Products used: Clayton Custom Rounded Triangle Acetal .63mm
Jon: “I worked at a music store for years and after trying nearly every pick out there I found that the Rounded Acetal Triangle pick provided me with the flexibility, grip, and durability I need.”
Brandon: “In a pile of picks, I will always find the Clayton.”
Jon Napoles and Brandon Freeman are a couple of transplants who fortuitously met in Fresno, CA. After years of dwelling in the same circle of musicians, fate (and stubbornness) would bring the two together as the last remaining full time musicians of the group. One fateful August day the two gathered every piece of equipment between them and songs almost began writing themselves. Thus, Cloudship was born.
Since then the duo has played over a hundred shows, self-released two EPs and two music videos, sold over 500 units at shows and obtained an endorsement deal with Clayton. Their signature mix of modern rock, Americana and electronic has quickly made them a force to be reckoned with, especially among young indie bands.
Carley Wolf Uses: Clayton Standard Acetal 1.00mm Custom Picks.
Carley’s Quote: “When I need that extra bite in my tone, Clayton pics do the trick. I love the way they feel in my paw!”
THE GHOST WOLVES
“… Some of the most corpulent, room-filling distortion I’ve ever heard…. in my book The Ghost Wolves win the award for most badass, face-melting tone” –– Premier Guitar
The Ghost Wolves’ name mirrors the ferocious, primal sounds the Austin, Texas duo conjure from drums (Jonny Wolf) and guitar (Carley Wolf), and acknowledges Carley’s upbringing among hybrid wolves on her family’s ranch. The duo take inspiration from a variety of American styles – blues, rock n’ roll, swamp-boogie – and spin it into a hybrid they’ve dubbed “stomp n’ roll.”
The band formed in 2010 and released their first EP, In Ya Neck, in 2011, followed by the seven-inch, Getchya Hip Thrust, before signing to Plowboy Records in 2014 and releasing the album, Man, Woman, Beast, recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios.
The duo have collaborated in the studio and on stage with Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Johnny Vidacovich (New Orleans’ drumming legend), and BP Fallon (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy). The Ghost Wolves are constantly creating new music videos, art, and custom stage wear, but they are best known for their infectious on-stage chemistry, relentless touring, and raw energy, with over 1000 shows delivered and counting.
In 2014 alone the band played SXSW, Psych Fest, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, plus their first European tour dates. Japanese cult fashion line, Hysteric Glamour, flew them to Tokyo to play their 30th Anniversary event. The Ghost Wolves’ complete music catalog and custom merchandise were carried exclusively in Hysteric Glamour’s Japanese stores for the entire 2014-2015 winter season. Revered global fashion house, Perry Ellis, used an instrumental version of The Ghost Wolves’ song “Gonna Live” for a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Maccari’s debut collection for Fashion Week in New York City last fall. “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” recorded on Carley’s vintage one-string guitar and one of several live during which Jonny plays drums with his feet and left hand – while playing an analog synthesizer with his right – has been featured on the hit TV series Shameless.“Dangerous Moves” was used in Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and in the over-the-top trailer for Japanese martial arts film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? “Attack Attack Attack” was heard on MTV’s Real World: Explosion, “Itch” on Oxygen’s Funny Girls, and Oxygen’s Best Ink used “Gonna Live” and “Baby Fang Thang.”
Carley Wolf endorses Clayton USA picks, Silvertone guitars, and Eminence Speakers.
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Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.00mm
“Clayton USA, I picked you because you are the best”
Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents, it’s no wonder that music was a constant in Frank’s life. At the tender age of six, Frank’s family would move to Rome (his mother’s birthplace), where he was inspired by the sounds of his father’s music. An avid accordion player, Frank was moved by the romantic tunes produced by his father, and their effects can be heard in Frank’s music even today.
By the time the family immigrated to the United States, at age eight, Frank was inspired by the sounds of the late fifties and early sixties, prompting him to take guitar lessons. But it was the sound of The Beatles that motivated Frank most, and helped the teen to focus more seriously on his music.
By his late teens, Frank was playing gigs at weddings and small venues, eventually graduating to known jazz venues in and around town.
Flash forward more than thirty years, and today Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.
In addition to touring the New York Metropolitan Area, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.”
Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks; Sleepwalk; and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Since June 2012, Frank Piombo has held the #1 jazz artist position in New Jersey, according to ReverbNation’s Jazz Charts! And in 2014, Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, where he now boasts his own station.
Log onto Pandora.com and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!
All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3, ReverbNation.com, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.
As well as his own compositions, Frank performs the works of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Larry Carlton, Ronny Jordan, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Horace Silver, Lionel Richie, Bobby Hebb, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and many others.
Products used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin 1.14mm picks
“Steve Clayton custom picks are the best quality picks I’ve ever used.”
Austin Schmidt, plays lead guitar and sings back-up vocals for the band Shot In The Dark. He began playing guitar when he was 11 years old and went on to play in a band when he enrolled at West Coast Rock School at the age of 13. For years Austin played with several different bands, learned additional instruments, sang lead vocals, and appeared at many different venues. When Shot In The Dark was formed in the spring of 2013, Austin was able to take his musical talent to a different level. The band began writing and recording original songs and released their own ep in June of 2014. While playing with Shot In The Dark, Austin has had the opportunity to play two different dates during the 2014 Vans Warped Tour as well as many other festivals and events throughout southern California. Shot In The Dark has been able to open for such prominent acts as Escape The Fate, We Came As Romans, SECRETS, The Dead Rabbitts, Alien Ant Farm, and The Tubes.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”
Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist)
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds.
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen.
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy.
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing.
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end.
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear.
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer.
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times.
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago.
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington).
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney).
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.”
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.)
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California,
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses. With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
Products used: Custom White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 0.8mm
“My fans wanted my guitar picks. They like to keep them as a souvenir of my show. When i found out Clayton makes customized guitar pics I started putting the Alex Cole logo on them. I like to throw them out to the crowd. People love them and I love playing with these picks! They help to define my groove and tone! They’re very resistant. Nothing better than Clayton Picks!”
With his wild guitar style, Alex attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy into the crowd. This is something to be experienced! This band performs all original music that will remind you of AC/DC, Van Halen, Ted Nugent. It’s classic 1980’s ALL NEW rock n’ roll.
“Alex Cole, a pure high energy Rock and Roll show!”
“Rock has risen from its grave. When Alex Cole enters the stage it isn’t a person you are seeing but a reincarnated Rock Star…”
VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles
“Alex Cole who delivers to the audience edgy guitar riffs
ROCK HARD MAGAZINE
“Great band indeed fantastic rock, Alex Cole Being the singer, songwriter and lead vocalist there very little in the way of pure talent these guys don’t have!”
ROCK BANDOM RADIO
Video from The Canyon Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Video from The Mint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Mp3’s of more songs: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
We have some great recent reviews: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”
Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.
Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks
“Steve Clayton guitar pick is the right tool for the right job,I feel very comfortable when I play my guitar with Steve Clayton guitar pick”
BLACK OIL is no stranger to sharing the stage with big acts like MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY ,MOTORHEAD and have been direct support for bands like SOULFLY, OTEP, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ARCH ENEMY, CARNIFEX, ANTHRAX, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MAGO DE OZ and more. Played at festival like Hell and Heaven Festival, Revolution Fest Guadalajara Mexico , Mayhem Fest 2012 Usa and more.
Etsegenet released her first solo album called “YIMETAL” on july 2013. and have been performing with musicians from all over the place. recently Etsegenet was a part of Oscar nominated song “HAPPY” by Pharrell williams as choir singer.
Products used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 1.00mm and Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks.
“Cosmivore relies heavily on tone and artwork to set us apart from other bands. Clayton USA custom picks became our perfect solution for both. Not only do our fans collect these picks just for the artwork, but the picks are also responsible for creating the massive tone unique to Cosmivore. The print is durable and never rubs off, even after tons of abuse, and the fans love them!” ~ Rob Eaton of Cosmivore
Cosmivore is a unique (genre breaking) metal band from Arkansas. Their heavy guitar tone, atmospheric keys and one of a kind vocal styles set them in a genre of their own. The band consists of 6 members; Robert Eaton, Jason Noel, Clayton Latch, Patrick Eaton, Michael Aanimal Inman and Antwon Megatwon! Yes, they actually have a robot in the band!
