History of Spooner Summit provided by Kevin Hurley.
Spooner Summit started with me and Jonas Goldstein (fiddle) - only we
were not called that yet. We lived in Wilton Manors (Ft. Lauderdale) and
we heard about this place in Miami called Coconut Grove. So we took a little
trip down there one day. We stopped in to Monty's that morning for something
to drink and the first person we met was Bobby Ingram. We asked "do you
know a bass player?" And he said "DO I know a bass player!!" He then directed
us to Rockerman Road where Oz was living, and the rest is history. We had
several banjo players - the first one was Bruce Miles. He played really
fast as he used a new style of banjo playing at the time (chromatic).
We also had another guitar player in the band by the name of Timothy Scnieder.
He was a real nice guy who could sing real high harmonies. By then
we had found another banjo player, Ned Frields. Ned turned out to be one
of the best friends I've ever had. He was one of the funniest sweetest
guys in the world. He played Earl Sruggs style banjo. He also played old
time style banjo (frailing). He was with us until the band broke up.
Life can be tragic though; Ned worked for bell south as a linesman and
was installing some underground cable and the tunnel collapsed on him and
he was killed. One of the saddest days of my life. Anyway, at one point
we added Dana Keller on pedal steel guitar and Bob Bouchelle on drums.
For the most part It was Oz, Jonas, me, Ned and Dana. We had a lot of fun
and at that time we were the best bluegrass band in all of South Florida
without a doubt!!!!!