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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

NOLA Blue Records artist: Clarence Spady - Surrender - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (May 21, 2021), Surrender, from Clarence Spady and it's great! Opening with If My Life Was A Book, Clarence Spady on lead vocal oozes soul. Sharing guitar duties with Adam Schultz, and backed by Jon Ventre on bass Scott Brown on keys and Andy Pace on drums, this is a solid opener. One of my favorite tracks on the release, When My Blood Runs Cold, is a strong, slower number which really gives Spady a terrific backdrop for his powerful vocal effort and his soulful guitar runs which when blended with brown's keyboard work creates the perfect tension. A strong contender for radio track on the release is title track, Surrender with it's great blues bones, has a great melody and again shows off Spady's soulful vocal work. Very cool. Another really hot track is Addiction Game with it's slinky blues feel (think Walter Wolfman Washington or Johnny Guitar Washington). This track is smoky and gritty and really hits the spot with well phrased guitar lead, Mark Hamza on organ, Tom Hamilton on sax and Shorty Parham on drums. Really nice! Boogie, Jones Falls Expressway is a great jam with plenty of stretching room, with a tight bottom set by Anthony Wilson on drums, a driving bass line by Hamza and super improv by Hamza on organ, sax by Hamilton and guitar by Spady. Great track...great ride. Wrapping the release is Pick Me Up, a funky blues rocker with great balance and feel. This is a really strong release and one you should definitely catch. 

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