Cosmivore released their first full length album, “These Castle Walls” in October of 2014, which took fans on a cosmic journey through space and time with their eccentric story-telling in songs like; “Brother Crow”, “Midwest”, “These Castle Walls” and “Universe” along with 7 other killer tracks. The album’s 3D castle cover artwork by Grimnasty (a.k.a. Solomon Perry) ties all of the material together into a fantasy vision unlike most metal albums. You have to really get into the artwork and the tunes together to grasp the real meaning behind the album and vision.
Continuing the journey, their second release, EP “XIII” was recorded on February, Friday the 13th, 2015 and released on March, Friday the 13th, 2015 featuring two new songs “Wings of Despair” and “Breathing Fire” with a total length of 13 minutes and 13 seconds, as well as completing their 13th official track release. The dragon artwork on “XIII” was also done by Grimnasty (a.k.a.) Solomon Perry and ties in with the bands overall “story”.
Along with the mysterious symbolic and astrological meanings buried deep in the fabric of their material, each song is a unique experience and no two songs sound the same, yet their formula for tone, punch and lyrical landscapes have fans anticipating new epic cosmic journeys and experiences from Cosmivore.
Video Link for “These Castle Walls”: https://youtu.be/dIFUZ7dZjLs
Also available on your favorite online music stores (iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more!)
Photography by Scott Shupe 2014.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.26mm picks.
“Been using Clayton picks for 20 years! Claytons are the perfect plectrum! They enhance my tone and inspire creativity!”
Hailing from a musical family, Cleveland native Dave Baker is the grandson of Ruth Baker, who played guitar and sang backup for Roy Rogers. Inheriting her talents, Dave began playing guitar at age eight, and went on to study music composition and theory at Cleveland’s Modern Music School under the tutelage of highly acclaimed composer, arranger (Stan Kenton), and educator, Phil Rizzo. By age 16, Baker was officially a professional musician: going to school during the day and playing paid gigs in bars and clubs by night. His reputation soon earned him two Berklee College of Music scholarships, where he studied under jazz great Garrison Fuel, as well as Larry Bione, Bruce Saunders and Bruce Bartlett. He also became an honors graduate of Cleveland State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.
Baker further distinguished himself in the professional music community when he composed and produced commercial music for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, WKYC-TV, Sports Time Ohio, KSDK (St. Louis), KPNX-TV (Phoenix) and Clear Channel Communications. He could also be heard playing guitar on many commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Mr. Hero, Pearl Vision, Sterling Jewelers, Matco Tools, Ohio Lottery and Cleveland State University. His work in Cleveland culminated in 2010 with an Emmy® nomination for musical composition and arrangement.
Dave relocated to Nashville shortly thereafter, where his broad range of experience and incredible talents have served him well as a freelance guitar slinger. As Baker’s playing had been described by Guitar Player Magazine as “non-stop guitar bliss,” he quickly built his reputation in Music City based upon his versatility and professionalism.
He has played guitar alongside such notable country artists as The Line, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ashley Gearing, Darryl Worley, Justin Moore, Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Rodney Adkins, Brett Eldridge, Kip Moore, The McClymonts, Eric Paslay and, since early 2012, with Black River Entertainment recording star, Kellie Pickler. Dave is currently a standing member of her band in addition to pursuing his other music projects.
Over the course of his career Baker has performed at the White House, the Grand Ole Opry and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus toured the US, Australia, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain (the Middle East twice for the USO).
Television viewers have also seen him in action on Ellen, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, The View and Good Morning America, as well as televised Opry performances on the GAC network.
In 2014 Dave recorded and self-released his debut CD, 71 South, an eclectic album that brings the listener a collection of diverse instrumentals that encompass musical cleverness, humor and virtuosity while humbly reflecting Baker’s character.
71 South’s ten tracks underscore his variety in musical styles. From the “tongue-in-cheek” neo-classical opener, “Guitar Center Saturday” to the Eastern European tinged “The Brothel,” Baker explores a wide array of musical genres including his Latin influenced “Esteban,” Ennio Morricone-inspired “Spaghetti Western,” and the title track “71 South,” which pays tribute to a jazzier, bop affected characterization.
Baker both produced the CD and played electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, Jew’s harp and rape whistle. The album’s musicians include drummer Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), bassist Vail Johnson (Keb’ Mo’) and multi-instrumentalist/producer John Painter (Ben Folds/Sevendust), among others. 71 South is available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby.
