Endorsed Artists

Check Out Our New Catalog!

Hey Clayton Fans! Every year, we issue a new catalog of our products, including new items that we have just added! Our 2013 catalog is now available to download and browse through at http://www.steveclayton.com/mag/index.html. We are very excited, because this year each catalog page features a photo spread of a high profile musical artist or band that uses Clayton picks. This way, you can get an idea of what type of Clayton picks are used by guitarists in the big-time music biz! Also, keep an eye out for a couple new guitar picks that we will be adding for sale on our site as 2013 gets rolling 🙂 Since Clayton has endorsement deals with musicians from a wide variety of musical genres, knowing what type of picks these artists use may also help you to figure out what picks will work best for you.

Skull Fist is going tour in Brazil!

Skull Fist will be going on their first tour in Brazil this week! Skull Fist is a Canadian heavy metal band that released their first album “Head of the Pack” in August 2011. They have been one of our endorsees for about a year now and having been using Clayton products for 4 years! Check out their tour dates below, and you can visit their Facebook for more on the band.

John Driskell Hopkins

You may know that John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band is one of our endorsees…but did you know he recently released his own album “Daylight”. Daylight is backed up by award winning Bluegrass Band Balsam Range and an array of special guests, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band releases his personal work in Daylight. My personal favorite song is “She Don’t Love Me” the lyrics are great, check it out!

John Driskell Hopkins Website

 

Mariannes Wish

‘Marianne’s Wish’ is an experimental/alternative rock band.  They were created in early 2011 under the guidance of composer/producer John Themis (Cat Stevens, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Rod Stewart).
After a collaboration between Guitarist George Solonos and Drummer Christopher J that managed to get them on 4 tracks of Tommy Lee’s ‘Methods of Mayhem’ album they decided to team up with the talented frontman Francois Michelletto to create ‘Marianne’s Wish’. Their debut album ‘Add To Wishlist’ is now out and the band will play festivals and go on tour within this year, to support the new release.They have also just released a new video for their song Brainwash, check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9HnV_23_1M

http://www.marianneswish.com/

 

Lefty Williams

Our endorsed artist Lefty Williams will be playing in the Everyone Orchestra this year! We wanted to share the article Jam Bands post about this here. Check it out!

LIBERTÀ (Military Tribute Song) – Sal Piamonte

Our endorsed artist Sam Piamonte wrote & recorded a special tribute for the servicemen and women who sacrifice and fight to protect our Freedom. He will be donating 100 % of the download proceeds equally between these two great charities:
1-Homes For Our Troops (US)
2-Wounded Warriors (Canada)

Check his video out below :-).

Pete Evick

Our endorsed artist Pete Evick, touring guitar player and full-time engineer/producer for rock and roll icon Bret Michaels has been writing a column for Guitar World Magazine we would like to share! For the most part his articles are about the process known as “recording in the box”.  We would recommend you head on over to Guitar World asap to check it out! 🙂

 

Car Party New EP!

Car Party has just released their latest EP, and a video for their Single “Hopeless” which you can check out below! You can also check out the bands bio, and more music at their website http://www.carpartyband.com/.

Hopeless is also available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/patterns-ep/id570509631

Brantley Gilbert

We have just finished up a set of new picks for our new endorsed artist Brantley Gilbert! He uses Black Raven 0.80mm in rounded triangle shape. Our Black Raven picks  have  been specially formulated to reduce annoying string pop. It also has a matte surface that allows you to hang on to your pick without any unwanted slippage.  For those of you who have not heard Brantley’s music you can head on over to http://www.brantleygilbert.com for more information and music! A couple of his songs include, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide”.

Treponem Pal – New Album!

We just wanted to share that Treponem Pal, one of our endorsed bands, just recently released their new album Survival Sounds. Check it out at their websites below:

 

http://treponempal.com
http://soundcloud.com/treponempal
http://www.reverbnation.com/treponempal
http://listn.to/TREPONEMPAL
http://twitter.com/#!/Treponem_pal

Skull Fist

Skull Fist was formed in 2007 in response to the lack of “ass kicking” heavy metal/rock n roll in the music industry. It took 4 years for frontman singer/axeman Jackie Slaughter to put together a solid lineup which includes Jonny Nesta on Guitar, Casey Slade on bass and Chris Steve on drums. The band recorded a 5 song E.P. in 2010 which led to playing festivals in europe, A tour in europe as well as landing them a management deal, A record deal with Noise Art Records and a Booking Agency deal the world wide succesful Rock the Nation booking. After releasing the bands 1st album in august of 2011 which won them best upcoming band in U.K’s biggest metal magazine Terrorizer as well as many features/reviews and top 10 lists in Kerrang, Decibel, Classic Rock magazine and Japan’s biggest rock magazine Burnn. the band has done an amazing amount of touring through Europe and the U.K. several times. Played many touring festivals, has Toured Japan and played with such names as Uriah Heep, Megadeth, Wasp, Sabaton, Doro, Anthrax and Blind Guardian. The band is currently looking at a Canadian tour in september, I european / United Kingdom tour with WASP for october and november followed by a Brazilian tour in January, Recording the next album in february/march as well as a United States tour in April. These guys have toured non stop since the release of there record in many different countries and are planning to record a new record to be release next summer.

