Clarence Spady

Clarence Spady

SURRENDER

“The sign on my kitchen windowsill says, “Music is what feelings sound like.” Without a doubt, ‘Surrender’ exemplifies that statement. Not one to hide from the mistakes of his past, nor to let his guard down long enough for those demons to return, Clarence was inspired to write this song after one of his daily recovery group meetings held at a local church. The theme that morning was surrender. At the conclusion of the meeting, he sat down at the piano, and the initial seeds were planted. For many mornings thereafter, Clarence returned to that piano and his feelings continued to emerge into this intensely emotional composition.” Sallie Bengtson, president, Nola Blue Records

Produced by Clarence Spady and Scott Goldman

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kent Heckman at Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA

Musicians:

Clarence Spady – guitar and vocals

Jon Ventre – bass

Scott Brown – keyboards and organ

Pat Marcinko – drums

WHEN MY BLOOD RUNS COLD

“Clarence Spady and Lucky Peterson both began their musical careers at the tender age of five; Clarence performing ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers to close the show at a local family performance and Lucky releasing his first album, “Our Future: 5 Year Old Lucky Peterson.” Both exhibit unique musical virtuosity and intensity in performance, as well. It’s no surprise that, when Clarence was initially captivated by “When My Blood Runs Cold,” it didn’t take long for him to incorporate it into his live shows. As the first birthday following Lucky’s untimely passing approached, it seemed like a fitting time to make this impassioned tribute to Clarence’s beloved friend and compadre.” Sallie Bengtson, Nola Blue Records

Produced by Clarence Spady and Scott Goldman

Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Kent Heckman at Red Rock Recording, Saylorsburg, PA

Clarence Spady – guitar and vocals

Jon Ventre – bass

Scott Brown – keyboards and organ

Pat Marcinko – drums

Clarence Spady is thoroughly motivated when it comes to his career. “Here we are in the saddle,” says the veteran blues guitarist. “I’ve got both hands on the reins right now. So, I don’t plan on letting go.” Excellent news for contemporary blues fans who are aware of Spady’s acclaimed 1996 album “Nature Of The Beast” and his equally impressive 2008 follow up “Just Between Us.”

By any standard, Clarence embarked on his musical odyssey at an uncommonly tender age. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Spady began playing guitar when he was only five years old due to encouragement from two guitarists in his immediate family, his father (also named Clarence) and his Uncle Fletchey. “In the beginning, I really didn’t work hard. God gave all of us a gift,” Clarence says. “It was just innate.” The family blues band jammed every weekend at his uncle’s pad in New Jersey. For his stage debut (also at age five), he played Tommy Tucker’s ‘Hi-Heel Sneakers’ with the band at the local Elks Club, for a special close to the evening’s show.

During the early ‘80s, Clarence joined a touring R&B band, A Touch of Class. Working with John Pougiese, the musical director, was like going to Berklee for two years, because he learned horn arrangements, harmony, rhythm, and the chord progressions he still uses today. From there, he joined Pennsylvania-based singer Greg Palmer’s band, and spent six years touring with that Top 40 R&B band. The dawn of the ‘90s brought a return to his roots, and he put together the West Third Street Blues Band in the unlikely town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the place he still calls home to this day. A union excavator by day, Spady played music at night and began writing his own originals.

By the mid-‘90s, the success of “Nature Of The Beast” helped influence his nomination for a 1997 W.C. Handy Award (Blues Music Award) for Best New Blues Artist. The record had legs, and Clarence toured for six years behind that release. During that time, he also picked up what has become a standard monthly rotation at Terra Blues in New York City’s iconic Greenwich Village, exposing countless tourists from all over the world in search of an authentic blues experience to Spady’s sound.

His sophomore release, “Just Between Us,” garnered a 2009 Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Album of the year.

Excerpts from Bill Dahl, Music Journalist


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SURRENDER & WHEN MY BLOOD RUNS COLD


LABEL
NOLA BLUE RECORDS


RELEASE DATE
OCTOBER 23, 2020 & DECEMBER 11, 2020


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