Products Used: Acetal .63mm, Duraplex .73mm, White Delrin Custom 1.26mm & White Pearl Custom .63mm
“Clayton makes quality picks that seem to last forever. The edges will wear down before the pick ever breaks. They have a great feel and a great sound to them….simply the best picks at the best price that we have ever used!”
Cannot Be Contained is a Christian Rock band who has been together making music for the last 4 years. We believe in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. We believe that music can affect your thoughts and emotions and lead you to a greater place of worship! We always try to make the music about Him and not us so that it leads others into a place closer to Him so that they can feel his spirit all around them. We continue on this journey to bring others closer to Him so that they can see that His way is the only way.
Cannot Be Contained – Found http://youtu.be/XUcxm63WYUo
After taking guitar classes from Ceyhun Saklar when he was 14,
he went into Istek Belde Fine Arts high school.
When he graduated from this high school in 2005, he got accepted to Middlesex University’s Ba Music Performance department.
In this school, he worked with the famous guitarist, Timothy Walker.
He also worked on performance techniques with Raeneda Machie.
He had the chance to work with one of England’s most famous composers Dr Francoisand Dr Peter Fribbins.
He graduated from this University in the year of 2005, and he went back to Turkey.
While he continues his work on stage and studio, he also gives private lessons on his own and at some private institutions.
He is now recording his EP called “Until Now” and writing a guitar book where will be released in most book stores in Turkey.
Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl, 0.38mm, Standard.
“Using Clayton Personalized .38 white pearl picks, not only look great, but makes my guitar playing effortless.”
Products used: Clayton Custom 0.5mm Acetal, 0.5mm Black Celluloid, 0.8mm Black Celluloid
“We’ve used Steve Clayton custom picks from the very beginning, everyone in the band got CMB logo picks to use and share. Not only do they look and play great, you should see the faces of the folks that end up with one at a show! It’s like they’ve got a little piece of our dream!” Mark White, Bass & Vocals
Chris Martin is an up and coming singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Emerald Coast of Florida, born and raised in Pensacola. His roots in traditional country music, from George Strait to Keith Whitley, have helped shape his contemporary country music sound. Chris’ easy going manner is completely evident in his smooth vocal style, delivering a uniquely recognizable “blue-eyed soul” meets “Nashville drawl” in his renditions of current country hits as well as original material. Backed by the “hottest little band in P’Cola”, the Chris Martin Band has made an indelible mark on the regional music scene, having achieved some impressive milestones for a band just over a year old. Not content to follow the typical “bar band” business model, the Chris Martin Band continue to hone their craft at fairs, festivals and concerts in the SE and beyond. With a Nashville produced, all original EP released in March 2014, and having shared the stage with the likes of Bo Bice, Charlie Daniels and Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, the future continues to look very bright for this new country artist and his band.
Photo Credits: Photo by Robert Weston Gilliard
Products used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 1.00mm picks.
“These picks have done wonders for me. Not only does their thickness allow me to play crisply and accurately with my heavy guitar strings, but also are great to give to fans and fellow musicians as something unique to hold onto after a show. I carry a few with me at all times, and they’ve become a staple at my live shows!”
Andrew Tufano is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Sterling, VA with an acoustic sound that blends rock, pop and folk influences. Known for his charity work, quirky humor, and his iconic mustache logo, Tufano is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and tours across the East Coast and Midwest US. In 2003, Tufano placed first in the NAfME electronic music national talent search at age 11. Since then he’s engaged in a wide variety of charity projects, independently released two EPs, and has received numerous awards from CD Baby, Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, the Songwriters Association of Washington, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and more. Tufano has recently completed his freshman year of college studying songwriting at Belmont University and is looking forward to recording his first full-length album this winter and touring cross-country in the summer of 2015.
Products Used: Steve Clayton Black Celluloid Standard Shape 1.00mm custom design.
“Steve Clayton picks have a wide array of styles and designs accompanied by top-notch materials that provide immediate musical inspiration! Plus, so much fun designing your own pick on such a user friendly site!”