www.skullfist.ca

www.facebook.com/skullfisted

www.youtube.com/skullfistofficial

Lefty Williams

We wanted to share a  video from one our Endorsed artists Left Williams. The video is an interview with him, Lefty Williams Interview.  Not just a great one-armed guitar player, a great guitar player. A skilled guitarist with over two decades of experience, Lefty Williams holds songcraft and musicianship at a premium. By emphasizing each equally on his ironically titled sophomore album Snake Oil, he engages and enlightens the listener. In turn, we fall for Williams’ powerful guitar licks and candid songs, often long before the origin of his nickname—he was born without a right hand—is clear. And by then, it’s just another dimension to his talent. “I definitely don’t wanna shy away from my arm,” says the Atlanta born-and-bred songwriter/musician, who’s been playing guitar since age 4. He started out strumming with the end of his “nubb,” and fashioned his first prosthetic pick at 6. “I was just using the skin on my arm—the same way a fingerstyle player would use his thumb. Then I wanted to play faster.” On his grandfather’s hunch, Lefty approached his prosthetician who devised a sock-like leather wrap. “It didn’t work at all,” he laughs, saying he finally “tore apart my prosthetic arm,” using the strap and part of the harness to fashion something that worked. Henceforth a self-taught musician, Lefty refined his skills by listening. “After my dad taught me basic chords, he showed me how to figure it out on my own. I remember we were listening to the guitar solo part of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and my dad pointing out all the guitar parts that were going on in the background and saying, ‘That’s the kinda stuff you gotta listen for. If you can figure all those out and how to play ‘em at the same time, you can make it sound like the record.’” Soon Lefty was transcribing songs by Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and Yes before moving on to more difficult material. By 11, he was playing in bands. “Death metal!” he laughs. While playing upright bass in the school orchestra he learned how to read music, and in 1998 he made his way to the Atlanta Institute of Music to hone his guitar skills. There he found that his condition put him on equal—if not higher—footing than his peers and instructors at the Atlanta Institute of Music, who envied his “perfect” picking technique. “A lot of guitar players change between moving their wrists and their elbow and their fingers,” he says. “Mine never really changes.” After graduating with honors, Lefty was offered a teaching position at AIM. During that time, he gravitated from metal to grunge bands learning valuable lessons from each. “I can shred if I want to,” he says, “but I get really bored with that. The one thing I took from grunge music was not soloing, just taking your time and making your songs as good as you can possibly make them.” This knowledge served him well as he grew into the bluesy, jazzy style he plays today, which nods to Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughn and early Led Zeppelin—all artists that understand the importance of a great song. Lefty also heeded their performances, and worked to construct a combustible live show with the Lefty Williams Band, which quickly became a big draw at local and regional clubs like Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta), Murphy’s (Boone, North Carolina) and The Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin, Florida). The LWB has also opened for the likes of Gov’t Mule, Tim Reynolds, Little Feat, Jimbo Mathus, Col. Bruce and the Quark Alliance, Chris Duarte Group, Blackberry Smoke, and . In 2006, Lefty recorded his debut album, Big Plans, produced by John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic). It brought a dynamic range of music to the table, from high energy like “Shine Begins to Fade” to soulful tracks like “Sunny,” in which Lefty’s innate sense of groove and melody, coupled with an expressive, visceral guitar sound, coalesce. Big Plans received raves from Relix, Hittin’ the Note, and Jambase.com, and Williams toured for 18 months behind it, all the while writing like a fiend. By the end of 2007, he got the itch to return to the studio. Once again teaming with Keane, who says “Lefty’s sound is a compelling combination of honest, heartfelt lyrics and masterful rhythm and blues muscle,” Lefty reaches deep into personal experience on Snake Oil. “There’s a lot more honesty in these songs,” Lefty says. The dirty, groovin’ title track refers to two-faced industry types, specifically “a guy who promised me the world and then kinda hosed me.” His divorce fuels the funky “Thank You,” where he acknowledges the silver lining, and thanks his ex for kicking him out. “We’re both better off now.” And the sweet, tender “A Little Bit of Faith” (featured on the Relix CD sampler for June 2008) is written for “my current wife. It’s just a promise to her that I’m not gonna goof around on her.” Musically, Lefty soars on Snake Oil, ratcheting up the earthy yet sophisticated sound of Big Plans. He achieves a coolly smoldering burn—merging King’s world with Davis’s—with “On the Prowl;” suffers through his slide guitar on the gospel-tinged “In the Valley;” channels playful lust on the jumpin’ “Hey Mama;” and creates a taut, stinging three-minute guitar feast with “Salt Stained Moment.” The LWB’s taut grooves are augmented by two guests: Todd Smallie (The Derek Trucks Band) plays bass on “Why Didn’t You Call,” and “On the Prowl” and “Hey Mama” feature blues luminary and fellow Atlanta resident Tinsley Ellis. Says Ellis, “I was knocked out by Lefty the first time I heard his music on MySpace. I just knew that I had to seek him out and hear more of his stuff. He is a veritable triple threat on certainly guitar but also as a soulful vocalist and clever songwriter. The fact that he is out there winning over fans one at a time with his nonstop touring schedule is definitely something that I can relate to. I was thrilled when he asked me to guest on his new album.” Having already given many of the songs on Snake Oil a live test drive, Lefty looks forward to presenting them fully realized on another lengthy tour in 2008. Mostly, though, he’s chomping at the bit to play live, electrifying audiences with his musical virtuosity and heartworn songs. “Let’s just make some cool music,” he says. “That’s all I’ve ever really cared about.”

