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Happy Halloween from Clayton!

We like to trick instead of treat! Now through Halloween get 15% off your Custom Guitar Picks PLUS a FREE 12 pack of our Duraplex 0.60mm picks! You don’t even have to say the old line “Trick or Treat…” just enter promo code BOO16 during checkout to get your discount.

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New Music Video featuring Clayton Endorsee

Clayton Endorsed Artist Samuli T. Mäkelä and Seele releases “Rakkaudesta Sokea” Official music video from the album “Jos Vain Kaiken Jättäisin”
Actor Tommi Eronen known for starring in the movies Jade Warrior (2006) and Bad Luck Love (2000)  makes a performance (co-starred by Hanna-Leena Henriksson) in the Finnish rock-metal band SEELE’s new music video for ‘Rakkaudesta Sokea’
The video, filmed in Janakkala, Finland, tells a story of a couple lost in the wilderness. Running low on water, it becomes clear that only one of them will survive.
Band consists Julia Mattila (Vocals), Riku Mäkinen (Guitar),  Samuli T. Mäkelä (Guitar), Jyri Vesterinen (Bass) and Samuel Tähkä (Drums)
Watch “Rakkaudesta Sokea” here:

Last day to save 10% off picks!

Don’t let this one blow on by! Hurry up and take advantage of our Fall Sale with 10% off your custom guitar pick order. Enter promo code FALL16 during checkout to get the discount!

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New Sharp Picks!

We have expanded our Acetal line of picks with 3 new shapes! We now offer our Acetal in Sharp Standard, Sharp Triangle, and Sharp Teardrop.  Get an extra edge with these picks that are made from our renowned Acetal material. Strength is key to the ultimate performance. The composition of Acetal gives you just enough stiffness to give you those killer power chords, but has just enough give so that you’re not busting strings left and right. Plus this pick has a matte surface that prevents it from moving or slipping in-between your fingers. These are great for speed picking and fast riffs! We also offer them in all 8 gauges for each shape. Check them out here http://steveclaytonstore.com/product-category/guitar-picks/acetal-sharp/.

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Carley Wolf

Carley Wolf Uses: Clayton Standard Acetal 1.00mm Custom Picks.

Carley’s Quote:  “When I need that extra bite in my tone, Clayton pics do the trick. I love the way they feel in my paw!”

THE GHOST WOLVES

“… Some of the most corpulent, room-filling distortion I’ve ever heard…. in my book The Ghost Wolves win the award for most badass, face-melting tone”  –Premier Guitar

The Ghost Wolves’ name mirrors the ferocious, primal sounds the Austin, Texas duo conjure from drums (Jonny Wolf) and guitar (Carley Wolf), and acknowledges Carley’s upbringing among hybrid wolves on her family’s ranch. The duo take inspiration from a variety of American styles – blues, rock n’ roll, swamp-boogie – and spin it into a hybrid they’ve dubbed “stomp n’ roll.”

The band formed in 2010 and released their first EP, In Ya Neck, in 2011, followed by the seven-inch, Getchya Hip Thrust, before signing to Plowboy Records in 2014 and releasing the album, Man, Woman, Beast, recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios.

The duo have collaborated in the studio and on stage with Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Johnny Vidacovich (New Orleans’ drumming legend), and BP Fallon (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy). The Ghost Wolves are constantly creating new music videos, art, and custom stage wear, but they are best known for their infectious on-stage chemistry, relentless touring, and raw energy, with over 1000 shows delivered and counting.

In 2014 alone the band played SXSW, Psych Fest, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, plus their first European tour dates. Japanese cult fashion line, Hysteric Glamour, flew them to Tokyo to play their 30th Anniversary event. The Ghost Wolves’ complete music catalog and custom merchandise were carried exclusively in Hysteric Glamour’s Japanese stores for the entire 2014-2015 winter season. Revered global fashion house, Perry Ellis, used an instrumental version of The Ghost Wolves’ song “Gonna Live” for a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Maccari’s debut collection for Fashion Week in New York City last fall. “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” recorded on Carley’s vintage one-string guitar and one of several live during which Jonny plays drums with his feet and left hand – while playing an analog synthesizer with his right – has been featured on the hit TV series Shameless.“Dangerous Moves” was used in Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and in the over-the-top trailer for Japanese martial arts film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? “Attack Attack Attack” was heard on MTV’s Real World: Explosion, “Itch” on Oxygen’s Funny Girls, and Oxygen’s Best Ink used “Gonna Live” and “Baby Fang Thang.”

Carley Wolf endorses Clayton USA picks, Silvertone guitars, and Eminence Speakers.

The Ghost Wolves’ Sites:

http://www.theghostwolves.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheGhostWolves

https://twitter.com/theghostwolves

http://instagram.com/theghostwolves

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGhostWolves

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“.

