Summer Sessions Week 12 – Soul… Blues… Spady!

    An Evening With Clarence Spady

    Clarence Spady embarked on his musical odyssey at the uncommonly young age of five years old. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1961, Spady was encouraged by two guitarists in his immediate family: his father, also named Clarence, and his Uncle Fletchey. “He was a very good blues guitarist, the likes of Otis Rush or Booba Barnes,” he says of his uncle. “He had that nasty, raw feel, and he could sing.

    Building on his early exposure to the blues at weekend family gatherings, as a teen Spady continued to expand his musical horizons, finding his way into a studio to play the occasional session. By the early ‘80s, he joined a touring R&B band, A Touch of Class, and from there joined Pennsylvania-based singer Greg Palmer’s band for the next six years.

    But the dawn of the ‘90s brought a new musical direction for Spady, with a return to his blues roots.  His acclaimed 1996 debut album for Evidence Records, Nature of the Beast, helped influence his nomination for a 1997 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist.

    Severn Records released his soul-slanted Just Between Us album in 2008, nominated for a 2009 Blues Music Award as Soul Blues Album of the Year.  Now, with the wisdom that is only obtained from experience, Spady’s triumphant new release bridges the challenges of a past plagued by addiction with all of the promise of a bright future.

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    Summer Sessions Week 12

    An Evening With Clarence Spady

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