Artist Links:
http://www.lefty-music.com
http://www.twitter.com/leftywilliams
http://www.facebook.com/leftywilliamsband

http://www.youtube.com/user/leftymusic

Patrick DeCoste

“Since the international success of his 2003 self-produced demo, Patrick DeCoste (pronounced “De-Coast”) has caught the attention of music fans across the globe. His highly anticipated, full-length debut, “Inside The Unsaid”, arrived a year later to much acclaim: “A cool CD filled with all types of guitar wizardry,” beamed Robert Silverstein, editor of “20th Century Guitar” magazine. In May 2005, Guitar9.com featured the CD in the top 5 of their Best Sellers Rock chart alongside Grammy instrumentalists Eric Johnson & Steve Morse. Fresh off his 2008 Artist of the Year nomination from Q’s House Radio Show (Orlando, FL), Patrick DeCoste followed the acclaim with a CD release show at the famed Hard Rock Cafe (Boston) celebrating the launch of his 2009 EP. Along the way, his music has managed to catch the attention of Grammy-Nominated artists as well as Boston premier’s rock station, WAAF, where he was named “one of the area’s most under-rated guitarists”. Since that time, DeCoste has performed throughout the New England and the Southern California areas opening for such major label artists as Johnny A., Lori McKenna and Gary Hoey (“He stands out, has a professional attitude and great work ethic… plus, he’s a good guy too,” Hoey’s quick to add).  Outside of the clubs, sports fans have been treated to DeCoste’s live version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Shea Stadium and the Boston Garden while theater-goers heard his chops in the orchestra pit of the Grammy-winning musical, “Hairspray”. Not bad for someone who actually lets his music do the talking.”

Web: PatrickDeCoste.com . Social: Twitter . Listen: Nimbit
Performances: in HAIRSPRAY . w/ Tommy Lee . at Shea Stadium

The Clayton Team @ Bret Michaels Concert!

As many of you already know, Bret Michaels is one of our featured endorsed artists. Bret Michaels started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3. He now tours the country with The Bret Michaels Band, and we were lucky enough to have him appear in our home of the Rogue Valley in Oregon! Needless to say, the Clayton team made it a priority to go to his concert and meet him in person. All of us had a fabulous time watching Bret, and his band members Dirty Ray and Pete Evick who we also supply guitar picks for. They put on a rockin’ show and we had the opportunity to meet him and take a photo after the concert was over. A big thanks to Bret, Ray, and Pete and other members of the band and tour group. We love working with you!!

Bret has charismatic stage presence that delights the audience

Backup vocalist and guitarist Pete Evick sings his heart out

Members of the Clayton team, along with friends and family, pose for a group shot with The Bret Michaels Band

W.E.R.M.

We are happy to share that we just endorsed the band W.E.R.M.! Hailing from Daytona Beach, FL, W.E.R.M. offers a unique, aggressive-melodic style of music. Fans of alternative and modern rock, grunge, party rock, and dubstep enjoy their unique sound, deep grooves, and songs that combine ear-catching hooks, melodic and intense vocals, and personally reflective, yet universally relatable lyrics. Formed in 2011, W.E.R.M. is a four-piece alternative dubstep-rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Clayton Sturgeon, guitarist Chris Clark, DJ/electronic Isaiah Swor and drummer Nate Mullins. Each member has their own unique style, collectively making an exciting, unique sound. W.E.R.M. recently signed with Rock Shop Music Group. CEO Jeff Blue has been instrumental in developing and producing the sound of W.E.R.M. W.E.R.M. is gaining a strong online presence as well as a loyal local following. W.E.R.M. has also been featured on numerous radio shows and websites.
http://www.wermmusic.com
http://twitter.com/wermband
http://www.facebook.com/wermmusic/

DHARMATA new CD Released

We just wanted to share with you that one of our endorsees just released their first full length self titled record! To listen to the music and check out the band visit:

 

Facebook.com/dharmatamusic

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/dharmata/id536024751

 