I.D.S.F.A

I.D.S.F.A. uses: Clayton Duraplex rounded triangle  0.88mm and 1.00mm

Travesty from I.D.S.F.A. Says, “If your going to pick a pick make sure to pick a Clayton pick, it should be the only pick you pick.”

R.I.P. from I.D.S.F.A. Says “Wait, these aren’t for picking your butt? Damn now my guitar smells funny, But sounds great!”

2 Time VRMA Award Winning Shock Metal Band 
WINNERS OF THE 2013 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST OF VEGAS” 
WINNERS OF THE 2011 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST SHOCK ROCK”
In early 2011 a band of miscreants came crawling from the darkest corners of sin city nevada. This pack of the undead and some not so dead come from many different genres of the unimaginable, yet their styles mesh seamlessly. They have an aggressive, hard, gritty edge that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. 

I.D.S.F.A. released their first full length self titled CD in September of 2013 with songs about revenge, death, mayhem, and zombies, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
And if the music wasn’t enough to make you’re pubic hairs curl, the stage show is not to be missed either. along with their side-kicks “The Bio-Bastards”, I.D.S.F.A. is whipping up a frenzy with a new and exciting show. it’s filled with drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the japan tsunami, plus much much more. But wait, There’s more. The only Bleeding Bass guitar in existence is sure to make your jaw drop.
I.D.S.F.A. consists of Knuckletooth on vocals, Travesty on the Bleeding Bass, Dr. Skum on the drums, R.I.P. on guitar and The Bio Bastards with their on stage antics.

Links:

instagram #idsfaband

 

Andy Sarcone Rooney

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”

Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist) 
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON… 
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds. 
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen. 
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value 
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy. 
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing. 
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end. 
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear. 
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer. 
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations 
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times. 
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago. 
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster 
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington). 
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney). 
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.” 
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.) 
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California, 
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses.
With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; 
SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…

Links:
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
https://www.facebook.com/andy.sarcone

Spelled Moon:
www.facebook.com/spelledmoon
www.youtube.com/spelledmoonofficial
www.reverbnation.com/spelledmoonofficial
www.soundcloud.com/spelledmoon
www.twitter.com/spelledmoon1

Solace of Requiem

Products Used: Jeff uses Acetal Standard , 1.52mm & Richard uses Acetal Standard , 1.00mm.

“I have a unique style of playing with my fingers and a pick. Every other pick I’ve tried tends to slip and fall out of my hands, but not Steve Clayton picks. Maybe it’s magic, but whatever the reason, I’ll never consider another company!” – Jeff Sumrell    

“Steve Clayton picks, I can honestly say, are the finest picks money can buy. I have used them for over 20 years. I recommend them to all my fellow guitarists and guitar students. If you want the best, you want a Clayton!” – Richard Gulczynski     

EPIC F****** BRUTALITY! Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered . . These are the only words that can accurately describe Solace of Requiem. The band is from the United States and plays a most unique and original form of extreme metal. Sometimes labeled as “Technical Blackened Death Metal”, SOR’s music is not only instrumentally technical, but is also technical in composition. Blending together an array of haunting technical passages, classical movements, grim ambience and relentless brutality, with a diverse assortment of highly intelligible extreme vocals. Making it is easy to hear the vast collection of influences that are incorporated within Solace Of Requiem‘s music. As opposed to the overdone “riff 1, riff 2, chorus, repeat” format, or simply juxtaposing a string of so-called “brutal” riffs with no rhyme nor reason, Solace Of Requiem has created music that is unique in sound, as well as in structure. Making extreme metal that is in a genre all its own.

Links:

http://www.solreq.com/

https://www.facebook.com/solaceofrequiem/

Alex Cole

Products used: Custom White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 0.8mm

“My fans wanted my guitar picks.  They like to keep them as a souvenir of my show. When i found out Clayton makes customized guitar pics I started putting the Alex Cole logo on them. I like to throw them out to the crowd. People love them and I love playing with these picks! They help to define my groove and tone! They’re very resistant. Nothing better than Clayton Picks!”

With his wild guitar style, Alex attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy into the crowd. This is something to be experienced! This band performs all original music that will remind you of AC/DC, Van Halen, Ted Nugent. It’s classic 1980’s ALL NEW rock n’ roll.

“Alex Cole, a pure high energy Rock and Roll show!”

THE JOURNALISTS

“Rock has risen from its grave. When Alex Cole enters the stage it isn’t a person you are seeing but a reincarnated Rock Star…”

VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles

“Alex Cole who delivers to the audience edgy guitar riffs

ROCK HARD MAGAZINE

“Great band indeed fantastic rock, Alex Cole Being the singer, songwriter and lead vocalist there very little in the way of pure talent these guys don’t have!”

