Endorsed Artists

New endorsed band “Kauze” to hit the scene

Formed in 2005 the band Kauze is a heavy-metal band located in Southern California.  They enjoy using our acetal picks and are big fans of our picks.  They created a debut EP titled “Waiting for the Punch” released in 2006.  They just had their latest EP release “Epiphany.”  The new EP was supported during their 2009 tour and have up coming shows for 2010. Kauze likes to say they sound like old-school hardcore punk and metal.  We look forward to supporting the band and hope the best for them this year.  You can find out more info on the band at www.myspace.com/kauzetunes

Band overseas signs with Clayton “BILOCATE”

Bilocate is a band well know in Jordan. They came together with brothers Ramzi and Waseem Esayed, got started, and then joined with guitarist Baha’ Farah, and later added guitarist Rami Haikal. In 2005, they released their first full length album “Dysphoria.”  The album had received lots of airplay on the local governmental radio station on Jordan FM.  In July of 2008 they released the album pictured here, titled “Sudden Death Syndrome.” You can find videos of them with their “2nd War in Heaven” and “Days of Joy” videos. There are some similar guitar sounds I hear when listening to them, such like Metallica’s guitar style. The band members are fans of our acetal picks and are now interested in the ultem picks as well.  For more information about the band you may go to bilocate.net or you can find them on myspace.

Tallboy signs with Clayton

A new 5 piece progressive metal rock band named “Tallboy” becomes endorsed by Clayton. Tallboy is a band from Medford, OR. They became finalists in the “Last Band Standing” as their amazing live performances continue to carry them to success. The members currently are Jimmy Roberts (vocals), Angel Alvarez and Justin Bullen (drums/percussion), Kevin Kaufman (lead guitarist), and Brandon Cregan (rhythm guitar). They like to use our Clayton Acetal 1.26 standard shape picks, along with our orange and yellow colored delrins. Tallboy has also performed with such bands as Hinder, Papa Roach, KMK, and Floater. They have two CD’s, their popular “No Hindsight For the Blind” and an EP, “We Aren’t the Champions” Be sure to checkout their shows for 2010 through their website www.myspace.com/tallboymusic1

New Endorsed Artists, This Providence kicks off “Bout Damn Time Tour”

We are excited to announce today about the new endorsed artists from the band “This Providence.” The band was formed in 2003 in Seattle, WA. They have three albums, Our Worlds Divorce, This Providence, and the newly acclaimed “Who Are You Now?” which just came out March 17th.  The new album features the hit “Letdown” which is in the video below. Daniel Young commented on how important it was to take all last year to produce the new album “Who Are You Now” by saying “We took a long time off the road before going into the studio because we wanted to write songs that were dripping with creativity and you can’t rush that,” Young explains, “I think the end result is much stronger because of that.” The album has a lot of energy and we are looking forward to following them this year. The band members play with our acetal .63mm rounded triangle picks and our 1.0mm standard shape acetal picks. They are less than 5 days away from kicking off their headling Bout Damn Time Tour featuring TheAudition, Anarbor, The Bigger Lights, and Artist Vs. Poet. For more information regarding shows, band info, and artist news for This Providence you may go to their website www.thisprovidence.com

From NBA to Music “The Ray Johnston Band”

Ray Johnston has a story we all should hear about.  He has gone from the NBA to his band now”The Ray Johnston Band”  The video below gives you an inspiring story of how one person continues to live his dreams even when the toughest obstacles can come along.  Ray was a former Dallas Mavericks NBA player that had to walk away from the NBA due to unexpected leukemia.  He bounced back after going through a coma and many days being in the hospital.  Jason Mraz said, ” When you listen to music…ahh yeah the person gets me…they know what it’s about and your now one of those guys.”  This Jason claims about Ray Johnston’s music.  He likes to use our popular acetal .63mm guitar picks and we will show his new picks once we finish them this week.  It is our pleasure to support such an inspiring musician and we look forward to following The Ray Johnston Band throughout the year.  For upcoming shows and more information you may go to these links www.rayjohnstonband.com, http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweet-tooth/id327952492

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John Konesky in the spotlight with Clayton

We are excited to announce the new signed artist John Konesky!   Konesky is the guitarist for Tenacious D and also the band Trainwreck. Trainwreck was so impressed with Konesky’s guitar skills and his character that they wrote a song about his talent.  Tenacious D also referred to him as the antichrist because of his shredding abilities on the guitar.

Konesky has also co-wrote a song on Guitar Hero III called “The Metal.” He also appears on  Tenacious D’s 2008 concert video and their documentary titled, “The Complete Master Works 2.”  He has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Saturday Night Live, and the American Music Awards 2006.  John currently uses our Acetal .80mm.