Congrats guys we are very happy for you! 🙂

Category: Endorsed Artists

Steelshot

During a time when Richmond was considered stock full of cookie cutter bands all striving for 15 minutes of  fame, the club of “You Tubers” and screaming kids with tight jeans hanging from theirbacksides; a new sound of southern country hard rock songs began to hit the streets and at the reigns of that sound was Steelshot. Steelshot was formed from a few riffs by guitarist/songwriter Jason Yarbrough who began by tinkering around with the southern sound of his influences such as Lynyrd Skynyrd to the new wave of heavy hard rock from Black Label Society and mixing those sounds into one. It wasn’t long after that his new project found a solid foundation with fellow musicians whose style seems to fit like puzzle pieces cut to match in all the right places. A familiar sound long forgotten by radio & mainstream media could be heard from the song room, yet breaking ground with a new genre; Country Metal was the result. This new sound, unforgettable to any listener within reach, is original and creative leaving you wanting more. After 3 years of lineup changes, break-ups and reconciliations the trials and tribulations have ended in perfection. From their long awaited debut self-titled EP release in the summer of 2011 there is “Alive Again” and “In Too Deep”, giving audiences hard hittingwhite-knuckle fast driving beats. Then there are the more southern or country rooted songs such as “Never Understand” and “Southern Pride” establishing the anthem sound that is Steelshot. The sky is limitless for these artists with intense ambition and drive, they are set continue to working on their seconded release for 2012 becoming their first full length collection of original new music. Steelshot has shared the stage with a various local and regional bands such as Bullistic, White Knuckle Battery, Memory Fade, Proverbial, Thunderbrew, Automag, Silvertung, as well as national acts Faultline, Zoso the Led Zeppelin Experience, Die Cast, Mensrea, and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real just to name a few. Tired of the stock metal riffs and same repeated melodic leads, guitarist Jason Yarbrough felt something was missing; true down to earth rock n’ roll. After his years as a rhythm guitarist in Richmond groups Strikethrew and Transylvania Stud, he decided it was time to begin a new project which had no limits to genre or style. During the summer of 2008 Jason started sessions with long time friend, and classically trained jazz drummer Brian Shaw. After a few songs composed with just drums and guitar, a common friend suggested they give a tryout to local bassist Mike “Frog” Barham, whose low ended bass style comes from heavy metal 80’s groups who influenced him when he started performing at Chicago night clubs while still in high school. The first jam session is all it took and shortly thereafter they began working on ideas that would later become the standard sound for Steelshot, a new kind of southern country metal. “Never Understand”, “Southern Pride” and “In Too Deep” were the results and thus began the adventure. Fast forward a few months later and numerous new songs later, to the search for the voice that would later define the original sound of Steelshot; a singer who showed up with melodies and lyrics in hand. Enter Josh Duncan; a singer/songwriter whose voice can be heard on Nashville recordings and sessions with other country artists. His southern style and low noted country draw gives Steelshot the final touch that was needed to complete this power group of musicians. That December, Steelshot performed their debut show to a sold out New Years Eve event and with only 4 songs after 3 weeks with a final lineup. They performed with the talent of national artists and never stopped for the next year to follow. After numerous shows and a year of traveling between Richmond and New York the toll took its debt and drummer Brian Shaw was replaced for a short time with long time friend and fellow drummer Jon Ward (Faultline) who was able to keep the performances going until the break-up in late 2009. After a year of trying to work with new projects and no success, Jay called Mike and suggested they get together for a fun jam session of old times and good songs. Brian and Josh both returned and the original lineup began a few shows of what was thought to be just an affair for good times. But after attracting attention from labels and producers the 4 of them decided to finally record an EP and see what happens. Not long after the recordings, it was decided to add a second guitarist to perform to likeness of the EP on the live stage. Lee Waldron who was an open jam artist and friend of Josh’s filled in for a few performances but it was never a permanent relationship and he later left to persue his love for blues. As if that wasn’t more than enough hard times for Steelshot and their lineup stability, drummer Brian Shaw departed the band once again for personal reasons. It was not long after that drummer T.J. Sutherland from Pike Possum and guitarist Ryan Nuttle formerly of Boss Keen’s Ditch were hired on as full-time members. Finally, after the breaks and the lineup changes over the years, Steelshot began working on writing and demo recording sessions for their debut full length label release album set for sometime in 2012. *The self-titled EP “Steelshot” can be purchased at every show, online at iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon or by visiting their online store at www.reverbnation.com/steelshot
http://www.steelshotrocks.com/