ROCK BANDOM RADIO

Video from The Canyon Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S26Xxqqafuw

Video from The Mint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2KHZhaloXM

Mp3’s of more songs: http://www.alexcolebigrough.net/#!music/c1x9v

 

We have some great recent reviews: http://www.alexcolebigrough.net/#!news/cb30

Links:

alexcolebigrough.com

youtube.com/thebigrough

facebook.com/alexbigrough

twitter.com/alexcolebigroug

instagram.com/alexcolebigrough

Don’t Forget Our Slides!

As a company that specializes in guitar picks and custom picks, it is sometimes overlooked that we have many other amazing guitar accessory products to offer! One of these is our Brass Socket Slide.  This slide has the same type of ridged interior that would be found in a tool socket, which musicians have been known to use in lieu of a guitar slide because the ridges keep it locked on your finger. However, actual tool sockets tend to be heavy on one end, so Clayton USA came up with the Socket Slide solution! With equalized weight on both ends of the slide, the result is consistent balance, weight, and tone. Specifically, Clayton USA chose to make the slide brass for enhanced quality and sustainability of the tone. Plus, as if this weren’t enough, a cut-out relief has been added for extra comfort while playing.

Check out these amazing slides and order one today at http://steveclaytonstore.com/product/brass-socket-slides/!

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Clayton Endorsed Artist Gio Lombardi wins an Akademia Music Award!

We would like to extend congratulations to our endorsee Gio Lombardi on his win for Best Instrumental/R&B song in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Check out this page here to listen to his song that won!

Also, you can catch him playing live with his Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm or 1.00mm picks next Tuesday, the 28th by clicking here. For more on Gio visit him on any of the following sites:

Gìo homepage: www.giolombardi.com
 
Gìo on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Giosart
 
Gìo on Twitter:https://twitter.com/gio1lombardi
 
Gìo on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/user/giomusic2008
Gìo on Reverbnation:http://www.reverbnation.com/gìolombardi
 
Gìo on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gio-lombardi/id466019274
 
Gìo on NuMuBu:http://www.numubu.com/giolombardi
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Ian Litovich

Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin picks.

”I love Clayton picks because they adapt well to any style of music and being a session player I look for versatile tools that help me play through any musical situation. It all starts from these picks!”

Ian Michael Litovich (Born on December 11th 1990). From San Juan Puerto, Rico. Having been influenced by his father to consider playing an instrument, Ian began to explore his interest at a very young age. Enrique Litovich, also an accomplished musician, had raised Ian an environment filled with guitars, recording equipment, and passion for music. But it was upon hearing The Beatles’ ”Abbey Road” at 12 that Ian’s perception of music began to change. It wasn’t long before Ian pestered his father into teaching him his first guitar chords.

Ian supplemented his father’s lessons by listening to music, reading books and observing other performers. After practicing for one year Ian’s curiosity spread to the bass guitar. Heavily-influenced by Paul McCartney’s melodic bass playing, Ian taught himself to master it. Next he taught himself to play piano, applying the same fervor he’d used to learn guitar. His enthusiasm soon spread to learning the recording process. Taught by his father to use a standard cassette tape recorder, Ian quickly graduated to record on reel-to-reel tapes in a small studio that he’d built in his own room.

Ian got his first taste of playing live when he performed for his high school at the age of 15. People started to recognize his talent and soon he was invited to perform at almost every school activity.

Ian’s musical journey continued when he received a drum set for his 16th birthday. Ian taught himself to play the drums with the same curiosity and drive he’d approached everything else musical. Once he mastered the drums, he set out to conquer the last piece of the musical puzzle: vocals. Being the most difficult thing to master, he began to record himself singing (and playing) multi-track covers, analyzing his own performance and looking for ways to improve. It wasn’t long before Ian boiled down it all down to a polished vocal style.

By the age of 17 Ian began playing the local circuit with cover bands and at the same time writing and recording his own material. Ian soon began making contributions to local bands and artists landing his first few gigs as a session musician. As Ian earned the respect of local artists and musicians he began to make a name for himself. Videos he’d posted of his multi-track recordings on Youtube and Facebook of multitrack recordings gave him wide recognition as a multi-instrumentalist and self-producer.

Website:
 www.ianlitovich.com
Twitter
: www.twitter.com/ianlitovich
Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/ianlitovichmusic
YouTube
: www.youtube.com/ianlitovich
Other
: www.soundcloud.com/ian-litovich

Leanne Bowes

Products Used: Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 1.00mm picks

“I used to only play bass with my fingers– until my guitar tech handed me the Clayton acetal 1.00mm rounded triangle pick! This pick gives me that 90’s gritty, grungy punk tone I’ve always been looking for.”