Andy Borunda plays lead guitar for the Americana Rock n Roll band Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers out of Tempe, AZ. Andy is an Arizona native and has been playing the guitar for over two decades. He is mostly self taught and continues to shape his sound and technique with every song he plays. Andy cites Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Slash as his main influences on the guitar while also being immensely inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Cheap Trick, and The Replacements. Andy loves playing electrically and acoustically equally and uses Gibson Les Pauls and a Taylor 614CE for live shows and includes Fender Telecasters for studio work. Andy is very proud to also use Steve Clayton guitar picks for every show. He is tirelessly promoting the band’s electrifying debut release, “Yeah Yeah Yeah” which came out in 2014. At the end of the day, Andy sums it up like this — “I’m a musical sponge…I just love playing music.”
Band website: http://www.carolpaceyandthehoneyshakers.com/
Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolPaceyAndTheHoneyShakers
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.borunda
Band YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PaceyPublishingLLC
Fav clip “Eyes on the Prize” (solo starts at 4:20): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vw5f4SRVM4 — My favorite part of the show is when I get to totally let loose for my solo!
Products Used: Clayton Custom 0.63mm White Pearl picks.
“Greatest picks I’ve ever, and will ever use!”
Clint Fisher, is a new, uprising country music artist, and songwriter in Nashville TN, who’s recently opened for acts such as Love and Theft, Buddy Jewel, Charlie Worsham, and more! Clint has performed in front of many major artist including Bill Gaither, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lynn Anderson, Irlene Mandrell, Eric Horner, Gordon Mote, Buddy Green, and representatives from many record labels including Arrow Records, CYM Management, Sony Records, Icon Studios, and Capitol Records. Clint released his very first EP in August with the debut single and title track, “Down an Old Dirt Road,” a work in which he wrote, and co-wrote 4 of the 6 song tracks.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin Standard 0.88mm.
“They feel good in my fingers and my guitar says they feel good on the strings as well.”
Daniel Dorninger is the frontman of Witchrider, a stoner/alternative/occult rock band from Austria.
In 2013, one year after their formation, Witchrider released the selftitled Witchrider EP and in late 2014, shortly after signing to Truckfighters’ own label Fuzzorama, they released their debut album entitled “Unmountable Stairs”.
Products used: Black Celluloid 1.14mm Standard and White Delrin 1.00mm White Pearl Rounded Triangle
“I like Clayton picks for multiple reasons, 1. The sound is more defined. 2. The feel is more comfortable. 3. Price! I was using off the wall picks for a while, until I tried Clayton. I was hooked! From playing small dive bars to large arenas, I always have a Clayton pick in my pocket, hand, and in my pick holder! I will never use any other picks again!”
Dakota Poorman is a up and coming country artist from Washington state. Cutting his first extended EP in 2014, he has been gaining recognition for the past couple of years, from playing small bars around the Puget Sound to Fairs and landing on the main stage at the Key Arena in 2013. His blend of Country Rock is beginning to make waves around the Northwest. High energy shows, unique sound, a modern day outlaw. More news is to come from this rising artist.
Products Used: Acetal Standard 0.63mm, Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.50mm, Phat-Tone, and Black Raven, Standard 0.63mm.
“I’m very heavy handed and Clayton’s picks are the only ones I have found that can take the punishment. I will break strings before I break a pick.” – Cody Wayne
“I earned my salt playing RUSH in cover bands and there is nothing like the tone you get from a Clayton PHAT-TONE.” – Jon Morrow
“I’ve play everything from blues to rock and country and I like picks that are well rounded. Something for tone and speed. Clayton Black Ravens give me more than enough range all in one pick.” – Josh Farrer
Cody Wayne and Westbound 21 is an award winning country band with members from all over the East Texas region. The band has performed with other bands such as Neal McCoy, Cadillac Three, Eli Young Band, Whiskey Meyers, Colt Ford, Kevin Fowler, Jerrod Niemann, JB and the Moonshine Band, Casey Donahue, Trace Adkins and many more country artist.
What if Zac Brown and Lynyrd Skynyrd formed a band? That would be epic huh? Well if the thought of such merger excites you, then Cody Wayne and Westbound 21 is the band for you. The band is sponsored by 105.7 KYKX, recommended by Neal McCoy, and was voted Best Country Band in East Texas.