Blackbird Sing

We just endorsed the band Blackbird Sing and wanted to share a little bit about the band! Blackbird Sing began in 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Vito Salinas, former singer songwriter of the now defunct, but seminal, “Dieboy” of 1990’s pop-punk fame.  After 13 years Dieboy eventually called it quits in 2006 due to personal differences in the bands direction.  The self-imposed hiatus would almost see the exit of a talented musician, whom after years of being a fixture in the local music scene, was facing the reality of making a living setting in.  It was during these times that Vito continued to use songwriting as an artistic outlet and penned his most emotionally connected songs to date. Vito delved deep into a musical heritage that extended across multiple styles of music due to the influences of the musical tastes of his numerous uncles and cousins, who had introduced him to their favorite artists ranging from The Beatles to The Ramones. However, it was these soul-wrenching songs, written at such a transcendent moment that would sow the first seeds of what would grow into something larger. Vito began collaborating his vision with Andy Salazar also of Dieboy (lead guitar/piano/trumpet) and together the two began consolidating this reality-driven storytelling with experimental forays into blending folk music and country rock with grass-roots Americana.  As the band grew to include George Ransom on bass and the infamous Magallanez brothers, Daniel and James, on drums, percussions, guitar, and harmonica (along with a virtual cornucopia of various sound-making equipment), their sound began to coalesce into something entirely nonpareil. Vito and the Magallanez brothers are first cousins, and growing up so closely allowed them to bring a very close-knit, personal style that made the transition from their previous bands into Blackbird Sing seamless. “We definitely shared a very similar soundtrack growing up and come from a very diverse musical family.”  Heavily Influenced by a menagerie of artists like Cat Stevens, The Stray Cats, Dion and the Belmonts, Social Distortion, The Clash, and Chris Isaak, Blackbird Sing ambitiously set out to create a sound that Vito has described as, “Music that people who like country rock but don’t like rock could enjoy and that people who like rock but don’t like country rock could equally relish.”  And so, in 2010, Blackbird Sing the alt-folk Americana country rock band was born. In less than a year, Blackbird Sing’s seamless blend of modern musical genres combined with heartfelt lyrics that resonate with large swathes of the audience on an individual level catapulted them to the attention of music lovers and critics throughout Texas.  From their first stage performance in June of 2010 at a venue call Club Tonic, Blackbird Sing’s acclaim began skyrocketing, and people began to take notice. In 2010, Robert Vito won the prestigious Rammy award for top vocalist in the San Antonio Texas local music scene and the band as a whole was selected as runner up for best Country/Americana band in the same year. Taking no time to rest while on their meteoric rise to prominence, the band quickly cut a fantastic self-titled EP (to much critical exaltation) the same year.   This showcased the bands chemistry with each member playing an intricate role in the development of the “Texicana” sound.  With a style that echoed shades of current popular folk/country rock bands like Wilco and The Avett Brothers, it wasn’t very long before Blackbird Sing began to spread its influence throughout the region. The self-styled “Heirs of Bexar” (the county in which the city of San Antonio resides) used singles such as the lament-driven “Manxiety” and the esoteric “Hales” to elevate themselves above the masses of garage bands and artistic dilettantes in an industry starved for originality. Their efforts culminated in their being the only band from San Antonio selected to compete in the esteemed Shiner Rising Stars tournament, which brings together the best Texas has to offer in musical acts to vie for the ultimate title of Shiner’s 2011 Rising Star.  Travelling far outside of their sphere of influence and their hometown fans, Blackbird Sing won the contest and is now currently signed to Shiner Records which will be releasing their debut album in early 2012. Seldom has a band so seamlessly blended the swaggering bravado of punk, the emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own.  And yet, even though they’ve accomplished more in one year than most bands do in a lifetime, the boys remain humble and focused.  Already at work on their next musical masterpiece, they haven’t changed their focus.  If asked, Vito will tell it like he has countless times before “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”

For more about their band and to check out their music:

http://www.blackbirdsing.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackbird-Sing/124142137620576

http://youtu.be/wvKp48sV-xA

 

Tallboy

 

 

 

 

 

We just wanted to share Tallboy’s Announcement of their new single with you!

After having successfully released two previous albums, We Aren’t The Championsin 2009 and This Logic Will Destroy Us in 2011 Tallboy  www.facebook.com/Tallboymusic gears up to release their third installment “Expectations and Resentment”, and have decided to give the fans / public a single “Subtle” before the hard release on July 24th, 2012.  It’s become evident that the direction of writing with lyrics and composition has evolved based on the fans response to the prior releases. Staying true to their high energy music definitely runs con-current with Tallboy’s exhausting off the hook live show that can be described as a hyperactive Tasmanian Devil out to cause mayhem and chaos in the constant use of antics that involve the fans directly. Expectations and Resentment will deliver 11 powerfully insane tracks with the lineup and order TBA in the CD Press Release … July.  “Through our constant struggle to explain our surroundings and the people in it we bring you our new chapter, “Expectations and Resentments. Our new single “Subtle” defines the child in us all, escaping the judgement of the rest. With this onslaught of riffs, it’s like a high five to the face…. with a brick.”  quotes Jimmy Roberts, Tallboy’s frontman and lead singer.

 Tallboy gave their fans a jolt and teased them with few new tasty treats in untested waters at the show finale of Tortured Souls Tour, April 28th at the Hawthorn Theatre in Portland Oregon. Having never performed at this venue, it was a true test for Tallboy and they certainly did not disappoint as the crowd loved every second of the outrageous stage show. You can hear the new song Subtle here at www.reverbnation.com/tallboy. Tallboy recently signed to Rage On Stage Management where in the next month plans for a short run tour supporting the CD release will be announced. Frank James, President of ROSM www.rageonstagemgmt.com says “It’s one of the most exciting bands I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The undeniable talent and musicianship that Tallboy brings to our roster simply expands our horizons to higher levels.”

