Products used: Clayton Custom Orange Delrin 0.60mm.
Taylor York is a member of the alternative rock band Paramore. He also plays the keyboard and glockenspiel occasionally during their live set and has also recorded drums of recordings. Taylor became an official member of Paramore in 2009 and has taken part in the writing and recording of their albums since.
Paramore has released a total of 4 albums. Paramore (the 4th album) was officially released on April 5, 2013 to critical acclaim and a #1 at US albums chart Billboard 200. The first single from the album, titled “Now”, was released online on January 22, 2013 and the album’s second single, “Still Into You”, was released on March 14, 2013.
Products used: Keith uses custom Colored Pearl 1.00mm and Carbonate 0.80mm.
“These Clayton picks are great! They feel amazing, and the colors are killer! And they make great party favors! Clayton rocks!”
Since 1995, he has been the lead guitarist for Chicago. After graduating from James Madison University in 1986 with a degree in communications, Keith moved to Los Angeles , performing and making invaluable contacts in the music industry. Being a long-time fan of the band he showed up to auditions thanks to a chance meeting with Jason Scheff (the band’s bassist). He was offered a job the same day!
Products used: Clayton white acetal picks
“I’ve used this style of Clayton pick for acoustic guitar recording and live playing ever since the day they came out. Nothing sounds better!”
In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed, Grammy®- nominated musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Verheyen has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.
A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind the Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.
A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits is enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It Up!, premiering early 2013.
On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising without Scales. Another book entitled Studio City is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player magazine, contributes to other guitar publications and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road.
Working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster®, the Carl Verheyen “Balanced Bridge” HelixTM string set. They also developed a top-of-the-line guitar lubrication together. As if that weren’t enough, Carl proudly helped design the LsL Instruments “CV Special” and “CV Studio” signature guitars in addition to his numerous existing endorsements.
Products used: Clayton custom printed white acetal .63 picks
“I love these picks! Besides being nearly indestructible, they’re really flexible and produce a beautiful tone. The custom print is amazing too! I love having something personal to hand out to fans at my shows and these picks are perfect.”
With a unique voice and an easy charm, Peyton Parker knew what she wanted to be at a young age and is quickly establishing herself as a rising pop country singer/songwriter.
Peyton calls her lyrics “conversational” and describes her music much like she describes herself – “pop country with some sparkle”. She says her music doesn’t fit in one tidy box – a reflection of her diverse influences – from Nirvana, The Beatles and Patsy Cline to The Civil Wars, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
This translates to performances that appeal to many different genres. Her stage show ranges from soft and haunting to boisterous and energetic – giving her audience exactly what they want.
Peyton’s friends and associates will tell you she is shy and reserved off-stage. They’ll say there’s a transformation beyond hair and makeup at her shows. The lights hit her and she shines. Combine that amazing stage presence with her skilled vocals and you’re in for quite a show.
Peyton was born in Atlanta and raised in Kennesaw, Ga., Peyton spent much of her early years devoted to elite level competitive cheerleading. She played violin in her middle school orchestra. When an ankle injury requiring two surgeries ended her aspirations of cheerleading in college, Peyton picked up a guitar. She taught herself to play using YouTube videos and was hooked. A few weeks later she wrote her first songs and began playing out at local restaurants and bars.
The last year has been a whirlwind. From a pizza joint in Atlanta, to the ears of a producer in Nashville, to hanging out with country music superstars talking about life and career and performing on a huge stage at the NAMM show in LA – Peyton continues to hone her musical style.
Outside of music, Peyton enjoys spending time with her family and her Boston Terriers, Rae and Hank. She loves fashion and can frequently be found hunting Nashville boutiques for bargains. She believes in giving back and is often involved in charity projects. Her parents, John and April, are incredibly proud and supportive of her music career.
Peyton performs at venues throughout the southeast and has opened for Walker Hayes, Jana Kramer and Parmalee.
Peyton Parker’s star is rising. Come along for the ride!
Products used: Black Raven 0.80mm in Rounded Triangle shape
“These picks are BADASS! You could say I’m kind of a Brass Knuckle Connoisseur, so the custom graphic on the opposite side of my logo makes me pretty happy. And just for the record, not only does the black raven have an awesome texture, it makes one hell of a frisbee.”
