The youngest member of Alabama Blues Machine, Clay Swafford was born into a musical family and began to play piano at age five. At age 15 he heard a Bobby "Blue" Bland record and was hooked on the blues. He spent a lot of time wood shedding and learning to play the blues, eventually hooking up with Ryan Reardon and the Levee Breakers from Birmingham, who taught him to play in a band setting. He started going to concerts and shows and introduced himself to players that heavily influenced him such as Pinetop Perkins, Carey Bell, Bob Margolin and many others. He has shared the stage with legends like Perkins, Bell, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Anson Funderburk, Rod Piazza, David Maxwell, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. He composed "Clay's Boogie Woogie" that appears on Po' Monkey's debut CD "On The Loose".