Hey Clayton customers! Have a big gig coming up for the 4th of July, or a party that you want to have custom guitar picks at? It’s not too late to order! If you order any time today or this weekend, and choose a rush Overnight shipping method for your order, we can ship your picks on the 2nd to arrive on the 3rd so that you still have them in time. So don’t delay! Visit www.claytoncustom.com to place your order.
This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Lovely Goodbye. Lovely Goodbye began as a rock band comprised of four friends from the hills of Appalachia in Johnson City, Tennessee. Coming together from Classic Rock, Punk, Country, and Progressive backgrounds, Lovely Goodbye has evolved from each member’s influences into one of East Tennessee’s premiere original bands. All the members sought to keep the the core principles of the best music alive: professionalism, fun, and a quality live show. The best rock artists combine anthem-like lyrics, a voice that clings to the edge of strong guitar riffs and progressions, and a tight rhythm section that marches the listener through the album and back to the beginning, ready for more. Opening for many national touring acts, they saved up enough to record and released their debut Self Titled album in 2010, with a follow-up expected in 2012. Recently, the band has added a rhythm guitarist to let singer, Sean McCurry, focus his attention on fully being a frontman and entertainer.
Lovely Goodbye is Sean McCurry, Jeff Dotson, Brandon Lambert, Bryan Gibson, and Max Crawford
To find out more, visit their sites at:
The Lovely Goodbye picks were made on our white delrin pick material. With their well-crafted black graphic logo, the picks have a very clean and classic look. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Are you interested in getting some Clayton professional-quality guitar picks, but are unsure of what style will best suit your needs? Try out our Clayton Variety pack! This pack sells for a low $1.99, and includes six of our most popular guitar picks; Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, S-Stone, Frostbyte, and Cork Grip. Each pick given is a different gauge, so you can also figure out the thickness of guitar pick that you like the most. In addition, the ultem pick that is included in the variety pack is a rounded triangle shape, in case you decide that the oversized pick is preferential to the standard shape. Three of the materials in the pack are picks that we also offer for customization- the acetal, ultem and Duraplex (also called colored delrin) so if you might want to order custom printed guitar picks, you will know which pick you like best for that! To order your Clayton Pick Variety Pack, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php today!
Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!
This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band SpaceBand. SpaceBand is a cover band from Bellingham, WA that focuses on R&B/Hip-hop hits from the 90′s as well as current, chart-topping dance tunes. SpaceBand prides itself on being a 100% live cover band with no backing tracks, so no two shows are exactly alike. To round out their repertoire, SpaceBand tastefully sprinkles in some classic rock, funk, and Motown. Todd Templeton on drums and Aeden Hunter on bass provide the solid, funky foundation on which a temple of soul is built with Brian Hillman’s powerful vocals leading the way. Charlie Elmore’s rhythm guitar permeates with warm splendor, and Baron Kim’s funky riffs and face-melting solos grab hold of you in a way you can’t shake. Every gig is a party with the seats emptied and the dance floor packed.
We just endorsed the band Blackbird Sing and wanted to share a little bit about the band! Blackbird Sing began in 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Vito Salinas, former singer songwriter of the now defunct, but seminal, “Dieboy” of 1990’s pop-punk fame. After 13 years Dieboy eventually called it quits in 2006 due to personal differences in the bands direction. The self-imposed hiatus would almost see the exit of a talented musician, whom after years of being a fixture in the local music scene, was facing the reality of making a living setting in. It was during these times that Vito continued to use songwriting as an artistic outlet and penned his most emotionally connected songs to date. Vito delved deep into a musical heritage that extended across multiple styles of music due to the influences of the musical tastes of his numerous uncles and cousins, who had introduced him to their favorite artists ranging from The Beatles to The Ramones. However, it was these soul-wrenching songs, written at such a transcendent moment that would sow the first seeds of what would grow into something larger. Vito began collaborating his vision with Andy Salazar also of Dieboy (lead guitar/piano/trumpet) and together the two began consolidating this reality-driven storytelling with experimental forays into blending folk music and country rock with grass-roots Americana. As the band grew to include George Ransom on bass and the infamous Magallanez brothers, Daniel and James, on drums, percussions, guitar, and harmonica (along with a virtual cornucopia of various sound-making equipment), their sound began to coalesce into something entirely nonpareil. Vito and the Magallanez brothers are first cousins, and growing up so closely allowed them to bring a very close-knit, personal style that made the transition from their previous bands into Blackbird Sing seamless. “We definitely shared a very similar soundtrack growing up and come from a very diverse musical family.” Heavily Influenced by a menagerie of artists like Cat Stevens, The Stray Cats, Dion and the Belmonts, Social Distortion, The Clash, and Chris Isaak, Blackbird Sing ambitiously set out to create a sound that Vito has described as, “Music that people who like country rock but don’t like rock could enjoy and that people who like rock but don’t like country rock could equally relish.” And so, in 2010, Blackbird Sing the alt-folk Americana country rock band was born. In less than a year, Blackbird Sing’s seamless blend of modern musical genres combined with heartfelt lyrics that resonate with large swathes of the audience on an individual level catapulted them to the attention of music lovers and critics throughout Texas. From their first stage performance in June of 2010 at a venue call Club Tonic, Blackbird Sing’s acclaim began skyrocketing, and people began to take notice. In 2010, Robert Vito won the prestigious Rammy award for top vocalist in the San Antonio Texas local music scene and the band as a whole was selected as runner up for best Country/Americana band in the same year. Taking no time to rest while on their meteoric