Leanne Bowes is an NYC-based bassist with both international touring and session experience. She takes pride in her unwavering sense of rhythm, which she considers an essential part of any great band. Leanne believes that the drums are the heart of the band, but the bass is the pulse. In 2013 she started playing bass for Hunter Valentine and has been around the world and back. With Hunter Valentine, she has opened for Cyndi Lauper, Sum 41, and has recorded in the studio with Linda Perry.

http://www.huntervalentine.com/

https://www.facebook.com/leanneonbass

https://twitter.com/leannekbowes

 

Steve McCall

Products used: Clayton Ultem Teardrop 0.56mm

 “I take a lot of pride in my sound. I was blown away by the difference in attack and tone when I switched over to Steve Clayton picks. Count me in for life!”

The South Bay of Southern California is no stranger to iconic and successful punk bands. There are many bands that take pride in calling the South Bay their home. Bands like Black Flag, The Descendents, The Deviates and Pennywise all hail from some part of a place that continues to create amazing music. Along with bands that have established themselves is a plethora of bands that are chomping at the bit to catch a break and bands that are making the South Bay’s renowned punk scene what it is today.

With so many punk bands in Southern California, it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that members from three different bands are coming together to make something new by the name of WRATHS. Drummer Andrew Murphy and bassist Chris Kranes— from the rock ‘n’ roll band The Darlings— teamed up with 1208 guitarist Steve McCall and legendary Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg to create this unique sound.

WRATHS come to the scene with something that sets them apart from just another Southern California punk band. McCall’s technicality really adds a sound that keeps them distinct. He uses a chorus pedal which was big with bands like The Damned, TSOL, The Nerve Agents and even The Cure. When Lindberg first heard the music he admitted to hearing parts that reminded him of bands like, Washington D.C.’s melodic hardcore band, Dag Nasty and even Queens of the Stone Age. It’s these types of sounds that make it difficult to pigeon hole WRATHS.

 

WWW.WRATHSBAND.COM

 

www.twitter.com/wrathsband

 

www.facebook.com/wrathsmusic

Addasi S Addasi

Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks

“Steve Clayton guitar pick is the right tool for the right job,I feel very comfortable when I play my guitar with Steve Clayton guitar pick”

Addasi S Addasi (born September 26 1979 in Dourados Brazil) The Brazilian with Palestinian background is the lead guitarist , songwriter and founder in the Brazilian -American metal  band Black Oil Addasi and has traveled well over thirty countries picking up many styles and riffs along the way .All these cultures mix together to form very powerful metal.
After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, Addasi met Mike Black and formed Black Oil.

BLACK OIL is no stranger to sharing the stage with big acts like MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY ,MOTORHEAD and have been direct support for bands like SOULFLY, OTEP, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ARCH ENEMY, CARNIFEX, ANTHRAX, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MAGO DE OZ  and more. Played at  festival like Hell and Heaven Festival, Revolution Fest Guadalajara Mexico , Mayhem Fest 2012 Usa and more.

Links:

www.blackoil1.com
www.youtube.com/blackoilband
www.facebook.com/blackoilofficial
https://soundcloud.com/blackoilofficial

Leni DiMancari

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Guitar Picks

“There is no better guitar pick on the planet than an Acetal .80mm Clayton for durability and
dependability. They are comfortable in your hand, don’t slip, and take a beating during a show. I tried
other picks over the decades, and the best is Clayton. I proudly endorse the product as the BEST pick on
the market and I recommend them to everyone.” Leni DiMancari

Leni DiMancari is a Guitarist, Producer and Musician from Minnesota, who laid down his early musical roots performing in clubs throughout the Midwest. His musical influence varies from Steve Lukather to George Lynch, Jimi Hendrix to John Sykes.

He has 7 Minnesota Music Academy nominations under his belt, and the award for best new artist for the band Hurricane Alice, who later went on to sign with Atlantic Records. Leni eventually landed a few Independent record deals on his own after leaving the group and recorded with former members of Y&T, Le Mans, Montrose, Head East & Cacophony.

