Endorsed Artists

Pavic

Products used: Clayton Custom Picks

“Clayton picks rocks! It’s important to feel comfortable with my picks, they’re part of my sound!” – Marko
“Love it! The shape, the feel, the sound‚ simply great!” – Aleks

Pavic are a Rock band from Rome, Italy. The band’s influences range from Classic Rock to Alternative Metal.
Their latest critically acclaimed release Is War The Answer was mixed by producer Rick Beato known for his work with Shinedown, Fozzy among others.
Recently the band opened at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy. Pavic shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth among others.
Check out the videos:
Song For The Rain (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0
Is War The Answer? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk
In Your Eyes (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ

Joe Calabro – vocals
Marko Pavic – guitars
Lorenzo Antonelli – keyboards
Aleks Ferrara – bass
Antonio Aronne – drums

Links:
Official: www.pavictheband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pavictheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pavictheband
YouTube: www.youtube.com/pavictheband

Michael Valenzuela aka MADV

Check out this short promo endorsed artist MADV made using his Clayton Custom picks!

https://youtu.be/Cl3ahSxW4-o

Michael Valenzuela was no stranger to music growing up in a very musically inclined family. He spent the majority of his younger years in Washington state. His father was a musician playing in several well known bands, a road manager, and owns his own studio. His siblings play instruments, as well. When this family gets together, the Valenzuelas can’t resist the urge to make music together. It’s no surprise Michael fell in love with music at a young age and caught the fever for creativity.

Valenzuela is a purely multi-talented musician, doing everything from playing guitar and keyboards to recording and mixing. He composes music of many different genres including hip hop, contemporary, Latin rock, neo-classical, rock and heavy metal. Valenzuela is also quickly making himself known for shooting and editing video footage.

A guitarist first, Valenzuela has a great passion for playing. He is a virtuoso of guitar. His instrumental compositions are both moving and many times complex. These works are definitely a treasure to the ear and when watching him play, to the eye. His intricate fingering styles using string bending techniques make it evident that his pinch harmonics and hammer ons can keep up with the most superlative guitarists of the 80’s. Though very experimentational, it is clear this man has studied some of the most prevalent guitarists of our time, to form his own style. The flow and melody of these instrumentals gives a great number of them a very neo-classical sound, full of deep emotion.

– Queen Eilene.

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/autumnforever

https://www.facebook.com/Autumnforevermusic2015

Rob & Jason of Cosmivore

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.

http://www.cosmivore.com
https://www.facebook.com/cosmivore
https://www.facebook.com/megatwonfans
http://www.twitter.com/cosmivore
http://cosmivore.bandcamp.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/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.

Mike Goncalves

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 1.00mm
 
“If you think it doesn’t matter what kind of pick you use, then you clearly haven’t played with Clayton picks”
 
Born and raised in New Jersey. Now lives in music city, Nashville TN. Traveled the globe touring with his band HIP KITTY. Huge supporter of our military, with 4 world tours entertaining our troops. In 2012 spent Christmas and New Years touring Afghanistan with Armed Forces Entertainment. Most recently with FUEL on their North American tour in support of the latest release ‘Nothing Left To Burn’.
 
Links:
Website: http://hipkitty.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Goncalves/161590647222323
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikegoncalves09
Instagram: https://instagram.com/mike_hipkitty/ 
iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hip-kitty/id266015802

Dave Baker

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.

 

Links:

http://www.davebakerguitar.com/

http://facebook.com/officialdavebakerguitar

http://twitter.com/davebakerguitar

http://youtube.com/channel/UCa_cgxq4qeHSebvHJjq1Adx

Cannot Be Contained

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.
Links:
Website: CannotBeContained.wix.com/CannotBeContained
Facebook: Facebook.com/CannotBeContained
Twitter: Twitter.com/CannotBContaind
Cannot Be Contained – Found  http://youtu.be/XUcxm63WYUo

Bugra Sisman

Products: Acetal Guitar Picks 1.00 mm. Pro Lemon Polish.
“Steve Clayton Custom Picks have great attack and full of sensibility. I feel very secure when I use these picks. I never look for any other picks to get my tone right.”
Bugra Sisman started playing guitar when he was 12.

