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Win some custom picks & more at GuitarTrump.com

We have teamed up with GuitarTrump.com again for their International Guitar Month giveaway that is going on now through April 17th. We have thrown in 100 custom guitar picks for the winner, plus you can win more prizes from Cannoy Guitars, Keith Moody, Hedras Ramos, Two Circles Music Co., Jonas Tamas, GearPipe.com, Jamz Guitar Straps, AND RJL Guitars. Please visit GuitarTrump.com for full contest details and prizes :-).

Pick of the Week — The Michael Matthews Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the Michael Matthews Band. Formed in Southwest Florida by Craig “Michael Matthew” Strickler, ten years ago, the Michael Matthews Band is a talented group of seasoned musicians that are appealing to all audiences bringing their own style and flair to the rock music, popular cover songs and their own original material that they perform. Mix that with the heart, soul and passion that these guys have for music and you have a winning combination!!  They currently play the club circuit in Southwest Florida.  You can find them on Facebook and Reverbnation. The Michael Matthews Band picks were made on our white pearl material, which adds a cool marbleized effect to their black and red design. They used the custom picks to make some awesome necklaces, shown in the photo below. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!Shown below is a photo of the Michael Matthews Band, they are: from left to right Craig “Michael Matthew” Strickler (lead guitar & lead vocals), John Hedlund (guitar & vocals), Dean Carmel (bass & vocals) and Neil Anthony (percussion & vocals).

Pick of the Week — The Cat’s Pajamas

This week’s Pick of the Week is for The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band. It is an explosive 5 man a cappella group who creates all the sounds of a band using only their voices.  The group was formed in 2005 by Brian Skinner and Nate Mendl who both share a passion and drive for performing and music production.  The two had previously worked together in college groups at The University of Wisconsin such as the Wisconsin Singers and a cappella groups the MadHatters and Redefined.  The first time The Cat’s PJs ever performed together was for the 2005 Oreo Cookie Jingle competition.  They then recorded a demo and searched everywhere for gigs until their first big break when they were offered a 6 month stint on Celebrity Cruise Lines as the in house a cappella group.  After their first contract, The Cat’s Pajamas moved on to be hired as guest entertainers by Norwegian Cruise Lines.  The Cats performed 40 weeks a year onboard NCL from 2007-2009, and quickly became their highest rated act.  The Cats also found themselves on America’s Got Talent and The Next Great American Band.  Since their inception, The Cat’s Pajamas have always been involved in education and giving back to the school systems that made them successful.  This was the inspiration for  their “Music in Schools” fundraising tour.  Nate and Brad are both certified choral teachers and all five members work with kids by teaching breathing/singing techniques, confidence, performance tips, and overall trying to keep them excited and involved with singing.  Each year they perform at approximately 25 schools and have raised over $50,000 to date for struggling arts programs all over the country.  After 3 years of perpetual cruising and touring on land, in the fall of 2009, The Cat’s Pajamas decided to move down to Branson, Missouri. Often named the “Live Music Show Capitol of the World”, Branson is a vacation destination to over 8 million visitors each year.  Since the move they’ve been performing over 200 shows a year! In the fall of 2011 The Cat’s Pajamas reached millions of new viewers when they performed on NBC’s hit show The Sing Off.  Now back in Branson for their third season, The Cat’s Pajamas will be performing an all new high energy show from March through December of 2012 at the world-class Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.
Schedule and more information are available on their website at www.vocalmeow.com and their music is available on itunes.
The Cat’s Pajamas’ custom picks picks were made on Clayton’s pink delrin guitar pick material. Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Bobcats

