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Pete Evick

Our endorsed artist Pete Evick, touring guitar player and full-time engineer/producer for rock and roll icon Bret Michaels has been writing a column for Guitar World Magazine we would like to share! For the most part his articles are about the process known as “recording in the box”.  We would recommend you head on over to Guitar World asap to check it out! 🙂

 

Car Party New EP!

Car Party has just released their latest EP, and a video for their Single “Hopeless” which you can check out below! You can also check out the bands bio, and more music at their website http://www.carpartyband.com/.

Hopeless is also available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/patterns-ep/id570509631

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”.

Treponem Pal – New Album!

We just wanted to share that Treponem Pal, one of our endorsed bands, just recently released their new album Survival Sounds. Check it out at their websites below:

 

http://treponempal.com
http://soundcloud.com/treponempal
http://www.reverbnation.com/treponempal
http://listn.to/TREPONEMPAL
http://twitter.com/#!/Treponem_pal

Skull Fist

Skull Fist was formed in 2007 in response to the lack of “ass kicking” heavy metal/rock n roll in the music industry. It took 4 years for frontman singer/axeman Jackie Slaughter to put together a solid lineup which includes Jonny Nesta on Guitar, Casey Slade on bass and Chris Steve on drums. The band recorded a 5 song E.P. in 2010 which led to playing festivals in europe, A tour in europe as well as landing them a management deal, A record deal with Noise Art Records and a Booking Agency deal the world wide succesful Rock the Nation booking. After releasing the bands 1st album in august of 2011 which won them best upcoming band in U.K’s biggest metal magazine Terrorizer as well as many features/reviews and top 10 lists in Kerrang, Decibel, Classic Rock magazine and Japan’s biggest rock magazine Burnn. the band has done an amazing amount of touring through Europe and the U.K. several times. Played many touring festivals, has Toured Japan and played with such names as Uriah Heep, Megadeth, Wasp, Sabaton, Doro, Anthrax and Blind Guardian. The band is currently looking at a Canadian tour in september, I european / United Kingdom tour with WASP for october and november followed by a Brazilian tour in January, Recording the next album in february/march as well as a United States tour in April. These guys have toured non stop since the release of there record in many different countries and are planning to record a new record to be release next summer.

www.skullfist.ca

www.facebook.com/skullfisted

www.youtube.com/skullfistofficial

Metal Custom Picks!

In case you haven’t noticed these on our custom pick list yet, we are now offering Customized Metal Picks! We offer 3 types of metal guitar picks for custom imprinting. We have stainless steel, brass and copper. All are solid metal, with a brushed metal surface to enhance gripping. All are available for black imprinting one or two sides. They come in Standard shape, 1.00mm gauge. Head on over to http://www.claytoncustom.com to start designing yours today!

Pick of the Week — Glazz

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Glazz, a young but experienced trio from Spain that mixes Jazz, Prog Rock, Funk and World Music.
Since 2008 they have released 2 albums by themselves, and a third coming. Their new goal is to sell their music in the U.S., where they’re planning to go next year, and they’re looking for a label to work with.  
In almost two years, since their first album was released, they’ve played in many different festivals such as the Havana’s Jazz Plaza, Manchester Jazz Festival or Lago de Bornos with bands like Premiata Forneira Marconi, and have traveled around the United Kingdom, Japan and the Middle East.

You can check out their website: www.glazzmusic.com, where you can listen to some samples of their last album called ‘Cirquelectric,'” a 78 minute conceptual album which has been very well received, both by press and well-known musicians.

View an awseome Glazz promotional video by clicking here: video

You can buy their music at the i-tunes store, or order a CD by clicking here.