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.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/ElektrikGitarTeknikleri
http://www.elektrikgitarteknikleri.com/
https://instagram.com/bugrasisman/
https://twitter.com/bugrasisman
https://soundcloud.com/bugrasismanmusic

Emma Lane

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.”

Emma Lane is an award winning  country rock, singer-songwriter and guitarist from a small farm town, outside of Rochester, NY. Vocally, Lane, has been compared to Ann Wilson of Heart and lyrically, unique. Emma’s new single ‘Little Bit of Somethin’, was co-written with BMI award winning hit songwriter, Kristy Jackson (Reba, CURB Records), after hearing Lane’s debut EP Noise From The Basement. In the words of Kristy Jackson; “Emma Lane is a FORCE! Stay tuned!”
Noise From The Basement & Little Bit of Somethin’ are both available on iTunes.
Links:
iTunes:
Official Music Video for Single:

Chris Martin Band

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.

Links:

http://www.thechrismartinband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisMartinBand

https://twitter.com/chrismartinband

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdfxSVtPgTzxhcrFG_6qpOw

http://instagram.com/thechrismartinband

http://artistecard.com/TheChrisMartinBand

https://soundcloud.com/chrismartinbandmusic

 

Photo Credits:  Photo by Robert Weston Gilliard

Jeff Przech

Products used: Clayton Standard Duraplex Picks .73mm & .88mm
“The first thing that caught my eye about Clayton picks was strictly aesthetic – I thought they just looked cooler than the other picks out there! Once I bought a couple of packs and started using them I noticed the difference immediately. They feel stronger in my fingers, last longer, and, most importantly, they just sound better than the picks I was using. Some might find it hard to believe that something as simple as a guitar pick can have an effect on your sound, but it most definitely can and does. I’m a Clayton convert and I’m not going back.”
“We can sit a while and I’ll sing some songs ’bout where we’re going, not where we’ve been” – Jeff Przech, “Back Again”
The end of 2014 finds Connecticut songwriter Jeff Przech at work on his debut solo record, “Sounds Like Fresh.” The title is a little piece of wordplay on Jeff’s last name, which actually does sound like fresh. The album’s eleven tracks (ten original songs and a cover of Ryan Adams’ “English Girls Approximately”) are an amalgam of stories (both fiction and non-fiction), strong melodies, and expressive, honest lyrics. Przech is a reflective and genuine songwriter, one who takes great pride in his craft. “Sounds Like Fresh” will be Przech’s first, but certainly not last, entry into the arena of American(a) music. There are songs about where he’s been, but “Sounds Like Fresh” gives a crystal clear glimpse of where Jeff Przech is going as well. The songs that make up “Sounds Like Fresh” were written over the past few years, but really started to come to life  early in 2014 as Przech was working on original music with his band, The Bus Drivers. Once the creative floodgates opened, the songs kept coming. Some of the songs didn’t fit the band dynamic, leading Przech to begin work on “Sounds Like Fresh.” A weeklong trip to the solitude of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom this summer provided the finishing touches on the songs that will make up what he expects will be the first of many records to come.
Links:
http://www.jeffprzech.com
http://www.busdriversband.com
http://www.facebook.com/jeffprzech
http://www.twitter.com/jprzech

Jeff Turnbow

Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin 1.00mm

“Over the years I have spent tons of money on my rig always searching for that perfect tone.  Something that I was never happy with was my picks.  I could get great tone out of some, but they never felt right between my fingers, or I could get a good feel, but the tone was lacking.  After trying a Clayton pick for the first time, I was hooked.  Fantastic tone- especially when you really dig into the strings.  They feel great and never they never slip out of my grip.  I would encourage any guitarist to give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.”      

