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The Brothers Reed

Products Used: Clayton Custom Green Delrin, Standard Shape, 0.88mm gauge

“It’s hard to beat the durability and playability of Clayton guitar picks. With how often we play I really need a reliable pick to get me through the entire show without too much wear which is why I play the heavier gauge Clayton .88mm. May the Clayton legacy reign supreme!”   -Phil

“Feel and durability are the two qualities I look for in guitar picks which is why I use the Clayton .88mm guitar picks because they don’t feel bulky in my hands but still hold up throughout multiple shows rather than disintegrating mid strum.” -Aaron

The Reed brothers have finally united to create music together after twelve years of being 3000 miles apart. Phil Reed moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2013 and joined forces with Aaron Reed in a project dubbed “Buckle Rash”. Playing around with their not so high-energy solo creations they developed something entirely different on the side. Musical tastes for both have changed over the years and evolved into a medley of folk/bluegrass/pop/country and so on… Focusing on tight harmonies and pretty riffs The Brothers Reed want to bring you a unique listening experience that never sits on one musical spectrum for too long. Whether you’re into blues, rock, folk, or soft roots country, The Brothers Reed are sure to deliver nerve hitting tunes in a most simple format.

The Brothers Reed — Aaron Reed and Philip Reed — have received positive responses from audiences since the two members of local band Buckle Rash started their side project a few months ago.”
-Laurie Heuston – The Mail Tribune

“It’s true we’re not very deep into the new year yet, but the bottom line is that Sick As Folk is easily 2015’s best local album to date, and The Brothers Reed have set a pretty high bar for other local artists hitting the studio this year.”
-Josh Gross – The Rogue Valley Messenger

Links:

www.thebrothersreed.com
www.facebook.com/thebrothersreed
www.reverbnation.com/thebrothersreed
https://instagram.com/thebrothersreed/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUUeLGh0aA  (official music video for “Black Blood”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqDNEz1S48     (Live version of “Crazy Hippie”)

Both photos are credited to “Daniel McCarty at www.focalfireimagery.com“.

Pick of the Week — The Jason Lugo Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for both Jason Lugo, lead vocals and guitar, and Mark Williams, lead guitarist, of The Jason Lugo Band:

“From the glitz and glamour of performing 6 years professionally in Las Vegas to the wide open spaces of Southern Idaho, Jason Lugo, Southern Idaho Living’s co-owner and publisher, is making a full circle in the music world. After a 16-year absence from the stage, Lugo and his self-titled band bring to Idaho a fusion of modern country and rock music that is in demand.

Playing in clubs and restaurants and for special events throughout the Magic Valley with upcoming dates as opening acts for country artists including Montgomery Gentry & David Nail, the Jason Lugo Band is quickly drawing an ever-growing fan base.

After playing at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls for only a matter of months, the band packed its lounge so consistently that they were moved to the main restaurant on a bigger stage with more room for expanding crowds.

The Jason Lugo Band is scheduled to play monthly at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls. If you plan on seeing them, be sure to call and reserve a table. Tables are often reserved up to two days prior to performances.

To learn more about the Jason Lugo Band, visit their sites at www.jasonlugoband.com and
facebook.com/jasonlugoband!!

Jason writes about his use of Clayton custom guitar picks:

“I’ve been using Clayton picks since I first started performing/gigging 18 years ago in Las Vegas. I still have my ‘lucky pick’ for all the opening acts I’ve done way back when.. it’s over 16 years old. I’m a graphic artist and built the logo and design on my picks… and I build lots of logos for other bands and artists.” Visit Jason’s art site at www.lugographics.com!

The Jason Lugo Band picks were made on our acetal pick material. Acetal is known for being a grainy, not slip material, and they are great for imprinting with a variety of light-to-dark colors as shown with the awesome Jason Lugo Band logo, created by Jason himself. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Lisa Matassa

This week’s Pick of the Week is for artist Lisa Matassa. Operatically trained as a child, and with a resonantly powerful pop voice, Lisa recorded two top-10 dance singles before she was 20. The songs were huge hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her performing slots in concerts with such acts as Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and TKA. Born on Long Island, but raised in south Florida, Lisa had always loved singing along to records by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and she realized more and more that country music was where her heart was. Capitalizing on country’s contemporary rock-tinged arrangements, Lisa found she could blend the natural heartfelt soul of country with her own stylized brand of New York edginess. She is now considered Long Island’s first bona fide country artist and has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Thompson Square, Eric Church and, most recently, Ronnie Dunn at a “Vets Rock” concert at Brookhaven Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY. Recently, Lisa was asked to sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems during the Delaware Ohio County Fair as part of the event’s prestigious Little Brown Jug harness racing event, which draws thousands of fans annually. As Lisa’s career gains momentum, and her new-release album Somebody’s Baby continues gathering national attention through digital downloads, streaming and radio programming, it’s a sure bet Long Island won’t be the only place where the name Lisa Matassa generates real excitement in country music.

To find out more about Lisa, visit her sites:

www.LisaMatassa.com

www.facebook.com/lisamatassafanpage

Twitter:  @lisa_matassa

www.reverbnation.com/lisamatassa

www.youtube.com/lisamatassamedia

Lisa Matassa’s custom guitar picks were made on our white pearl material. The white pearl is perfect for the gradient quality of her red-orang-yellow logo, and gives the graphic a 3-D appearence.