We at Clayton absolutely love the high detail and artistic quality of the Glazz custom guitar picks. They were made on our acetal pick material, with an overbleed so that the design goes all the way to the edge of the pick. To create and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Lefty Williams

We wanted to share a  video from one our Endorsed artists Left Williams. The video is an interview with him, Lefty Williams Interview.  Not just a great one-armed guitar player, a great guitar player. A skilled guitarist with over two decades of experience, Lefty Williams holds songcraft and musicianship at a premium. By emphasizing each equally on his ironically titled sophomore album Snake Oil, he engages and enlightens the listener. In turn, we fall for Williams’ powerful guitar licks and candid songs, often long before the origin of his nickname—he was born without a right hand—is clear. And by then, it’s just another dimension to his talent. “I definitely don’t wanna shy away from my arm,” says the Atlanta born-and-bred songwriter/musician, who’s been playing guitar since age 4. He started out strumming with the end of his “nubb,” and fashioned his first prosthetic pick at 6. “I was just using the skin on my arm—the same way a fingerstyle player would use his thumb. Then I wanted to play faster.” On his grandfather’s hunch, Lefty approached his prosthetician who devised a sock-like leather wrap. “It didn’t work at all,” he laughs, saying he finally “tore apart my prosthetic arm,” using the strap and part of the harness to fashion something that worked. Henceforth a self-taught musician, Lefty refined his skills by listening. “After my dad taught me basic chords, he showed me how to figure it out on my own. I remember we were listening to the guitar solo part of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and my dad pointing out all the guitar parts that were going on in the background and saying, ‘That’s the kinda stuff you gotta listen for. If you can figure all those out and how to play ‘em at the same time, you can make it sound like the record.’” Soon Lefty was transcribing songs by Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and Yes before moving on to more difficult material. By 11, he was playing in bands. “Death metal!” he laughs. While playing upright bass in the school orchestra he learned how to read music, and in 1998 he made his way to the Atlanta Institute of Music to hone his guitar skills. There he found that his condition put him on equal—if not higher—footing than his peers and instructors at the Atlanta Institute of Music, who envied his “perfect” picking technique. “A lot of guitar players change between moving their wrists and their elbow and their fingers,” he says. “Mine never really changes.” After graduating with honors, Lefty was offered a teaching position at AIM. During that time, he gravitated from metal to grunge bands learning valuable lessons from each. “I can shred if I want to,” he says, “but I get really bored with that. The one thing I took from grunge music was not soloing, just taking your time and making your songs as good as you can possibly make them.” This knowledge served him well as he grew into the bluesy, jazzy style he plays today, which nods to Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughn and early Led Zeppelin—all artists that understand the importance of a great song. Lefty also heeded their performances, and worked to construct a combustible live show with the Lefty Williams Band, which quickly became a big draw at local and regional clubs like Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta), Murphy’s (Boone, North Carolina) and The Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin, Florida). The LWB has also opened for the likes of Gov’t Mule, Tim Reynolds, Little Feat, Jimbo Mathus, Col. Bruce and the Quark Alliance, Chris Duarte Group, Blackberry Smoke, and . In 2006, Lefty recorded his debut album, Big Plans, produced by John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic). It brought a dynamic range of music to the table, from high energy like “Shine Begins to Fade” to soulful tracks like “Sunny,” in which Lefty’s innate sense of groove and melody, coupled with an expressive, visceral guitar sound, coalesce. Big Plans received raves from Relix, Hittin’ the Note, and Jambase.com, and Williams toured for 18 months behind it, all the while writing like a fiend. By the end of 2007, he got the itch to return to the studio. Once again teaming with Keane, who says “Lefty’s sound is a compelling combination of honest, heartfelt lyrics and masterful rhythm and blues muscle,” Lefty reaches deep into personal experience on Snake Oil. “There’s a lot more honesty in these songs,” Lefty says. The dirty, groovin’ title track refers to two-faced industry types, specifically “a guy who promised me the world and then kinda hosed me.” His divorce fuels the funky “Thank You,” where he acknowledges the silver lining, and thanks his ex for kicking him out. “We’re both better off now.” And the sweet, tender “A Little Bit of Faith” (featured on the Relix CD sampler for June 2008) is written for “my current wife. It’s just a promise to her that I’m not gonna goof around on her.” Musically, Lefty soars on Snake Oil, ratcheting up the earthy yet sophisticated sound of Big Plans. He achieves a coolly smoldering burn—merging King’s world with Davis’s—with “On the Prowl;” suffers through his slide guitar on the gospel-tinged “In the Valley;” channels playful lust on the jumpin’ “Hey Mama;” and creates a taut, stinging three-minute guitar feast with “Salt Stained Moment.” The LWB’s taut grooves are augmented by two guests: Todd Smallie (The Derek Trucks Band) plays bass on “Why Didn’t You Call,” and “On the Prowl” and “Hey Mama” feature blues luminary and fellow Atlanta resident Tinsley Ellis. Says Ellis, “I was knocked out by Lefty the first time I heard his music on MySpace. I just knew that I had to seek him out and hear more of his stuff. He is a veritable triple threat on certainly guitar but also as a soulful vocalist and clever songwriter. The fact that he is out there winning over fans one at a time with his nonstop touring schedule is definitely something that I can relate to. I was thrilled when he asked me to guest on his new album.” Having already given many of the songs on Snake Oil a live test drive, Lefty looks forward to presenting them fully realized on another lengthy tour in 2008. Mostly, though, he’s chomping at the bit to play live, electrifying audiences with his musical virtuosity and heartworn songs. “Let’s just make some cool music,” he says. “That’s all I’ve ever really cared about.”

