Endorsed Artists

Justin Velte of Poisonwood

Poisonwood is a Melodic Death Metal band from Arkansas. Formed in October 2009, the band has already played extensively in their home state and throughout the south, gathering a loyal and devoted following en route. In 2010, Poisonwood released a 7 song EP, titled “Dark Days,” which showcases their full on, brutal and melodic sound. Made up of Justin Velte (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Dan Niven (Drums), Tyler Scalise (Vocals), Matthew Velte (Guitar), Andy Honer (Bass), Kyle Reed (Keyboards), the band cites influences such as In Flames, Mors Principium Est, All That Remains, Amon Amarth and Pain of Salvation. In July of 2011 the band released their highly anticipated sophomore album “Pseudo Utopia,” and embarked on a summer tour throughout the southern and mid-western U.S. “Justin and Matthew Velte just have that natural harmony between them… the Velte brothers are only a label and a few endorsements away from being the new  Alexi Laiho.” -Bubbs Harris (Hails and Horns Magazine ” I must insist that you seek out Pseudo Utopia… This album captures everything  that I love about heavy metal perfectly.”  -Lexington Music Press 2011 sees Poisonwood poised to further expand their audience, as the band signed with esteemed Artist Development and Managment company The Inner Light Agency. As Bruce Swink of iLA says: “Things have been moving fast for Poisonwood and by teaming with iLA we’re going to kick everything into high gear and spread the word far and wide.”

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Billy Sidwell

Born and raised in a small town in southern illinois , Billy Sidwell has spent his entire life exposed to music. After seeing country singer Randy Travis perform at just 5 years old Billy knew that he wanted to be up on that stage. During his teenage years Billy played electric/bass guitar in several different rock bands and to this day he is still heavily influenced by all genres of music ranging from Bluegrass to Metal . After the breakup of his rock band in 2001 he took a long break from writing/playing music then in 2004 billy met & married the love of his life and together they share 4 beautiful children . In 2009 Billy made his return to the music world when he wrote a song called ‘ Battlescars ‘ the song was a true story written about his own childhood growing up from a broken home he then shared his lyrics on facebook with a few friends and soon realized that so many people out there could relate to his words . through word of mouth and self promotion he has obtained nearly 4,000 loyal fans that call themselves ” The B.S Army ” and he has did all of this with no radio airplay or backing from a record label. Billy Recently went into the studio and recorded a 3 song acoustic demo cd called ‘ Battlescars ‘ which is a written reflection of his childhood .What makes Billy Sidwell stand out the most are his lyrics. As you hear them you feel the experience and emotions behind them. These words invoke images that are so clear, so vivid, you feel as though you are right there experiencing them with him.

Scottie Somerville of Tetanus

“Tetanus is a jam, that’s the best way to sum it all up. And I’ll dare to say this-Tetanus is the first band I have heard that really, truly makes the grunge sound of yesteryear come back to life. And if grunge isn’t your bag, that’s no problem, because Tetanus runs a triathlon. They do grunge, they do throwback rock ‘n roll, and they do present day modern rock. It’s hard to fathom that this is Tetanus’ rookie record, because few bands with several albums under their belt would be able to rekindle multiple eras of rock as flawlessly as Tetanus have.”— Tunelab Music (album review)
Tetanus is a full-service rock band from Memphis, TN. The 4-piece outfit puts an emphasis on songwriting and leaves nothing to be desired at their super-solid live show. Early 2006, this group of Memphis-bred musicians began writing and self-recording at 747 Studios- a rockhouse co-owned by producer Skidd Mills- where Scott Hardin (guitar, vocals) was employed. After many long nights of hard work by the band, Skidd heard the music and took an interest in the songs. The band subsequently signed on to Skiddco Music in January 2008 and quickly began adding to, tweaking and recording new songs for their debut self-titled release. 2009 brought opening slots for Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, 12 Stones, and more. In November 2009 the band signed with Bieler Bros. Records and has set a March 16, 2010 release date for their debut label release, “Such a Loser.” Tetanus is comprised of Scott Hardin (Guitar and Vocals), Grayson Grant (Bass and Vocals), John “Effingham” Adams (Drums), and Scottie Somerville (Guitar).
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www.myspace.com/tetanusrock

The Rhythm Dawgs

Ken and Dana of The Rhythm Dawgs have been endorsed with us since 2010. The Rhythm Dawgs are a band made up of four guys from completely different corners of the musical universe.  Take a blues influenced bass player, team him up with a country-rock drummer.  Add a formally trained lead guitarist, and throw in another guitar player who grew up on a steady diet of AC/DC and Grand Funk.  Who could have known that what would come out would be a crowd-pleasing entertainment package that mixes electric blues, classic rock, a little country, and some primetime TV for good measure. The Rhythm Dawgs have been honing their craft on Texas stages since 1999.  With 3 CDs and hundreds of live performaces under their belts, the band knows how to put on a show…not just stand around and churn out songs.  The audience in drawn into the performance. With a sound that is equal parts Texas Blues and British Rock, the Dawgs take the best of the past and make it their own.  Whether it’s a rock-n-roll classis from the 70’s, a gritty blues tune, or one of their originals…you know it’s The Rhythm Dawgs. If you’re looking for a slick, upscale, polished production…then this isn’t the band for you.  But if you’re in the market for a band made up of four ordinary guys who just happen to be some extraordinary musicians, then call the Dawgs.