Stop and listen to any of Brantley Gilbert’s lyrics and you know a little about him. Listen to his albums and you will feel like family.
Brantley Gilbert was born and raised in the small town of Jefferson, Georgia, just outside of Athens city limits. It is that upbringing and small town influence that Gilbert credits toward allowing him to cultivate his unique sound. Gilbert’s taste in music always swayed toward a southern country rock feel, but his true-to-life testimony of heartache, trials, triumph, and success found a home in country music.
Gilbert’s career began on the stage: Night after night, he played acoustic sets at various venues in his hometown and slowly began to notice familiar faces in the crowds. Gilbert soon realized that his acoustic shows — however intimate — didn’t satisfy his audience’s thirst for his rock-infused country music. “We went from these acoustic shows to a bona fide Country-Rock-Soul show that is wide open,” says Gilbert. “Even when we play a ballad, it’s high energy.”
Website – http://www.brantleygilbert.com/
Products used: Clayton Custom picks
“With over 80 gigs the past year alone, the last thing I want to worry about is my pick breaking. I love how strong Clayton Picks are and it’s one less thing I have to think about when I go on stage…”
Savannah Lynne grew up on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands of Maui and Kauai. Her love of country music brought her from Hawaii to Los Angeles and onward to Nashville, TN. At the young age of only 14, Savannah Lynne has played at such iconic venues as The Whiskey, The House of Blues, and Dodger Stadium. The singer/songwriter was the recent winner of the 2013 Best Country Teen Artist Award presented by the Indie Music Channel.
Website – http://www.savannahlynne.com
Products used: Mike uses Custom Color Delrin, Standard, 1.14mm. Rob uses Custom Acetal, Standard, 0.80mm. Kujo uses Custom Color Delrin, Standard, 1.00mm.
“I love my custom pick! If it’s on stage or in the studio they play great, sound amazing and are definitely the most reliable picks I’ve ever used! Designed for hard rocking mayhem” – Mike
“Steve Clayton is the top of the line! If you want to feel special about owning a personalized pick of your own, these are the best!” – Rob.
“I´m feeling so comfortable with my Steve Clayton picks – they make me play less finger style on my bass than ever before…” – Kujo
KONTRUST has been touring together in the current formation since 2005. The crossover act KONTRUST fortifies their unique musical style with their smashing new studio album “SECOND HAND WONDERLAND” set for release in April 2012 to succeed the very successful album “Time To Tango”.
KONTRUSTs 2010 hit single “BOMBA” stormed top chart positions in the Netherlands and expanded the bands growing success beyond international borders. It can be found as a “Hardcore Polka Version” on their new album “Second Hand Wonderland”.
In august of 2011 KONTRUST played the 17th annual Przystanek Woodstock festival in front of over 300,000 people and set a new record for largest audience ever played by an Austrian artist. The band is an established act in Austria’s music scene and well known for their numerous successful international shows. This 7 piece band has become renowned in Europe’s music scene.
Growing legions of fans and great international music press reviews approve the bands new line-up from 2011. After receiving the Austrian Newcomer Award in 2006, KONTRUST is awarded with the AMADEUS Austrian Music Award in 2010. Following the bands last year’s digital release of the polish version of their last album “Time To Tango” entitled “Czas na Tango”, their hit single “Bomba” broke the 2,000,000 views marker on YouTube.
The band always surprises with new unique concepts,creative ideas and stunning live shows. Elements of KONTRUST that will prevail in the future.
Website – http://www.kontrust.info
Products used: custom White Delrin Standard 1.00mm, custom Green Delrin Standard 0.88mm
“My guitar picks rule! There’s not a better feeling than playing my bass and knowing I have a custom BUTT logo on my pick!” – Andy “Butt Jaw” Glass uses custom White Delrin Standard 1.00mm.
“Steve Clayton Picks are amazing, they made them exactly how i like them. I couldn’t be happier.” – Lou Cotton uses custom White Delrin Standard 1.00mm.
“I love my guitar picks! It’s awesome to be able to personalize something I can use every day and give to fans!” – Joshua Moore uses custom Green Delrin Standard 0.88mm.
We Came as Romans are an American metalcore band from Troy, Michigan. They were formed in 2005 and is has released two EP’s, Demonstrations (2008) and Dreams (2008). They have also released two full-length albums, To Plant a Seed (2009) and Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be in 2011. Their newest single “Hope” was just released this year.
