Scott Blasey

Lead Singer of the Clarks and Solo Artist
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Scott Blasey is the lead singer of the Clarks and a solo recording artist. Featured on the 12 albums released by the Clarks since 1997 are many songs composed or co-written by Scott including fan favorites Born to Late, Caroline, Penny on the Floor and Cigarette. Recording on the MCA, Razor & Tie, High Wire Music, and King Mouse labels the Clarks have sold over 300,000 records and reached the Billboard 200 album charts with “Another Happy Ending (2002), Fast Moving Cars (2004), and Restless Boys (2009). As a solo artist Scott Blasey has released three acclaimed albums. The heartland 
melody-rich, guitar-driven rock music of the Clarks and Scott Blasey have been heard on Triple-A radio stations across the U.S. On their tours the Clarks have sold our concert venues across the U.S and they have toured with John Mayer, Steely Dan and Matchbox  20.  The Clarks appeared on the David Letterman Show in 2004.

Scott Blasey Music
Two of the Blasey's Clarks songs have been used in movies. Cigarette" was played in the 1996 film "Boys" that starred Winona Ryder. The Freddie Prinze Jr.- Jessica Biel baseball movie "Summer Catch" featured the Clarks ' song "Let It Go."

Connellsville Crooner.

Scott Blasey was born in 1964 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, a small coal mining town 60 miles Southeast of Pittsburgh on the Youghiogheny River. He attended his first rock concert at age 15, when he saw he saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in 1980.  Inspired by Petty's performance Scott's dream of a life in rock and roll began.  He graduated from Connellsville Area Senior High School in 1982 and enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The Indiana Administration

While attending Indiana University Blasey learned the guitar and six months later joined the band that became his life career. Scott began performing at a bar in Indiana, Pa. singing Neil Young tunes.  Two other IUP students Guitarist Rob James and drummer Dave Minarik who had formed a band called "The Administration.  They heard about Scott through a friend and asked him to join them as a singer / guitarist in 1985. They began playing fraternities parties doing covers of songs by U2, the Cure, Joe Jackson, and the English Beat. Playing for free beer they sometimes made $100 from the door. In the spring of 1986 their sax player graduated and their bass player transferred to another school. Bassist Greg Joseph joined the band in the fall of 1986.


The Clarks are Born and Release 1st Record

After Greg Joseph joined, the group decided to rename the band.  At practice one day "The Clarks" was suggested and it became their name.  With the new line-up they began to write original songs.  In 1987 the Clarks won second place in the Zapple Entertainment Tri-State Rock Competition. Winning 
free studio time at Air Craft Studios they worked with producer Hank Lawhead to record their debut album 'l'll Tell You What Man".  They released it independently on the Dahntahn label on May 5,1988 with a release party at the Graffiti.  Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette praised the album:  "with the release of the debit album The Carks have arrived - with a vengeance.  The album is a spirited effort that rocks with youthful abandon"   The single "Help Me Out" found airplay on WXXP-FM in Pittsburgh and on several Western Pennsylvania college radio stations.  With radio airplay the album sold well in the Pittsburgh area. 

Blasey graduated from IUP in 1987.  The Clarks moved to Pittsburgh in 1988.  There they built up a loyal following performing at Graffitti, the Decade, Nick's Fat City, Club Laga,and Mr. Smalls.  They became a regional band playing the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, the Crow Bar in State College, Pa and clubs in Cleveland, Erie, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Buffalo.

Penny On the Floor Earns Airplay 

With the growth of their fan base and their popularity in the clubs, the members of the Clarks all quit their day jobs to form their own record labelm King Mouse Music, and their own publishing company.  Working with producer / engineer Naison Gieg at 
Alphastar Studios in McKeesport, The Clarks recorded their second album in 1991. Titled "The Clarks" it was released in late 1991 on King Mouse Records and launched a Pittsburgh radio hit.  Pittsburgh Post Gazette reviewer Peter B. King gave the album a good review writing: " The Clarks " is tighter and more polished....Scott Blasey sings in a rich, rough tenor with plenty of attitude. Rob Hertweck offers tasty layers of ringing, crunching acoustic and electric guitars with occasional Beatlesque flourishes. Greg Joseph's bass lines are well thought-out, and Dave Minarik's drumming has a sparkplug, gonzo quality.  When the material is as good as the performances, these guys fly, as on ''Daylights," "Out of Sight" and "Goodbye," with their killer hooks, harmonies and engaging lyrics... " The Clarks " is a winner.

The Scott Blasey written single 'Penny On The Floor' became a hit on WDVE and over 5,000 copies of the album in the Pittsburgh area.