http://www.RhythmDawgs.com
http://www.twitter.com/rhythmdawgs
http://www.facebook.com/therhythmdawgs
http://www.myspace.com/therhythmdawgs

The Campaign 1984

The Campaign 1984 is best described as a “dirty south” rock ‘n roll band from Asheville, NC. The band is comprised of founding members Matt Anderson on lead vocals/guitar and Justin Biltonen on lead guitar/backing vocals, as well as bassist Jordan Luff and drummer Springs Wade. The band was formed in Fall 2004 and immediately began writing and recording music. In 2005, they self-released “Jazz For Burning” and followed up with a tour up the East Coast. After a handful of other self-booked tours, the Campaign 1984 put out “Blood For Nashville” via Long Island’s Five Point Records. Here, the music began to shift away from earlier hardcore leanings and more towards a heavy rock influence. With less screaming and more singing and musical dynamics, they were beginning to establish themselves in a realm of raunchy, riff-based rock and roll. This vision became fully realized on the 2008 digital self-release “Southern Gentlemen”. After two years of constant touring, they recorded this third album and released it for free via their website. The album was written and recorded in 2007 in between several national tours; they also put out a music video with director Ramon Boutviseth (Trivium, Sanctity, Papa Roach) behind the camera. In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the Campaign 1984 began work on what would become their fourth full-length album, “Sessions”. These three years saw the band head to Nashville, TN to work with producers Chris Henderson (guitarist for 3 Doors Down) and Roger Alan Nichols (Paramore’s “All We Know is Falling”) during three separate studio sessions. The four songs recorded with Nichols was titled the “Black Magic Revival” EP and was pressed as such before being combined with the other two recording sessions with Henderson. The 11-track CD was released on July 3rd, 2010. This album showcases the next stage of evolution in their sound: an aggressive yet accessible blend of hard, southern-fried riffage, catchy choruses, and lyrics poison-tipped with sex, cynicism, and social satire.

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http://www.myspace.com/thecampaign1984
http://www.youtube.com/thecampaign1984

Nick Ruroede of Lost In Society

Lost in Society is an Alternative/Pop Punk band based in the Asbury Park area of New Jersey. The band was founded in 2004 and is currently comprised of Zach Moyle on guitar and lead vocals, Nick Ruroede on bass and back up vocals and Hector Bonora on drums. Lost in Society had an original history of covering songs but for the last four years have been writing their own songs thanks to the exceptional talent of Zach Moyle, the lead guitarist. This very entrepreneurial band began booking their own shows with one of their first appearances at the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey. In 2005 as the bands music and rousing stage presence became evident, they began their association with Jersey Shows, a production company that books bands around Monmouth county in New Jersey. They had several exhilarating shows in venues such as The Stone Pony , The Saint and Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, Chubbys in Red Bank, NJ and summer concerts at Bar “A” in Belmar, NJ and Seaside Music Festival as well as Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. They were then introduced to Jon Leidersdorff of Lakehouse Music, NJ in 2006 who produced and recorded their first EP titled “GONE”. While continuing thrilling audiences young and old, they entered Jersey Shows 8th annual Battle of the Bands. Out of 160 bands they placed 4th at the finals at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ. Since that time they have continued to play to various venues and were nominated for an Asbury Music Award in the category of Best Young Band in 2007, and Best Young Band and Best Punk/Reggae Band for 2008 and again in 2009 which in 2008 had opened the award show at The Stone Pony. During the last two years, Lost in Society has found themselves playing yearly tours encompassing New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Ohio. You can also hear them on local college radio stations such as Monmouth University,88.9, Brookdale College, 90.5, and Seton Hall ,89.5 and many others. Most recently, with the release of their 2nd CD “Eastern Empire”, they are now affiliated with AAM (Advanced Alternative Media) contact person David Casagrande. Lost in Society can also be heard on Reverbnation (ranked #3 best local artist in Asbury Park out of 144 bands), Rhapsody, Jukebox Alive, iTunes, CD Baby, Indierythym and Interpunk. Management for Lost in Society is Kimberley Bierley, Colie Brice for Aeria Records and legal management by Anthony Caruso. Lost in Society generally plays an electric set of original music and select covers providing guitars, amps and drum kit. Acoustic venues are also taken into consideration. Through the ever growing talents of these three young musicians, Lost in Society will be a band that will resound through the years and continue to attract a solid, well rounded fan base.

www.lostinsociety.com

Geno Carlson of Wild Colonial Bhoys

Geno was no more than 3 years old when he saw someone on TV playing a guitar. That was it! Geno knew then and there what he was going to do. By the time he was ready for his first guitar (at age 7), he had saved up enough money to buy it himself. The 3/4 scale Anjo acoustic guitar that cost $100 all those years ago has led this Canuck to a passion for fun, energetic Celtic Rock that Rocks! Geno plays guitar in the band Wild Colonial Bhoys. Started in 2003 as a pub duo by Geno Carlson and Adam Coolong, this band has become a five-piece celtic rock powerhouse featured promenantly at Irish festivals throughout the Midwest.  They’ve performed with such bands as the Young Dubliners, Gaelic Storm, and Flogging Molly.

www.wildcolonialbhoys.com
www.twitter.com/wcbhoys
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Colonial-Bhoys/49368898953
www.myspace.com/wildcolonialbhoys

Cask Thomson

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Cask Thomson is a maverick in the inspirational rock world. He
defines any easy pigeonhole. By turns, he picks an electric guitar to accompany his ballad,
sings a witty song about modern life, plays an eccentric bluesy guitar solo, belts an angry tune
and then reaches deep for a soulful expression of values in a troubled world. He tops it all with
an array of meaningful words and melodies— all skilfully blended into a seamless flow. One fan
said Its music that makes you think makes you wonder and then strikes your heart and eyes.