Artist Links:
http://www.lefty-music.com
http://www.twitter.com/leftywilliams
http://www.facebook.com/leftywilliamsband

http://www.youtube.com/user/leftymusic

Patrick DeCoste

“Since the international success of his 2003 self-produced demo, Patrick DeCoste (pronounced “De-Coast”) has caught the attention of music fans across the globe. His highly anticipated, full-length debut, “Inside The Unsaid”, arrived a year later to much acclaim: “A cool CD filled with all types of guitar wizardry,” beamed Robert Silverstein, editor of “20th Century Guitar” magazine. In May 2005, Guitar9.com featured the CD in the top 5 of their Best Sellers Rock chart alongside Grammy instrumentalists Eric Johnson & Steve Morse. Fresh off his 2008 Artist of the Year nomination from Q’s House Radio Show (Orlando, FL), Patrick DeCoste followed the acclaim with a CD release show at the famed Hard Rock Cafe (Boston) celebrating the launch of his 2009 EP. Along the way, his music has managed to catch the attention of Grammy-Nominated artists as well as Boston premier’s rock station, WAAF, where he was named “one of the area’s most under-rated guitarists”. Since that time, DeCoste has performed throughout the New England and the Southern California areas opening for such major label artists as Johnny A., Lori McKenna and Gary Hoey (“He stands out, has a professional attitude and great work ethic… plus, he’s a good guy too,” Hoey’s quick to add).  Outside of the clubs, sports fans have been treated to DeCoste’s live version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Shea Stadium and the Boston Garden while theater-goers heard his chops in the orchestra pit of the Grammy-winning musical, “Hairspray”. Not bad for someone who actually lets his music do the talking.”

Web: PatrickDeCoste.com . Social: Twitter . Listen: Nimbit
Performances: in HAIRSPRAY . w/ Tommy Lee . at Shea Stadium

