Clayton endorsed artists Pink Doodle Poodle from Japan releases a new video, using Clayton picks during the production of the song of course! View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqR3DkhYFDE&feature=youtu.be
The colors and scenery in the video are awesome, not to mention the vocals and guitar playing!
We have always offered our standard Variety pack which features 6 of our most popular picks, but have you always wanted to get your own pack of picks to sample a larger selection of what we have to offer? Well, now you can! This is also a great way to buy picks if you play with different styles, materials, ect.! You can select 12 guitar picks from 9 of our most popular styles (featured below) and better yet you get to select the pick type, shape and gauge all just for $9.99 (plus shipping). Mix and match and discover your favorites, click here to buy now!
Did you know you can earn rewards on all our stock products when you purchase them at www.steveclaytonstore.com? You can use your reward points earned toward future purchases! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. So how do you earn points on your purchases? First, register as a customer on steveclaytonstore.com and you will automatically be enrolled in our program! Then, buy great guitar gear from steveclaytonstore.com and you will earn 1 point for each $1 spent. Just make sure that you log in to your Oompa account during the checkout process so we’ll know where to credit the points! And how do you redeem the points? To redeem your points, log in to your steveclaytonstore.com account. Your rewards points accumulated will show on the initial screen. Points can be redeemed for their worth off your next order! It is that simple! And don’t forget you can get free shipping off your order with a purchase of $35+!
Products used: Clayton Custom Rounded Triangle Acetal .63mm
Jon: “I worked at a music store for years and after trying nearly every pick out there I found that the Rounded Acetal Triangle pick provided me with the flexibility, grip, and durability I need.”
Brandon: “In a pile of picks, I will always find the Clayton.”
Jon Napoles and Brandon Freeman are a couple of transplants who fortuitously met in Fresno, CA. After years of dwelling in the same circle of musicians, fate (and stubbornness) would bring the two together as the last remaining full time musicians of the group. One fateful August day the two gathered every piece of equipment between them and songs almost began writing themselves. Thus, Cloudship was born.
Since then the duo has played over a hundred shows, self-released two EPs and two music videos, sold over 500 units at shows and obtained an endorsement deal with Clayton. Their signature mix of modern rock, Americana and electronic has quickly made them a force to be reckoned with, especially among young indie bands.
I.D.S.F.A. uses: Clayton Duraplex rounded triangle 0.88mm and 1.00mm
Travesty from I.D.S.F.A. Says, “If your going to pick a pick make sure to pick a Clayton pick, it should be the only pick you pick.”
R.I.P. from I.D.S.F.A. Says “Wait, these aren’t for picking your butt? Damn now my guitar smells funny, But sounds great!”
2 Time VRMA Award Winning Shock Metal Band
WINNERS OF THE 2013 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST OF VEGAS”
WINNERS OF THE 2011 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST SHOCK ROCK”
In early 2011 a band of miscreants came crawling from the darkest corners of sin city nevada. This pack of the undead and some not so dead come from many different genres of the unimaginable, yet their styles mesh seamlessly. They have an aggressive, hard, gritty edge that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. I.D.S.F.A. released their first full length self titled CD in September of 2013 with songs about revenge, death, mayhem, and zombies, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
And if the music wasn’t enough to make you’re pubic hairs curl, the stage show is not to be missed either. along with their side-kicks “The Bio-Bastards”, I.D.S.F.A. is whipping up a frenzy with a new and exciting show. it’s filled with drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the japan tsunami, plus much much more. But wait, There’s more. The only Bleeding Bass guitar in existence is sure to make your jaw drop.
I.D.S.F.A. consists of Knuckletooth on vocals, Travesty on the Bleeding Bass, Dr. Skum on the drums, R.I.P. on guitar and The Bio Bastards with their on stage antics.
The team here at Clayton would like to wish all of you a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend! It’s great to have an extra day to play and enjoy the approaching summer weather, but it’s also important for remembering and honoring the heroes of our time, both past and present. That being said, we would like to feature our Camo picks in today’s post!