A mainstay on the inspiration rock circuit these past few years, Cask has toured as a session
guitarist with many Sydney artists. His debut album reached number 8 in the iTunes charts in
Mexico in 2009. Thomson is currently working on his follow up album and has told that it will
be very different and will contain many soft and heavy elements.

www.caskthomson.com
twitter.com/cask_thomson
facebook.com/caskthomson
myspace.com/caskthomson

Bob Artavia of Akasha

Bob has been playing piano since he was 7 years old, and guitar since he was 14. Today at age 26, he’s Akasha’s lead guitar player. Akasha has been around for a little over 5 years. They are the top rock act in Central America. With over 40,000 registered fans, thousands of records sold, and many awards and recognitions- next step is South America. Their videos are always featured on MTV, TELEHIT, and other smaller regional TV Channels. Their singles always reach #1 spot in the top radio stations of the region for about 8-9 weeks each. And concerts are usually sold out.  Currently, Akasha has released their new single and new album. Their new album was recorded in Ocean Way Studios Hollywood, produced by 11 time grammy award winner Benny Faccone. Bob has been endorsed with Clayton since 2011 and using our products for over three years!

www.akasharock.com

www.Facebook.com/AkashaCR

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JW-Jones

“One of this country’s top blues guitar stars” writes the Globe and Mail about JW-Jones. JW-Jones has one of the most energetic and exciting live shows on the scene. It is no surprise that this young man has played throughout the world (CANADA, USA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL) and some of the biggest names in blues today, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, The Mannish Boys and the legendary Hubert Sumlin have invited him to join them on stage.  During a special appearance with the band, Hollywood celebrity and fan, Dan Aykroyd said, “this is an amazing blues band, and I’ve played with the best!” Mr. Aykroyd wrote the liner notes for the 2008 release ‘Bluelisted’. The new record “Midnight Memphis Sun” features special guest stars Hubert Sumlin and Charlie Musselwhite, while past CDs have had world-class musicians David ‘Fathead’ Newman (Ray Charles sax player), Little Charlie Baty, Junior Watson, Colin James, and multi-Grammy nominee Kim Wilson who appears on two discs and produced ‘My Kind of Evil’ in 2004. Their music has garnered radio-play worldwide, including heavy rotation on commercial radio stations, and features on shows such as the internationally syndicated House of Blues Radio Hour.  In 2009, Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and more. The buzz this band has created over the last decade has earned them a national award – the Maple Blues Award for Electric Act of the Year, and rave reviews throughout the globe. Jones has been featured by Blues Revue Magazine and can be found in the books All Music Guide to Blues and Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. When working with Jeff Asselin (drums), and Marc Decho (bass), or adding the heavy grooves of Jesse Whiteley (organ), the musicians with Jones always add a powerful energy to the stage.  Canada’s Top Touring Blues Act, Jones and his band are born entertainers, and with their unique sound, they continue to set the world on fire one country at a time!
Check JW out here: www.jw-jones.com, and https://www.facebook.com/jwjonesfans

Boggy Creek

Take a part of the old west, some riding and roping, add a little bit of Southern hospitality, then mix in some country living and you have the makings for some natural country music entertainers. Wash this all down with a little firewater and you have Craig Wise, and Krista Patella. With a taste for tradition, along with their unique vocal talent, now add the sounds of today’s modern country music and you have Boggy Creek. Craig and Krista are the main performers for Boggy Creek. They are paired up with some of today’s top musicians in country music. With their unique blend of vocal harmonies, it doesn’t take long for the audience to start singing along. Their original music is molded after traditional country, mixed with a touch of rock and blues, bringing a new edge to their style of country music. Their songs have catchy rhythms and jingles in them that stay with you for hours. They have captivated a variety of different audiences throughout the southeast. At their live shows, their songs and performance gain momentum with a few improvised sections added to give the audience a memorable and high energy show. They play their own originals; several classic and current cover songs, all in their own style. Their mixing all the right ingredients together for a recipe of success in today’s country music. Watch for Boggy Creek to be in a town near you, and don’t forget you might find yourself on stage and in the spotlight with them as well.

Endorsed with us since 2010, please visit their website for more! www.boggy-creek.com