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band The Bobcats; a rockabilly band from Long Island, NY formed in 2009. Their name came from the fact that four of the original five members were named Bob (their original drummer, Mike, suggested the name). They play covers from the early Sun Records days to the present, including some original songs. They strive for an authentic sound with a little bit of an edge, with the powerful vocals of Rob Walker, two guitars of Bobby Koleba and Bob Muller, driving drums of Scott Wallace and the stand-up bass of Dennis Caserta. Their logo was designed by lead guitarist Bobby Koleba and was created for them by a local artist named June H. Blair. The guitars featured on the logo are the main guitars used by Bob Muller, who ordered the custom picks, and Bobby Koleba (a Gretsch Hot Rod and a Gretsch Double Anniversary).  
Here at Clayton, we liked the detail of the band’s logo and how the bright colors stood out really well on our white delrin pick material.
 To find out more about The Bobcats, search for them on Facebook or visit their Reverbnation site: http://www.reverbnation.com/rockabillybobcats
To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Check out KG and Kones speaking with Steve Clayton in their new video below:

Guitarings – Clayton Picks at NAMM

Trapped in Static

Trapped In Static is an alternative rock/indie band based in New York City formed by singer/musician/songwriter Athan Hilaki (previously with GAD.). The band first started using the name Trapped In Static in October 2010 with Athan on vocals & guitar but a different line-up. After a small break, the band is back with a new line-up, Athan Hilaki on vocals, guitar & keyboards, David Torres on drums and Peter Douskalis on guitar & keyboards, joined on stage by George Kostopoulos (bass). In a very short period of time – less then 4 months (Dec 2011 – Mar 2012), Trapped In Static managed to have a big impact in the NYC crowd, and the show goes on!

– In December 2011, Trapped In Static finished 5th in the competition Hometown Hero by Z100, receiving more than 1500 votes.
– In January 30th 2012, the band appeared LIVE on TV, for “Minding Your Business” on the Manhattan Network Neighborhood, with great reviews and a second appearance coming soon!
– In February 10th TIS. performed LIVE on Nexus Productions Radio (broadcasted live on TV with EllasTV) & February 12th performed LIVE an unplugged version of their songs on Hellas FM.

Some recent live shows include some of the hottest live venues in NYC such as:
– The BitterEnd, Knitting Factory, Pianos, Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, The Delancey, National Underground, Tammany Hall and more…

http://www.trappedinstatic.com
http://www.twitter.com/instaticlive
http://www.myspace.com/trappedinstatic
http://www.youtube.com/TrappedInStaticTV

Dharmata

DHARMATA is vocalist Jay Slim, guitarists Chris Turbo and Matt Nasty, bassist Kevin Sanchez, and drummer JC Lackey. DHARMATA formed in the summer of 2007, in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a chance meeting between vocalist Slim and bassist Sanchez.

Since its inception, DHARMATA has quickly created a large, loyal, and growing fan base in the Florida music scene, garnering buzz for their ability to combine polished song craftsmanship with captivating high-energy live performances.

A dynamic sound captures the collective best of each member’s influences, a wide-ranging spectrum that includes everything from Pantera to Jeff Buckley. In their brief existence, DHARMATA has already shared stages with artists such as 10 Years, Skindred, Sick Puppies, and Nonpoint, and has been invited to participate in large music festivals such as SunFest, MoonFest, Crue Fest, and Buzz Bake Sale.

In 2007, DHARMATA’s very first song and recording, “The Fall,” had an immediate impact at radio, with airplay on West Palm Beach’s influential rock station, WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz. “The Fall,” an apologetic homage to vocalist Jay Slim’s previous band, nationally-recognized rock outfit Presence, showcases the emotionally palpable lyrics and soaring, powerful melodic hooks that have been seducing South Florida audiences.

In 2009, popular British ragga-metal rockers Skindred stumbled across a live DHARMATA performance and asked DHARMATA to join them on a tour of the Midwestern United States. DHARMATA’s first tour outside of Florida proved fruitful, as they fetched massive merchandise sales and a brand new ravenous fan base in select Midwest cities. At the request of Madison, Wisconsin’s WJJO, DHARMATA performed live on-air to immediate rave reviews. In December 2009, Benji Webbe, lead vocalist of Skindred, spoke highly of DHARMATA in a live South Florida radio broadcast, calling the band “soon-to-be international rock stars.”