Camouflage is a pattern used to hide an object or person within a natural environment, but these picks stand out with their great playing and sound quality! Available in 12-packs, Camo picks (medium gauge) can be purchased through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/camo.php!
Graduation season is upon us! Stumped on what to get the grad in your life? Go for custom guitar picks! For grads that like to rock out, custom picks make the perfect congratulatory gift. Our picks can be custom imprinted with names, dates, graphics… you name it! A set of custom-made picks will make a memorable item for your family member or friend who is moving to the next chapter in his or her life. Also, custom picks are great favors to have at graduation parties!
Order your custom graduation guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”
Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist)
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds.
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen.
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy.
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing.
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end.
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear.
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer.
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times.
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago.
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington).
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney).
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.”
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.)
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California,
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses. With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
Products Used: Jeff uses Acetal Standard , 1.52mm & Richard uses Acetal Standard , 1.00mm.
“I have a unique style of playing with my fingers and a pick. Every other pick I’ve tried tends to slip and fall out of my hands, but not Steve Clayton picks. Maybe it’s magic, but whatever the reason, I’ll never consider another company!” – Jeff Sumrell
“Steve Clayton picks, I can honestly say, are the finest picks money can buy. I have used them for over 20 years. I recommend them to all my fellow guitarists and guitar students. If you want the best, you want a Clayton!” – Richard Gulczynski
EPIC F****** BRUTALITY! Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered . . These are the only words that can accurately describe Solace of Requiem. The band is from the United States and plays a most unique and original form of extreme metal. Sometimes labeled as “Technical Blackened Death Metal”, SOR’s music is not only instrumentally technical, but is also technical in composition. Blending together an array of haunting technical passages, classical movements, grim ambience and relentless brutality, with a diverse assortment of highly intelligible extreme vocals. Making it is easy to hear the vast collection of influences that are incorporated within Solace Of Requiem‘s music. As opposed to the overdone “riff 1, riff 2, chorus, repeat” format, or simply juxtaposing a string of so-called “brutal” riffs with no rhyme nor reason, Solace Of Requiem has created music that is unique in sound, as well as in structure. Making extreme metal that is in a genre all its own.
Products used: Custom White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 0.8mm
“My fans wanted my guitar picks. They like to keep them as a souvenir of my show. When i found out Clayton makes customized guitar pics I started putting the Alex Cole logo on them. I like to throw them out to the crowd. People love them and I love playing with these picks! They help to define my groove and tone! They’re very resistant. Nothing better than Clayton Picks!”
With his wild guitar style, Alex attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy into the crowd. This is something to be experienced! This band performs all original music that will remind you of AC/DC, Van Halen, Ted Nugent. It’s classic 1980’s ALL NEW rock n’ roll.
“Alex Cole, a pure high energy Rock and Roll show!”
“Rock has risen from its grave. When Alex Cole enters the stage it isn’t a person you are seeing but a reincarnated Rock Star…”
VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles
“Alex Cole who delivers to the audience edgy guitar riffs
ROCK HARD MAGAZINE
“Great band indeed fantastic rock, Alex Cole Being the singer, songwriter and lead vocalist there very little in the way of pure talent these guys don’t have!”
ROCK BANDOM RADIO
Video from The Canyon Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Video from The Mint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Mp3’s of more songs: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
We have some great recent reviews: http://www.alexcolebigrough.
As a company that specializes in guitar picks and custom picks, it is sometimes overlooked that we have many other amazing guitar accessory products to offer! One of these is our Brass Socket Slide. This slide has the same type of ridged interior that would be found in a tool socket, which musicians have been known to use in lieu of a guitar slide because the ridges keep it locked on your finger. However, actual tool sockets tend to be heavy on one end, so Clayton USA came up with the Socket Slide solution! With equalized weight on both ends of the slide, the result is consistent balance, weight, and tone. Specifically, Clayton USA chose to make the slide brass for enhanced quality and sustainability of the tone. Plus, as if this weren’t enough, a cut-out relief has been added for extra comfort while playing.
Check out these amazing slides and order one today at http://steveclaytonstore.com/product/brass-socket-slides/!