Blackbird Sing

We just endorsed the band Blackbird Sing and wanted to share a little bit about the band! Blackbird Sing began in 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Vito Salinas, former singer songwriter of the now defunct, but seminal, “Dieboy” of 1990’s pop-punk fame.  After 13 years Dieboy eventually called it quits in 2006 due to personal differences in the bands direction.  The self-imposed hiatus would almost see the exit of a talented musician, whom after years of being a fixture in the local music scene, was facing the reality of making a living setting in.  It was during these times that Vito continued to use songwriting as an artistic outlet and penned his most emotionally connected songs to date. Vito delved deep into a musical heritage that extended across multiple styles of music due to the influences of the musical tastes of his numerous uncles and cousins, who had introduced him to their favorite artists ranging from The Beatles to The Ramones. However, it was these soul-wrenching songs, written at such a transcendent moment that would sow the first seeds of what would grow into something larger. Vito began collaborating his vision with Andy Salazar also of Dieboy (lead guitar/piano/trumpet) and together the two began consolidating this reality-driven storytelling with experimental forays into blending folk music and country rock with grass-roots Americana.  As the band grew to include George Ransom on bass and the infamous Magallanez brothers, Daniel and James, on drums, percussions, guitar, and harmonica (along with a virtual cornucopia of various sound-making equipment), their sound began to coalesce into something entirely nonpareil. Vito and the Magallanez brothers are first cousins, and growing up so closely allowed them to bring a very close-knit, personal style that made the transition from their previous bands into Blackbird Sing seamless. “We definitely shared a very similar soundtrack growing up and come from a very diverse musical family.”  Heavily Influenced by a menagerie of artists like Cat Stevens, The Stray Cats, Dion and the Belmonts, Social Distortion, The Clash, and Chris Isaak, Blackbird Sing ambitiously set out to create a sound that Vito has described as, “Music that people who like country rock but don’t like rock could enjoy and that people who like rock but don’t like country rock could equally relish.”  And so, in 2010, Blackbird Sing the alt-folk Americana country rock band was born. In less than a year, Blackbird Sing’s seamless blend of modern musical genres combined with heartfelt lyrics that resonate with large swathes of the audience on an individual level catapulted them to the attention of music lovers and critics throughout Texas.  From their first stage performance in June of 2010 at a venue call Club Tonic, Blackbird Sing’s acclaim began skyrocketing, and people began to take notice. In 2010, Robert Vito won the prestigious Rammy award for top vocalist in the San Antonio Texas local music scene and the band as a whole was selected as runner up for best Country/Americana band in the same year. Taking no time to rest while on their meteoric rise to prominence, the band quickly cut a fantastic self-titled EP (to much critical exaltation) the same year.   This showcased the bands chemistry with each member playing an intricate role in the development of the “Texicana” sound.  With a style that echoed shades of current popular folk/country rock bands like Wilco and The Avett Brothers, it wasn’t very long before Blackbird Sing began to spread its influence throughout the region. The self-styled “Heirs of Bexar” (the county in which the city of San Antonio resides) used singles such as the lament-driven “Manxiety” and the esoteric “Hales” to elevate themselves above the masses of garage bands and artistic dilettantes in an industry starved for originality. Their efforts culminated in their being the only band from San Antonio selected to compete in the esteemed Shiner Rising Stars tournament, which brings together the best Texas has to offer in musical acts to vie for the ultimate title of Shiner’s 2011 Rising Star.  Travelling far outside of their sphere of influence and their hometown fans, Blackbird Sing won the contest and is now currently signed to Shiner Records which will be releasing their debut album in early 2012. Seldom has a band so seamlessly blended the swaggering bravado of punk, the emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own.  And yet, even though they’ve accomplished more in one year than most bands do in a lifetime, the boys remain humble and focused.  Already at work on their next musical masterpiece, they haven’t changed their focus.  If asked, Vito will tell it like he has countless times before “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”

For more about their band and to check out their music:

http://www.blackbirdsing.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackbird-Sing/124142137620576

http://youtu.be/wvKp48sV-xA

 