Leni was also the lead guitarist with the internationally known Tribute to the Band Heart- Bad Animals for 9 years. Currently Leni runs and manages Ten 13 Entertainment and works with 24 different artists on national bookings, along with being the lead guitarist of the Pearl Jam Tribute Band- Alive. Alive starts their national tour in 2015.

www.alivebandrocks.com
www.facebook.com/AliveTributeToPearlJam
www.twitter.com/Alivebandrocks
www.twitter.com/Alivebandrocks

Etsegenet

Products used: Clayton Custom Picks
“I really love Clayton picks… the texture of the pick feels great. They are the BEST!”
Ethiopian guitarist, Singer/songwriter and arranger Etsegenet was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. she started her musical career in a very early stage of her life by singing in elementary school; after she graduate from high school, her pursue for music continued and she join a private college “Mekane Yesus school of Jazz music” and graduated in Music Performance on 2010. Etsegenet had the opportunity to work, perform and record with musicians from all over the world. While attending Los Angeles College of Music (2011-2013), she was fortunate to learn under great musicians such as: Tariqh Akoni (Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys), Tony Inzalaco (Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon) Art Renshaw (Joe Pass, Lenny Breau),  Howie Shear (George Benson, Stevie Wonder), Jody Fisher (Mike Stern, John Abercrombie) and many others.

Etsegenet released her first solo album called “YIMETAL” on july 2013. and have been performing with musicians from all over the place. recently Etsegenet was a part of Oscar nominated song “HAPPY” by Pharrell williams as choir singer.

Links: 

Website: http://www.etsegenetmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsegenet/500014583352753?ref=hl

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYieJtKKxD0844cWCB9R_K

Instagram: http://instagram.com/etsegenetmusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/etsegenet

Pavic

Products used: Clayton Custom Picks

“Clayton picks rocks! It’s important to feel comfortable with my picks, they’re part of my sound!” – Marko
“Love it! The shape, the feel, the sound‚ simply great!” – Aleks

Pavic are a Rock band from Rome, Italy. The band’s influences range from Classic Rock to Alternative Metal.
Their latest critically acclaimed release Is War The Answer was mixed by producer Rick Beato known for his work with Shinedown, Fozzy among others.
Recently the band opened at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy. Pavic shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth among others.
Check out the videos:
Song For The Rain (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0
Is War The Answer? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk
In Your Eyes (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ

Joe Calabro – vocals
Marko Pavic – guitars
Lorenzo Antonelli – keyboards
Aleks Ferrara – bass
Antonio Aronne – drums

Links:
Official: www.pavictheband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pavictheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pavictheband
YouTube: www.youtube.com/pavictheband

Rob & Jason of Cosmivore

Products used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 1.00mm and Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks.

“Cosmivore relies heavily on tone and artwork to set us apart from other bands. Clayton USA custom picks became our perfect solution for both. Not only do our fans collect these picks just for the artwork, but the picks are also responsible for creating the massive tone unique to Cosmivore. The print is durable and never rubs off, even after tons of abuse, and the fans love them!” ~ Rob Eaton of Cosmivore

Cosmivore is a unique (genre breaking) metal band from Arkansas. Their heavy guitar tone, atmospheric keys and one of a kind vocal styles set them in a genre of their own. The band consists of 6 members; Robert Eaton, Jason Noel, Clayton Latch, Patrick Eaton, Michael Aanimal Inman and Antwon Megatwon! Yes, they actually have a robot in the band!

Cosmivore released their first full length album, “These Castle Walls” in October of 2014, which took fans on a cosmic journey through space and time with their eccentric story-telling in songs like; “Brother Crow”, “Midwest”, “These Castle Walls” and “Universe” along with 7 other killer tracks. The album’s 3D castle cover artwork by Grimnasty (a.k.a. Solomon Perry) ties all of the material together into a fantasy vision unlike most metal albums. You have to really get into the artwork and the tunes together to grasp the real meaning behind the album and vision.

Continuing the journey, their second release, EP “XIII” was recorded on February, Friday the 13th, 2015 and released on March, Friday the 13th, 2015 featuring two new songs “Wings of Despair” and “Breathing Fire” with a total length of 13 minutes and 13 seconds, as well as completing their 13th official track release. The dragon artwork on “XIII” was also done by Grimnasty (a.k.a.) Solomon Perry and ties in with the bands overall “story”.

Along with the mysterious symbolic and astrological meanings buried deep in the fabric of their material, each song is a unique experience and no two songs sound the same, yet their formula for tone, punch and lyrical landscapes have fans anticipating new epic cosmic journeys and experiences from Cosmivore.

http://www.cosmivore.com
https://www.facebook.com/cosmivore
https://www.facebook.com/megatwonfans
http://www.twitter.com/cosmivore
http://cosmivore.bandcamp.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/cosmivore

Video Link for “These Castle Walls”: https://youtu.be/dIFUZ7dZjLs

Also available on your favorite online music stores (iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more!)

Photography by Scott Shupe 2014.

Custom Drumsticks!