We would like to extend congratulations to our endorsee Gio Lombardi on his win for Best Instrumental/R&B song in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Check out this page here to listen to his song that won!
Also, you can catch him playing live with his Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm or 1.00mm picks next Tuesday, the 28th by clicking here. For more on Gio visit him on any of the following sites:
Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin picks.
”I love Clayton picks because they adapt well to any style of music and being a session player I look for versatile tools that help me play through any musical situation. It all starts from these picks!”
Ian Michael Litovich (Born on December 11th 1990). From San Juan Puerto, Rico. Having been influenced by his father to consider playing an instrument, Ian began to explore his interest at a very young age. Enrique Litovich, also an accomplished musician, had raised Ian an environment filled with guitars, recording equipment, and passion for music. But it was upon hearing The Beatles’ ”Abbey Road” at 12 that Ian’s perception of music began to change. It wasn’t long before Ian pestered his father into teaching him his first guitar chords.
Ian supplemented his father’s lessons by listening to music, reading books and observing other performers. After practicing for one year Ian’s curiosity spread to the bass guitar. Heavily-influenced by Paul McCartney’s melodic bass playing, Ian taught himself to master it. Next he taught himself to play piano, applying the same fervor he’d used to learn guitar. His enthusiasm soon spread to learning the recording process. Taught by his father to use a standard cassette tape recorder, Ian quickly graduated to record on reel-to-reel tapes in a small studio that he’d built in his own room.
Ian got his first taste of playing live when he performed for his high school at the age of 15. People started to recognize his talent and soon he was invited to perform at almost every school activity.
Ian’s musical journey continued when he received a drum set for his 16th birthday. Ian taught himself to play the drums with the same curiosity and drive he’d approached everything else musical. Once he mastered the drums, he set out to conquer the last piece of the musical puzzle: vocals. Being the most difficult thing to master, he began to record himself singing (and playing) multi-track covers, analyzing his own performance and looking for ways to improve. It wasn’t long before Ian boiled down it all down to a polished vocal style.
By the age of 17 Ian began playing the local circuit with cover bands and at the same time writing and recording his own material. Ian soon began making contributions to local bands and artists landing his first few gigs as a session musician. As Ian earned the respect of local artists and musicians he began to make a name for himself. Videos he’d posted of his multi-track recordings on Youtube and Facebook of multitrack recordings gave him wide recognition as a multi-instrumentalist and self-producer.
Products used: Clayton Ultem Teardrop 0.56mm
“I take a lot of pride in my sound. I was blown away by the difference in attack and tone when I switched over to Steve Clayton picks. Count me in for life!”
The South Bay of Southern California is no stranger to iconic and successful punk bands. There are many bands that take pride in calling the South Bay their home. Bands like Black Flag, The Descendents, The Deviates and Pennywise all hail from some part of a place that continues to create amazing music. Along with bands that have established themselves is a plethora of bands that are chomping at the bit to catch a break and bands that are making the South Bay’s renowned punk scene what it is today.
With so many punk bands in Southern California, it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that members from three different bands are coming together to make something new by the name of WRATHS. Drummer Andrew Murphy and bassist Chris Kranes— from the rock ‘n’ roll band The Darlings— teamed up with 1208 guitarist Steve McCall and legendary Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg to create this unique sound.
WRATHS come to the scene with something that sets them apart from just another Southern California punk band. McCall’s technicality really adds a sound that keeps them distinct. He uses a chorus pedal which was big with bands like The Damned, TSOL, The Nerve Agents and even The Cure. When Lindberg first heard the music he admitted to hearing parts that reminded him of bands like, Washington D.C.’s melodic hardcore band, Dag Nasty and even Queens of the Stone Age. It’s these types of sounds that make it difficult to pigeon hole WRATHS.
“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”
Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.
Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Guitar Picks
“There is no better guitar pick on the planet than an Acetal .80mm Clayton for durability and
dependability. They are comfortable in your hand, don’t slip, and take a beating during a show. I tried
other picks over the decades, and the best is Clayton. I proudly endorse the product as the BEST pick on
the market and I recommend them to everyone.” Leni DiMancari
Leni DiMancari is a Guitarist, Producer and Musician from Minnesota, who laid down his early musical roots performing in clubs throughout the Midwest. His musical influence varies from Steve Lukather to George Lynch, Jimi Hendrix to John Sykes.