DHARMATA completed sessions at Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station Studios with producers Rob Roy and Joe Butera in late 2009. The single, “The Awakening,” garnered airplay on WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz as well as WHDR 93.1 (93 Rock) in Miami.

DHARMATA is currently finishing up their debut full length album with producer Matt LaPlant and Benji Webbe (Skindred) at Beiler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. In November 2011, the first single off the new album, “Do It Again,” was picked up as an official add at WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz with 14+ weekly spins during mid-day and evenings. In December 2011, due to a swell of positive feedback from listeners, WPBZ asked DHARMATA to headline a stage at the Buzz Bake Sale and was one of the most talked-about artists at the event, after playing to an audience of thousands.

DHARMATA will release their debut album in early 2012, followed by relentless touring in support.

http://www.dharmataband.com
http://www.facebook.com/dharmatamusic
http://www.myspace/dharmatamusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/dharmata
http://www.sonicbids.com/dharmata

Pick of the Week — Chasing Mona

For the Pick of the Week this week, we chose a design created for the band Chasing Mona. “Chasing Mona is a local Kitsap County cover band specializing in classic rock covers, rockabilly favorites, and ‘paying homage to the hat’ country. Branded by their signature black and white Chuck Taylors, a profound commitment and respect for our military, and their buxom flirtatious mascot Mona that can be seen on the cover of the bass drum lit up by a spotlight, Chasing Mona is all about bringing the fun, the funk, and the history of music to the stage with every performance. One of the single greatest accomplishments of this band is their ability to pack a venue and get invited back again and again. Without a doubt, Chasing Mona is one of the busiest cover bands in Kitsap County. They are currently breaking into the casino scene and getting rave reviews from all around.” Find out more about the band at http://www.chasingmonaband.com/ and http://www.reverbnation.com/chasingmonaband. Chasing Mona’s picks were made on our white delrin material, which was the best to support their full color graphic and really make the red and black colors pop against the bright white background. To create and order your own custom guitar picks today, visit www.claytoncustom.com!
 

Pick of the Week — Sister Mary Tarantula

 

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band “Sister Mary Tarantula.” They are a working rock band based in Houston, TX.  They have one independent album out, and they are currently writing material for their follow up album. The members of the band are: Mark Neely/Rhythm Guitar/lead vocals, Ernest Martinez/Drums, Pablo Gonzales/Bass, and Carlos Ulloa/Lead Guitar. Their style draws from a lot of classic heavy rock, such as Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy, etc… and they do a Dio tribute band as well called “Holy Diver.” Carlos was the member of the band who ordered custom picks from us. He says that, as a performer, he was a late bloomer into the guitar love affair. He started playing drums and took up the guitar at age 21. He has now been playing for 21 years, and he can seriously site his influences as “any one whom he has ever seen play!” but some of his favorites are the usual suspects of Vai, Pertrucci & Eric Johnson. You can sample the music of Sister Mary Tarantula here: http://www.myspace.com/sistermarytarantula They have a face book as well: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Mary-Tarantula/190410009750 and here is a video of the band using Clayton picks!!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0W6yhgg82E The band’s picks were created on our acetal material, which was the best to support their full color design with an overbleed that gives the pick the appearance of being dark red. To create and design your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Mojo Tones

