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Clarence Spady & The Electric City Band

Marko Marcinko
June 24, 2024
Rick Savage
July 3, 2024
Rick Savage
July 3, 2024
Marko Marcinko
June 24, 2024
Clarence Spady – guitar, lead vocals
https://clarencespady.com

Spady began playing guitar when he was only five years old. Encouraged by two guitarists in his immediate family, his father (also named Clarence) and his Uncle Fletchey. 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 R&B band, A Touch of Class. Touring brought him the opportunity to work with musical director John Pougiese. This brought further opportunity as Spady 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 the 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 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.

Spady’s Nature of the Beast, released in 1996, helped influence his nomination for a 1997 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist. His sophomore release, Just Between Us, garnered a 2009 Blues Music Award nomination. 2021 brought Surrender, a strikingly personal collection of nine tracks, including seven original compositions. The follow-up single, If Only We Could brought the dynamic cowriting combination of Spady and William “Wes” Weller together with another thought-provoking, infectious tune that is captivating to listeners.

“In the beginning, I really didn’t work hard. God gave all of us a gift,” Clarence says. “It was just innate.”