ODDSLANE

ODDSLANE is a uniquely blended mix of driving rock & roll riffs and solid grooves with an overall pop sensibility.They create music that fuses diverse influences from a wide range of styles, but maintains the integrity of what has become their own original sound. The band primarily focuses on the material of singer/songwriter Doug Byrkit, who in 2003 co-founded the group with longtime musical partner Brian Zielie. Doug and Brian’s partnership goes back many years with their first band together while still in high school. Since, they have maintained a close working relationship that has lasted through college and a host of musical projects. Together they can boast such accomplishments as sharing the stage with diverse artist such as Lifehouse, Pete Yorn, and Walter Trout as well as having toured Korea, Japan, and the Pacific Rim. As the core members of ODDSLANE, the pair has formed a creative relationship that blends their broad range of musical influences, ranging from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Tower of Power and Miles Davis, with their years of experience recording and touring. To the outside observer, it may seem that Brian plays a small role in the creative process, but his influence on Doug over the years has been the spearhead to the evolution of his songwriting. ODDSLANE (originally under the name THE BREAKERS) was formed in 2003 out of the ashes of several other defunct St. Louis groups (Zito, Flynova, Nadine, and The LP Outsiders to name a few) to work on selected material from Doug’s recent demo projects. Shortly, they began recording these songs and playing live to a steadily growing fan base. This first line up of the group quickly produced two EP’s. The first of which, THE BOTTLENECK SESSIONS, twice earned them attention from the Memphis Regional Grammy Chapter along with some high profile national and international songwriting contests. It also caught the ear of those at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Studio, most widely known as the studio that gave birth to Elvis, has been recording legends for years. Along with Elvis, the likes of BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more recently U2, Vertical Horizon, Maroon 5, Liz Phair, 3 Doors Down, The Calling, and Better Than Ezra have all recorded at there. ODDSLANE joined these ranks by invitation on the studio’s part as an effort of there’s to promote emerging artist. Both of these recordings were later combined into what became the release simply entitled “SESSIONS”. The follow-up recording, SONGS FOR YOUNG EXECUTIVES, is the group’s first full-length album. Although an unconventional approach, this recording was a collection of the most honest and well crafted songs to ever come from songwriter Doug Byrkit. The album contains 13 tracks loosely based around the theme of corporate greed; a subject Doug had became all too familiar with while working in Corporate America before recently leaving to complete a graduate music degree and to devote more time to music and ODDSLANE. The lyrical content gives a sometimes tongue-in-cheek and sometimes blatantly unapologetic slant on those negotiating the corporate jungle. Even though there are some heavy themes that run throughout, most of the songs are ambiguous enough to be interpreted multiple ways by the listener, thus making the album very easy for a broad range of fans to connect with. Aside from the obvious lyrical message of the record, Songs For Young Executives delivers the pinnacle of Doug’s musical evolution. The album is a mix of musical influences and real world playing experience, which along with the solid groove foundation provided by drummer Brian Zielie, merge into what can only be described as a true representation of ODDSLANE’s own unique rock & roll sound. The album’s single “Miles Away” has been featured on the hit television series THE DEADLIEST CATCH on THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, and continues to garner attention across the web and other media. The album and single have also gained industry attention, earning a publishing deal from Grammy nominated producer George McClure’s Nashville publishing house as well as several independent film score and web placements. Currently the group performs in and around the St. Louis area in several different forms, from full rock band to acoustic solo gigs. Check the CALENDAR PAGE for a full list of current bookings. They are also busy putting the finishing touches on a brand new full length album due later this year.

 

Also, they have a page on Kickstarter, be sure to check it out! You can preorder their album for $1 through the site!

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1655071060/new-13-song-album-from-oddslane