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the blues band, The Mojo Tones. “The Mojo Tones started out as four friends just getting together, playing Blues and Blues-Rock songs for the fun of it.  Mike (drums) initiated things by asking Billy (guitar) if he’d be interested in doing a Blues project, just for fun, just because. Billy says, “One thing led to another, word got out, and suddenly, we were playing gigs by word of mouth.” Mike knew a singer/harmonica player in Joe (Vocals & Harp) that loved the Blues, and they had a friend that played bass. That bass player was Will, and with his musical background, things meshed together quite well. After a few years, Will had to tend to family matters, and through Will, Gerald was welcomed in on bass. Gerald has years of playing under his belt, and is a perfect fit.
Billy says, “I think the last thing the Musical World needs is yet-another Blues band playing endless shuffles, or their versions of Stevie Ray Vaughan songs. We mix genres, a 1940’s Blues classic with a modern blues-rock re-write…Country Blues, ala Robert Johnson, but with electrified Dobro through an amp, or playing Hendrix with harmonica, Dylan with a Dobro, a John Lee Hooker-influenced slide-guitar twist of Rolling Stones classic…even Motorhead, just because it was fun. No rules, no taking ourselves too seriously.” Mike went from a regular drum kit, resized to just a kick and snare with a couple of cymbals, trading in his sticks for a pair of brushes…minimalist to the bone. Just picture Motorhead with brushes…With Mike, less is more, and his ability to groove with the song shows it. “Some of the places we play require a lot less volume than regular clubs, so I started using a 5 watt guitar amp, even a 1watt amp, because the club requires a limit on volume level. My guitar-playing friends think I’m crazy…” Even Joe’s harp amp went down to 5 watts or 1 watt, depending on the gig. Joe uses different effects with his harp: distortion, Leslie, phasing, flanging, echo…anything to sound different.
The Blues is a great teacher, and it will teach you that what feels right, isright.  The Mojo Tones mix genres, within songs, playing Country Blues with Blues Rock, Jump Blues with Jazz, without any of the high-brow sensibilities. It still comes down to four friends playing music, for the love of music…” To find out more about The Mojo Tones, visit their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mojo-Tones/149174077686. The Mojo Tones’ picks were made on our white delrin material, which was perfect to enhance their red logo and give that classic “Coca Cola” look. To design your own custom guitar picks visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Me Vs. Murphy

Me Vs Murphy is a band formed by four Venezuelans currently living in the city of Miami. The band just finished recording their first album titled “#JUSTSAYING” which consists of 10 songs and it was recorded in the studios of SAE in Miami, Florida. The release is on March 2012.
www.facebook.com/mevsmurphy
www.youtube.com/mevsmurphy

The Armiger

The Armiger is a 5 piece Metal band out of Chino Hills, California consisting of Wes Bracamontes on Lead Vocals, Shay Sawyer on Drums, David Willie on Lead Guitar, and Ryan Linden on Rhythm Guitar. Since their beginning in August of 2010, they have been turning heads within the Metal community and are gaining a following throughout the inland empire. While picking up sponsors at an early stage of their progress, they are looking to extend their reach into many different aspects of like-minded industries. Their blend of Metal, and hard rock has set them aside from the stereotypical metal styles and can be appealing to all walks of life. With the release of their 5-song E.P. “Second Sight” they are looking to promote their songs across Southern California with bands of similar styles.

http://thearmiger.com/

 

Max Solo

Max Solo is a 27 year old guitar player born in Moscow, Russia, and currently living in Berlin, Germany. After he finished May Lian’s guitar school he won the 2nd prize at the Russian National Guitar Competition in the Rock nomination. Between 2004-2005 he recorded 2 albums with a russian folk singer Alexey Vitakov. In 2010 he was chosen by Brian May of Queen out of more than 50 applicants to perform for the “We Will Rock You” musical at the Theater des Westens, Berlin, Germany. “Grand Guitars” magazine published an interview about the audition process (attached).
During last 15 years Max played in many bands in numerous styles, almost everything from jazz to pop, from funk to metal. In addition to that there’s always a lot of studio work, musicals and other events. In 2011 Max has played over 80 live shows and had 2 CD releases. After “We Will Rock You” he’s going to play “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Hinterm Horizont”, one of the biggest and most successful musicals in Germany. With a new band “Rabbits Gone Wild” Max plays bass and keyboards at once and sings. Check www.maxsolo.de

A Collegiate Affair

We recently endorsed the band A Collegiate Affair and wanted to share the band’s bio with you all:

“We’re A Collegiate Affair (ACA) and we’re based out of Blacksburg, Virginia. Our influences are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, blink-182, JET, and The Ramones. We all love punk…and classic rock. So we’re throwing our two loves together and creating a new genre of rock and we hope you enjoy our jams!”