First Solo Release

Scott Blasey recorded his first solo release with producer / engineer Rick Witkowski at Studio L in Weirton. “Don’t Try This At Home” was released in 1995. It featured acoustic versions of the Clarks songs "Mercury", "Courtney", and "Flame".  Five song from the album were later recorded by the Clarks on their break through 1997 "Someday Maybe" album.  Scott's solo album 
and found a small passionate audience and won local praise.

"Scott Blasey's grasp of the nuances of rock 'n' roll's moral landscape has put him at the front ranks of the regional music scene for years.... "What Don't Try This at Home reveals exactly is the full range of Blasey's emotional timbre unencumbered by the bombast of Top 40" - PIttsburgh Post Gazette Review

"Don't Try This At Home" was re-released in 2007 remixed and remastered with cover of Costello's “Alison” by Elvis Costello.

The Cigarette Lights Up the Radio

The Clarks's third album "Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt" was recorded at Pittsburgh's 
at Aircraft Studios working with producers Barney Lee, Patricia Klug, and Tracy Milavec.  It was released on King Mouse Records in March of 1994.  Radio stations across the Northeast give airplay to the song Blasey song Cigarette and the songs Highway 61, Madeline and Treehouse. Their music was heard on Pittsburgh's WDVE, Cleveland's WENZ, WPLY in Philadelphia, WAPL in Wisconson, and WRKT in Florida. Listeners like what they heard.  The album sold 5,000 copies in the first 3 months and went to reach sales of 17,000..

Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette declared the album the best straight-ahead local rock album of the year."  In his review he wrote "Love Gone Sour, Suspicion and Bad Debt" cruises along with a hook-heavy obsessiveness that puts it right up there with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and every other guilty pleasure left over from the '70s. ...Pick any song at random, and it becomes fairly obvious that the Clarks have mastered the spectrum of rock moods from uptempo road songs to acoustic-based serenades about fallen women....  

MCA signs the Clarks

Reinvesting the money they earned from the sales of "Love Gone Sour Suspicion And Bad Debt" The Clarks flew in producer Tim Bomba from L.A. to record their 4th album, 'Someday Maybe' in 1996 at Aircraft Studios.  They released it  independently in April of 1998 on King Mouse Records.  Radio stations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Erie added three tracks, ``Courtney,'' ``Stop!'' and ``Caroline'' during the first week of release.  With strong regional record sales the Clarks attracted the attention of the Electra and MCA recording companies. The MCA subsidiary, Way Cool Music, signed the Clarks to a two-record deal in November of 1996.  MCA released ``Someday Maybe'' nationally on February 25th of 1997.  The song "Caroline" was promoted as the single.  But MCA lost interest after two weeks and instead chose to promote the band Blink182 instead.  Later in 1997 MCA suffered a financial crisis and dropped many bands from its roster including the Clarks.  

Blasey Shines

Blasey released his second solo album “Shine” in 1999. It features Scott's originals 
Does Your Harbor Light Still Shine?, Brand New, an accoustic version of Born Too Late.   Rob James accompanied Scott on multiple instruments including twelve-string guitar and  trumpet. 
It sold well among the large Clarks fanbase and received critical praise.

"Shine features some of Blasey's engaging, pop culture-savvy writing, such as the solid first single, "born too late." it's a catchy ode to a dozen cultural icons, from mother teresa to cassius clay, from vincent van gogh and william shakespeare to elvis presley and jimi hendrix.
"Brand new" and "Does your harbor light still shine " are also standout numbers" -
Tracy Collins Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Razor & Tie Records Success

After being dropped from MCA in 1997 The Clarks took a break in recording. In 2000 they signed a deal with Razor and Tie Records. The label provided funds to record at a first rate studio with a first rate producer. 
The Clarks recorded their 5th album at Hound's Ear Studios near Nashville, Tenn working with producer Justin Niebank, who had produced records for John Hiatt, Phish, and Eric Clapton)  'Let It Go' was released on June 20, 2000.  The Clarks drew 4,500 fans to Pittsburgh's I.C. Light Amphitheater for the CD release party.

Razor & Tie gave the release strong promotional support.  By September of 2000 the album  was getting played on 75 commercial radio stations across the country from Maine to California. The album launched the hits 'Better Off Without You' and 'Born Too Late,' The title track 'Let It Go' and the song 'Chasin' Girls' also received airplay.  The climbed to number 21 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.  It sold 100,000 copies.

To promote the album the Clarks opened nine dates for Steely Dan; played the Rolling Rock Town Fair with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, By October of 2000 fans had purchased 25,000 copies of "Let It Go".  The album received high praise around the country.