We also offer Custom Drumsticks starting at only $44.00 (single color print) for 5 pairs! Just like our custom guitar picks you will be getting a high quality imprint on your sticks. These are a specialty item for us so they do take about 3-4 weeks to be made but the wait is definitely worth it! The artwork on our drumsticks are also sealed with a lacquer finish.  Currently the drumsticks are offered in size 2b which is ideal for durability and heavy use. With drumsticks the imprinted design options are practically endless as any color seems to turn out amazing, however, we cannot imprint white ink. Anything that is in your design that is white will show through as the natural wood color of the stick. Drumsticks can be ordered at http://www.claytoncustom.com/drumsticks/ and if you have any questions/concerns before ordering we are always here to help! Just email our custom imprint specialists at questions@steveclayton.com or give them a call at 877-752-9484!

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Mike Goncalves

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 1.00mm
 
“If you think it doesn’t matter what kind of pick you use, then you clearly haven’t played with Clayton picks”
 
Born and raised in New Jersey. Now lives in music city, Nashville TN. Traveled the globe touring with his band HIP KITTY. Huge supporter of our military, with 4 world tours entertaining our troops. In 2012 spent Christmas and New Years touring Afghanistan with Armed Forces Entertainment. Most recently with FUEL on their North American tour in support of the latest release ‘Nothing Left To Burn’.
 
Links:
Website: http://hipkitty.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Goncalves/161590647222323
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikegoncalves09
Instagram: https://instagram.com/mike_hipkitty/ 
iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hip-kitty/id266015802

Dave Baker

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.26mm picks.

“Been using Clayton picks for 20 years! Claytons are the perfect plectrum! They enhance my tone and inspire creativity!”

Hailing from a musical family, Cleveland native Dave Baker is the grandson of Ruth Baker, who played guitar and sang backup for Roy Rogers. Inheriting her talents, Dave began playing guitar at age eight, and went on to study music composition and theory at Cleveland’s Modern Music School under the tutelage of highly acclaimed composer, arranger (Stan Kenton), and educator, Phil Rizzo. By age 16, Baker was officially a professional musician: going to school during the day and playing paid gigs in bars and clubs by night. His reputation soon earned him two Berklee College of Music scholarships, where he studied under jazz great Garrison Fuel, as well as Larry Bione, Bruce Saunders and Bruce Bartlett.  He also became an honors graduate of Cleveland State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.

Baker further distinguished himself in the professional music community when he composed and produced commercial music for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, WKYC-TV, Sports Time Ohio, KSDK (St. Louis), KPNX-TV (Phoenix) and Clear Channel Communications.  He could also be heard playing guitar on many commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Mr. Hero, Pearl Vision, Sterling Jewelers, Matco Tools, Ohio Lottery and Cleveland State University.  His work in Cleveland culminated in 2010 with an Emmy® nomination for musical composition and arrangement.

Dave relocated to Nashville shortly thereafter, where his broad range of experience and incredible talents have served him well as a freelance guitar slinger. As Baker’s playing had been described by Guitar Player Magazine as “non-stop guitar bliss,” he quickly built his reputation in Music City based upon his versatility and professionalism.

He has played guitar alongside such notable country artists as The Line, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ashley Gearing, Darryl Worley, Justin Moore, Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Rodney Adkins, Brett Eldridge, Kip Moore, The McClymonts, Eric Paslay and, since early 2012, with Black River Entertainment recording star, Kellie Pickler. Dave is currently a standing member of her band in addition to pursuing his other music projects.

Over the course of his career Baker has performed at the White House, the Grand Ole Opry and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus toured the US, Australia, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain (the Middle East twice for the USO).

Television viewers have also seen him in action on Ellen, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, The View and Good Morning America, as well as televised Opry performances on the GAC network.

In 2014 Dave recorded and self-released his debut CD, 71 South, an eclectic album that brings the listener a collection of diverse instrumentals that encompass musical cleverness, humor and virtuosity while humbly reflecting Baker’s character.

71 South’s ten tracks underscore his variety in musical styles. From the “tongue-in-cheek” neo-classical opener, “Guitar Center Saturday” to the Eastern European tinged “The Brothel,” Baker explores a wide array of musical genres including his Latin influenced “Esteban,” Ennio Morricone-inspired “Spaghetti Western,” and the title track “71 South,” which pays tribute to a jazzier, bop affected characterization.

Baker both produced the CD and played electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, Jew’s harp and rape whistle. The album’s musicians include drummer Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), bassist Vail Johnson (Keb’ Mo’) and multi-instrumentalist/producer John Painter (Ben Folds/Sevendust), among others. 71 South is available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby.

 

Links:

http://www.davebakerguitar.com/

http://facebook.com/officialdavebakerguitar

http://twitter.com/davebakerguitar

http://youtube.com/channel/UCa_cgxq4qeHSebvHJjq1Adx

Steve Clayton Store!