http://oddslanemusic.com

http://facebook.com/oddslane

http://myspace.com/oddslanemusic

http://twitter.com/oddslanemusic


Pick of the Week — Scarlet Machine

This week’s featured Pick of the Week was made for the band Scarlet Machine. “Scarlet Machine is a four-piece rock band made up of teens from the San Francisco Bay Area. These young musicians are making music like it used to be: jamming, not manufacturing. With roots in jazz, rock and funk, Scarlet Machine is about musicianship, great songs, and energetic performances. What you see is what you get.
All too often, bands in concert sound nothing like their CD. Scarlet Machine refuses to be one of those bands. Scarlet Machine draws from a wide array of inspirations because its members are so different. Kyle’s main inspirations are bands like Creed and Paramore. Keller’s inspirations roll to Queen and Radiohead. Nick’s include AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses. Matt’s are bands like A Day to Remember and The Devil Wears Prada.
Kyle says: “We are sort of like a recipe of rock. Each of us is a certain ingredient that wouldn’t be very good by itself, but combined it tastes amazing!” Their latest studio effort, “On Fire” was released September 24th, 2011 and was recorded and engineered by Teddy Gyi, mixed by Juan Urteaga of Trident Studios and mastered by Brad Gillis of Night Ranger.Scarlet Machine will be applying their creative ingenuity to a new studio effort due for release in late 2012. Scarlet Machine will get your blood pumping. Their energy, passion and skill promise audiences nothing less than a true rock show.”

To find out more about Scarlet Machine, visit their facebook page at http://www.scarletmachine.com/. Scarlet Machine’s custom guitar picks were made on our acetal material, and we loved the intricacy of their design. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Freaky Urban Troopers

The chosen Pick of the Week this week was made for the band Freaky Urban Troopers. They are a funk-rock/progressive-rock band from Vienna/Austria founded in 2011 who are currently starting out, playing (and winning;) several band-contests with national and international gigs and recording their first album in summer 2012. Here is a bio taken from their official site at http://www.freakyurbantroopers.com/:

Groovy beats, funky rock-guitars, freaky rhythms, fantastic melodies and a voice which enlightens your soul with pure desire and deliciousness. We come to rock your house, whatever you are up to. You may have heard of urban legends? …well…then you will probably like THIS:

Legend has it that it all started out as a songwriting-project between Juri and Michi in a shabby little students’ apartment in the slums of Alsergrund, Vienna, back in the late last decade, growing with the congeniality of their comrades in arms into something more inspiring, inconceivably ingenious and thriving than they would have ever imagined (isn’t it nice to be so down to earth besides being extremely modest at the same time?). Others say it was pure determination…or neither of it…who will ever know?

Fact is, that five talented artists with music in their heart and full devotion to their musical goals are on a mission to spread their freaky urban sound among their audience, keeping them procking and grooving. Freaky Urban Troopers are a force to be reckoned with…seriously…

You can also find out more about Freaky Urban Troopers on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/freakyurbantroopers.

The Freaky Urban Troopers picks were made on our white pearl material, which nicely supports their detailed red and black logo art. To design and order your own custom made guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Tudor Adrian Negru/Ronin/Anomaly

This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by Clayton customer Tudor Adrian Negru. Tudor is a “previous guitar player in Romanian heavy-metal bands Refractara, Ronin and currently lead-guitar in a newly established band called Anomaly (http://www.facebook.com/anomalybandcluj). With the main influences of the band straying more into the hard-core/metal areas but with a taint of nu-metal and hard-rock, Anomaly tries to bring something unique to the musical scene in Cluj-Napoca and Romania. The band is currently working on writing material for their first demo album which should be finished by July 2012 and have already had several live performances along with some of the most well established and appreciated bands in the scene.
In order to bring that huge metal grind to the overall sound of the band, using heavier string gauges really does make a difference. Still, a common challenge that every guitar player in this genre faces is how to keep the tone tight and defined while also making it easier on yourself when playing heavy gauges.”
Tudor explains how he found Clayton picks: “Having being recommended Clayton USA and being handed a custom Clayton pick some time ago by one of the most established metal guitar players in the field, Balauru’ of Trooper, the search for that missing and much-needed element ended. It wasn’t long until I turned to have my own custom order with Steve Clayton USA. I find it that the Acetal 1.9 mm gauge suits my needs perfectly. The matte finish really keeps the pick where and how you need it to be while the material-gauge combination means that I can finally get that attack, control and tone definition that I was very much searching for even in the middle of a crazy live gig.”
“The custom layout features the above mentioned 1.9 mm Acetal standard shape but with the “Ronin” logo which stands for “one with no lord nor master” inspired by Japanese culture. The custom design was provided by established artist Paul Pantazescu (www.paulpantazescu.com) and in conjunction with Clayton craftsmanship it screams attitude, professionalism and strength.” To order your own custom guitar picks like Tudor’s, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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