NEO GEO

NEO GEO has been making waves since 2008 with their original and unpredictable brand of electro-tinged rock, described by Sugar Buzz Magazine as, “like Paramore, may remind you of No Doubt, with a touch of Evanescence and lots of EDGE and DRIVE.” The band’s name is indicative of their attitude towards their sound. “NEO GEO means new earth,” says lead vocalist Rainy Terrell. “We wanted to create something new and special, something groundbreaking and different.” “All of us coming from different backgrounds, you can hear the influences  in the music of the different genres we come from. We also wanted to incorporate an electronic vibe, so we thought NEO GEO was fitting in all aspects.” In 2009 the five-piece from Orange County gained sponsorship from Roland, and was a featured artist on their showcase stage at Winter NAMM ’09 alongside Shiny Toy Guns.  The band also teamed up with Hardline Entertainment in 2010, enlisting the expertise of Ken Seaton and Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise). NEO GEO worked tirelessly on their debut studio album with Grammy award-winning producer Cameron Webb (Kelly Clarkson, Motorhead, Pennywise, Weezer).  Their self-titled debut album is scheduled for release on Hardline Entertainment in June 2011. “What blows me away the most about Neo Geo is that this is their first album and their ability to write and perform such great songs.  One listen to Rainy and you are blown away by her melodies and passion to sing from the heart,” affirms Cameron. No strangers to high-profile shows, NEO GEO has already rocked the stages of several infamous LA landmarks, including the Roxy with Dead By Sunrise, the House of Blues with Strung Out and their own headline show at the Whiskey A Go Go. Following the incredible success of their 2010 warped tour, Neo Geo has signed on for 15 shows on the 2011 tour starting in Florida. They will be performing among bands like Black Veil Brides, Less Than Jake, and Yelawolf marking their second year in a row playing the festival-  http://vanswarpedtour.com/band/neo-geo. Their song, “Can’t Catch Me,” is to be featured on the Official 2011 Vans Warped Compilation CD. Capitalizing on the international impact of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and online marketing tools like MySpace and Reverb Nation, NEO GEO already has an ever-expanding global fan base as far-flung as Australia.

We are proud endorsers of Neo Geo :-). Check out their website here:

http://neogeomusic.com/

Mark Mestre

Mark Mestre plays an acoustic rock show. ‘Out of Order’ began as an acoustic duo when Mark and Bill -a fellow Army pilot- decided to join forces and create a show with a broad musical base that covered over 50 years of rock music.  When the Army pulled them apart, as sometimes happens, Mark continued on as a solo acoustic show, delivering a dynamic sound experience that is constantly evolving- with new songs added regularly.

While he billed himself as Mark Mestre, the clubs he played at and the people who came to listen continued to refer to him as ‘Out of Order’.  Since the name stuck, Mark continues to play as ‘Out of Order’ despite being a solo artist, for the time being.  Mark’s playing schedule continues to increase with local shows each weekend in DeRidder, LA and shows that expand to Fort Polk, Leesville, Lake Charles, and Westlake, LA throughout the month.  It’s no surprise to find him playing on a weekend night at the club with standing room only at the venues that showcase his act.

Mark is still on active duty in the US Army, as a pilot himself, and plans to retire in the spring of 2011- playing music on a more full time basis.  Check back often for show dates and additions to the schedule!

While Mark’s schedule is normally filled with club appearances, Mark is also available for smaller shows and parties.  With songs spanning the decades from the 60’s to today, Mark is a diverse crowd pleaser with a little something for everyone’s taste!

Endorsed with Clayton since 2011, visit Mark’s website for more! www.OutOfOrderRocks.Me

Joe Hero

Joe Hero was originally formed by three long-time friends and local music veterans who have performed together for years under different scenarios and with different bands. Drawing upon this experience, they formed as a rock trio in 2005 and recorded their initial 4-song demo that summer. After writing numerous songs and playing numerous shows in their area, Joe Hero completed the recording of their debut album which was released in 2007 with the title “A Hero’s Welcome”. Described as “in-your-face hard rock with a turn-it-up attitude and no BS” by Darryl Gregory of Indie-music.com, A Hero’s Welcome is available through CDBaby.com or iTunes. Music from the album has received traditional radio and online radio airplay, and has also been featured in at least twenty different online podcasts across the globe. In August 2010, the band released their follow-up recording, a 4-song EP titled “The Vandermint Sessions”. For booking or other info, contact JoeHero@nc.rr.com.

In summer 2011 Joe Hero created and began booking dates for “A Salute to the Foo Fighters”, a set of FF cover songs inspired by one of their favorite bands.

Endorsed with Clayton since 2011, check them out! www.reverbnation.com/joehero

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Check out this video from our endorsed artists My Amends, there new song Slaves rocks! And check out our pick in the beginning!

Allies Aside

We just recently endorsed the band Allies Aside. Here is a little about the band from their FB page, “Forming in January of 2011, going through some member changes but never giving up on the passion they have for the music they create, being known for their great live performances and strong Stage Presence they bring to every show. Allies Aside is a band about effort with the determination of being remembered. Not by looks, not only by talent, but just sharing our music with those who will listen…. Allies Aside is a band about putting on the best performance they can, by doing what they love, hoping their music will move the crowd into the right direction with their positive influences. They hope to take their journey as far as they can. Music is about passion, and they live for making music their passion.” Check them out of Facebook!

Joseph Pierre-Artist

Joseph Has been in the music field for over 30 years. As a session Guitarist and Bassist , Joseph has played, recorded and taught
some of the biggest names in the business. After being involved with Broadway,Playing with some of the jazz greats and teaching other guitarist and bassist throughout the globe. Joseph decided he no longer wanted to be behind the scenes. He is currently finishing up his first guitar method (“The Guitar Sensei”) Both in hard copy and video series. And Has started his first solo group ” Epiphany”. The method is to be released next winter and the ‘Epiphany tour” Begins  August 5, 2011. Joseph Has been Compared to players like Allan Holdsworth,Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny and Eddie Van Halen. When told this Joseph says Humbley, “Those Players have been my teachers both phsyically and /or  though recordings.”To Say my playing Compares to theirs is an Honor”. “Thank You!!!!”….With that said, keep your eyes peeled, and your Ears open, from 2011 on, for Joseph Pierre -Artist…….