He has 7 Minnesota Music Academy nominations under his belt, and the award for best new artist for the band Hurricane Alice, who later went on to sign with Atlantic Records. Leni eventually landed a few Independent record deals on his own after leaving the group and recorded with former members of Y&T, Le Mans, Montrose, Head East & Cacophony.
Leni was also the lead guitarist with the internationally known Tribute to the Band Heart- Bad Animals for 9 years. Currently Leni runs and manages Ten 13 Entertainment and works with 24 different artists on national bookings, along with being the lead guitarist of the Pearl Jam Tribute Band- Alive. Alive starts their national tour in 2015.
Etsegenet released her first solo album called “YIMETAL” on july 2013. and have been performing with musicians from all over the place. recently Etsegenet was a part of Oscar nominated song “HAPPY” by Pharrell williams as choir singer.
Products used: Clayton Custom Picks
“Clayton picks rocks! It’s important to feel comfortable with my picks, they’re part of my sound!” – Marko
“Love it! The shape, the feel, the sound‚ simply great!” – Aleks
Pavic are a Rock band from Rome, Italy. The band’s influences range from Classic Rock to Alternative Metal.
Their latest critically acclaimed release Is War The Answer was mixed by producer Rick Beato known for his work with Shinedown, Fozzy among others.
Recently the band opened at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy. Pavic shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth among others.
Check out the videos:
Song For The Rain (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0
Is War The Answer? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk
In Your Eyes (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ
Joe Calabro – vocals
Marko Pavic – guitars
Lorenzo Antonelli – keyboards
Aleks Ferrara – bass
Antonio Aronne – drums
We also offer Custom Drumsticks starting at only $44.00 (single color print) for 5 pairs! Just like our custom guitar picks you will be getting a high quality imprint on your sticks. These are a specialty item for us so they do take about 3-4 weeks to be made but the wait is definitely worth it! The artwork on our drumsticks are also sealed with a lacquer finish. Currently the drumsticks are offered in size 2b which is ideal for durability and heavy use. With drumsticks the imprinted design options are practically endless as any color seems to turn out amazing, however, we cannot imprint white ink. Anything that is in your design that is white will show through as the natural wood color of the stick. Drumsticks can be ordered at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ and if you have any questions/concerns before ordering we are always here to help! Just email our custom imprint specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call at 877-752-9484!
Announcing SteveClaytonStore.Com, where you can get all of the Clayton Guitar Accessories that you need and love! You may remember that this section of our site used to be run through a company called Shopatron, and orders were often shipped from one of our distributors. Now, when you order your Clayton items, you can rest assured that they will come directly from us, the manufacturer, which means less hassle and more dependability! And that’s not all…we are also offering free shipping on all orders over $35.00, all the time!! Check it out at http://steveclaytonstore.com/.
Are you in a band, or do you perform music as a solo artist? Do you have your own band/artist website? Do you love Clayton USA guitar picks and guitar accessories? Then you should consider becoming a Clayton Endorsed Artist! To be considered for an endorsement contract, all you need to do is visit our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/endorsement.php to submit your press kit to us for review. If we offer you an endorsement contract, you will receive numerous benefits, including discounts on our guitar accessory products, guitar picks, and custom picks. In addition, you will get invaluable publicity/exposure from a company that has been in the industry for over 35 years, via our website and social networking sites. Why wait? Submit your press kit today! We look forward to working with you!
Have you had a chance to check out the newest pick in our Grip Pick line? Just added to our product offerings this year, Hex Picks have proven to be very popular with seasoned guitar players. These picks have a hexagonal-shaped hole placed right in the center, which locks it into place while playing, but will still allow you to move the pick in your fingers if needed. Made of the same material as our Duraplex Picks, you will find them to be comfortable and produce the high-quality tonality that you have come to expect from Clayton USA brand guitar picks!
Order your new Hex Picks today at www.steveclayton.com/hex-guitar-picks.php!