Mikey Stecher- Bass/Vocals
TJ Miller- Guitar/Vocals
Tim Fogg- Guitar
Kevin Schmidt- Drums

Check out the band at:

http://www.reverbnation.com/ACAvirginia
http://twitter.com/ACARVA11
http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Collegiate-Affair/203146659741211

Pick of the Week — Losing Scarlet

A thrashing gust of energy from the windy city itself, Chicago rock band Losing Scarlet is ready to make a name for themselves! Losing Scarlet has gelled extremely well in 3 years and can about touch national recognition in every show that they play. Good things just continue to happen for this band.
Losing Scarlet is Jodi Kell (vocals), Scott Haith (guitar), and Shawn Kelly (drums). Once a show begins, everyone who wondered is now a believer as Losing Scarlet’s energy smashes out of nowhere and Jodi draws you in with an infectious stage presence. Losing Scarlet blends romp head-banging with an in-your-face groove that culminates in their own brand of “pretty metal”.
Losing Scarlet has spent the last 3 years consistently playing live, perfecting their stage presence, headlining shows and opening for national acts when the opportunity presents itself. Losing Scarlet has opened for national recording artists Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of a Deadman, Godsmack, Adelita’s Way, Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Soil, Days of the New, Tantric, Taproot and Bullet For My Valentine.
Losing Scarlet has been on one wild ride; we invite you to join us as we conquer the world one city at a time. Find out more about Losing Scarlet at http://www.facebook.com/losingscarlet.

Losing Scarlet’s custom guitar picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, which has a nice contrast with the band’s red artwork that bleeds to the edge of the pick (using our full bleed design option). To create your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life – Folsom Telegraph

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life – Folsom Telegraph.

We wanted to share the above article with you about one of our endorsees, Scott Paul Graham.

Last Day for 14% Off!

Attention Clayton customers! Today is the last day of our Valentine’s Day sale on custom guitar picks! Place an order with us today to receive 14% off of your entire order! Custom picks start as low as $24.99. To start designing your custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You can choose your pick material, the shape, the gauge and various print options. You can then create your design using our web-based design interface. You can add text, images from our library, or upload your own images to the guitar pick template. Once your design is complete, you can order your custom picks directly from our site as well! When prompted for a promo code, use LOVE14 to receive your Valentine’s Day discount!

Top Dead Center

Today we wanted to share a little bit about one of our endorsed bands Top Dead Center :-)! Top Dead Center is truly a band to be reckoned with. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Top Dead Center has a contagious and intoxicating sound as brutal as the South Texas sun on the 4th of July. Their unique mix of influence from southern rock, vintage bar rock, and true heavy metal make Top Dead Center a true locomotive of music mayhem with a stage presence that guarantees a good time. Imagine the modernized bastard child of Mötley Crüe and Slayer having conceived Top Dead Center in the bed of a pickup truck outside Floore’s Country Store while Willie Nelson performed Whiskey River . . . it’s as brutal and awesome as that. Always a forward moving powerhouse of rock’n’roll wreckage in the South Texas region, the whiskey bent lineup have already recorded their debut album titled “A Train Ride to Hell,” which is available now. A brief tour through major cities in Texas will follow to support this release. Each member has an extensive musical history and experience in the Texas music industry. IN September 2010 TDC had an opportunity of a life time by opening up for rock legends KISS, after a three month competition with over 200 bands. Top Dead Center have shared the stage with several other regional and national acts with future goals to continue recording, touring, and spreading the South to every part of the U.S. . . . and then the rest of the world.