Tallboy:

Vocals: Jimmy Roberts
Lead Guitars:  Brandon Cregan
Lead Guitars:  Kevin Kaufman
Bassist:  Angel Alvarez
Drums:  Justin Bullen

ODDSLANE

ODDSLANE is a uniquely blended mix of driving rock & roll riffs and solid grooves with an overall pop sensibility.They create music that fuses diverse influences from a wide range of styles, but maintains the integrity of what has become their own original sound. The band primarily focuses on the material of singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit, who in 2003 co-founded the group with longtime musical partner Brian Zielie. Doug and Brian’s partnership goes back many years with their first band together while still in high school. Since, they have maintained a close working relationship that has lasted through college and a host of musical projects. Together they can boast such accomplishments as sharing the stage with diverse artist such as Lifehouse, Pete Yorn, and Walter Trout as well as having toured Korea, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. As the core members of ODDSLANE, the pair has formed a creative relationship that blends their broad range of musical influences, ranging from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Tower of Power and Miles Davis, with their years of experience recording and touring. To the outside observer, it may seem that Brian plays a small role in the creative process, but his influence on Doug over the years has been the spearhead to the evolution of his songwriting. ODDSLANE (originally under the name THE BREAKERS) was formed in 2003 out of the ashes of several other defunct St. Louis groups (Zito, Flynova, Nadine, and The LP Outsiders to name a few) to work on selected material from Doug’s recent demo projects. Shortly, they began recording these songs and playing live to a steadily growing fan base. This first line up of the group quickly produced two EP’s. The first of which, THE BOTTLENECK SESSIONS, twice earned them attention from the Memphis Regional Grammy Chapter along with some high profile national and international songwriting contests. It also caught the ear of those at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Studio, most widely known as the studio that gave birth to Elvis, has been recording legends for years. Along with Elvis, the likes of BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more recently U2, Vertical Horizon, Maroon 5, Liz Phair, 3 Doors Down, The Calling, and Better Than Ezra have all recorded at there. ODDSLANE joined these ranks by invitation on the studio’s part as an effort of there’s to promote emerging artist. Both of these recordings were later combined into what became the release simply entitled “SESSIONS”. The follow-up recording, SONGS FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES, is the group’s first full-length album. Although an unconventional approach, this recording was a collection of the most honest and well crafted songs to ever come from songwriter Doug Byrkit. The album contains 13 tracks loosely based around the theme of corporate greed; a subject Doug had became all too familiar with while working in Corporate America before recently leaving to complete a graduate music degree and to devote more time to music and ODDSLANE. The lyrical content gives a sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes blatantly unapologetic slant on those negotiating the corporate jungle. Even though there are some heavy themes that run throughout, most of the songs are ambiguous enough to be interpreted multiple ways by the listener, thus making the album very easy for a broad range of fans to connect with. Aside from the obvious lyrical message of the record, Songs For Young Executives delivers the pinnacle of Doug’s musical evolution. The album is a mix of musical influences and real world playing experience, which along with the solid groove foundation provided by drummer Brian Zielie, merge into what can only be described as a true representation of ODDSLANE’s own unique rock & roll sound. The album’s single “Miles Away” has been featured on the hit television series THE DEADLIEST CATCH on THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, and continues to garner attention across the web and other media. The album and single have also gained industry attention, earning a publishing deal from Grammy nominated producer George McClure’s Nashville publishing house as well as several independent film score and web placements. Currently the group performs in and around the St. Louis area in several different forms, from full rock band to acoustic solo gigs. Check the CALENDAR PAGE for a full list of current bookings. They are also busy putting the finishing touches on a brand new full length album due later this year.

 

Also, they have a page on Kickstarter, be sure to check it out! You can preorder their album for $1 through the site!

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1655071060/new-13-song-album-from-oddslane

http://oddslanemusic.com

http://facebook.com/oddslane

http://myspace.com/oddslanemusic

http://twitter.com/oddslanemusic


The Plastic Revolution

We just wanted to share a video from one of our Endorsed bands The Plastic Revolution, check out our picks in the beginning!

Also, you can check out the rest of their videos and music at their website http://www.theplasticrevolution.com

Jonathan Barlow & Roger Harmon

Award winning Guitarists Roger Harmon and Jonathan Barlow are versatile musicians with careers that involve performing various kinds of music, composing and arranging music for publication, and promoting their work as recording artists. They also periodically receive grant funding and cash-prize awards. They both earned Master of Music degrees in classical guitar from the University of Denver (DU) where they met and began performing together. Since graduation, their alma mater has taken notice of their accomplishments and not only written an article about them for the alumni magazine but also invited them to be guest lecturers in a career workshop entitled “Entrepreneurship in Music.” Although classically trained, they pride themselves on their abilities in many genres including jazz and popular styles. As signed recording artists with Azica Records they share a roster with guitar luminaries Jason Vieaux, David Leisner, and Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe. Roger and Jonathan’s music is distributed internationally by Naxos of America, has received traditional radio play, and can be heard on Pandora, Last.FM, Rdio, and Spotify. They recorded their first album under the name Massif Trio, a group formed by Jonathan to perform his arrangements of 19th century German art songs for 2 guitars and voice. Their album Massif Trio Plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss garnered reviews from American Record Guide and All Music Guide; it was praised as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality.” The arrangements found on the album are published with Clear Note Publications. Jonathan is also published with Lathkill Music Publishers and Soundboard 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. Roger and Jonathan are proud to be endorsed artists with Steve Clayton Guitar Picks, Godin Guitars, Curt Mangan Strings, and Sfarzo String Company. They are represented by Denver booking agency Masterful Musicians and have won many awards including: The Orville Moore Memorial Award – from the Allied Arts, Inc.- given for “achievement in German art song,” and the ASCAPlus Award – from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – a national award given for “creative contributions to American music.”