Hip Kitty has just released a new music video, Nothing Left To Burn! Check the video out here. Hip Kitty is Raw, Honest, American ROCK…music that transcends the expected and inspires the masses! For more Hip Kitty visit their Facebook.
We just recently endorsed the guitarists in the band StoneBaby! Here is a little bit about the band: With the inception of the band came an almost magical approach to writing and developing original music between the original members whose friendship spanned better than a decade. Scott Philipp, a singer /songwriter immersed in the Philadelphia music scene, was lead to push himself and focus on his powerful vocals. Scott creates tasteful melodies and lyrics over his forever simple, yet developing guitar playing skills. As he introduces ideas he and Tony Schiavo (Drums), always collaborate on the arrangement of the music to create a stylized rhythm that is unique to each song. Until recently, the band had cravings for a guitar player who would add simple dynamics and depth to the songs. With the revolving guitar position, the band made a commitment to head into the studio and record a three song EP to develop a style that would pinpoint the lead guitar sound that they really needed. Producer Drew Raison of Big Sky Audio, took the reins and seasoned the music to what is now the true sound of StoneBaby. The new recording, which has a commercial rock appeal, is set to capture all age listeners. As the band continues to evolve with new music… and newly added guitar and bass players, Bobby Leonhardt and Jason Shainline the EP is certain to prove to be a canvas for the band to expand its musical creativity and listening audience.
Check them out at http://stonebaby.us/
On July 9th Tobacco Apache will release their new CD on digital and physical copies will be available on July 12th. The Apache sound is a mix of original old school, southern, and roots rock, and other genres, blended into one dynamic sound. Sam Fochtman (guitar/vocals), Josh Lynch (bass/vocals), and Chance Taylor (drums) entered the scene as “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” with their first gig at Mike Aid II in June of 2010. From that point on, the fellas made sure to bring the heat to every show! In March of 2011 the band took to the studio to lay down tracks for their first EP. John Miller at Tone Room Studios was the mastermind behind the project, and he helped to give the band some new musical areas to explore. The self titled “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” CD was released on May 22, 2011. The next month, Martin’s Bar & Grill in downtown Roanoke, VA, hosted the band’s album release party. The Riverbank Ramblers joined in on the night’s fun and both bands played to a packed house. The boys finished off 2011 on a high note, preparing for more shows and their first full length album, which would be released the following year. That next year started off with a bang, with the band reaching new heights by placing second (of 20 bands) in one of the biggest Battle of the Bands that Roanoke had ever hosted. The boys also shortened the name of the band, to simply “Tobacco Apache” (it’s easier on the tongue!). In May of 2012 the band encountered a devastating tragedy. Lifelong friend, brother, founding member, and drummer; Chance Taylor, was killed in a car accident. The tragedy, which also claimed the life of Chance’s dad Randy, left the community and the music scene in total shock. Sam and Josh decided to play RoosterWalk 4 as a tribute show to Chance. With the help of some great musicians, including Mason Jennelle on drums, the boys performed and brought everything they had to the stage that night. Unsure of the next move following that performance, the band decided that a break was the best thing they could do to honor Chance, as they decided on a path for the future. In June of 2012, all of the bands that Chance had played in decided to hold a memorial/benefit show in honor of their fallen brother. Ryan Greer, The Baker Bros., Drown the Messenger, and The Aurora Observatory joined forces with Tobacco Apache at Martin’s for a night of music, fellowship and celebrating the life of Chance. The show will forever etched in the minds of the audience members as each band played and sang like never before. As time went on and healing took place the band decided to push on, pick up the pieces, and continue playing. They knew that was something that Chance would have wanted them to do. On July 4, 2012 Mason Jennelle (of Electric Chameleon) joined the band as a full-time member. Mason was a natural fit who plays with the same passion and excitement as the rest of the crew. With the drum seat filled and the addition of Paul Tressel on Keys, Tobacco Apache had finally solidified itself as upcoming act to see. Tobacco Apache has shared the stage with The Dirty Guv’nahs, Dangermuffin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Cabinet, Folk Soul Revival, Mountain Heart, Adam Ezra Group, The Mumbles, Ten Toes Up and many others. The band has a new album entitled “Inside Job,” that is set for release in July of 2013 as well as a bunch of other numerous shows and festivals dates to round out the year.