Jeffry Don has spent many years on the front line of music.  He has played with bands such as TC Fambro and the Copperheads, playing on their debut EP Texas Town, he played with Level of Grace for several years helping them sign a recording contract with Tate Music Group and recorded on their album Wonderful God, which received airplay and rave reviews all over the world.  Currently Jeffry Don is working on a new project with the Tyler Steel Band.  With their fusion of Red Dirt, Rock, and Blues, the Tyler Steel Band is sure to make waves in the Texas country scene and beyond.  They are currently in the studio working on their upcoming album, Come With Me, which should be available by late spring 2014.  Be looking for them to play a city near you soon.
Links:  facebook.com/tylersteelband

Lucas Hoge

Products used: Clayton custom printed white acetal .63 picks

“I’ve been using Clayton Guitar pics for over 12 years and I always get the same great quality every time! I love being able to have my logo on all my pics.  I take these pics all over the world, and no matter where I am, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nebraska or Alaska, I’ve always got my Clayton pics to play with.”

Lucas Hoge born and raised in Hubbell, NE in a town of 44 people.  This country singer moved to Nashville and his plate has been full since the day he arrived.

He’s an award winning singer/songwriter with songwriting credits that span, Film, Television, radio and even jingles.

He’s worked with Cabela’s, HBO, Discovery Network, The WB Network, Animal Planet, Lipton Tea, NASCAR, Bowtech Archery, Wrangler, USO and many more.

Lucas is the Wrangler National Patriot® artist and each year he spends two weeks over Memorial Day in Afghanistan.  Wrangler® also picked up his song “Medal Of Honor” as the official theme song for Wrangler National Patriot®.

Lucas penned and performed  “Give A Damn”, the theme song for the hit hunting show on GAC TV called Tom’s Wild Life and Lucas appeared in the episode “What Happens in Vegas”.
Lucas has appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, the Daily Buzz, Fox 17, Tennessee Mornings, Daytime TV and more to promote his TV show Last Chance Highway which was seen in over 30 million homes each week on Animal Planet.  Lucas starred in the show as country singer saving dogs.  Lucas also penned and performed the theme song for the show, also titled “Last Chance Highway”, which Discovery Network released to iTunes.

His single Flip Flops premiered on Sirius XM “The Highway” and on ZUUS, CMT.com and GACTV.com. Lucas partnered with Reviver Records and the single was released worldwide on SONY RED Distribution.

Cabela’s and Lucas signed an endorsement deal for 2015 and Cabela’s will be the exclusive sponsor of the Lucas Hoge tour. Lucas will be performing at several Cabela’s Grand Openings along with a video series titled: “HOGE WILD CAMPFIRE REVIEWS”, where Lucas will review Cabela’s products and perform an acoustic song, airing on www.Cabelas.com.

Were excited to announce that Lucas will be making his return to TV in the show “HickXtreme” which is hosts and was the creator of.  HickXtreme will air on NASH TV in over 57 millions homes via Cumulus and Music Choice.

Lucas was signed to Reviver Records in Feb 2015 and is set to release his debut single in early Spring via Sony Red Distribution.

LINKS:
www.lucashoge.com
www.facebook.com/lucashoge
www.twitter.com/lucashoge
www.youtube.com/lucashoge
www.instagram.com/lucashoge

Scott Lea’s New Single is out!

Woodland Park, NJ. November, 2014 – Clayton Endorsee Scott Lea powerfully delivers the story of an alien abduction through detailed narration and multiple sophisticated layers of sound, bass lines, original music and mind bending original breaks and beats.

This unique electronic track kicks things off with a UFO sighting from a kitchen window and takes the listener through the journey of an alien abduction. Complete details are uncovered from abductees while under hypnosis. Hypnosis is often used for regression to successfully help recall past events. As well as a music producer, Scott Lea is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been in private practice since 2002.

Abducted was written, performed, produced and mixed by, Scott Lea, narration vocal by, Michelle Castiglione. Recorded at Scott Lea Productions studio NJ and mastered at MasterDisk NYC by Roger Lian (Rush, Gene Simmons, The White Stripes, Muse). The instrumental version is also available.