Members: Ol’ Mikey – Vocals
Justin Kase – Drums
ChRxis Crigger – Bass
Jack III – Guitar
Johnny Rodd – Guitar

www.topdeadcentermusic.com

Pick of the Week — The Bebe Buell Band (Enzo Penizzotto)

This week’s Pick of the Week was created and ordered by customer Enzo Penizzotto. He is currently the bass player in The Bebe Buell Band (Bebe is Liv Tyler’s mother). The band consists of Bebe on vocals, Jim Walls (Das Damen) & Pete Marshall on guitar (Iggy Pop, Samhain), Zac Lasher (U-Melt) on keys, Louisa Mysteria Bradshaw (Angels are jealous of her singing voice) on backgrounds and New Jersey’s own Sarah Tomek on drums. They have a new album called “Hard Love” – the pick stems from the album artwork. Enzo played with Bebe back in 1998-2000 before joining up with joan jett in 2000. He reunited with her last year in July. Other artists that Enzo has worked with include joan jett (2000-2010), the Batusis (with Cheetah Chrome from the Dead Boys and Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls), played on the newest Beggars & Thieves “We are the Broken Hearted” album recently released on Frontiers label, also Eddie Sperry’s Screed the Psychological Profile album.  In his downtime while at home, Enzo also subs on a Broadway musical show called Memphis. And he teaches from time to time at The School of Rock in Manhattan.  He was a founding member of his own band Speed McQueen, which he started at 19 with Mark Lewis (produced Fly Leaf) on guitar/vocals and Joey Crifo on drums. Speed McQueen was picked up by Mercury records and had records produced by Tim Patalan (Sponge) and Ed Stasium (Ramones, Rolling Stones, etc) and toured extensively. Enzo was born in New York City and still lives there. He has been playing the bass since he was 14 years old. Professionally since he was 19 years old. Enzo says that he has been using Clayton picks forever, specifically the Acetal Rounded Triangle in a 1mm gauge. Find out more about Enzo and his career  at www.enzopenizzotto.com. We thought that the Hard Love picks were a perfect feature design for the day after Valentine’s Day! To create and order your own custom picks for your next event or gig, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Trailerhood (Brian Grilli)

Brian Grilli is one of the most up-and-coming artists on the east coast. Born in Chicago, IL, he began his studies of guitar at age 8. Over the years, Brian has studied with some of the luminaries of the guitar world including Doug Seven, Ernie Inucci, Mark Dunn, among others.
Brian has had success in the USA in the band Rumble Fish with a top College Radio single “Want You Around” and International acclaim with The Glory Hounds with a Number One song “Pornstar” in Spain and Portugal.
He also has had Indie critical acclaim for The Glory Hounds album “Sex-A-Go-Go” and has been featured in publications such as Spin, Guitar World, Amplifier, Nine Volt, among others.
Brian and his latest endeavour The Trailerhood have been quickly becoming an East Coast favorite. Playing over 150 shows in their first year and opening for acts such as Danny Gokey and Sarah Darling. They are set to record their debut album in July 2012. Find out more about The Trailerhood at http://www.thetrailerhoodband.com/.
Brian is a proud endorser of Steve Clayton Picks and Accessories! Brian’s picks were made on our ultem material, which looks really nice with the black and red Trailerhood logo. If you would like to create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Some more photos from NAMM of Robert Kearns signing at our booth :-).

Story of a Ghost

Last week we had a Facebook contest to share your band’s story on our blog, the winner was Aaron from Story of a Ghost :-)! Story of a ghost began their musical journey from the release of their single “Akimbo”, based loosely on the May 22 2011 tornado. Akimbo, was recorded in their home town of Joplin, Mo by producer Jerrod Naff, at Zombielife Studios. It has been featured on radio stations in their home state, as well as on the 2011 compilation cd for magazine, “The Dead Timez”. They are currently in the studio working on their self-titled e.p “Story of a ghost” that is expected for release on ITUNES and AmazonMP3 in early 2012. A national tour for 2012 is definitely in the works. (Bio)      links: www.reverbnation.com/storyofaghost

New custom pick available!

