During the early ‘80s, Clarence joined a touring R&B band, A Touch of Class. From there, he joined PA-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 for Best New Blues Artist. Spady 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.
His sophomore release, Just Between Us, garnered a 2009 Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Album of the year. We can all look forward to a new Clarence Spady album in 2021. Until then, “Surrender” gives us an exciting taste of what the future holds.