We are all looking forward to hearing more of John’s performances rocking through the 2010 year!  Be sure to check back for information regarding our endorsed artists and more on John Konesky.

www.johnkonesky.com

www.trainwreckingwithkg.com

Kyle Gass – New Featured Artist

We are proud to announce Kyle Gass (KG) of Tenacious D/Trainwreck as our new featured artist on our website at http://www.steveclayton.com/featuredartist.php! We have worked with KG for a very long time, supplying both himself and Jack Black with their custom picks on our Acetal Rounded Triangle .63mm. Kyle even signed autographs at our booth at the last NAMM trade show.  In addition to Tenacious D, Kyle has formed the band Trainwreck. KG describes Trainwreck as “a cornucopia of rock and a 5-headed hydra of pleasure”. Trainwreck is a eclectic mix of Southern Rock, Prog-Rock, Boogie, and straight-up Classic Rock and Roll, along with comedy banter and lyrics derived from the characters they’ve developed within the band. In late 2009 they released their debut album, “The Wreckoning”. It album contains 15 tracks of what they call “Wreck and Roll.” The band is fronted by biker-hayseed Darryl Donald (”Lee” of Tenacious D, or JR), and Kyle Gass (aka Klip Calhoun), and containing most of Tenacious D’s live/studio band (John Shredman, Boy Johnny, and Dallas St. Bernard). Trainwreck is currently on tour, so if you are in any of the following areas, make sure to go check out this unique band!

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Oklahoma City, OK
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The Village
Little Rock, AR
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3rd & Lindsley
Nashville, TN
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03/09/10
Vinyl
Atlanta, GA
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Workplay Theater
Birmingham, AL
Pre-Sale Here
03/12/10
Frankies Inner City
Toledo, OH
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Martyr’s
Chicago, IL
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The Basement
Columbus, OH
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The Firebird
St. Louis, MO
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The Riot Room
Kansas City, MO
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Larimer Lounge
Denver, CO

Eric Church 2010 Tour Picks

Eric Church is one of our endorsed artists and we just wanted to let you know he is one of country’s hardest working artists. We could say working a little bit too hard after last fall.   While performing in New York, he was stomping so hard on stage that he hurt his ankle. He still finished the show and is ready to set the stage for his 2010 tour with our Clayton custom picks. Here are the picks you might get at one of his shows if you’re lucky. He’s already sold out for this Thursday’s show at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.  Church’s picks are the white pearl rounded triangle with the gauge at 1mm.  The white delrin 1mm standard pick is another choice for Church. He has a top 10 hit with his song “Love Your Love the Most,”
one of his songs on his new Carolina album. Another big hit on the album is “Hell On the Heart.” Eric is a rising star that we are excited to follow this year. We look forward to supporting Eric Church during his 2010 tour.

If you are an artist that is also interested in becoming endorsed by us, you may mail us information regarding record label, band picture, tour schedule, and type of Clayton picks you use. There is a full list of information you can find through our contact information on our Steve Clayton website. Any questions you have for us you may email to questions@steveclayton.com.

New Endorsement – Ian Severson of Future Leaders of the World

Congratulations to Ian Severson becoming our new endorsed artist!  Severson currently is the guitarist for the band Future Leaders of the World. In 2004 the band was formed in Buffalo, New York recording a demo in Los Angeles.  They signed with Epic Records for their full release of LVL IV featuring the hit “Let Me Out.”  Future Leaders of the World has their sound comparable to the Nirvana grunge.

Severson has also played as guitarist for the band Gingerjake.  He was given the name as “shrediculous” while playing with Gingerjake in 2003.  The band recorded with producer Cameron Webb who also produced Tenacious D.  “Karats” was a big hit getting lots of airplay on the Mpls station 93x.  Congrats again Ian for becoming our new endorsed artist!  We look forward to supporting you with our Clayton guitar accessories and specialized custom picks.

Angry Shadow

Fans be sure to check out the new endorsed artist Angry Shadow.  Here is a clip for you to enjoy .  While I checked out the bands website I found one video you’ll have to see for yourself called “The Eruption by Bryan G. Jackasski”   We are happy to support them with our unique custom picks.  I was very happy with how well the Angry Shadow’s picks came out.  You can find out more band info with their website AngryShadow.com.


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Miss Ida Ljungqvist Signs at NAMM for Clayton

The Playmate of the Year Miss Ida Ljungqvist was in full bunny costume signing autographs and handing out picks with her signature on them at NAMM 2010 for us.  She had a very long line of fans waiting to get her autograph!  To see the whole line of Playboy products please check out our website at: www.playboyguitars.com.

How long was that line???

I have been asked so many times how long our line was at NAMM to meet Kyle Gass.  We do know that it spanned a couple of isles and was extremly long. We were lucky enough to recently obtain some video footage that shows at least half of the length of the line. The other half of the line goes to the right, and was broken up in order to allow traffic to flow by. Click on the picture below to view the Quicktime movie.

Kyle Gass just won’t Rest until Clayton is the Best!

After 3 hours of signing autographs at the Clayton booth at NAMM 2010, Kyle had a few words to say about his favorite pick company.