"it's a four-star, absolute knockout. Here, the hooks smack you upside the head. The guitars ring and soar in massed, multi-tracked glory. At times -- the title cut and "Butterflies and Airplanes," especially -- the Clarks lock into itchy, infectious grooves that are darn-near danceable. -Erie Times-News 

"The result is an album that takes a step back from a roots sound and instead embraces a mix of pop, roots and rock. The songwriting is strong with a blazing new edge, blessed with Blasey's vocals, which have never sounded better."  -
Mary Houlihan Chicago Sun Times

Another Happy Album Success

Their 6th album, 'Another Happy Ending' produced by
Justin Niebank  and released on Razor and Tie in 2002,  It featured the emotional Scott Blasey written song 'Hey You,' which received national airplay.  Scott also wrote the song "House," "All the Things I Need," "Wasting Time, and " Love Is What You Need".  To promote the album the Clarks played on radio stations in Nashville, New York City and Cleveland. 

During its first week of release, the album sold 9,000 units nationally making it the number-two album on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.  In Pittsburgh it was number  one outselling albums by Korn and Eminem.  By October 2002 it was being played on 100 stations across the U.S.  In its first three months of release it sold 24,000 copies throughout the country.  The album reached 143 on the Billboard 200 Chart. 

In Pittsburgh the Clarks were huge during the summer of 2002.  The sold out two back to back shows at the 8.000 seat Amphitheatre at Station Square and headlined the Great Day concert at the 22,000 seat Star Lake Amphitheater in a show with Stroke 9, Juliana Theory and Martin Sexton.

Speeding Down the Rock Highway

The Clarks 7th album .'Fast Moving Cars', produced by Justin Niebank at his Nashville area studio was released by Razor & Tie in 2004.  It contain the hits 'Shimmy Low,'  'Hell On Wheels,' and the title track 'Fast Moving Cars.'  The album debuted June 15 on Billboard magazine's Top-200 Mainstream Chart.  It bolted to 11 on Billboard's separate Heat Seekers chart.  The Clarks performed "Hell On Wheels" on the David Letterman show on August 31, 2004.

Based on fan votes on the websites that Clarks selected 18 fan favorite songs for their compilation CD "Between Now and Then," released on High Wire Music in June of 2005.

The Clarks first concert DVD "Still Live" was released in June 2006 on High Wire Music.  It was filmed during a four-night stand at Mr. Small's Theater.  It featured the Clarks hits "Cigarette"and "Penny on the Floor," "Shimmy Low", and "Hell on Wheels." A companion CD was also released.

Travelin On

Scott Blasey moved to Dallas in 2004 and live there with his wife and two children for four years.  
While living in Dallas Blasey recorded his third solo album.  He recorded with musician/ producer named Salim Nourallah.  It features ten of Scott's original songs and a cover of Sam Cooke’s "Bring It on Home to Me".  Travelin’ On was released in April 2007.    

"On the opening track of " Travelin ' On ," Scott Blasey 's first album since leaving his life here in Pittsburgh for Dallas, the singer looks back on the city that made him a star in a soulful piano ballad whose burned-out vibe recalls the Beatles' early solo work or maybe even Big Star.
With songs reflecting on his home life, his daughter Sofia, and trading in "that tired fantasy" on "the corner of cold and familiarity" for a new life of "sweet mystery," this album lets you into Blasey's life with a candor that could only come from going solo." 
- Ed Masely Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Restless Days

Scott Blasey moved back to Pittsburgh with his family in 2007.  
The Clarks recorded their 8th studio album at Swissvale Music Studios with producer Sean McDonald. It was released on High Wire Music in June of 2009. The release show as held at Pittsburgh's Amphitheater at Station Square. The album climbed to number 4 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and 136 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Steve Leggett of the All Music Guide praised the album  "Among the stand-out tracks here are the urgent anthem "Inside," the buoyant "Trampoline," the wonderfully observed "Sunshine," and a driving, garage rock version of the classic "What a Wonderful World".....this album is easily one of their best." 

The Clarks released a 6 song digital EP in November of 2010 titled "Songs in G " with song "Penny on the Floor," "Snowman", Boys Lie"  and "Shimmy Low" re-recorded in a alt country style using keyboards and pedal steel guiitar played by  Skip Sanders and Gary W. Jacob.  It also includes to a cover of Whiskeytown's "16 Days"

Celebrating 25 Years

The year 2011 was another successful year for the Clarks. They began the year performing during the first intermission of the nationally telecast NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on New Year's Day. In June the Clarks celebrated their 25th anniversary with a show at Stage AE.