Americana Songwriter From Reno, NV

Hopefully you're considering catching me live, or perhaps wanted to learn more after seeing me perform, god willing, maybe you're even here to book me for a gig. Whatever the reason, I'm glad you made it. Get a feel for my music while you browse by launching the site-wide player at the bottom of the screen. Check back regularly for announcements and feel free to drop me a line if you can't find what you're looking for.  

Latest News

New Release - Medicine 

The bad news is I can't really buy Christmas presents this year because I spent all my money building the brand new Loud As Folk recording studio. The good news is: lots of great music will be coming in 2017. In the spirit of seasonal giving, head over to the music page for a free download of Medicine, the first track I recorded in the new studio. 

In the Loud As Folk tradition, I had some help from my friends. My Six Mile Station bandmate John Underwood jumped in on the banjo and punk rock legend Chris Fox can be found shredding the lead guitar.

I hope your holiday spirits are as high as I am. Look out for lots of releases next year and if you are around Reno for NYE join me at Third Street Bar where I'll be opening for Hellbound Glory. 

New Release - Black River  

I was invited to participate in a collaborative art show called Perspectives based on the poetry of Ryan Goldhammer. I thought it would be a great excuse to push myself in a different direction so I locked myself in the studio for a few days and got to work. The end result is a lot different than anything I have released and something I'm very proud of. The lyrics for the first verse and chorus were taken directly from the poem, the second verse and bridge were lyrics I added. This is a completely self produced release, I did the engineering, mixing, and mastering myself. I also sang, played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, and organ. My Six Mile Station band mate Jeffrey Knight joined me to lay down some great, driving percussion parts as well. To hear the song, see the album art Ryan Goldhammer created, and read my artist statement head to the Music Page.

If you would like to see the rest of the art created for the show visit Hub Coffee Roasters at 727 Riverside Dr, Reno, NV 89503 between March 3rd and 26th. 

In The News - Reno Gazette Journal 

Reno Music Beat: Spike’s open mic a musical feast  

Mike Sion -  March 2, 2016  

As the son of a circus veteran who produced bills around the world, Reno native Spike McGuire was born into show biz. It’s in his nature to perform — as he does as singer-songwriter-guitarist with Reno-based Americana quintet Six Mile Station — and to promote — which he does with the Loud as Folk songwriter showcase he created, and as host of the popular Open Spike Night open-mic.  

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Official Video - NPR Tiny Desk Contest 

Over the weekend I sat down with my guitar and a few cases of my favorite beer to make a submission for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. I'm really happy with the finished product. I chose my song John Law because unfortunately it seems more and more relevant every time I turn on the news. It felt like a good fit since NPR is where I get most of my news anyway. I would like to say that this song is not anti-police, this song is anti-police brutality (which is an important distinction to make). If you listen to the lyrics that should be pretty clear. Not everyone takes the time to listen though, and I suppose that is the root of the problem I am singing about in the first place. 

Interview - InFrequency  

I got to catch up with Fil Corbitt on the InFrequency podcast to talk about the Reno music scene and the songwriters showcase I put together - Loud As Folk. Fil gives a hell of an interview and I wouldn't be too surprised if he gets his own show on NPR before too long. You can give it a listen HERE   

T-Shirt - Beardevil  

Have you been lusting after the rad shirt I’m wearing in the Future Jesus music video? Well lust no more... Head over to the store and pick one up today! While you are there grab a matching coozie and bottle opener. 

New Release - Gas Money 

After constant touring with Six Mile Station over the last couple of years and putting out our album Aoudiobiography last month, I realized I was about to set out on a cross country solo tour without a proper solo record. I called up Richard Spagnola at Dogwater Studios and told him my situation and that it was going to take 1 day, 2 microphones, and him to fix it. I'm really happy with how it turned out. You can check out a few tracks on the Music page.

This is limited release of 50 hand made copies on CD that will only be available to my live shows and once they're gone, they're gone. You can stream 3 of the 10 tracks on this website.

Official Video - Future Jesus 

Vaude Villan Entertainment produced this video and if it’s half as fun to watch as it was to make, you’re gonna enjoy it. The hardest part of having a bunch of creative friends is that everyone is usually immersed too deeply in artistic projects to find free time to hang out. I think making this video taught me a loophole. Just get a bunch of your creative friends together for a day on an artistic project. Everyone in this video was such a pro and such a joy to be around. We started the shoot a half an hour behind schedule and ended a half an hour a head of schedule. I’m pretty sure that’s a show business first. Head to the Videos page to check it out. 

Graph Tech Endorsement  

With the new year I am honored and excited to announce a new relationship - I am now officially endorsed by Graph Tech Guitar Labs. Graph Tech has created some of the worlds most recognized products and brands in the music industry. I had my guitars outfitted with with Black Tusq XL nuts and saddles as well as Tusq bridge pins. Tusq is a man made material precision engineered under high pressure and heat, specifically to govern which frequencies are transferred to the guitar top (tone) and which ones remain in the strings (sustain). Tusq is more harmonically respondent than bone or ivory and isn't subject to the inconsistent soft or dead spots caused by the natural grain of organic materials. Plus there isn't a particularly "green" way to get ivory... I have long referred to my touring guitars as "the war elephants" so I get a kick out the fact that they got a "Tusq" upgrade. Graph Tech makes great picks and tons of other cool stuff too. Check out their website here.

Previous events

Date Event Location
 —  — European Tour  
Loud As Folk: Reno Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV. 89501 Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV. 89501
NYE with Hellbound Glory Third Street Bar, Reno, NV. 89501 Third Street Bar, Reno, NV. 89501
 —  — Moonrunners Music Festival Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, IL. 60616 Reggie's Rock Club, Chicago, IL. 60616
 —  — Lightning In A Bottle Music Festival Bradly, CA Bradly, CA
 —  — Loud As Folk 5 year anniversary Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV
Jared & The Mill, Frankie Boots & The County Line, Spike McGuire Neck Of The Woods, San Francisco, CA. 94118 Neck Of The Woods, San Francisco, CA. 94118
Sean Rowe w/ Spike McGuire Red Dog Saloon , Virginia City, NV. 89440 Red Dog Saloon , Virginia City, NV. 89440
St. Patricks Day with 3-17 and Spike McGuire Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV
Loud As Folk: Reno Featuring Willy Tea Taylor Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV
 —  — The Peacemakers Ball with Six Mile Station Red Dog Saloon , Virginia City, NV 89440 Red Dog Saloon , Virginia City, NV 89440
An Evening With Spike McGuire Jamison's Roaring Donkey, Petaluma, CA Jamison's Roaring Donkey, Petaluma, CA
Fog City Songwriters The Lost Church , San Francisco, CA The Lost Church , San Francisco, CA
Spike McGuire & Brian Gibeault Poet & Patriot Irish Pub, Santa Cruz, CA Poet & Patriot Irish Pub, Santa Cruz, CA
Tunetrax Presents: A night of Garage Soul, Jungle/Drum & Bass, & Funk invasion Boom Boom Room , San Francisco, CA Boom Boom Room , San Francisco, CA
 —  — YouthBuild Fest feat. Chuck Ragan Western Sierra YouthBuild, Grass Valley, CA Western Sierra YouthBuild, Grass Valley, CA
Loud As Folk Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV Pignic Pub & Patio, Reno, NV
Into The Wilderness The Canvas Cafe, Virginia City, NV The Canvas Cafe, Virginia City, NV

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