Check him out on Facebook! Recently endorsed with us!

Kenny Welch

Soulful music, strong entertainer, with a following that exceeds all expectations for a country music performer from Cincinnati, Ohio. Kenny Welch is a performer taking his music to the next level. Kenny Welch began singing at a very young age for his family and friends.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1973, he was raised in a small town south east of Cincinnati called Bethel.  Kenny never saw himself as a performer or singer until nearly seven years ago, when he began to set his sights on a music career in Country Music. Kenny Welch has been recognized by the local news media in Cincinnati and surrounding areas  The media continues to follow his progress and monitor his career. Kenny is very devoted to his music, friends, and children and is looking forward to a long and prosperous career in the music industry.

Check Kenny out on Facebook! He has been endorsed with us since 2010.

David Gallegos

From soft and mellow to fiery and passionate, the music of David Gallegos is an all acoustic, instrumental latin new age / nuevo flamenco style. David, having picked up the guitar at the age of 13, has been playing well over 27 years now. Originally playing rock and metal for the greater portion of his career, David eventually began listening to and writing music with a softer, more emotional touch. In 2003, he decided to branch off from the progressive metal writing with his band, Power of Omens, and begin work on his first full-length latin new age CD. At that time, already a 12 year veteran to the music industry, David had 2 internationally released CDs, a contribution to a Queensryche tribute CD, and as a guest artist on one of Sony Recording Tejano Artists, Eddie Gonzales’ CD under his belt. He took his experience and decided to write, record, design, and release his first solo CD completely on his own. After a year of hard work, the CD, ‘Mis Recuerdos’ was finally self-released in the Fall / Winter of 2004. Now with a completed CD, and the desire to begin showcasing his music, David became a member of BMI in 2005, and decided to move from his home in San Antonio to Dallas, where he felt he would have better opportunities playing out and getting recognition for his music. Since the beginning of 2006, his band has aggressively begun to play out. From wine bars and bistros to restaurants and festivals. As regulars at various venues through out the DFW area, his band also became a sought after act for festivals as well, such as the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall’s Hispanic Festival in Dallas’ beautiful art district 3 years in a row and Ft. Worth’s Musicarte Festival in Sundance Square. After four long years since the release of his first CD, David finally released his follow up CD, Mi Rosa Blanca in the early part of 2009. Inspired by love and passion, this CD combines traditional flamenco rhythms with serene new age melodies to create an ambient soundscape with a Latin flare. With this new CD in pocket, there is so much in store for David and his band… so keep a look out for him, and always check his websites for upcoming events and happenings.

Check out more about David and his music by clicking here. David has been endorsed with us since 2010.

Keith Moody

Keith Moody has been endorsed with us since 2010 and we wanted to share with your his biography. Please check out his website to listen to his music and find out when his shows are! http://keithmoody.com/