In addition to “Abducted,” you can also look forward to multiple projects being cranked out of Scott Lea Productions Studio / RadicLea Records in 2015 such as Lea’s remix of reggae super star Chuck Fenda’s “Sexy Suh”, “Crush Rush” Feat. Lisa Luxx, a remix of Helena Reznor’s “Bat Shit Crazy” new singles by Tasha Na Tasha and a children’s release, “My Brother Is Annoying” by LIV.

All RadicLea Records releases are distributed through CEN / RED / SONY and available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, Spotify and other popular online media outlets.

Contact and press queries: RadicLea Records – Web: RadicLeaRecords.Com Email: Management@ScottLea.Com TEL: 973-388-8794

Become a Clayton Endorsed Artist!

Are you in a band, or do you perform music as a solo artist? Do you have your own band/artist website? Do you love Clayton USA guitar picks and guitar accessories? Then you should consider becoming a Clayton Endorsed Artist!  To be considered for an endorsement contract, all you need to do is visit our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/endorsement.php  to submit your press kit to us for review. If we offer you an endorsement contract, you will receive numerous benefits, including discounts on our guitar accessory products, guitar picks, and custom picks. In addition, you will get invaluable publicity/exposure from a company that has been in the industry for over 35 years, via our website and social networking sites. Why wait? Submit your press kit today! We look forward to working with you!

 

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Clayton Endorsed Artists

Clayton Endorsee Sonar Lights to tour China 2014!

DFW based original rock band Sonar Lights sets out to tour China for the second year in a row.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Sonar Lights is eagerly gearing up for their second China tour in May 2014. The rock trio from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX made quite an impression last year with Chinese fans and promoters. After their successful “Enter the Snake 2013” tour, the band was promptly asked to return to rock the masses again at the Midi Festival; the largest rock festival in the country.

The past 12 months have been extremely busy for the band. In addition to their overseas touring duties, the band has built their own recording/rehearsal studio and is in pre-production for their second independently released album. They’ve accomplished all this without the backing of a label, management team or distribution deal.

ABOUT
Sonar Lights was formed in 2010 and has been hovering under the mainstream radar. Their sharp songwriting delivered by a balanced meld of mighty early heavy metal guitar hooks, pummeling rhythmic textures and melodic vocals are things that do not go unnoticed. Sonar Lights independently released their debut album, “Here We Are” in 2012 and has steadily gained credibility from fans, the media and fellow musicians alike.

Disc jockey Angela Chase from 97.1 FM “The Eagle,” the largest rock station in North Texas said on her show, “I would highly recommend that you spend the $9.99 on iTunes and download a copy of Sonar Lights album. They have quite a few good songs on it.”

The band’s image and sound has caught the attention of the industry’s top music equipment manufacturers. Sonar Lights has proudly built working sponsorships with Bogner Amplification, Eden Electronics, Essential Sound Products, George L’s, Mono Case, PRS Guitars, Trailer Trash Pedalboards, Warwick Bass Guitars, Pigtronix Effect Pedals, Clayton guitar picks and Dunlop electronics.

The band has also toured nationally and shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts, including: The B-52’s, Vince Neil, Cowboy Mouth, Rigor Mortis, Candle Box, Mute Math, Los Lonely Boys, The Toadies and Bowling for Soup.

In addition, Pandora Internet Radio included Sonar Lights’ entire album to their program giving fans the chance to create and stream their own Sonar Lights station. You’ll most likely hear similar sounding, well recognized bands like Foo Fighters, STP, Seether and Chevell on their station.

Sonar Lights is dedicated to bringing back the ideal of creating an album with a reason for existence and delivers a style of rock that has been desperately missed.

CONTACT
To learn more about Sonar Lights please contact:

George Miadis
Cell: 214-636-7902
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More News for Crystal Tears!!

For those of you who are devoted Clayton blog readers, you may remember a post I did on a band called Crystal Tears for Pick of the Week, back in August of 2012. They are kicking it up this year with some exciting events!  Their “Hellmade” album (the cover of this album is on the picks that we featured) will be released this Friday, March 28th, via Massacre records!
They currently have two trailers for the album:

The first is presented and narrated by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, of GUNS N’ ROSES! Here is the YouTube link for this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpmMURqsofc

The second trailer is narrated by actor Lew Temple (The Walking Dead, Lone Ranger, Texas Chainsaw Massacre ect.)! Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTl9SgDazPU

Below are some amazing photos that were taken of band members Kostas and Máté, with their custom Clayton picks. We love these!! Here’s wishing the very best to all the band members of Crystal Tears you launch your album, you guys rock!