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

New Variety Pack

Whether you are new to the world of guitar  playing, or you are just looking for a change in your guitar pick, the Clayton Variety Pack is a great option to try out our different materials! With the start of 2012, we added the Variety Pack to our line, and we encourage you to check it out! For just $1.99 plus shipping, you can try six of our different most popular pick materials, including one each of Acetal, Ultem, Duraplex, Cork Grip, Frost Byte, and S-Stone. They also are given in a variety of gauges, so that you can determine the thickness of pick that best suits your guitar playing needs! Order today at http://www.steveclayton.com/variety.php. If you are more interested in our custom guitar pick picks, but are also unsure of what type of pick you would like, you can order your sample set of five picks for $5 (includes picks and shipping) by calling 1-877-752-9484. 

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

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.

Steve Stevens at our NAMM booth

We also had Steve Stevens come to our booth to sign posters :-). Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing guitar for Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil. He also has critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and is an in-demand session guitarist. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Steve-Stevens/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

www.myspace.com/paulo5150

Go Radio

We have recently endorsed Alex, Matt and Jason of Go Radio! Here is a little bit about the band:
It’s a truly rare occasion when a debut by a band is met with the kind of feverish fan anticipation that has encircled LUCKY STREET, the full-length debut by Tallahassee, Florida melodic rockers GO RADIO. But then again, none of those other groups have JASON LANCASTER at the helm.The GO RADIO singer/songwriter, who’s been crafting unflinchingly honest, breathtakingly beautiful music since venturing out on his own in 2007, boasts arguably the most goosebump-inducing combination of raw vocal talent and songwriting prowess in rock today. Backed by a gifted band with two stellar EPs under their belts, LANCASTER and GO RADIO are only just beginning to explore the seemingly endless potential for their mind-blowing creations.

The band–which also includes bassist MATT “BURNS” POULOS, drummer STEVEN KOPACZ and guitarist ALEX REED–immediately turned heads with the release of their self-released EP Welcome To Life in 2008, which bowled over listeners with its poignant, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible melodies. Attracting the attention of Fearless Records, the band inked a deal with the label, releasing the band’s second EP, Do Overs And Second Chances, in 2010. The EP, which featured the stunning ballad “Goodnight Moon,” landed at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, going on to sell more than 15,000 copies in the U.S. In that span the group has toured extensively, heading out on high-profile runs with A Day To Remember, Secondhand Serenade and the Fearless Friends Tour with Mayday Parade among others. Despite the early success, 2011 promises to be the band’s most pivotal moment to date.

Known for their kinetic live performances and intimate interaction with fans, a packed slate of touring in support of LUCKY STREET–including a full run on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour–is the other crucial ingredient in bringing such vital art to the masses. GO RADIO aim to recruit a bonafide army of listeners, from multiple genres, as diverse as the band’s inimitable sound.

“We constantly put ourselves out there. Any chance we get to reach a new audience and get new ears, we’re down for. We’re not going to say, ‘Because you like breakdowns, you’re not gonna like GO RADIO,’ because you might,” says LANCASTER. “That’s how you build these things–one fan at a time, brick by brick. If it weren’t for everybody latching onto the band and finding something they enjoy about it, I’d still be playing acoustic guitar in my den right now.”

GO RADIO’s new album LUCKY STREET is out now on Fearless Records.