Keith Moody is a triple threat, who not only can sing and tear it up on the guitar but also writes on a level far above most of his peers. His unique music is a place where rock, blues and  country cross paths on the way to a remarkably contemporary sound. Through his constant touring, Keith is a seasoned performer who is known for his strong work ethic, passion for music and determination to persevere. He has played over 100 dates each of the last 2 years growing his story at each stop along the way. With his over 10 years of experience, the journey continues through the support of his fans, friends and family which has transformed him into a modern music juggernaut working at the grass roots level to forge a name for himself at the forefront of the music industry’s future. Keith’s debut album as a solo artist, The Only Ride You Can Get, received airplay on over 130 terrestrial radio stations as well as significant internet play. Both the first single, “Press Gas and Go”, followed by the second, “Think” have become well known standards that have the crowd singing along. This album gave Keith recognition for his songwriting ability which includes strong hooks and a unique musical creation. His sophomore release in the summer of 2010 is an EP entitled Lines. This EP is a continuation of the same strengths of song as his first album. It also shows the growth of Keith as an artist who has settled into an alternative roots rock style that will be his signature moving forward. “The first record made me proud. It was a good record. It marked a time of transition for me. With this EP you can tell the electric guitar was in mind when it was written. I think I finally found an identity where you can see how my career is steering from here on out. I have a sound that is unique to me.” The EP also features Keith’s first venture into co-writing material on one of his own records. The closing track “Red Line” was co-written by fellow Alabamians, Bryan Jackson and Shawn Miller. Moody possesses a maturity and depth that belies his age, and that depth no doubt seeps into every note of his music. This depth combined with a myriad of personal influences is a powerful combination evident throughout his material. These influences range from the straight-up soul of Ray Charles, to the bluesy grooves of John Mayer and the quirky, clever lyrics of southern treasure Tom Petty, it’s all in there. Keith feels he not only creates the song’s lyrics, but also arranges it completely in his head as well before he ever sets foot into a studio. “Like most people my age I listened to a variety of music and owned albums across all genres, such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Bruce Springsteen, which is why I have a hard time fitting music into a particular bin. If it is good, it’s good so why does it matter?” Keith’s guitar is essentially a part of him. He and his Paul Reed Smith McCarty have been through some hard times, and some good times. Keith is proud of every knick and scrape his axe has taken up ‘til now. “I have a real relationship with that guitar,” explains Keith. “Most PRS’ you see are very nice, and kept pristine in cases, and mine has been played in about every dive bar across the Southeast, it smells, and it has pieces rubbed off of it and knicks out of it. Give me about 20 more years, and hopefully it will be beaten like Willie’s. That thing is like a part of me.” Just how close Moody is with his instrument is revealed immediately the minute he launches into one of his soul-searing solos. The two become one as he morphs easily as he plays among the strings, one minute he’s channeling the heart of a 60-year-old bluesman in a number that will melt the house and your heart, the next he’s calling up the ghosts of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn in a full-tilt, scorching rocker. Born and raised in Alabama, Keith grew up in a two-parent working family. “My grand-dad gave my first real guitar for Christmas when I was 17.” Keith formed his first band, Mostly Harmless, that same year with a buddy from high school. As with many Southern performers his first performances were in church youth group shows. “One of the moments I will always remember was when my first song was on the locals only show of the Montgomery radio station when I was 18.” He continued to hone his musical chops throughout college by observing other artists as he worked in a local music store and played in local venues with his band. He recorded his first demo album in a local studio with his own money at age 20. By 21, word of his talent was already spreading, and he was receiving write-ups in local papers and gaining a significant reputation among local musicians for his guitar skills and performing antics. “One of the things I am most proud of was my organization of showcase for local artists by getting the venue, sponsors and advertising for the event. It gave me an appreciation of the business part of music. As a result I will always have an appreciation for my friends and supporters in the Montgomery and surrounding area.” With some good advice from a local musician, Keith fostered his abilities even further with pursuit of writing and performing his original music. “Basically I had gotten a job at a guitar store in Montgomery and met a guy named Roland “Lucky” Jackson, said Keith. “He was an old school funk, jazz, and blues player and also a songwriter and arranger himself. I learned a lot about music from him as far as theory and how things are put together as well as the business side of it. He told me I was a natural songwriter, and that I didn’t need to give up on the original thing. Then one day, these two younger kids came into the store, and we formed a new band, The TaxiCab Armada.” The Armada performed for the next four years locally and into Florida. After finishing college and working a regular job for awhile, I thought I was going to give up music. “Music is just my love and I can’t let it go so it didn’t take much convincing for me to relocate to Nashville with my family in 2005 and pursue my passion.”  The wisdom and maturity of his debut and sophomore projects should separate him from the pack and with writing chops and musicianship like his, there’s no doubt he’ll one day be propelled into a stratosphere with stars much like the ones he idolized growing up…and will soon become one of them himself. Just don’t try to separate him from that McCarty.

Stefano of Wheels of Fire

Stefano has been endorsed with us since 2010…here is a little about the band taken from their website:

“Until the present day the very lively Rock music scene of Los Angeles during the 80s hasn’t lost any of its cult like fascination.
The Roxy, Whisky A Go-Go, Rainbow Bar And Grill on Sunset Strip and the Troubadour a little further south are the locations in West Hollywood in which the eventual mega sellers entered the stage and where they still hang around today every once in a while.  This neighbourhood also seems to be made for a band like “Wheels Of Fire” and their band leader Davide “Dave Rox” Barbieri, who started his musical career as a keyboard player back in the early 90s in some local bands.  About ten years ago Dave discovered his passion for singing and to improve his skills he turned to Michele Luppi, who besides being a member of various bands, formerly of the Power Metal band Vision Divine and currently of the Melodic Metal act Killing Touch and the AOR project Los Angeles, is also active as a vocal coach. Before Dave made his dream of an “Old School” Melodic Rock album come true with “Wheels Of Fire”, he recorded the album “De Revelationibus Orbium Caelestium” with the Metal band Seventh Archangel in 2007. One year later “…As In A Deep Dream” with the Progressive Metal band Liquid Shadows followed. Beside the work in the studio Dave did a lot of gigs and meanwhile he is also a teacher for Modern Singing himself.

The foundation for “Wheels Of Fire” was layed back in 2006 when Michele Luppi heard some of Dave’s demos and subsequently offered his help to record an album. Eventually Michele produced “Hollywood Rocks” together with Dave and Michele can also be heard playing grand piano and singing background vocals. The studio line-up is completed by guitar player Stefano Zeni, who was in a cover band together with Dave, Roberto Galli on bass, as well as Andrea Zingrillo on drums. Roberto Priori (Killing Touch, Michele Luppi’s Heaven) took over the mix and the Mastering, and did an amazing job in delivering a great sounding record.

The songs of “Wheels Of Fire” are a captivating combination of all the elements that Melodic Rock and AOR fans love about this kind of music and that made these songs staples on mainstream radio twenty years ago. Pushed forward by powerful drums the mid- and uptempo rockers, like “Hollywood Rocks”, “You’re So Cool”, “What I Want”, “Everywhere I Go”, “Live Again”, “The Reason”, “Relax” and “Rock The World” also shine with their melodic guitar riffs and a heathy dose of crystal clear keyboards. As expected the verses of the songs always lead to a super catchy chorus and are crowned with a guitar solo. Rock ballads have always been a big plus of the Melodic Rockers and so the band has paid very careful attention to the softer moments “I Can’t Live Without You” and “Little Prayer”. They serve a decent portion of guitar power and the arrangements also include a grand piano, while the concluding master piece in this category, the bombastic eight minute epic “Love Nest” even adds a string section, making it a full blown wide screen listening experience.