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Kyle Gass Signs at Clayton NAMM booth

Yes, it is true! Kyle Gass of Tenacious D / Trainwreck came to the Clayton Booth at NAMM 2010 to do

kyle-gass-blog1a signing for all his fans.  Hundreds and hundreds of his fans

showed up to meet him and get

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an autograph with a line that spaned over 3 aisles!  Some fans waited in line over an hour to be one of the

first to meet him. Kyle did not disappoint, and signed for 3 straight hours without stopping!   Kyle has been a long time user of Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle .63mm picks.  Clayton has been doing custom imprinting for Kyle Gass and Jack Black for over 10 img_3522years now! Kyle came by to promote his band Trainwreck and theirimg_3501 new album Theimg_3509 Wreckoning.  He signed Trainwreck posters and gave out limited edition Tenacious D: In the Pick of Destiny picks with his printed signature on the back. Not to mention he was also asked to sign lots of Tenacious D memorabilia.  Kyle Gass caused such a commotion at NAMM it required 8 security guards to keep the crowd under control! Keep checking back for a blog about Kyle Gass’ band Trainwreck and a video about why Kyle just won’t rest!

Byron Nemeth

When this CD cover came across my desk it automatically caught my interest, it’s just simply put wicked looking! tfwiSo I popped it in the computer to listen to, and wow this guy is extremely talented! We endorsed Byron in Februrary 2009. He had picks made m_e50cd55585a343f4a87a4972b9a86420with artwork that was designed for him by Hugh Syme. He uses the Acetal, Standard, 1.26mm picks.  My favorite track was Frankenstein’s Lullaby and I would definently recommend you check at his music for yourself at either his website, or myspace. Byron is definently a busy guy, I saw on his myspace that Madonna was wearing a BNG t-shirt, and Paris holding up his CD at the Grammys! His current CD “The Force Within” was recorded at his studio Pacifica Studios, and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by Mastering Engineer Nick Webb, and the Cd artwork is by lengedary RUSH artist Hugh Syme. We were very excited to endorse this amazing artist and look forward to seeing more unique picks from him.

Foo Fighters

We just finished up an order for the Foo Fighters this week. We’ve been making picks for the Foo Fighters for several years now. foo_fighterThis time they went with a patriotic color scheme and got red, white and blue logos printed on the Acetal, Rounded Triangle, .63mm for an upcoming performance. They also ordered there usual pick with the blue FF logo on the Acetal, Standard, .5mm. They mostly order this one, and you may have seen it in the samples on our website. They have ordered Black Raven, several of the Delrin, and Acetal in the past. We always have a lot of fun here with their orders since they suprise us often with new artwork and new material choices, we never know what to expect :).

James Otto’s New Picks

We just got finished with an order for James Otto. He went with a completely different design since he has a new single and album coming out. The new design looks great! james_ottoI just went over to his myspace to check out his new single, “Since you brought it up”. Like his other songs this one is great, and the lyrics rock! I especially liked the chorus, it’s pretty catchy. Jame’s personally uses our Acetal, Rounded Triangle, 1mm picks. If you haven’t had a chance to here his new single yet it is definently worth checking out (available on his myspace, linked above)! Also, his myspace has a list of all his upcoming shows if your interested in checking him out live.

Shotgun Riot

Glasstone Records sent us press kit a few months back, we are in the process of endorsing several of their bands. shotgunYou should have seen the stack of contracts I had to sign, my hand was aching at the end of it! :).  When we get them all back I will take a picture with them all so you can see why, haha. We just got the first contracts back from Neil, Tom and Adam of Shotgun Riot. I think this is out first hardcore punk endorsee. They definently have a real gritty hardcore sound to them that any deep rock fan can appreciate. I normally don’t listen to the more hardcore stuff but you actually hear what these guys are saying so it is enjoyable and not so tough on the ears. Definently a band you would have to turn up to the max to get the full effect of. This band is located in London, UK. Check out their myspace to sample their music. Also, look out for more posts soon about Glasstone Records and new bands to be endorsed.

James Otto Concert

2james_ottostageIn a prior blog posting we mentioned that we recently have started endorsing James Otto. James and his management team were nice enough to let Patty McGrade (Sales Dept. at Clayton, Inc.) and her daughter Kathy go backstage for a Meet & Greet with James at his concert in Schaumburg, Illinois last night (April 16th). James and his team were so accommodating to them and we all really appreciate their kindness. You can see James’ Clayton picks in the picture at left in his mic stand. James uses the Clayton Acetal 1.00mm. His picks are custom imprinted and have the endorsed eagle on the back. If you didn’t james_ottoread our prior post about James, please follow the links below to listen to him and find out more information about this amazing country performer.

James Otto Official Website

James Otto’s Myspace

Click to Listen to James

James Otto

james1We’d like to welcome James Otto as our new featured artist! James cannot be really categorized with a single word. His music has a mix of country and rock and roll that almost anyone can appreciate. Upon reviewing his press kit I took an immediate liking to all of his music, though his song, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” was already one of my favorite songs. James uses our Acetal Polymer material in the rounded triangle shape.

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“I’m A big guy, I MUST have a big Pick! I’m 6 foot 5 Inches tall and built more like a linebacker than a Singer or guitar player. The Clayton Rounded Triangle Pick is the perfect fit for my hands and my style of playing. Whether I am in the studio or on tour, you’ll always find me using Clayton Picks to help make my music.” -James Otto

You can check James out on the following links:

James Otto Official Website

James Otto’s Myspace

Click to Listen to James