Pandora Radio Link:
http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

www.jonathandavidbarlow.com

www.rogerlouis.com

Vigilante

Ivan Muñoz aka Vigilante is one of the most important industrial music artists in South America. By mixing electronic and metal, Muñoz has conquered audiences from Chile and all over the world.  Currently he has released three albums “The Heroes Code” (2005), “War of Ideas” (2007), and “The New Resistance” (2011), one EP “Juicio Final” (2006) and one DVD + CD “Life is a Battlefield” in countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Argentina and Japan; his records are distributed both physically and digitally throughout the world. With 5 European tours, Vigilante has brought their music to many countries: Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Spain, etc. In addition, in 2006 and 2010 he was the only Chilean musician to participate in one of the world’s biggest festivals in Germany, the Wave Gotik Treffen; and in 2008, Vigilante became the support band of Nine Inch Nails in Chile. Throughout his career, he has worked and shared stage with the most important bands in the scene, such as: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Strapping Young Lad, Suicide Commando, S.I.T.D., Die Krupps, VNV Nation, Funker Vogt, Leaether Strip, Agonoize, Soman, Hocico, Birmingham 6, Hanin Elias, Tyske Ludder, Clan of Xymox, Siva Six, The Dreamside, Dope Stars Inc., XP8, XPQ-21, etc. Today Vigilante is promoting his latest release, “The New Resistance” featuring guest artists from bands like Ministry, Public Enemy, Clawfinger, Leaether Strip, Strapping Young Lad, Hanin Elias, Funker Vogt, Birmingham 6 and more. He is also preparing a new tour across the USA and Europe.

Vigilante Links:
www.vigilante.cl
www.myspace.com/vigilanteband
www.facebook.com/vigilanteband
www.youtube.com/vigilanteband

Jim Ledford

We are pleased to announce that we have just endorsed Jim Ledford! Haling from a small town in the Hudson Valley, NY. area Jim Ledford has been a professional guitar player and performing musician for over two decades. During his early stage of his career(1980s) was labeled as a very season guitarist. Radio spots were an enjoyable gig for him in the late 80’s and 90’s. During the  1990’s Jim had the pleasure of working with, and recording projects for the audio visual  department at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. He also played warm up for many classic rock acts throughout his career. To name a few would be Foghat, and Three Dog Night. Jim played many venues in the Tri-State area during his longtime career. He has also recorded privately for many professional artists. Jim always contributes time to a limited number of students for private guitar lessons producing fine guitar players on the east coast and NY area. Fall 0f “09” will also bring something new to the NY music scene. Jim will be slotted in as an instructor at the Garrison Art Center  located on the banks the grand Hudson River. Jim has developed his own customized method of teaching guitar with a 100% success rate! He taught guitar at the NY Academy Of Music during the summer rock camp sessions in “07”. Currently Jim is doing audio/video demo work for major industry guitar,effects,amp,speaker, and pickup companies. Jim has full endorsement agreements with Dean Markley Strings Inc. Peavey, Electro Harmonix Jim Dunlop/MXR Effects,Cort Guitars,Arbor Guitars,Spencer Guitars,Coffin Cases LLC, Steve Clayton Custom Guitar Picks, and has a personal artist agreement with DiMarzio Pickups. Jim holds a full membership as a song writer with ASCAP.His new EP/CD will be availible late “2012” The CD will display some great instrumental fusion/progressive guitar work. We also wanted to share with you that Jim has been selected to play at the Chiller Theatre Center in NJ, for more on the convention you can visit http://www.chillertheatre.com/. Also be sure to check out Jim’s website http://www.jimledford.net/.

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Check out KG and Kones speaking with Steve Clayton in their new video below:

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Jim Cairo of Infinity

We just endorsed Jim of the band Infinity! You have probably seen their guitar pick around our website :-). Here is a little bit about the band from their bio:

Formed in 1985, Infinity grew from being not only a Journey Tribute band, but one of the top drawing cover – bands in the Midwest.Two-plus decades rocking the hundreds of local music festivals lighting up the Chicago suburbs each summer have put Infinity in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Consequently, the band has built an incredible following, making them the Top most successful cover bands in the nation’s third-largest metropolis. Infinity continues to break attendance records at Clubs and Festivals across Chicago and the Midwest. But more importantly, Infinity maintains the intangible ability to include the audience and make them feel as if they are part of the show. A quote from the Lead singer Bob ” this is not our show, it’s yours” Infinity enjoys thousands of fans young and young at heart, who sing along and become the chorus to their music. This is the difference between performers and genuine entertainers. Perhaps this is the reason for the perpetual following and return to area Festivals and Clubs across the Midwest year after year after year.