Visit their site at: http://crystaltearsofficial.webs.com/

Also, check out this videoclip for ‘Beds are burning’, which has just been released!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yzI1Nrb5uQ

To order your own custom picks like the ones that are used by Crystal Tears, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Dimidium uses Clayton Guitar Picks

Ryan and Mike from the band Dimidium who are endorsed by us just made a promo video for Clayton picks! We really appreciated the time and effort they put in to making this video for us and just wanted to share it! Check out the pick modeling 😉 too!

View the video at:

You can also find out more about this awesome band at:

http://www.facebook.com/dimidium
http://www.reverbnation.com/dimidium
http://www.instagram.com/dimidium_band

The Dan Varner Band

We recently just got some awesome photos from the Dan Varner Band (Clayton Endorsee) that we thought it would be fun to share with you all! Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan has been singing since about the time he could walk. He grew up listening to his dad and uncles (with roots in the Tennessee mountains) picking their guitars. Other family members/friends would join in singing along to old country, gospel and bluegrass songs. Breaking on to the Cincinnati music scene over five years ago, Dan Varner has built a reputation as one of the most talented, hard-working and original country performers to hit the area in quite some time.

http://www.facebook.com/TheDanVarnerBand/

http://www.danvarner.com

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New music video from Hip Kitty!

Hip Kitty has just released a new music video, Nothing Left To Burn! Check the video out here. Hip Kitty is Raw, Honest, American ROCK…music that transcends the expected and inspires the masses! For more Hip Kitty visit their Facebook.

 

Tyler Farr

farrWe are excited to share that we recently have endorsed Tyler Farr. If you don’t already know who he is, you can check out his music and website here. Tyler Farr was born and raised in the small town of Garden City, Missouri. The singer was first introduced to country music at age 16, when he spent a summer on the road with his stepfather, who played lead guitar for country icon George Jones. Farr grew to love country music, and he decided to make the move to Nashville to pursue a career as an artist. He landed a job working as a bouncer at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for five months until he was able to convince the management to let him sing. For the next few years, he would play the Tootsie’s stage four nights a week, in addition to working security at the door. An avid outdoorsman, Farr found a friend in award-winning songwriter and fellow outdoorsman, Rhett Akins. Rhett had heard some of Farr’s music, and he wanted to work with him. After writing with some of the best songwriters in Nashville, Farr eventually landed a publishing deal with Sony ATV/Monument Publishing, and it was that connection that ultimately helped him land his recording contract on Sony Music Nashville’s BNA Records. In addition to recording and songwriting, Farr has toured extensively with Colt Ford, for whom Tyler wrote the song, “Hey Y’all,” as well as opening for Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice in early 2011 on The Higher Education Tour. Tyler’s four-song digital album, Camouflage – EP, is available now.

 

Category: Endorsed Artists

StoneBaby

We just recently endorsed the guitarists in the band StoneBaby! Here is a little bit about the band: With the inception of the band came an almost magical approach to writing and developing original music between the original members whose friendship spanned better than a decade. Scott Philipp, a singer /songwriter immersed in the Philadelphia music scene, was lead to push himself and focus on his powerful vocals. Scott creates tasteful melodies and lyrics over his forever simple, yet developing guitar playing skills. As he introduces ideas he and Tony Schiavo (Drums), always collaborate on the arrangement of the music to create a stylized rhythm that is unique to each song. Until recently, the band had cravings for a guitar player w-Stonebaby-2013--414-Editho would add simple dynamics and depth to the songs. With the revolving guitar position, the band made a commitment to head into the studio and record a three song EP to develop a style that would pinpoint the lead guitar sound that they really needed. Producer Drew Raison of Big Sky Audio, took the reins and seasoned the music to what is now the true sound of StoneBaby. The new recording, which has a commercial rock appeal, is set to capture all age listeners. As the band continues to evolve with new music… and newly added guitar and bass  players, Bobby Leonhardt and Jason Shainline the EP is certain to prove to be a canvas for the band to expand its musical creativity and listening audience.