We now have a custom guitar pick that you can order in lower quantities of 30, 60 and 100 with a full or single color design (the pricing is the same for single or full color printing). The new guitar pick is called Carbonate. Our Carbonate guitar picks have a great sound and come in white with a glossy finish. They take about 10 business days to produce for either quantity. This pick is great for smaller events and promotions as well as personal use. We can imprint full color on these and often bright vibrant colors look best.  They are priced at 30 for $29.99, 60 for $45.99 and 100 for $59.99. Go to http://www.claytoncustom.com to design your pick today!

Pick of the Week — The Brian Davis Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for The Brian Davis Band, which formed in 2004 for a one-night-only concert to raise funds for the music departments in the local Catholic schools. That night was an overwhelming success both monetarily and spiritually and ended with a feeling of what’s next! Since then, that concert has grown to an annual event drawing near a thousand together each year in worship and has raised nearly $35,000 dollars for youth music programs.
  In 2007, the band was finding themselves more in demand for youth rallies, worship nights and church festivals. That demand came with a special call from God to begin to share their faith journey through original songs. As the songs poured out, the ministry continued to grow and touch the lives of countless Christians from their region. 2009 was truly a breakout year for the band; seeing their message spread to a larger audience, seeing their gifts helping the people of Uganda through a nationally released compilation album titled “Unified By Grace,” making their first television appearance on ” Lift Him Up Kansas” and completing their first studio album “Stand” which released in January of 2010.
The band is looking forward to the places God will call them to in 2012 and the opportunity to serve his people through their ministry.
For more information regarding the band visit them online at www.myspace.com/thebriandavisband42 or “like them” on Facebook!

The Brian Davis Band chose to have their picks made on our orange delrin material, which nicely supports their intricate black design. We loved the fine detail and creativity of their artwork. Brian told me that the design on the pick was inspired by Luke 12:24 which speaks of how the Raven, who has nothing, is cared for and loved by God. This passage intends to teach us that we, who have so many gifts, are loved as much… if not more. The Brian Davis Band has the same design for one of their t-shirts as well as on the front of their drum kit. To create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Rock the Romance

Having trouble with figuring out the perfect gift for your Valentine this year? Custom guitar picks make a great gift that is both functional and has that personal touch. To design your custom picks visit www.claytoncustom.com today. We offer guitar picks in the classic Valentines pink, purple, and red colors, or you can use one of our more basic pick types like white pearl. They can be customized with names, dates, and all those clever music/romantic graphics like the one shown on the guitar pick here. They are the perfect present solution for your special someone who also happens to be a rockstar! Hurry up…we make our picks really fast but time is starting to run out!

Michael Sechrest

We’d like to introduce one of our new endorsee’s Michael Sechrest. Michael has been using our products for over 7 years now! Michael Sechrest is a Vocalist, Guitarist, Emmy Nominated Composer and Producer:
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio Michael started playing guitar at a young age. He has been Music Director and/or performed with various artists including Lakita Garth, Jon Gibson, Israel Houghton, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, Wayne Newton, and currently plays with Diana Ross. Michael has also produced and composed music with Susan Kay Wyatt, Lakita Garth, International Star Coco Lee, Rich “Rico” Henderson, Teddy “RedSun” Orii and many more. Michael has been a staff songwriter for several Publishing companies and has had works published with television networks NBC, ABC, and CBS. Also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song in 2003. Michael is also a co-owner of Sound Vision Studios in Harbor City, CA.

