Friday, November 19 / 7:30 p.m.
Opening Night Celebration
plus CLARENCE SPADY & THE ELECTRIC CITY BAND
Doubletree Grand Ballroom
Born Castro Coleman in McComb, Miss., Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child,” is a true down-home Delta blues artist, having first picked up a guitar at age 6.
He spent 22 years as a performer and producer of Gospel music, but he changed direction with a solo blues debut album, “It’s My Guitar” (2013), in which he sang all the vocals and played all the instruments.
In 2014 he won the International Blues Challenge, and has since won a string of awards for his albums, which include “Mississippi Blues Child” (2015), “Back to the Roots” (2018, with his gospel group, The True Believers, CD and DVD), and “Sippnotized” (2021). In 2014, he played Les Buie, James Brown’s first guitar player, in the movie “Get On Up.”
Whether he’s performing Gospel or blues, Mr. Sipp is the real deal.
Mr. Sipp Website
Born into a musical family in Paterson, N.J., Clarence Spady played blues guitar with his father and uncle, and made his stage debut at age 5, playing “High-Heel Sneakers” at the local Elks Club.
Through the ‘80s, he got plenty of experience playing in the R&B band A Touch of Class and Greg Palmer’s Pennsylvania-based band. In the early ‘90s he started his own West Third Street Blues Band in Scranton, where he still lives.
His 1996 album, “Nature of the Beast,” was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist, resulting in great success as a touring band and regular gigs at Terra Blues in Greenwich Village. He won a Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Album of the Year for “Just Between Us” (2008), and he recently released his CD, “Surrender,” which was released by Nola Blue Records in Lancaster and has been getting rave reviews.
Clarence Spady Website
Photos by Joseph A. Rosen