Jimmy Valentine is from Chicago, he got his first music lesson at the age of seven years old from rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. When he was was 13 years old he got a couple intense music theory lessons from jazz legend Maynard Ferguson. Shortly after Jimmy was also fortunate enough to have received a few guitar tips from guitar icon Frank Marino. Jimmy records his music spot on live first take. Improvised from beginning to end, his songs do not exist before he records them. Jimmy was hired as musical director and guitar player by the legendary Sky Sunlight Saxon of the SEEDS to headline the GOODSTOCK 2007 music festival. In 2008 His CD “Pisces Rising” was produced by Sky. Currently Jimmy is working on a project with Mark Schulman from PINK and John Billings from Donna Summers band. Jimmy is also the founder and CEO of the Hoodilidoo music festival an annual event in Southern MI. Hoodilidoo is in it’s third year.
Jimmy has been endorsed with us since 2011, visit his website for more information:
Mark Mestre plays an acoustic rock show. ‘Out of Order’ began as an acoustic duo when Mark and Bill -a fellow Army pilot- decided to join forces and create a show with a broad musical base that covered over 50 years of rock music. When the Army pulled them apart, as sometimes happens, Mark continued on as a solo acoustic show, delivering a dynamic sound experience that is constantly evolving- with new songs added regularly.
While he billed himself as Mark Mestre, the clubs he played at and the people who came to listen continued to refer to him as ‘Out of Order’. Since the name stuck, Mark continues to play as ‘Out of Order’ despite being a solo artist, for the time being. Mark’s playing schedule continues to increase with local shows each weekend in DeRidder, LA and shows that expand to Fort Polk, Leesville, Lake Charles, and Westlake, LA throughout the month. It’s no surprise to find him playing on a weekend night at the club with standing room only at the venues that showcase his act.
Mark is still on active duty in the US Army, as a pilot himself, and plans to retire in the spring of 2011- playing music on a more full time basis. Check back often for show dates and additions to the schedule!
While Mark’s schedule is normally filled with club appearances, Mark is also available for smaller shows and parties. With songs spanning the decades from the 60′s to today, Mark is a diverse crowd pleaser with a little something for everyone’s taste!
Endorsed with Clayton since 2011, visit Mark’s website for more! www.OutOfOrderRocks.Me
Joe Hero was originally formed by three long-time friends and local music veterans who have performed together for years under different scenarios and with different bands. Drawing upon this experience, they formed as a rock trio in 2005 and recorded their initial 4-song demo that summer. After writing numerous songs and playing numerous shows in their area, Joe Hero completed the recording of their debut album which was released in 2007 with the title “A Hero’s Welcome”. Described as “in-your-face hard rock with a turn-it-up attitude and no BS” by Darryl Gregory of Indie-music.com, A Hero’s Welcome is available through CDBaby.com or iTunes. Music from the album has received traditional radio and online radio airplay, and has also been featured in at least twenty different online podcasts across the globe. In August 2010, the band released their follow-up recording, a 4-song EP titled “The Vandermint Sessions”. For booking or other info, contact JoeHero@nc.rr.com.
In summer 2011 Joe Hero created and began booking dates for “A Salute to the Foo Fighters”, a set of FF cover songs inspired by one of their favorite bands.
Endorsed with Clayton since 2011, check them out! www.reverbnation.com/joehero
Check out this video from our endorsed artists My Amends, there new song Slaves rocks! And check out our pick in the beginning!
Looking for a “cool” pick that won’t let you down during your sizzling summer concerts? Give Clayton Frost-Bytes a try! Made out of a frosty blue nylon material, these picks have a textured grip on both sides that make them feel like they are actually frozen onto your fingers! There is no slipping around with these, no matter how intense your playing is. They are also made for long-lasting durability, and awesome sound. They are available in standard shape, and six different gauges. Order yours today at steveclayton.com!
This week’s Pick of the Week was created and ordered by Dave James from Norwalk, Ohio. He has played all sorts of music for the past 30 + years. He fronted the band Dave James and the Twang Factor for fifteen years, recorded 7 cds, and came as close as you can get to getting a deal in Nashville. After that he started a band with his wife called “Jamestown.” They recorded a couple of cds and have since parted ways. The next logical step for Dave was blues, something he’s always wanted to do… hence “Dave James Alien Blues Project”. A five piece band with 3 girl backup singers. Dave reports: ”I’ve gotta say it’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing, performing, singing and writing. This is a new project so all promo is in the works, we have started to record the first cd ” Cigars, Guitars and the Blues”. I wanted to bring in all my influences so it’s blues based, but with some rock, funk and country flavor.We’ve done a handful of concerts and what a blast. Keep checking in the future for music and videos.” Visit their website: davejamesalienblues.com ( under construction) or email email@example.com. Also, check out YouTube Dave James Alien Blues Project for a promo video: http://youtu.be/SUBQwV5wE38. Dave’s picks were made on our white pearl material, which gives them an awesome, almost 3-D appearance. Design your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!
We just recently endorsed the band Allies Aside. Here is a little about the band from their FB page, “Forming in January of 2011, going through some member changes but never giving up on the passion they have for the music they create, being known for their great live performances and strong Stage Presence they bring to every show. Allies Aside is a band about effort with the determination of being remembered. Not by looks, not only by talent, but just sharing our music with those who will listen…. Allies Aside is a band about putting on the best performance they can, by doing what they love, hoping their music will move the crowd into the right direction with their positive influences. They hope to take their journey as far as they can. Music is about passion, and they live for making music their passion.” Check them out of Facebook!
The sale is ON for custom picks! Starting on July 18th, we launched our Sizzling Summer Sale for 15% off any order for custom guitar picks from Steve Clayton! The sale will continue through July 25th, so there are only five days left to place your order! We offer custom printed guitar picks in a huge variety of materials, shapes and gauges. All you need to do is visit www.claytoncustom.com to create the design for your picks. Once the design is saved in your Clayton account, you may click on the “Order Pick” button to place your order directly through our site. The order process will prompt you for a promo code, and if you enter in the code SIZL9, you will automatically receive your 15% discount!! Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/claytonUSA. Don’t wait until the last minute…create your design today!
This week’s Pick of the Week was created for our colored delrin guitar picks, which are available in six different colors/gauges. June Biancalana of The Dunmore Lasses, who designed this pick, chose our blue, 1.0mm picks. The Dunmore Lasses are a Northern Utah-based not-so-traditional Irish/Scottish Music Trio; June Biancalana: Guitar, Mandolin, Didgeridoo; Yolanda Sue Guedea: Fiddle, Octave Mandolin and Tiffany Draper: Irish Flute, Irish Whistle, Bodrhan, Fiddle. The Lasses play upbeat Irish/Scottish and original Irish-inspired music. They’ve played music festivals, concerts, St. Patty’s Day parties, weddings . . . you name it! Check out their sites: www.facebook.com/the-dunmore-lasses www.myspace.com/dunmorelasses Their music is available at for download purchase at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Dunmore-Lasses-Drunken-Landlady/dp/B003698EVE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310665587&sr=8-1 Or you can email them at DunmoreLasses@yahoo.com for snail mail delivery. Design your own personalized colored delrin picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!
We are so excited to share with you some photos of our 15 passenger van that is touring this year with the Van’s Warped Tour. It also features guitar picks from some of our endorsed artists that we were able to get printed on the van. Be sure to check it out at any the Warped Tour dates!