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StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: Someone I Could Be Myself With

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This couple’s partnership began at a jazz club in the Cass Corridor.

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Husband and wife, Spencer and Barbara Barefield

Detroiter Spencer Barefield first met his wife, Barbara, while playing at Cobb’s Corner, a now shuttered jazz club in the Cass Corridor.

I wanted to let you know that I was someone well outside of the mainstream,” Spencer Barefield recalled to his wife during their interview in the StoryCorps Mobile Booth last year.  “I sensed that you might be someone I could just be myself with and talk to and that you might actually like me for that.”

In this episode of the StoryCorps Detroit podcast, Spencer and Barbara Barefield discuss the beginning of their relationship, their ties to the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the coalescing of art and family. 


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Their Work

A. Spencer Barefield is a jazz guitarist and composer. You can watch him play “Ghost Dancers” in the video above, posted on YouTube by the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue.
Barbara Barefield is an artist. You can check out her clay work here and her photography here.


StoryCorps Detroit is hosted by Sascha Raiyn. This episode was produced by Laura Herberg. The interview featured in this episode was edited by Chris Calandro and originally recorded by StoryCorps at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the summer of 2017. The StoryCorps Detroit theme music is by Will Sessions.


Laura Herberg, Community Reporter

Laura Herberg is a Community Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here. She has reported since 2010 without owning a car.

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Sascha Raiyn, Education Reporter

Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio. Follow @raiyn

Chris Calandro, Associate Producer

Chris Calandro is a Detroit based musician

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