John Speziale is a singer/songwriter residing in Southeastern Connecticut. He has performed solo and in bands for many years. His music is inspired by many genres, among them folk, rock and roll, blues and country. His lyrics often cast a darkly humorous light on the human condition.

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John has recorded and/or performed with some outstanding musicians, including: Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Kevin Barry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, J. Geils Band), Larry Luddecke (John Hammond, Jonathan Edwards). He has also shared a stage with and has accompanied up and coming singer/songwriters Will Houlihan (Haunt the House), Dan Blakeslee and Brian McKenzie.  John currently performs with the retro rock trio MEN WITH GUITARS, with the Americana influenced Sweet Mercy, and with Speziale & Friends (an all-star band with a rotating roster of musicians).

John’s song “Forest for the Trees,” from his album Some Things Have Happened Since We Last Spoke, reached the position of number 69 out of 2,500 songs on Neil Young’s Living with War website. The album was a recommended new release in Dirty Linen magazine. He is currently working on songs with his new acoustic band Sweet Mercy and an album which will represent his personal take on Americana.

Photo courtesy Kori E Rathbun | Perks & Corks - Westerly, RI

Photo courtesy Kori E Rathbun | Perks & Corks - Westerly, RI

 Some comments on John’s work:

“He presents a broad variety of sub-genre styles in an intimate fashion.” -- Francis DiMenno, The Noise magazine (Boston, MA)

“When I left the theater I felt energized and dreamily happy for hours.” – Susan Emerson, Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times

“His songs seem timeless, like they’ve been around for a long while.” – Fly Amero, lead guitarist for Orleans

“Great music. A packed house on a sunny Sunday afternoon says it all.” – Paul M., a fan