Spencer Bohren has spent five decades sharing his songs along with America’s blues and roots music, and he’s still on the road.
Casper Audiences at his Nov. 4 concert will hear songs from two new albums he’s made since his last show here. If they want to hear any favorites, all they have to do is ask, he said.
“I guess the thing I really love about coming to Casper is that you only have one hometown, and I feel so honored that I have enough of an audience to keep returning to Casper,” Bohren said.
Bohren was born into a gospel-singing Casper family and not long after delved into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, according to his biography. He found a musical home in New Orleans while touring with his family in an Airstream trailer pulled by in a 1955 Chevy.
He’s mainly a traveling musician, but his career has branched from performing into visual art and educational offerings keeping him busier lately. His “Down the Dirt Road Blues” music documentary he created in 1997 and performed across the country and Europe has received attention lately with invites at national to Wyoming storytelling festivals and schools.
Bohren also recently completed a visual art residency in Casper teaching high school students to create reliquaries, or shadow boxes, with collage pictures and objects. He started creating the artworks for his 2000 album cover “Carry the Word.” His reliquaries also have appeared in seven museum shows, and he’s been asked to teach the process to students across the country.
He’s also found himself teaching guitar workshops, first at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp operated by Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and formerly Jefferson Airplane.
“It never occurred to me how much I have to share, but after more than 50 years of playing folk music, I know a lot of songs and a lot of guitar lyrics,” Bohren said. “It’s been interesting to watch this unfold.”