Websites
http://www.wearegoradio.com
http://www.twitter.com/goradio
http://www.youtube.com/wearegoradio
http://www.purevolume.com/goradio
http://fb.com/goradiostreetteam

Desert Rose

We recently just endorsed the band Desert Rose! They were founded in the Summer of 2009, through a love of Rum and a hatred for the lack of Rock N Roll in the music scene…. Desert Rose continue to spread their own unique brand of rock and chaos across the country!!! You can check them out at their websites below:

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/

The El Caminos

We just endorsed Jason of The El Caminos! Here is a little bit about the band from their website: If there is a common “happiness” thread through all people it would me music. Right?  Rich or poor; young or old; every walk of life; everyone likes music!  And along with music goes entertainment!  Who doesn’t like to be entertained?  Put those two items together and you have The El Caminos.  The band was put here to do just that: Play music and entertain people! They feel it’s their mission to make people smile, forget their cares for a little while, help people let loose, enjoy themselves, sing along like no one’s listening, dance a little (or a lot) and just have a great time in general! A lot of you that are reading this right now probably know something about the history of the band in some form or another; either you’ve discovered them recently and are new to the game or you’ve been around the block with them a few times and have seen the band grow… Either way, they’re going to include a short history of the band here, so hang on: It all happened way back in 1990. Jason was taking guitar lessons and he decided that he wanted to start a band.  He knew that Jeff played drums. So they talked things over. Jeff knew James and knew that James could actually sing.  So they talked things over. The three of them decided to form their first band together. They discovered that music was in their blood. They started out by playing Steve Miller and Mötley Crüe covers in Jeff’s parents’ basement. Through learning their instruments and playing shows the guys all grew up together as bandmates and friends. That band, which eventually came to be known as Silver Tears, played many shows all over Northeast Iowa and eventually all over the Midwest. In 1995, an album of original music was recorded and peddled.  Many more shows were played in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and etc…The band eventually split up in 1997 and the guys all moved away and formed bands of their own. Some time passed and the guys found themselves living near each other again and the draw of playing music together just couldn’t be passed by. In 2005 they formed this thing that we now call The El Caminos. It started out as a “for fun” kind of thing, but the response to the band was so overwhelming that they couldn’t stop with just a few shows. They just kept on going and here they are today. Jason is still playing guitar, James is still singing, Jeff is still playing drums and Casey is playing bass guitar. The point of this short band history lesson is to point out that the boys have been playing together a LONG time. They’ve got a friendship and tightness that can’t be faked. You can see the love of friends, love of music and love of entertaining every time they step onto the stage and into the lights together. The band is a cover band.They play other artists’ songs.  It’s true. They don’t pretend they wrote the songs that they cover but they do take pride in playing them well and making them their own and they work even harder at entertaining the audience. By picking out the tried and true sing-a-long songs that seem to touch everyone they inspire and promote their credo;  Great Music and Great Times!

Attend any show and you’ll find out for yourself!

Visit the bands website to hear their music & more:

http://www.thecaminos.com
http://twitter.com/#!/jasoncamino
http://www.facebook.com/el.caminos
http://www.youtube.com/rockmeelcaminos

 

Logan’s Heroes

What do you get with five of the most talented rock n rollers coming together from all corners of the inner city? You get Logan’s Heroes! A rock n roll band that delivers the total package: hit music, image, and  energy. Logan’s Heroes gives you a sound that is on the forefront of rock n roll. A fusion of both retro/rock and pop/punk anthems that will take your breath away. Members of the band include twin brothers (Logan and Roger Raskin) born and raised on the lower east side of Manahattan, where the band was originated and developed its sound. These boys definitely bring out that NYC, CBGB type edge as splashes of their influences come pouring out once they take the stage. The brothers surround themselves with 3 other band mates/compadres from NYC as well, where back home on the east coast the 5 of them have cultivated the sound to develop what has become one of the most explosive rock bands out of NYC in a long time….With the release of the bands latest record (Logans Heroes “The Kids”) the hit single “Worthless” along with the music video, the band has mapped out its national touring schedule thus starting the next few chapters and adventures for Logan’s Heroes which has yet to be written.

www.twitter.com/logansheroes
www.facebook.com/LogansHeroesMusic
www.logansheroes.com