Check them out at http://stonebaby.us/

Tobacco Apache – New album!

On July 9th Tobacco Apache will release their new CD on digital and physical copies will be available on July 12th.  The Apache sound is a mix of original old school,tobacco apache_coverA southern, and roots rock, and other genres, blended into one dynamic sound. Sam Fochtman (guitar/vocals), Josh Lynch (bass/vocals), and Chance Taylor (drums) entered the scene as “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” with their first gig at Mike Aid II in June of 2010. From that point on, the fellas made sure to bring the heat to every show! In March of 2011 the band took to the studio to lay down tracks for their first EP. John Miller at Tone Room Studios was the mastermind behind the project, and he helped to give the band some new musical areas to explore. The self titled “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” CD was released on May 22, 2011. The next month, Martin’s Bar & Grill in downtown Roanoke, VA, hosted the band’s album release party. The Riverbank Ramblers joined in on the night’s fun and both bands played to a packed house. The boys finished off 2011 on a high note, preparing for more shows and their first full length album, which would be released the following year. That next year started off with a bang, with the band reaching new heights by placing second (of 20 bands) in one of the biggest Battle of the Bands that Roanoke had ever hosted. The boys also shortened the name of the band, to simply “Tobacco Apache” (it’s easier on the tongue!). In May of 2012 the band encountered a devastating tragedy. Lifelong friend, brother, founding member, and drummer; Chance Taylor, was killed in a car accident. The tragedy, which also claimed the life of Chance’s dad Randy, left the community and the music scene in total shock. Sam and Josh decided to play RoosterWalk 4 as a tribute show to Chance. With the help of some great musicians, including Mason Jennelle on drums, the boys performed and brought everything they had to the stage that night. Unsure of the next move following that performance, the band decided that a break was the best thing they could do to honor Chance, as they decided on a path for the future. In June of 2012, all of the bands that Chance had played in decided to hold a memorial/benefit show in honor of their fallen brother. Ryan Greer, The Baker Bros., Drown the Messenger, and The Aurora Observatory joined forces with Tobacco Apache at Martin’s for a night of music, fellowship and celebrating the life of Chance. The show will forever etched in the minds of the audience members as each band played and sang like never before. As time went on and healing took place the band decided to push on, pick up the pieces, and continue playing. They knew that was something that Chance would have wanted them to do. On July 4, 2012 Mason Jennelle (of Electric Chameleon) joined the band as a full-time member. Mason was a natural fit who plays with the same passion and excitement as the rest of the crew. With the drum seat filled and the addition of Paul Tressel on Keys, Tobacco Apache had finally solidified itself as upcoming act to see. Tobacco Apache has shared the stage with The Dirty Guv’nahs, Dangermuffin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Cabinet, Folk Soul Revival, Mountain Heart, Adam Ezra Group, The Mumbles, Ten Toes Up and many others. The band has a new album entitled “Inside Job,” that is set for release in July of 2013 as well as a bunch of other numerous shows and festivals dates to round out the year.

http://www.tobaccoapache.com/

Judd Hoos

Judd Hoos is an American Rock Band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has been almost a year since their single,’Breathe In’ was released and charted number 23 on the iTunes rock charts. The band has spent the past year working hard on their upcoming full length album, ‘Music In The Dark’ and has never been more prepared for success.

Operating as a self contained and constantly touring band, the guys found creative ways to write and record while on the road. Things like recording drums in grain elevators and constructing vocal booths out of hotel room mattresses. The album boasts an acoustic driven Americana Rock sound with an eclectic mix of influences. From Tyler’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, to the intricate guitar work, and the heartfelt songwriting, the album is a representation of where the band has come in its recent years.

