The Indy is the Santa Barbara Independent’s podcast, hosted by Molly McAnany. On this week’s episode, we sit down with the front man of Spencer the Gardener, one of the very active veterans of the local music scene whose work infuses Santa Barbara’s surf heritage with Latin rock and cumbia sounds. 

Spencer Barnitz has journeyed around the world and back to Santa Barbara, where he says Spencer the Gardener was eventually born. We talk about his time playing in London with his band The Tan, his Latin and Irish music influences, the power of radio, and how he’s seen the music industry change over the years. 

All music for this episode written by Molly McAnany.

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Sources referenced on this episode:

Who is Spencer the Gardener?

The Tan – We’re Hanging Out (1982)

Life of the Party, Man About Town

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