After some changes in the band’s line-up with the incoming of Marcello Suzzani on bass, Fabrizio Uccellini on drums and Andrea Vergori on Keyboards, now the guys are ready to spread their music all over the world.”

Check the band out here http://www.wheels-of-fire.com/

Thom Turner of Wishpool

Thom has been endorsed with Clayton since 2010. Here is a little about the band Wishpool from their website:

“Wishpool is a band based out of Syracuse, New York. The band has been around in one form or another for about 4 years, but it’s current configuration began in late 2007. It is this group which has recharged the Wishpool name with a new creative spirit and a passion for meaning within the music. Syracuse is a blue coller town which has struggled to retain that value and the band’s style reflects this. There is nothing fancy or frilly about the songs or the band’s sound. It is straightforward and to the point with driving rythyms and meaningful, impassioned vocals.”

For more and to listen to their music visit their awesome website  at www.wishpoolband.com

McKenna Faith

McKenna Faith is a 16 year old country music singer/songwriter from Ukiah, California. Singing since she was a little girl, she grew up in the rodeo circuit both singing the national anthem and going all the way to the World Barrel Racing Finals in Texas & Oklahoma. She took first place in the teen and adult divisions at Ukiah Idol, and was the ‘peoples choice’ in the Rising Stars  competition. Having wrapped up a series of sold-out concerts promoting the release of her debut album ‘Sugar & Spice’ that she recorded in Nashville in October 2010, she & her band continue to tour and McKenna’s always writing music and pursuing her dream of hitting it big in the country world…Check out her website at http://www.mckenna-faith.com

Zach Fronce of Judd Hoos

Zach Fronce of Omaha, Nebraska is lead guitarist for popular rock group Judd Hoos.  Zach began playing guitar at 16 and by 17 was playing in his first band.  3 years and a few bands later Zach has brought himself to the national stage at just 20 years of age. Zach is currently touring with the Hoos and has very quickly made a name for himself with high energy stage performances and brilliant guitar work. The high energy rock band Judd Hoos will travel in excess of 40,000 miles in 2009 to 114 shows in 9 states. In the past two years, the band has performed in 12 states, released a debut CD, opened for national acts Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, and Big Head Todd, and even managed to squeeze in a show at the Bellegio in Las Vegas. Home base for Judd Hoos is South Dakota, but the band members are separated by hundreds of miles between shows. Shane Funk (drums) lives in Spearfish, SD; Chris Hornick (bass) lives in Rapid City, SD; Andy Young (guitar) lives in Chadron, NE; Zach Fronce (guitar) lives in Omaha, NE; and Bob Zwart (vocals) along with the tech crew live in the Sioux Falls, SD area. Geographic challenges aside, Judd Hoos manages to practice, record and perform with an ambition that borders on obsession. The band carries a massive, state of the art sound system and lighting rig and employees a four man technical crew charged with making each show a true concert experience. Judd Hoos currently travels with a sponsored truck from GMC of Chadron. Work has started on the band’s second album and has been a testament to the awesome capability of Pro Tools recording technology at use on the road! Two of the newest tracks from the upcoming CD have recently become part of the live show and one of the cuts titled ‘Stand Up’ has Black Hills radio stations interested in adding the single to rotation. “The songs I’ve heard from the upcoming Judd Hoos CD are strong, with as much radio airplay potential as any major label band that has come across my transient in a while.” Says Murdoc Jones, program director for 95.1 KSQY in Rapid City, SD. For the 2010 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Judd Hoos will headline eight straight nights at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis. This venue puts the band in front of thousands of new fans and has been a big part of the success Judd Hoos has enjoyed over the past five years.

Endorsed with Clayton since 2010

Justin Pietrowski

Born and raised in Western New York, Justin Pietrowski spent his entire life being exposed to the classics of the rockin blues. Pietrowski’s theories, inspiration and sound come from the best of musicians from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Robin Trower, Robert Cray, The Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa and many more. It’s safe to say that Justin’s IPod is full of the classics. So it’s been a hell of a ride for Pietrowski. Originally starting his professional career in Northern Japan, he spent a lot of stage time with music greats in Japan. Pietrowski had the privilege of having Japan-great guitarist, Hiroshi Sasaki as a personal mentor and great friend. Sasaki and Pietrowski have been seen on many different stages all over northern Japan. Pietrowski also had a very close friendship with Japan professional, Masato Yonaiyama. Yonaiyama and Pietrowski sat on various stages together as well as shared a great friendship together. Masato Yonaiyama, nearly 60 years old has played the country of Japan professionally for over 40 years. Off Stage he has spent time sitting in on venues in Australia, Japan, and the US. During a short experience in Australia, Pietrowski met up with Triple-J recording artist Gareth Dawkins and had several recordings and guest appearances with him. Gareth has several nationally ranked songs in Australia. It was an honor for Pietrowski to be able to unleash such great music with Dawkins. (www.myspace.com/garethjdawkins). To listen in on what Gareth and Justin were able to create, check out the track: “Today Was Yesterday”. The song, written and composed by Pietrowski had Dawkins sit in on the vocals. The song reached into the top 500 songs in the Play Crossroads guitar contest. In May 2010, Pietrowski entered his music into the Play Crossroads guitar contest which privied him the chance at playing the Crossroads Guitar Festival thrown by Eric Clapton in Chicago. Although not selected as winner, Pietrowski in only one month in the contest climbed all the way up to #165 overall in the contest of over 1000 bands. Guitar for Pietrowski is the outlet. It puts him in a world of his own where there are no bosses or bureaucracy– just him and a guitar. It’s the way for him to talk, scream, cry, bitch and complain all at this piece of wood and then let it do the talking for him. Now based in Hampton Roads, Virginia, Pietrowski has joined forces to create the power blues trio, JP3 which is destined for greatness. Justin refers to his band, Ron and Dave, as his winnings in the Virginia State Lottery. They are his lucky scratch off ticket. The JP3 is now a premier level power trio that is taking the Hampton Roads area by storm. When you walk in and JP3 is on stage, plan on staying the evening because the next song is always just as good and better as the one you walked in on. The soul and sync of JP3 is amazing and it’s bound for a great show every time they take stage. Each musician in the band holds their own and incorporates such a great style that really makes every song a great version to remember.