Website – http://www.wecameasromans.com/
As a rock star, reality star, spokesperson, businessman, and philanthropist, Bret Michaels does more jobs in a single day than most people do in an entire lifetime. Depending on the hour of the day he’s a cultural icon, a rock god, an entrepreneur, a TV star, a father, the face of the American Diabetes Association, a supercross enthusiast, solo artist, Poison frontman, and a generous donor to a myriad of charitable causes.
Michaels first rose to fame as the frontman of Poison. As one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, Poison defined the fast, gritty, and glamorous rock ‘n’ roll scene. Since the band’s beginning, Poison has achieved massive success- releasing eight studio albums, four live albums, and selling over 30 million records worldwide and 16.5 million records in the U.S. alone.
Bret Michaels’ solo career has been equally successful: his most recent solo album, “Custom Built,” released in July of 2010, topped the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list. His current solo tour, “Get Your Rock On” is selling out arenas across the country and his forthcoming solo album of the same name will be released this summer.
Michaels has achieved stunning success in the realm of reality TV as well. His “Rock of Love” television series is one of the most successful in VH1′s history. VH1 and Bret Michaels teamed up again for his family-oriented 2010 docu-series “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.” He went head to head with some of the brightest minds in business on Donald Trump’s NBC hit, “Celebrity Apprentice” and went on to “Trump” the competition with his Trop-A-Rocka Snapple drink.
Philanthropy remains an important facet of Michaels’ career. A lifelong diabetic, he partnered with the American Diabetes Association in 2010, acting as a spokesperson and sponsor. Beyond his role as spokesperson Michaels has gone on to help Ford raise an additional $400,000 for diabetes research at the Barrett-Jackson auto auction this past February as well as donating numerous items for auction for Diabetes related events.
Michaels’ charitable outreach extends far beyond diabetes, however. Rocking out and giving back go hand in hand for Michaels, who supports a diverse array of charities and causes. In March 2011, he performed at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night in support of the Muhammad Ali Foundation, which gives to those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Michaels was so touched by the event and the cause that he donated $20,000 of his own money to the Muhammad Ali Foundation to help heal those afflicted by Parkinson’s. Michaels took on the role of fundraiser as well, raising more than $200,000 for the Barrow Brain Tumor Foundation, with a star-studded dinner in his own home. He is also a supporter of the Camelot Therapeutic ranch and sponsors a horse with his family. The ranch provides services at no charge to adults and children with disabilities.
Michaels continues to stretch himself and challenge himself to take on new projects in music, business, and beyond. He recently partnered with legendary guitar company, Dean Guitars, to design his first ever signature Bret Michaels series. Michaels calls Dean Guitars “the only guitars that can keep up with me, holding up tour after tour.” He is also actively involved in the world of extreme sports. He recently created (and awarded on May 7, 2011) the first annual Bret Michaels Rock Hard, Ride Hard Award for supercross- a cash prize for the toughest and most tenacious supercross rider of the season.
Michaels will be capping of his year on a high note with November 2011′s “Bret Michaels Rock Your World Super Cruise.” Fans will be able to rock out and party hard right along with Michaels on the four day concert cruise extravaganza and it is sure to be an event to remember. And with his “Get Your Rock On” solo tour underway, the Poison 25th Anniversary Tour and Motley Crue/ Poison Summer Tour launching this May, Michaels will be rocking right through 2011.
Bret Michaels may have been in spotlight for decades, but he is certainly showing no signs of slowing down.
Acetal 1.00mm, standard
“These picks have balls. I play thick strings, loud and hard. No more broken picks circling my pedal board after a 90 minute set…..lol”
Travis Bettis grew up in the overlooked rock and roll / blues music scene of Houston, TX. He sat in open mic blues jams with his father, Big Al Bettis, at one of Houston’s best kept little secrets, Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar. At an early age he got the bug to play electric guitar and by the time 18 hit, he was off to Nashville. After a few years of playing house gigs around town, he joined the house band at BB KINGS BLUES CLUB. Cutting his teeth on STAX records and Delta blues, he slowly picked up on country music. After the blues gigs, he joined up with, at the time, new country artist Lee Brice. Almost seven years later and 48 states and countless tours, he is still rolling strong as Lee’s guitar player. This year includes a tour with Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Brad Paisley.