are writing and producing their own music. In fact, John and Tom recently wrote a song together for The Atomix. Yes – it’s “Cave Collaboration”!

In addition to Tom and Patrick, The Cave also occasionally plays host to LGR Executive Producer and Guitar Center’s head of A&R Dave Weiderman, who stopped by during week one to shoot the breeze before the crew began recording the album’s token heartbreaker track, “By Now.” Dave has been a constant supportive presence throughout the conception of this album – and he’s a hoot to have around!

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Thanks for coming through and showing us some love, Dave!

One night in the studio began with an extra special moment – John got his hands on a vintage 1970s Sho Bud steel guitar, courtesy of Legend Group Records. It may take him a while (a few days instead of a few minutes for this musical prodigy), but John is determined to conquer this contraption.

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One step at a time, Johnny, one step at a time.

After we finished playing with John’s new toy, the crew stepped into the studio to get some serious work done. At least, as serious as it gets around here. There’s always time for John to jam a little before we get down to business:

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We might be workin’, but we’re always laughin’, too!

After a quick warmup, Tom took the controls and John stepped into the sound booth to track acoustic guitar for his beautiful new ballad titled “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”  

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Now, doesn’t he look like he belongs in there? When John’s in the booth, no one complains because no one has to – this dedicated musician is always ready to put in the hard work on guitar and vocals, and Tom and Patrick are always ready to push him to the next level.

Each night, after both John and Patrick spent some quality time in the booth, it was back to the control room to watch master producer Tom do what he does best – mix a beautiful album!

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Together, these three amigos – plus the ever-present President Houston – have managed to record four solid guide tracks in ten days: “By Now,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” rollicking sing-along “Country Girls,” and heartfelt ballad “In My Dreams.” Rough live recordings of both “Country Girls” and “In My Dreams” are now available on ReverbNation – stay tuned for the professionally produced demos, coming soon!

After the professional guide tracks are complete – no less than twelve tracks total – the crew will move to Capitol Records to lay down the recordings you will hear on the album itself.

Yes, recording an album is quite the process – but we have the best team a label could as for, and are moving ahead full speed! It’s all coming together – NOW WHO’S READY FOR A MASTERPIECE?

Legend Group Records President Houston Curtis and John Spicer would like to extend a special THANK YOU to both Tom Fletcher and Patrick Caccia for all they’ve done to make this album a reality.

Visit John Spicer’s Facebook and Twitter pages for additional info and to show your support! And don’t forget to check out the Legend Group Records Facebook and Twitter pages for the inside scoop on all things LGR.

September 21, 2013

John’s Comin’ Home! Two Shows Booked In Illinois Next Weekend!

You ready, Illinois??

We hope so, because John’s on the move! That’s right, Legend Group Records is sending Mr. Spicer back to the homeland next weekend, September 27th and 28th, to play two shows in Vandalia and Sandoval, Illinois.

John is stoked to join local artists and old friends Twisted Road as they play The Copper Penny and Bub and Boog’s Block Party next Friday and Saturday. Details below:

Friday, September 27th at 9:00pm – The Copper Penny, 125 S 4th St Vandalia, IL 62471

Saturday, September 28th from 4:00 to 8:00pm – Bub & Boog’s Block Party, Main St Sandoval, IL 6288

Get ready for some good, old-fashioned country fun with the one and only JOHN SPICER and TWISTED ROAD!


Be sure to check out John’s Facebook and ReverbNation pages for additional info and to show your support for this multi-talented singer-songwriter!

September 12, 2013


John Spicer, Dave Weiderman, and Houston Curtis.

Hey everyone, John here. Just wanted to stop by and make “my” first actual post on here, and welcome everyone to the new site. I hope that you will continually check back in with us as we’ve got a lot of big things coming up that I can’t speak of just yet, but I promise they’re worth the wait!

But, while you’re waiting, make sure to go over to my artist page on Facebook, my newly formed Twitter, and I hope you’ll all come out to a few shows when I’m in your area! Love you all!



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January 30, 2013

John Spicer W/ The Atomix At Infusion Lounge – Hollywood, CA

Here’s a Recap of Our Event At Infusion Lounge Last Week

Legend Group Records was proud to introduce its newest artists to a rapt crowd at Universal CityWalk’s Infusion Lounge last Tuesday. John Spicer and The ATOMIX rocked our socks and turned a normal weeknight into the rousing beginning of a fantastic future.


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January 18, 2013

Country Music Phenom, John Spicer Signs To Legend Group Records


The Story Behind The Label

John Spicer, a 21 year old multi-instrumentalist turned singer/songwriter, was discovered by Legend Group Records CEO, Houston Curtis. “I first heard John play when my father, (the late Mack Curtis), called me one day from his music store in Salem, Illinois. He simply said, ‘listen to this’. (more…)