After nearly five years, the highly anticipated Judd Hoos sophomore CD is now a reality. Rarely does a recording effort involve such a length of time and such a monumental effort to produce! The actual recording was accomplished in two separate commercial recording studios, one hunting lodge in rural South Dakota, numerous motel room/studios and a few sessions that occurred as the band was rolling down the road on the way to covering the nearly 40,000 miles they travel each year. Logistics aside, the CD is a labor of love for the guys in Judd Hoos. The process is also unique for another important reason. The band underwent a major line- up change a year into the initial songwriting and after the recording had started. Drew Lerdal, guitarist and a founding member of Judd Hoos left at the end of 2009 to pursue a career as a producer/studio engineer in Minneapolis. The decision was made to bring in two exceptionally talented guitarists, Andy Young & Zach Fronce in order to fill the void created by Drew’s departure. Although Lerdal was no longer on the road performing, his contributions to Judd Hoos were far from over. Lerdal continued to work as a producer on the project even contributing vocals and guitar on a few tracks. “Drew will always be a part of Judd Hoos in my mind” says bassist Chris Hornick. It’s clear that Lerdal’s experience as a member of Judd Hoos gave him the insight and trust from the band to wield the kind the creative control a producer needs to bring out the best qualities in the music. Judd Hoos “Two” contains 14 tracks covering a wide variety of musical territory. The heavy hard-rock groove of “Stand Up” and “The End” the up-tempo power-pop of “Mistakes” and “Again & Again” and the dramatic tension of songs like “Livin” and “Selfish”, all demonstrate the maturity and confidence that has developed within the group. “All the time we spend together on the road travelling, playing shows and basically living like a second family, made it possibly to come together creatively a lot quicker than I thought,” says guitarist Andy Young. The CD captures the intricate balance of two distinct guitar styles complimenting the soaring vocals, unique harmonies and powerful drive from the rhythm section. “It’s a fun trip through our collective influences, this CD shows you why Judd Hoos is hard to define in just one genre,” says drummer Shane Funk. After selling nearly 5,000 copies of “Better Intentions” the bands first album, the interest from fans for a follow album up has been constant. Bob Zwart, the bands frontman and vocalists says, “We’re excited to see how people react to this one!” The reaction from a number of radio stations in the Midwest has already been positive with the single “Stand Up” getting airplay in several markets including KDDX (XROCK) and KSQY (KSky) in Rapid City, SD. The calendar for 2013 is nearly full and will take Judd Hoos to at least 8 states performing 120-130 shows and cover a vast number of miles. “We love playing live and experiencing the crowds reaction to the new songs everywhere we go,” says guitarist Zach Fronce. Judd Hoos “Two” will also be available at Juddhoos.com and on iTunes, Amazon, Zune, CD Baby as well as dozens of other online sources in early June.
Happy New Year Clayton Fans! For many of us, it is now the time of year that means snow, frost, and that chilly bite in the air. Why not harness the power of winter to break the ice with your music? If you have not gotten the chance already, now is the time to try our Clayton Brand Frost-Byte picks. Made out of nylon pick material, these picks have a circle of textured surface that allows for maximum grip control on your pick while playing. This non-slip material is so sturdy, you will feel like the pick is practically frozen onto your fingers! These super “cool” picks are available in six different gauges, including .53mm, .66mm, .80mm, .94mm, 1.08mm and 1.22mm. The come in standard issue packs of twelve. Order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/frostbyte.php!
Okay, you’ve waited until the last minute to order custom printed guitar picks as a gift, but it can still be done! Place your order today at www.claytoncustom.com. If you choose the Fed Ex Overnight shipping method, we will ship your order out tomorrow, 12/21 and it will arrive on Monday, Christmas Eve. So don’t think that you are completely up a creek, because we’ve got you covered! We guarantee to do a one-day production time on orders that are placed with the Overnight shipping method.
Wishing a safe and happy holiday season to all of our customers! Thank you so much for your continued business with us!!