You can check out their music, videos, show dates & more at their website:

http://www.infinity2k.com

 

Trapped in Static

Trapped In Static is an alternative rock/indie band based in New York City formed by singer/musician/songwriter Athan Hilaki (previously with GAD.). The band first started using the name Trapped In Static in October 2010 with Athan on vocals & guitar but a different line-up. After a small break, the band is back with a new line-up, Athan Hilaki on vocals, guitar & keyboards, David Torres on drums and Peter Douskalis on guitar & keyboards, joined on stage by George Kostopoulos (bass). In a very short period of time – less then 4 months (Dec 2011 – Mar 2012), Trapped In Static managed to have a big impact in the NYC crowd, and the show goes on!

– In December 2011, Trapped In Static finished 5th in the competition Hometown Hero by Z100, receiving more than 1500 votes.
– In January 30th 2012, the band appeared LIVE on TV, for “Minding Your Business” on the Manhattan Network Neighborhood, with great reviews and a second appearance coming soon!
– In February 10th TIS. performed LIVE on Nexus Productions Radio (broadcasted live on TV with EllasTV) & February 12th performed LIVE an unplugged version of their songs on Hellas FM.

Some recent live shows include some of the hottest live venues in NYC such as:
– The BitterEnd, Knitting Factory, Pianos, Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, National Underground, Tammany Hall and more…

http://www.trappedinstatic.com
http://www.twitter.com/instaticlive
http://www.myspace.com/trappedinstatic
http://www.youtube.com/TrappedInStaticTV

Dharmata

DHARMATA is vocalist Jay Slim, guitarists Chris Turbo and Matt Nasty, bassist Kevin Sanchez, and drummer JC Lackey. DHARMATA formed in the summer of 2007, in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a chance meeting between vocalist Slim and bassist Sanchez.

Since its inception, DHARMATA has quickly created a large, loyal, and growing fan base in the Florida music scene, garnering buzz for their ability to combine polished song craftsmanship with captivating high-energy live performances.

A dynamic sound captures the collective best of each member’s influences, a wide-ranging spectrum that includes everything from Pantera to Jeff Buckley. In their brief existence, DHARMATA has already shared stages with artists such as 10 Years, Skindred, Sick Puppies, and Nonpoint, and has been invited to participate in large music festivals such as SunFest, MoonFest, Crue Fest, and Buzz Bake Sale.

In 2007, DHARMATA’s very first song and recording, “The Fall,” had an immediate impact at radio, with airplay on West Palm Beach’s influential rock station, WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz. “The Fall,” an apologetic homage to vocalist Jay Slim’s previous band, nationally-recognized rock outfit Presence, showcases the emotionally palpable lyrics and soaring, powerful melodic hooks that have been seducing South Florida audiences.

In 2009, popular British ragga-metal rockers Skindred stumbled across a live DHARMATA performance and asked DHARMATA to join them on a tour of the Midwestern United States. DHARMATA’s first tour outside of Florida proved fruitful, as they fetched massive merchandise sales and a brand new ravenous fan base in select Midwest cities. At the request of Madison, Wisconsin’s WJJO, DHARMATA performed live on-air to immediate rave reviews. In December 2009, Benji Webbe, lead vocalist of Skindred, spoke highly of DHARMATA in a live South Florida radio broadcast, calling the band “soon-to-be international rock stars.”

DHARMATA completed sessions at Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station Studios with producers Rob Roy and Joe Butera in late 2009. The single, “The Awakening,” garnered airplay on WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz as well as WHDR 93.1 (93 Rock) in Miami.

DHARMATA is currently finishing up their debut full length album with producer Matt LaPlant and Benji Webbe (Skindred) at Beiler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. In November 2011, the first single off the new album, “Do It Again,” was picked up as an official add at WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz with 14+ weekly spins during mid-day and evenings. In December 2011, due to a swell of positive feedback from listeners, WPBZ asked DHARMATA to headline a stage at the Buzz Bake Sale and was one of the most talked-about artists at the event, after playing to an audience of thousands.

DHARMATA will release their debut album in early 2012, followed by relentless touring in support.

http://www.dharmataband.com
http://www.facebook.com/dharmatamusic
http://www.myspace/dharmatamusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/dharmata
http://www.sonicbids.com/dharmata

Me Vs. Murphy

Me Vs Murphy is a band formed by four Venezuelans currently living in the city of Miami. The band just finished recording their first album titled “#JUSTSAYING” which consists of 10 songs and it was recorded in the studios of SAE in Miami, Florida. The release is on March 2012.
www.facebook.com/mevsmurphy
www.youtube.com/mevsmurphy

The Armiger

The Armiger is a 5 piece Metal band out of Chino Hills, California consisting of Wes Bracamontes on Lead Vocals, Shay Sawyer on Drums, David Willie on Lead Guitar, and Ryan Linden on Rhythm Guitar. Since their beginning in August of 2010, they have been turning heads within the Metal community and are gaining a following throughout the inland empire. While picking up sponsors at an early stage of their progress, they are looking to extend their reach into many different aspects of like-minded industries. Their blend of Metal, and hard rock has set them aside from the stereotypical metal styles and can be appealing to all walks of life. With the release of their 5-song E.P. “Second Sight” they are looking to promote their songs across Southern California with bands of similar styles.

http://thearmiger.com/