Pick of the Week — LA Stryker

This week’s Pick of the Week is for LA Stryker,  a Dutch rock-band founded in 2008. Their songs are honest and real, deep down from the soul! When you listen to their heavy stuff, the rhythm section really holds the pocket. Together with the sharp vocal-lines and killerhooks on guitar, it certainly turns the time around! The band has also a few more poppy-songs in their repertoire. The latest studio-recordings are from last December so these tunes will be available online soon before spring 2012! LA Stryker has been rocking the stages all over Holland for 3 years now and in 2012 they are planning to cross the channel for a short UK-tour. To find out more about the band, visit http://www.lastryker.com/. LA Stryker’s picks were made on our acetal material, which worked really well with their full bleed design. To design and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Paulo Morete

Paulo is a Spanish guitarist  and songwriter of the band Einsof (www.einsofmusic.com) and is very influenced by the more aggressive styles like hard rock and metal, in 2008 edited the successful debut called Neverending, with the single Paradox. After that came the collaboration with other bands like Satrapa (www.satrapaweb.com). He is currently recording the second album of 2012 Einsof and other projects with musicians in Spain for 2012

Paulo uses: Custom white pearl and Ultem picks 1mm pick.

More information :

 

www.paulomorete.com

 

www.einsofmusic.com

 

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Amourous Art

Hey Clayton customers! Check out these cool designs that are being submitted by some of our other customers! Both of these picks were designed for weddings, and we love how creative they are! Both are two-sided designs. The top pick design was made on our white pearl material, with full bleed art that almost covers the entirety of the pick, so it gives the appearance of being golden on one side and pink on the other. Of course, both sets of picks display the couple’s name and the wedding date. The second pick design is on our white delrin material, which really makes the red color of the tree pop. Both pick sets will be great as wedding favors that can tie into the wedding theme and impress guests with originality. Are you planning a 2012 wedding? Start designing your custom wedding guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. Looking for inspiration? Check out our website designated specifically for wedding picks that shows what customers have created before to help you come up with some ideas: www.customweddingpicks.com.

UNIVERSITY of ROCK

Hey Clayton Fans!! Check out these awesome picks we just made for a hip music school known as the UNIVERSITY of ROCK! UNIVERSITY of ROCK was started in 2009, all from an idea and passion to give back to aspiring musicians. Founded in JK’s (Founder/CEO) studio apartment in Hollywood, CA, the UNIVERSITY of ROCK (URock for short) has grown largely due to word of mouth and has grown without the help of any outside investors/capital.
“Our school is highly branded and our image is young, hip, and empowering. Students are really digging our method/philosophy in teaching and have been telling their friends about us. It’s great because we get to introduce them to one of the coolest things on earth- rock n roll and we get to see firsthand on how music impacts their life for the better. I’m very fortunate to have the quality of Instructors and Students at our school,” says JK.
Currently, UNIVERSITY of ROCK has 6 branches in North America (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, and Boston) and recently opened an international branch in South Korea as of November 2011.
We had the opportunity to ask JK a few questions:
Q: So how did you come across Clayton picks?
A: It’s funny I actually got a bag of Clayton custom picks as a gift from this girl I knew back in 2009. She got them for me on my birthday and I was immediately hooked on the quality (particularly the Acetal material) and how easy it was to customize anything you wanted on the pick. Since then, I started ordering custom picks from you guys.
Q: Can you describe the picks you recently ordered for your company URock?
A: Yea, it’s the Acetal material and it features our logo/mascot Rockboy on the front of the pick. It’s only shows a part of his face though so it looks all alienish haha.
Q: What’s in store for URock this year?
A: Quite a bit actually. We are filming a couple commercial videos soon and are coming out with a new website in the next month or so. Then we plan to expand to other cities in America and possibly partner with some big names in music by this summer hopefully. Also we are coming out with some cool products that feature our mascot Rockboy.
Q: I heard you just started a band KISS the HERO? Tell us about that.
A: It’s a pop/rock band I started a few months ago with some friends of mine. We are getting ready to hit the studio to record a 5 song EP here soon. From there, we’ll be playing shows, touring, and all that other stuff. I’m really excited, the sound of the band is very pop oriented with a flare of some 80’s rock influence. Look out for KISS the HERO picks soon!
For more information on UNIVERSITY of ROCK, check them out at:
www.universityofrock.com
www.facebook.com/universityofrock
To design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!