The energy that Cody Wayne brings to the stage is amazing, to say the least. When he takes the stage, hold on to the front pew cause you are in for a high energy rockin’ country show, the kind you have not seen since Outlaw Country ran through these parts.
What is special about Westbound 21:
The fact that everyone in the band is talented with several instruments. It’s very helpful that all the members can play, write, and sing. This gives us a unique style compared to a band led by one person.
Is the music business tough:
Not really but it takes an understanding of the business. Money and fame does not come overnight. You have to be yourself and if the crowd appreciates you for you, then you have found success.
CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/codywayne (CD Live at the horseshoe)
http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=codywayne3 (New released single Train Wreck)
Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid picks 0.80 gauge, Colored Pearl picks 0.80 gauge and Colored Delrin picks 0.88 gauge.
“Clayton custom guitar picks look great, play great , and provide unparalleled quality. The custom print lasts and won’t wear from finger contact when playing. Clayton picks are the only brand I trust on stage and in the studio.”
Songwriter/Artist Chris Ising hails from Winnipeg Canada, where the winters are long and as a kid you’re either out in the bone chilling cold playing hockey or in the basement with a guitar in hand. Since the age of seven music has played an immense role in Chris’ life. During his university years Chris started his walk down the song writing path and found a new love for country music, taken in by the multitude of emotions that country music brings to life through its instrumentation and vocals.
With the signing of his first publishing contract Chris’ songs were being pitched to artists throughout North America, and 2010 saw his first song head into the studio with a group out of Alabama. Since that time he has worked with several artists, from Canada, USA, and Europe.
In 2014 Chris released his first single “I’m From The Country” to Canadian radio and quickly began to received airplay across Canada and Germany. He followed this up with a performance video for the song, and put the final touches on his second single ‘When Life Happens’ for a late 2014 release. Recognized as a hard-working and dedicated songwriter, Chris is sought after by writers and artists throughout the USA and Canada.
Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl Standard 0.80mm.
“It’s such a nice thing, to be able to give away pics to our friends and fans. I love giving them away on our shows, and Steve Clayton made it so easy and affordable for that to happen. I love your picks with my band ” Blitz” logo in it. Thanks guys, peace…”
Evandro Mesquita, the lead singer and original founder of the band ” Blitz ”, started his career in the 70’s as an actor and screenwriter for one of the most influential alternative theater troupes in Brasil, called” Asdrubal trouxe o Trombone”. To this day, all members are actively participating in promoting contemporary culture in Brasil through theater, scenic arts and syndicated TV shows.
The band ” Blitz” is Evandro Mesquita’s brainchild. They were ( and still are…) a tremendous powerhouse, household name in the music scene in Brasil. Evandro is also the main songwriter of all their hits over their 30 years of rock’n and rolling…
They singlehandedly changed the way record labels and radio stations operated in Brasil, revolutionizing the music business marketplace with breakthrough record sales numbers. They were trailblazers, the first Brasilian rock’n roll band ever to achieve that level of popularity in Brasil, thus opening new doors to Rock’n Roll Music in Brasil, including being the motivators and main act of the first world famous ” Rock in Rio” festival.
To this day, they tour big venues, and their music reaches out to all generations, bringing good music and entertainment to people from all walks of life…Lots of humor, great lyrics, catchy tunes and hot grooves were the recipe to a string of hits and millions of record sales, being the very first Brasilian band to achieve the status of Gold, Platinum and Diamond Awards.
Evandro Mesquita’s music influenced the music scene not only in Brasil, but internationally. His musical collaborations with great artists in Brasil like Roberto Carlos, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Martinho da Vila, among many others, reached out to fans all over the world, with many, many TV specials with all the leading TVs in Brasil, such as the Globo Network. He’s writing more new songs than ever, proving that good music is ageless.