To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Brantley Gilbert

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

Gavin Kelly

California native Gavin Kelly, child actor turned Nashville Star Country Singer Still acting, singing, and song writing is now Releasing His debut album titled “Honolulu Blue” opening the concert in Bedford Indiana on July 2nd 2011 for Bedford native Lori Anderson. Gavin Kelly is no stranger to the screen being raised in California and appearing on Television shows and movies growing up. He was an extra in a favorite television show Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff followed by Growing pains starring Kirk Cameron, And then Saved by the Bell with Tiffany Amber Thiessen. Gavin moved onto the big screen in the movie Terminator 2 JUDGEMENT DAY with Arnold Schwartzengger, and then the movie Drum Line starring Nick Cannon. Gavin moved to Nashville TN, Where he sang his way onto the reality TV talent show on the 3rd season of Nashville Star. Gavin’s latest screen claim to fame was in the movie Country Strong shown here in a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw as a roadie just trying to get through the crowd to load the guitars onto the bus. Gavin has been recording with IMASTAR Records in Nashville TN with Award winning songwriter Tom Paden under production of Country music legendary musician and producer Dick McVey. Gavin’s 1st single release from the debut album written by Tom Paden titled “IN AMERICA” has hit 51 Country FM radio across the nation and still spreading!

For more on Gavin Kelly visit his websites:
http://www.facebook.com/GavinKellyFanPage
http://www.reverbnation.com/gavinkelly
http://www.facebook.com/Imastar.Records.Gavin.Kelly
http://www.myspace.com/gavincountry
http://www.cafepress.com/Gavin_Kelly
http://www.gavincountry.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

Jackson Deerfield

We recently endorsed Jackson Deerfield from Nashville, TN! Jackson is a solo country rock artist, and has been the opening act for Box Car Willie, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and state fairs with Alabama! Jackson is an accomplished writer and performer who performs his own compositions as well as covers of other country rock artists. In 2009 Jackson begun getting extensive radio air play in places such as New York State. You can check his music out by going to his website http://www.jacksondeerfieldband.com/

Eli Amey of The Wranglers

We just recently endorsed Eli Amey of The Wranglers! The Wranglers are one of Northwest Arkansas’ hottest country, party bands. In addition to performing in many live venues in the region and out west, The Wranglers have been regulars for the Walmart Shareholders Convention and Bikes, Blues, and BBQ both of which are held in Fayetteville, AR. They have also worked numerous weddings, private and corporate parties, and fraternity parties. The Wranglers are dedicated to the dancers. From two step to waltz and line dance to free style The Wranglers work hard to provide for every kind of dancer. While staying true to the traditional honky tonk country that we all know and love, The Wranglers will include varieties of Top 40 Country, Red Dirt, Southern Rock, and Blues. They want everyone to leave happy and know that they have witnessed top quality, professional entertainment. (Biography from The Wranglers website). Click here to visit their website!

Clayton Custom Pick of the Week!

This week we selected Erich Church’s pick for our pick of the week. Eric is a very acclaimed American country music singer and songwriter.  In 2006 he released his debut album Sinners Like Me.  That album produced an amazing total of four chart singles on the Billboard country charts, including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009’s Carolina, has produced two more singles: “Love Your Love the Most,” his first Top Ten hit, and “Hell on the Heart.”  Eric is also one of our Endorsed artists and uses our Delrin standard 1.00mm. However this week he ordered some of our Rounded Triangle Pearl Celluloid picks to try out. Our pearl picks are great for promotion since they have a beautiful mother of pearl look to them.  People can see them very easily when thrown off stage. We love Eric’s roughed up styled logo in black.  Not shown, is our Eagle logo on the back of his picks.  If you want to become an endorsed artist like Eric please click here for details.  To find out more about Eric Church click below:

ericchurch.com

myspace.com/ericchurch

Clayton Custom Pick of the Week!

Here at Clayton, Inc, we have decided to feature a custom pick each week from now forward! We think this is a great way to showcase many of the great picks we make for bands every day.  Keep checking in each week to see a new featured pick and band from us.

This week we selected a pick we made for the Nancy Kenyon Band.  We loved how colorful and detailed this pick turned out on our white delrin .80mm material. It is a great example that shows what amazing detail and color we can produce onto a guitar pick.  We also enhanced this pick by using glossy ink to really make the graphic “pop” on the pick. We had a great time learning more about Nancy Kenyon and her high energy female country style.   She has been doing acoustic style shows for over 15 years! Now within the past few years she has a full band and is starting to do big venues. Her next notable show will be at Jillian’s in Albany, NY, which will be an after party for Carrie Underwood’s Albany concert.  It begins at 11pm if any of you are interested in seeing this amazing band! To find out more about the Nancy Kenyon Band Please visit: www.myspace.com/nancykenyon

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.

Congrats James!

We just wanted to take a moment to congratulate James Otto on his winning the award for co-writing the Song of the Year, “In Color” at the CMA’s this week! If you want to check out James new music, or see where his current shows are check out his myspace!

LBT picks!

We just completed a batch of picks for Little Big Town’s Philip and Jimi. lbtJimi uses the orange delrin, and Philip uses the acetal .80mm. The band has a great sound to it! I think I’ve said before that I’m more of a rock person, however, I’m getting more into country. They have really catchy lyrics, and the music makes you want to get up and dance! I am definently adding some of their songs to my ipod now :). They were just recently nominated for 2 CMT awards, (you can vote for them by clicking here). Also, if your lucky enough and in the area you can check them out at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on June 9th.

You can check them out at:

Their Official Site

Myspace