Are you having trouble finding your favorite Clayton product at local stores or online? You are in luck because we now offer all our stock products direct. You can order at www.steveclaytonstore.com. We also have special offers such as free shipping for orders over $35.00! Not sure which Clayton guitar picks are right for you? Now you can test 9 of our top picks by creating your own custom 12 pack, check out the Test Zone page. Most orders will ship out lighting fast just like our custom picks, if the item is in stock your order should ship within 48 hours. The best part of purchasing from our online store is that you can earn reward points and get free products! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. By becoming a registered user on steveclaytonstore.com, you are automatically enrolled in this money saving program. You can view all the details on the Loyalty Rewards page.

 

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Cannot Be Contained

Products Used: Acetal .63mm, Duraplex .73mm, White Delrin Custom 1.26mm & White Pearl Custom .63mm
“Clayton makes quality picks that seem to last forever. The edges will wear down before the pick ever breaks.  They have a great feel and a great sound to them….simply the best picks at the best price that we have ever used!”

Cannot Be Contained is a Christian Rock band who has been together making music for the last 4 years. We believe in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. We believe that music can affect your thoughts and emotions and lead you to a greater place of worship! We always try to make the music about Him and not us so that it leads others into a place closer to Him so that they can feel his spirit all around them.  We continue on this journey to bring others closer to Him so that they can see that His way is the only way.
Links:
Website: CannotBeContained.wix.com/CannotBeContained
Facebook: Facebook.com/CannotBeContained
Twitter: Twitter.com/CannotBContaind
Cannot Be Contained – Found  http://youtu.be/XUcxm63WYUo

The Dan Varner Band

We recently just got some awesome photos from the Dan Varner Band (Clayton Endorsee) that we thought it would be fun to share with you all! Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan has been singing since about the time he could walk. He grew up listening to his dad and uncles (with roots in the Tennessee mountains) picking their guitars. Other family members/friends would join in singing along to old country, gospel and bluegrass songs. Breaking on to the Cincinnati music scene over five years ago, Dan Varner has built a reputation as one of the most talented, hard-working and original country performers to hit the area in quite some time.

http://www.facebook.com/TheDanVarnerBand/

http://www.danvarner.com

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A+ Dropouts New Video

Our endorsed artist Cheska and the A+ Dropouts just released an awesome new music video :-), check it out at the link below!

http://www.youtube.com/user/APlusDropouts/featured

The Band’s Bio:

A+ Dropouts is originally from the Washington, DC area. They spend their weekdays in class but when school’s out, they rock out wherever they can with their high energy shows. Led by 14 year old, Cheska Zaide, the A+ Dropouts have performed in over 100 live shows with artists like Forever the Sickest Kids, Sister Hazel, Public Enemy. Some of the shows and venues they’ve play include Summerfest in Milwaulkee, National Harbor, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Whisky a Go Go, House of Blues, 930 Club in DC, the Quarter in Baltimore, The Ottobar in Baltimore, Jammin Java, Six Flags America, and Union Square Best Buy NY. Over the past 2 years, they’ve toured through Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, New York, and even Wisconsin. In 2010, the A+ Dropouts were voted as one of the top 12 teen bands in America. They’ve also been featured on several of the major television stations in the DC metro such as NBC 4, Fox 5, and TBD Channel News 8. Their singles have played on DC101 Clear Channel radio stations in the DC area. Their video for “On Your Own” has been featured on Fuse TV on demand and Myx Channel.