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Ari Mendes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started working as a studio/live performance musician since the age of 16, and also as a Producer and recording engineer with many top artists, such as Ney Matogrosso, Leila Pinheiro, Evandro Mesquita, Erasmo Carlos, Antonio Adolfo, Angela Ro Ro, Sandra Sa, The Globo Network, just to name a few. He also produced many syndicated TV shows and soundtracks, jingles, spots, voice overs, etc. (Armacao Ilimitada, Roque Santeiro, Juba e Lula, etc. ) and in1989 was a finalist at the prestigious “Sharp Award”, regarded as being the Brazilian Grammy. He moved to Boston later in 1989, where he built his first recording studio, formerly known as Amenstudio, now named Ari Mendes Productions, AMP. He was also the creator of the trailblazer “Amazonas Band”, the very first Brazilian band in New England, and a leader in the Boston music scene. Ever since, he’s produced and performed with many artists in the Boston/New York /Florida circuit, including Joe Match, Alfredo Cardim, Angelia Bell, Frank Gambale, Jetro da Silva, New Revelation, Odette Ernest Dias, too many to mention. He was the music coordinator and the main performer for the Brazil 500 years celebration, promoted by the Brazilian Consulate in Boston. In 2003, he was invited to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Astrodome in Houston, TX solo guitar for 50.000 people.(You Tube Ari Mendes/Star Spangled Banner), an unforgettable moment. Please check it out… Shows at Harvard, Museum of Fine Arts, Foxboro Stadium, The Fenway Park, Boston College, MIT, UMass, The Brasilian Consulate, Berklee School of Music, etc. His record label, AMP, and his state-of-the art studio are a “go-to” place, known and used by artists from around the world, offering not only the best equipment and sound quality, but also a knowledgeable and friendly staff ( everyone is a musician), confortable facilities, and honest and low key support in the publishing, marketing, distribution, copyright and career guidance areas . The studio and the music school are located in Everett, MA. The perfect creative environment for musicians and artists, in New England’s cultural center, best food, nightlife and hotels. Ari Mendes is an accomplished guitar, bass and percussion player, at home with many styles of music, including Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Latin, and Classical music. He’s also a recording, mixing and mastering studio engineer, and vintage Pro audio, microphones, and guitars connoisseur and collector since the good old analog devices…. Being also very active on the Florida’s cultural scene, Ari Mendes played at prestigious venues such as Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago Club with his Jazz trio for many years, The Breakers Hotel, Tradition and City Place, and Jazz festivals such as the Riverwalk Jazz, Zorafest, Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival, Fort Pierce Mardi Grass, just to name a few. He’s also a newsletter writer for the Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast. Ari’s main passion is guitars, music production and motivational speaking, teaching and demonstrating Healing through the Physics behind music and sounds His band, The “Ari Mendes Experience”, performs at theaters, clubs, churches, prisons, institutions, corporate events, bringing in a mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, Latin, Classical and Gospel music. And the healing and Peace that comes with it. He also teaches Guitar, Music Perception, Audio and MIDI Engineering, Film Scoring and Recording Arts at his school in Somerville, MA.
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Run 2 Cover is a modern pop/rock band from Peoria, Arizona, comprised of Christian Iverson (bass and lead vocals), Brandon Iverson (drums and vocals), and Colin Shaw (guitar and vocals). Their influences include everything from The 1975, and Walk the Moon, to Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Redirecting themselves as a band, Run 2 Cover is currently preparing for the release of their brand new EP, ‘Someday’, which marks an evolution in both their sound, and their performance.”
Personal Artist Bio: “As the guitarist and accompanying vocalist of a newly evolved band, Colin Shaw has had diverse experiences performing and writing music from all different genres and difficulties; hard-hitting shred metal such as Paul Gilbert or Dream Theater, laid back Hendrix-style blues, funky Prince classics, pop-punk such as Blink 182 , and now modern pop/rock. Initially playing cover songs, Colin’s band, Run 2 Cover, now has over three years experience in original music composition, and are nearing the release of their newly recorded EP, ‘Someday’. The release marks a turning point for the group into a new, modern sound.
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Many influences by great guitarist, vocalist and bands including Edward Van Halen, Ace Freheley, John Petrucci, James LaBrie, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Sweet, KISS, Queensryche, Van Halen, Kansas, Boston, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater just to name a few.
Lead and rhythm rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Innocence Lost based in Tulsa, Ok.
After one guitar lesson, Ace decided to save the money, get his first KISS album at age 10, dropped the needle onto the record on the turntable, turned it up and away he went! Self taught guitarist to say the least.
Turning it up, having fun just the way rock-n-roll was meant to be!