Endorsed with Clayton since early 2011, and has used our picks for many years! Click here for Justin’s Website!

Shenaniganz

We recently just endorsed the band Shenaniganz! The Germans still wonder how to pronounce that!  Even the band had no answer for that in the summer of 2002. Georg, Dani, Dom and Tobay played a few shows before they wanted to bring their “bad ass rock n roll” to more people out there. The T.V. station, VIVA, announced a national battle of the bands: SchoolJam 2006, which the completed Shenaniganz took part in for fun and to put their skills to the test. The Shenaniganz won SchoolJam 2006 and left 1200 bands in the dust. That rock ‘n’ roll victory brought in a slew of festivals and gigs wanting the Shenaniganz to play on their stages. They played in famous festivals (D-Rock am Ring, A-Frequency, South Korean IJAF), and appeared on the radio and television. The Shenaniganz also released two records through the giant distributor SPV and an Indie label in Munich. However, the Shenaniganz faced some obstacles. The label ran out of money for advertisement and their video (a price of the SchoolJam) was not played on T.V. as promised. SPV, as many people know, announced insolvency. Despite the negative effects, the media continued to publish praises about the Shenaniganz music. They wrote comments like, “More Stooges in the little finger than other bands in the whole ass!” and “Only a few times as a journalist, you’re brought to tears of joy . . .” Audiences everywhere were blown away by the Shenaniganz’ performances and very soon the Shenaniganz gained the reputation of the best live band around. It is a well-recognized fact. Recently, the band with the crazy-don’t-know-how-to-pronounce-name won the John Lennon Talent Award in 2010. Their learning experience in the workshops and coaching will help the guys show the world their true rock ‘n’ roll capabilities and to proof to whole Germany that Shenaniganz are the great hope for a dying music genre. In 2011 they even proof it to the whole world with becoming third at the Global Battle of the Bands Final in Malaysia, the highest place for Germany ever. They defeat 15 world finalists in that last round and therefor at least 5000 bands worldwide. And even if no German is able to pronounce the band’s name, it doesn’t matter because they know – Shenaniganz rocks!

Radio Friendly

Following the success of their last album, Surrender, Radio Friendly has been hard at work in the studio to bring their fans more of what they love. That is straight forward, good time rock and roll, filled with catchy hooks and spirit filled lyrics. The latest 6 song Ep will take you back to the musical era of the 80’s, with sonic influences from The Ramones to today’s edgy Alternative-Pop. Having shared the stage with bands like DecembeRadio, Kutless, Building429, Big Daddy Weave, Stellar Kart, Matthew West, Barlow Girl, Rock n Roll Worship Circus, The 77’s, and many more, the band continues to spread the rock n roll gospel all over the world . Brad Barth and The Glitter Twins have masterfully produced songs like Everyday, Surrender, Radio, Glorify God, and My Tribute for Radio Friendly. Their latest addition, Saved by Grace, has a wide array of material. From guitar driven songs like Holiness, Everything Will Be Alright, and a rockin’ cover of Hillsong United’s One Way, to the beautiful ballad Where Will You Be, this album will leave you wanting more. The group heads back into the studio this winter, after a short tour and television and radio appearances, to complete and round out the Ep with four more rockers. The band plans to re-release the project as a full length album in the summer of 2011. Radio Friendly has been endorsed with Clayton since 2010, you can visit their website to listen to their music and for information here:

www.radiofriendlyonline.com

R.I.P.

R.I.P. is a metal band, from Orange County, NY. Formed at Rock Camp in August of 2010, with some slight age differences ranging from 14 to 18 this creates a wide variety of different influences and styles within the band. They currently use our custom black celluloid picks in medium gauge.

Visit their website http://riprockinpeace.webstarts.com/index.html

Endorsed with Clayton since 2010.

The Fab Four

The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing. This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.”

http://www.thefabfour.com/

Endorsed with Clayton since 2010

Autumn Descent

Daniel and Robert from the band Autumn Descent have been endorsed with Clayton since 2010, here is a little about their band:

The music is guitar-driven with strong melodic vocals, sprinkled with electronic elements and yet, very radio friendly. Autumn’s Descent has had several independent album and EP releases, and played club & college scenes all over the Midwest and New England. Breaking into the TV / Film/ Video Game industry in 2005, Autumn’s Descent has already had songs placed in MTV shows (NEXT, Pimp My Ride) and in Television Shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, WB, Disney, and A&E.

Visit their website: http://autumnsdescent.com