The band is preparing for a very busy summer tour across the country to promote their new album,’ Music in the Dark’ including 10 nights at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You would be hard pressed to find a harder working band that tours as much and works as hard at their craft. Combining their professionalism and experience to put on the best show out there, Judd Hoos is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.

The Second Wave

Spring 2012 the Swedish band La Fleur Fatale embarked on a journey to and through California. During two intense weeks they 2ndWaveplayed with legendary psych musicians and met people who was part of making the 60’s into what it later became both musically and spiritually. And in the meantime connecting the past with the present. What is the difference between then and now? Is the Anonymous movement now what 60’s anti war movement was back then?  May 3rd the documentary was released, for free, on YouTube. And May 3rd the band also released a new single, “How Long Is Too Long”, written by Duncan Faure of Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt who they met when filming. “They are really one of my favorite bands now along with Beatles plus a few others.” Duncan says.

During Easter they also recorded yet another single together with Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives) that will be released after the summer.

The documentary can be found right HERE (link to YouYube).

http://www.lafleurfatale.com

Carl Verheyen

We recently just endorsed Carl Verheyen. If you are not familiar with Carl, we wanted to share his official biography. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. Carl VerheyenHe is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator  with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It UP!  On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales. Another book entitled Studio City is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road. Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the “CV Special,” combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set . Also working with Dean Markley, Carl helped develop a top-of-the-line guitar lubrication in addition to his numerous existing endorsements. Carl uses our Black Raven 0.50mm in Rounded Triangle, and Acetal 0.63mm in standard shape.
Carl’s Website

Chuy Michel – New Endorsee

Jesus “Chuy” Michel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer, producer who is currently the lead guitarist for the Latin Alternative group Pastilla (Sony/BMG). He has also worked with some of Latin Americas top artist such as Carlos Baute (Warner), Vampiro (Sony/BMG), and Serralde (Universal). He has done countless national / international tours and played on various albums. Chuy is considered one of the top guitarist in the Latin Alternative/Pop community. Chuy was born June 29 !984 in Los Angeles California to Mexican immigrant parents. He is the oldest of three brothers (his younger brother Ivann is the drummer for Pastilla). His musical journey began at the tender age of 5 when his grandmother brought him an acoustic guitar from vacationing in Mexico. He quickly picked it up and continued to play vigorously. There was always music in the Michel household. Chuy grew up listening to music his parents where fond of such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, and The Byrds. At the age of 16 Chuy started to perform with various groups throughout the Los Angeles music scene and quickly became recognized as one of the top guitarist in Los Angeles. Eventually he was invited to play with Pastilla(Sony/BMG). With Pastilla, Chuy has played countless concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. And has headlined some of Latin Americas most important music festivals such as Vive Latino in Mexico City, Mexico, and The Coors Light Indie Music Fest in Aguadilla  Puerto Rico. Chuys participation with Pastilla has resulted in some of the most commercially successful work group has produced including the hit album Amarte. While still a active member of Pastilla, Chuy has collaborated with several national and international touring acts such as Grammy Award winning artist Carlos Baute (Warner), Serralde (Universal), LILO (Universal), Mexican guitar hero and Jaguares/Mana guitarist Vampiro (Sony/BMG) just to name a few.

 

http://www.chuymichel.com/

Scott Lea – New single!

Scott Lea’s Nothin’ Left to Lose is the debut release through a new distribution partnership between RadicLea Records and CEN / RED /SONY. “Nothin’ Left to Lose” was written, produced and and performed by Lea. This powerful track is a gritty, raw tale of downing out, hitting rock bottom and bouncing back. The song takes the listener on an emotional journey from hopelessness to victory. – recorded at Scott Lea Productions studio NJ and
mastered at MasterDisk NYC by Roger Lian (Rush, Gene Simmons, The White Stripes, Muse). Scott belts out the lead vocals and instruments while his long-time friend and colleague Zhana Saunders delivers her sultry and soulful backing vocals. Zhana is known for her club hits “Waiting for Alegria,” “Body Fly,” “Sanctuary of Love” and “Love Dominates.” She is also known for her vocal work with Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Dayne and Deee-Lite, to name a few and is featured on the RadicLeaRecords release Phase I – Random (“Crazy Eyez”). In addition to “Nothin’ Left to Lose,” you can also look forward to multiple projects being cranked out
of Scott Lea Productions studio / RadicLea Records this year such as Lea’s remixes of Offical Hot Mess (Kristy & Lindsey Landers) – “Money Makes the Girls Go Round” and “Sexy Face”, the rerelease of the Phase I dance album and another solo record, “Breakdown”. All RadicLea Records releases are distributed through The Creative Entertainment Network / RED / SONY and available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody and other popular online media outlets. Head on over to ScottLea.Com to hear his new single!