Influences: Dream Theater, Queensryche, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Stryper, Dokken
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Bilo Viscarra is a Bolivian guitar player, songwriter and singer. He started playing the guitar at the age of 12 and in 1997 he and his friends Juan Pacheco and Jherson Burgoa founded the band LoS ToCAYoS in their home city of La Paz.
In 2002 the young band participated in their first rock band contest and came in 4th place out of more than 60 bands; Bilo received the award for best guitar player of the contest.
LoS ToCAYoS recorded their first album “Fuera de bromas” in 2003 and Bilo started his career as a songwriter with songs such as “Eres mi vida”, “Lazos” and “No tengo razones”, the album was produced by Gigio Diaz.
LoS ToCAYoS became a success and thanks to this great debut album the band obtained the “Breakthrough Band” award and Bilo received the award for “Best Young Talent” at the RockandBol award ceremony.
In 2006 the band recorded their 2nd album named “Cueztion de eztiloz” in which Bilo participated as producer and songwriter; the album contained songs written by himself such as “No te convencere”, “Grupo 2” and “Excederme”. The album was produced by the talented Bolivian producer Martin Joffre.
“Ningunos Giles” was the name of their 3rd album, which was released in 2008. The album was produced by Bilo and the renowned Bolivian musician “Grillo” Villegas, the hits “Esperarte y caminar” and “Sigo” were written by Bilo. In 2009 Bilo was invited to take part of the awesome funk rock/pop band Son Fusion.
A couple of years later, LoS ToCAYoS returned to the studio and released their 4th album in 2013, they called it “Hasta que parió la burra”.
Almost simultaneously the album “Toma de mí” by Son Fusión was released.
Bilo was the creator of songs such as “No esta mal”, “La tentadora” and “Feel the odio” by LoS ToCAYoS and “La hermana”, “Llegare” and “Escondamonos” by Son Fusion.
The album “Hasta que Pario la Burra” by LoS ToCAYoS was awarded for “Best Rock Album” of the year at the RockanBol Awards, furthermore, Son Fusion received the award for “Best Pop Band” at the same ceremony in 2013.
Throughout his career Bilo has played on the most important stages in the country and shared them with great local and international artists such as Molotov, Aterciopelados and Enanitos Verdes among others.
Influenced by guitarists of varied genres such as rock, latin, cumbia and folk, Bilo has a unique style when playing the guitar and his skills as a songwriter and producer have earned him an important place in Bolivian Rock.
Official Web Page: http://bilosolohayuno.wix.com/tocayos
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“If you set yourself on fire, people will gather to watch you burn” has been the story behind The Chase Sanford Band since day one. The Chase Sanford Band has become a popular draw in the Texas/Oklahoma region touring on the strength of their debut CD “Honky Tonk Reject” and their powerful live performance.
Chase Sanford started in Bonham TX playing at regional venues, honing his songwriting skills and released “Honky Tonk Reject” in late 2012. Chase formed a band and set out playing the Texas Country Music Scene and has become a potent regional draw, playing major venues, festivals, charity events, and The American Airlines Center Dallas Stars pre-game show. Having opened for such national artists as Kevin Fowler, Dustin Perkins and Brandon Jenkins along with winning various awards and getting substantial radio airplay across the region. The bands lineup of Chase Sanford on guitar and vocals, Garry Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Jason “Fuzzy” Smith on bass and vocals, and Corbett Potter on drums, is the perfect combination for Chase’s “Southern Rock/Texas Country style. They have been adding new material into their live show and plan on recording their sophomore album this year.
The future looks bright for The Chase Sanford Band in 2014 as they continue making music and connecting with their fans.
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25 year old Bryce Dicus grew up in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Bryce fell in love with music at an early age. He started playing at age 13 when his grandfather bought him his first guitar. Bryce started playing in church, and little gigs all the way through his sophomore year in high school. Bryce also has a passion for sports. He was fortunate enough to go to college on a wrestling scholarship, but his pas…sion for music and performing, kept calling him back. Influences including Cody Johnson, James Lann, Merle Haggard, Rhett Akins have helped Bryce develop his own brand of music. Bryce has been busy in the studio and performing at local venues and building his fan base. The young singer/songwriter was recently featured in the new music magazine “No Cover” April issue Bryce is currently in the studio working on his fresh new debut album which will be out later this year. The first single came out on iTunes July 2014. Bryce currently resides in Inola, Oklahoma.