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Enterprise, Alabama, United States | INDIE

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""Mystery Time""

"Mystery Time," by singer/songwriter Spike Nicer, is a collection of Americana/Southern rock styles. His vocals are strong and sung with sincerity, which brings together the flavor of southern country rock. His lyrics are creative, fun, and heartfelt with nice assortments of upbeat tempos to slow ballads. Splashed with a solid supporting brass section and lively bluesy rhythms, "E.I.L.Y" and "Back-up Man" will get your feet tappin' to the beat. Changing up to a nice country swing, "Kate Shaw" is complemented with country fiddle fills and steel guitar riffs. This album is of first-rate production, as each instrument is clean and precise while never overpowering the vocals. Listeners who like the musical styles of Chris Isaak or Harry Chapin won't be disappointed when listening to "Mystery Time." - radio indy


"Spike Nicer – Mystery Time"

Spike Nicer – Mystery Time
2008, Spike Nicer Records

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Spike Nicer is quite a find. Playing almost solely around his home base and in Nashville, Nicer has gained a strong following for his musical arrangements, vibrant story telling in song, and a quirky ability to show you the world you know in a different light. Blues, Rock, Gospel and Country all have free reign here depending on the song, and Nicer digs into each with a confidence and grace that puts the listener immediately at ease. Spike Nicer’s third album, Mystery Time, came out in 2008, and is really something you ought to hear.

Mystery Time opens with E.I.L.Y., where Nicer is the consummate showman. Elements of Blues, Rock and Gospel are all evident here in a song that will stay with you. Up next is Back-Up Man, a lively autobiographical song of a home wrecker played as the ultimate con man. This song will get you dancing with its classic R&B/Funk sound. The guitar and piano work here are sublime. Rain is a true highlight. Nicer finds perfect voice in a classic singer/songwriter tune with real pop implications. Nicer brings on the wry humor in Sarah, a song of melancholic obsession that’s either hilariously funny or eerily creepy depending on how you listen to it. Tangled Webs is also an interesting listen, like Bob Seger doing a Country/Gospel tune.

My favorite song on the disc is 99 Parts Dust, a musical metaphor for aging that relies on the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” concept of death. Not nearly as morbid as it sounds; the song identifies the passing of years and of innocence with the collection of dust. It’s a powerful, poetic and beautiful musical statement. Longtime country fans will also dig The Day Chris LeDoux Died, a loving tribute to the great country singer/songwriter and rodeo man. From this solemn moment Nicer takes us on a wry remembrance of a near-miss on a train, reminding us that some moments can never be recaptured. Mystery Time closes out with Turn The Lights Off, Baby, a tongue-in-cheek treatise on middle-aged love that will have folks of a certain age nodding their heads, and the younger set swearing it will never be them (right).

Spike Nicer is the sort of artist who deserves a bigger stage than the ones he sits upon right now. He is a troubadour in the classic sense, making you think, feel and laugh with his music. You’ll become so involved in the music and stories that the end of Mystery Time will come around and you’ll wonder how it went to fast. Nicer has a voice and style that have been influenced by Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, among others, but as an artist he is his own person. Mystery Time is an outstanding listen.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5) - wildys world reviews


"Spike Nicer Mystery Time"

There's nothing minimal about this singer and songwriter from Clarksville, Tennessee who's currently flying helicopters in Afghanistan. On his second collection, Nicer records with a lively cast of studio pros for an album that's like a rambunctious Southern dinner with all the fixings. The sound is plush, drawing generously on fiddles, pianos, slides, horns, woodwinds, banjos. The songs rely on friendly well-crafted melodies on which Spiker lavishes heart, soul, and slightly quivery mid-tenor power. On "Back-up Man" he offers to be a woman's killer #2; on "Rain" he wonders about romance to a backbeat jazzy enough for a Rolling Stones record. Nicer craves the instant sonic kick of classic rock and country, and here he often achieves it, always more the down-home player than the curator. - Rolling Stone Magazine


"Spike Nicer – Mystery Time"

Spike Nicer – Mystery Time
2008, Spike Nicer Records

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Spike Nicer is quite a find. Playing almost solely around his home base and in Nashville, Nicer has gained a strong following for his musical arrangements, vibrant story telling in song, and a quirky ability to show you the world you know in a different light. Blues, Rock, Gospel and Country all have free reign here depending on the song, and Nicer digs into each with a confidence and grace that puts the listener immediately at ease. Spike Nicer’s third album, Mystery Time, came out in 2008, and is really something you ought to hear.

Mystery Time opens with E.I.L.Y., where Nicer is the consummate showman. Elements of Blues, Rock and Gospel are all evident here in a song that will stay with you. Up next is Back-Up Man, a lively autobiographical song of a home wrecker played as the ultimate con man. This song will get you dancing with its classic R&B/Funk sound. The guitar and piano work here are sublime. Rain is a true highlight. Nicer finds perfect voice in a classic singer/songwriter tune with real pop implications. Nicer brings on the wry humor in Sarah, a song of melancholic obsession that’s either hilariously funny or eerily creepy depending on how you listen to it. Tangled Webs is also an interesting listen, like Bob Seger doing a Country/Gospel tune.

My favorite song on the disc is 99 Parts Dust, a musical metaphor for aging that relies on the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” concept of death. Not nearly as morbid as it sounds; the song identifies the passing of years and of innocence with the collection of dust. It’s a powerful, poetic and beautiful musical statement. Longtime country fans will also dig The Day Chris LeDoux Died, a loving tribute to the great country singer/songwriter and rodeo man. From this solemn moment Nicer takes us on a wry remembrance of a near-miss on a train, reminding us that some moments can never be recaptured. Mystery Time closes out with Turn The Lights Off, Baby, a tongue-in-cheek treatise on middle-aged love that will have folks of a certain age nodding their heads, and the younger set swearing it will never be them (right).

Spike Nicer is the sort of artist who deserves a bigger stage than the ones he sits upon right now. He is a troubadour in the classic sense, making you think, feel and laugh with his music. You’ll become so involved in the music and stories that the end of Mystery Time will come around and you’ll wonder how it went to fast. Nicer has a voice and style that have been influenced by Johnny Cash and Tom Waits, among others, but as an artist he is his own person. Mystery Time is an outstanding listen.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5) - wildys world reviews


Discography

Acquired Taste. c-2000
Rock or Something. c-2006
Mystery Time. c-2008
Peculiar Little Show. c-2009
4th Farewell. c-2011

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I grew up in NY, but have lived and traveled all over the world with the military. Half my experience was with the Navy in the submarine force, and the other half of my military time was with the US Army as a blackhawk pilot. In between services, I lived and worked as a machinist in Mystic, where we really defined what the sound and the band was. A strong connection with the other members of the band has always been the mechanical- sharing welding projects, talking about race cars, flying planes, wood-working. Seems like we never talk about music, which is nice. Its the life that seeps into the music in-between that makes it.