Jonathan Barlow

Jonathan Barlow composes and arranges concert music for the nylon string guitar. His printed music is published with Clear Note Publications, Classical Vocal Reprints, Abundant Silence Publishing, Lathkill Music Publishers, and Soundboard quarterly guitar journal published one of his arrangements and wrote an article about him. His work has been called “fabulous” by Guitarnotes, ”superb” by Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, and “tasteful, impeccably written and exceptionally enjoyable” by Rovi Music. A growing number of university music libraries carry his publications.
Follow the link to view all of his music available for purchase now! http://jonathandavidbarlow.com/publishedworks/
Listen to his music on Pandora Radio: http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

EC New Live Album for Presale March 13th!

On March 13th you can pre-order your copy of Eric Church’s new Live Album. The album features the following songs:

Caught In The Act: Live Track Listing:

1.) “Before She Does” (3:46)
2.) “How ‘Bout You” (4:24)
3.) “Drink In My Hand” (4:51)
4.) “Over When It’s Over” (2:57)
5.) “I’m Gettin’ Stoned” (5:27)
6.) “Creepin’” (4:45)
7.) “Keep On” (2:52)
8.) “Hungover & Hard Up” (3:33)
9.) “Sinners Like Me” (4:22)
10.) “Country Music Jesus” (3:49)
11.) “Pledge Allegiance To The Hag” (4:54)
12.) “Jack Daniels” (6:03)
13.) “Homeboy” (4:40)
14.) “Lotta Boot Left To Fill” (4:21)
15.)  “Smoke A Little Smoke” (5:14)
16.) “These Boots” (3:43)
17.) “Springsteen” (9:27)
It was recorded at Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre in October 2012 and is Eric’s first live recording. A double gatefold vinyl version of the record will also be made available on National Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20. The package will include four additional tracks and a special whiskey-infused 7-inch. If you are part of the Church Choir you can take advantage of the exclusive album presale to be held on March 12th on EricChurch.com with it opening up to the public the following day on March 13th. Exclusive bundles, including a never-before-seen shirt, will be available. The album can be purchased at EricChurch.com, on iTunes and in stores nationwide. And did you happen to notice the pick inside the skull on the cover art?! 🙂

A+ Dropouts New Video

Our endorsed artist Cheska and the A+ Dropouts just released an awesome new music video :-), check it out at the link below!

http://www.youtube.com/user/APlusDropouts/featured

The Band’s Bio:

A+ Dropouts is originally from the Washington, DC area. They spend their weekdays in class but when school’s out, they rock out wherever they can with their high energy shows. Led by 14 year old, Cheska Zaide, the A+ Dropouts have performed in over 100 live shows with artists like Forever the Sickest Kids, Sister Hazel, Public Enemy. Some of the shows and venues they’ve play include Summerfest in Milwaulkee, National Harbor, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Whisky a Go Go, House of Blues, 930 Club in DC, the Quarter in Baltimore, The Ottobar in Baltimore, Jammin Java, Six Flags America, and Union Square Best Buy NY. Over the past 2 years, they’ve toured through Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and even Wisconsin. In 2010, the A+ Dropouts were voted as one of the top 12 teen bands in America. They’ve also been featured on several of the major television stations in the DC metro such as NBC 4, Fox 5, and TBD Channel News 8. Their singles have played on DC101 Clear Channel radio stations in the DC area. Their video for “On Your Own” has been featured on Fuse TV on demand and Myx Channel.