rise to prominence, the band quickly cut a fantastic self-titled EP (to much critical exaltation) the same year. This showcased the bands chemistry with each member playing an intricate role in the development of the “Texicana” sound. With a style that echoed shades of current popular folk/country rock bands like Wilco and The Avett Brothers, it wasn’t very long before Blackbird Sing began to spread its influence throughout the region. The self-styled “Heirs of Bexar” (the county in which the city of San Antonio resides) used singles such as the lament-driven “Manxiety” and the esoteric “Hales” to elevate themselves above the masses of garage bands and artistic dilettantes in an industry starved for originality. Their efforts culminated in their being the only band from San Antonio selected to compete in the esteemed Shiner Rising Stars tournament, which brings together the best Texas has to offer in musical acts to vie for the ultimate title of Shiner’s 2011 Rising Star. Travelling far outside of their sphere of influence and their hometown fans, Blackbird Sing won the contest and is now currently signed to Shiner Records which will be releasing their debut album in early 2012. Seldom has a band so seamlessly blended the swaggering bravado of punk, the emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own. And yet, even though they’ve accomplished more in one year than most bands do in a lifetime, the boys remain humble and focused. Already at work on their next musical masterpiece, they haven’t changed their focus. If asked, Vito will tell it like he has countless times before “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”
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Just added to Clayton USA’s product line this year, Pocket Picks are a great item for the guitar player on the go! This is a card that fits in a standard billfold, and each card contains five punch-out guitar picks. The material of the picks is a customized polycarbonate that produces a clean, smooth sound with soft tone. They are also great for speed picking. These cards are available in six different gauges including .60, .70, .80, .94, 1.1 and 1.24mm and pricing starts at just $3.99! Order your pocket picks today at http://www.steveclayton.com/pocket-picks.php.
Looking for an easy, non-messy solution to get a better grip on your guitar picks? Try out our new solution– PickTac! PickTac is an adhesive dot that you can peel on one side to stick on your pick and then peel the other side to have an instant grip that will not move or shift. Because of it’s versatility, you can place the PickTac anywhere on the pick that will best suit your playing needs. As your hand heats, the PickTac will start to mold to your finger for a customized grip. If you need to remove PickTac, just pull up on the PickTac, and it will cleanly remove. PickTac allows you to easily reposition your fingers as needed and leaves no messy residue on your pick or your fingers. You’ll find it to be truly PickTacular! PickTac comes in a package of 50 dots for just $7.99!! To place your order for PickTack today, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/picktac.php.
We are excited to present this week’s Pick of the Week, which was made for the band Ashturn. “Ashturn is a Flemish (Belgian) band formed by Steve (drums), Raf (bass) and Mark (guitar) in 2003. After about a year of rehearsals and song writing Raf switched his bass guitar for a microphone and Tom joined the band as the new bass player. Dennis, who used to be in another band with Steve and Raf, joined the band as the second guitar player a few months later. 8 years later, Ashturn still has the same line-up. They are a bunch of very good friends who mainly want to have fun and who really enjoy making music together (which is probably the reason they have already survived this long as a band).”
“Ashturn plays a healthy mix of metal and hardcore and is influenced by a lot of modern and classic bands in both these genres. They’ve played a lot of gigs in youth clubs, rock bars and on the occasional festival, mainly in the Flemish part of Belgium but also occasionally abroad. One of the festival gigs they played was the result of Ashturn getting the most votes from the audience at a local rock contest. Their latest recording effort is an EP called “Heaven or a dark cold day in hell” which can be listened to for free in it’s entirety at www.ashturn.com. ”
“Ashturn is at the moment rehearsing for some upcoming gigs. In about two months time work will begin on some new songs which will hopefully lead to new recording sessions later. ”
To learn more about Ashturn, visit any of the following sites:
“As a bass player, I’ve always preferred the bigger rounded triangle shape picks. I play a down tuned 5 string bass so I need something to grab on to while furiously hitting the B string I had been using the same picks for years (made by a major brand) so I started to look for a company that could make me some picks with a custom design that are also equally comfortable as the ones I was used too. This took a lot of research. No company seemed to offer the right combination of materials, thickness, shape and printing possibilities that I was looking for until I found the website of Clayton Custom. A few minutes of trying out the fantastic custom guitar pick designer led me to the conclusion that my search had ended. For the design I chose one of the very nice band logo’s that was made by our guitar player Mark Vandebroek. Once the picks arrived I was extremely happy with the quality. These picks definitely offer the comfort I was looking for. On top of that, they were actually a tiny bit stiffer than the ones from my old brand which actually improved the clear, natural but also very punchy sound I am always looking for! So, great job by Clayton custom! Now I just need to make sure I can hold on to them as everyone I show them to (fans, fellow musicians, family and friends) wants to keep one for him/herself!”
Ashturn’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, in the rounded triangle shape. We especially like how the shape of the picks fit really nicely with the band logo. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!
Clayton customers! Today is the last day to order custom guitar picks and still get a 10% discount on your order! Just visit www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. When the site prompts you to enter in a Promo code, use SIZL9 to automatically have your discount applied! You can order any time before 11:59 PM central time this evening (6/11) to take advantage of this offer. Also, custom guitar picks make the perfect Father’s Day gift, and it’s not too late to order them to have in time for the 17th! Don’t delay though, because time is running out!