Steelshot

During a time when Richmond was considered stock full of cookie cutter bands all striving for 15 minutes of  fame, the club of “You Tubers” and screaming kids with tight jeans hanging from theirbacksides; a new sound of southern country hard rock songs began to hit the streets and at the reigns of that sound was Steelshot. Steelshot was formed from a few riffs by guitarist/songwriter Jason Yarbrough who began by tinkering around with the southern sound of his influences such as Lynyrd Skynyrd to the new wave of heavy hard rock from Black Label Society and mixing those sounds into one. It wasn’t long after that his new project found a solid foundation with fellow musicians whose style seems to fit like puzzle pieces cut to match in all the right places. A familiar sound long forgotten by radio & mainstream media could be heard from the song room, yet breaking ground with a new genre; Country Metal was the result. This new sound, unforgettable to any listener within reach, is original and creative leaving you wanting more. After 3 years of lineup changes, break-ups and reconciliations the trials and tribulations have ended in perfection. From their long awaited debut self-titled EP release in the summer of 2011 there is “Alive Again” and “In Too Deep”, giving audiences hard hittingwhite-knuckle fast driving beats. Then there are the more southern or country rooted songs such as “Never Understand” and “Southern Pride” establishing the anthem sound that is Steelshot. The sky is limitless for these artists with intense ambition and drive, they are set continue to working on their seconded release for 2012 becoming their first full length collection of original new music. Steelshot has shared the stage with a various local and regional bands such as Bullistic, White Knuckle Battery, Memory Fade, Proverbial, Thunderbrew, Automag, Silvertung, as well as national acts Faultline, Zoso the Led Zeppelin Experience, Die Cast, Mensrea, and Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real just to name a few. Tired of the stock metal riffs and same repeated melodic leads, guitarist Jason Yarbrough felt something was missing; true down to earth rock n’ roll. After his years as a rhythm guitarist in Richmond groups Strikethrew and Transylvania Stud, he decided it was time to begin a new project which had no limits to genre or style. During the summer of 2008 Jason started sessions with long time friend, and classically trained jazz drummer Brian Shaw. After a few songs composed with just drums and guitar, a common friend suggested they give a tryout to local bassist Mike “Frog” Barham, whose low ended bass style comes from heavy metal 80’s groups who influenced him when he started performing at Chicago night clubs while still in high school. The first jam session is all it took and shortly thereafter they began working on ideas that would later become the standard sound for Steelshot, a new kind of southern country metal. “Never Understand”, “Southern Pride” and “In Too Deep” were the results and thus began the adventure. Fast forward a few months later and numerous new songs later, to the search for the voice that would later define the original sound of Steelshot; a singer who showed up with melodies and lyrics in hand. Enter Josh Duncan; a singer/songwriter whose voice can be heard on Nashville recordings and sessions with other country artists. His southern style and low noted country draw gives Steelshot the final touch that was needed to complete this power group of musicians. That December, Steelshot performed their debut show to a sold out New Years Eve event and with only 4 songs after 3 weeks with a final lineup. They performed with the talent of national artists and never stopped for the next year to follow. After numerous shows and a year of traveling between Richmond and New York the toll took its debt and drummer Brian Shaw was replaced for a short time with long time friend and fellow drummer Jon Ward (Faultline) who was able to keep the performances going until the break-up in late 2009. After a year of trying to work with new projects and no success, Jay called Mike and suggested they get together for a fun jam session of old times and good songs. Brian and Josh both returned and the original lineup began a few shows of what was thought to be just an affair for good times. But after attracting attention from labels and producers the 4 of them decided to finally record an EP and see what happens. Not long after the recordings, it was decided to add a second guitarist to perform to likeness of the EP on the live stage. Lee Waldron who was an open jam artist and friend of Josh’s filled in for a few performances but it was never a permanent relationship and he later left to persue his love for blues. As if that wasn’t more than enough hard times for Steelshot and their lineup stability, drummer Brian Shaw departed the band once again for personal reasons. It was not long after that drummer T.J. Sutherland from Pike Possum and guitarist Ryan Nuttle formerly of Boss Keen’s Ditch were hired on as full-time members. Finally, after the breaks and the lineup changes over the years, Steelshot began working on writing and demo recording sessions for their debut full length label release album set for sometime in 2012. *The self-titled EP “Steelshot” can be purchased at every show, online at iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon or by visiting their online store at www.reverbnation.com/steelshot
http://www.steelshotrocks.com/

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

 

Tallboy

 

 

 

 

 

We just wanted to share Tallboy’s Announcement of their new single with you!

After having successfully released two previous albums, We Aren’t The Championsin 2009 and This Logic Will Destroy Us in 2011 Tallboy  www.facebook.com/Tallboymusic gears up to release their third installment “Expectations and Resentment”, and have decided to give the fans / public a single “Subtle” before the hard release on July 24th, 2012.  It’s become evident that the direction of writing with lyrics and composition has evolved based on the fans response to the prior releases. Staying true to their high energy music definitely runs con-current with Tallboy’s exhausting off the hook live show that can be described as a hyperactive Tasmanian Devil out to cause mayhem and chaos in the constant use of antics that involve the fans directly. Expectations and Resentment will deliver 11 powerfully insane tracks with the lineup and order TBA in the CD Press Release … July.  “Through our constant struggle to explain our surroundings and the people in it we bring you our new chapter, “Expectations and Resentments. Our new single “Subtle” defines the child in us all, escaping the judgement of the rest. With this onslaught of riffs, it’s like a high five to the face…. with a brick.”  quotes Jimmy Roberts, Tallboy’s frontman and lead singer.

 Tallboy gave their fans a jolt and teased them with few new tasty treats in untested waters at the show finale of Tortured Souls Tour, April 28th at the Hawthorn Theatre in Portland Oregon. Having never performed at this venue, it was a true test for Tallboy and they certainly did not disappoint as the crowd loved every second of the outrageous stage show. You can hear the new song Subtle here at www.reverbnation.com/tallboy. Tallboy recently signed to Rage On Stage Management where in the next month plans for a short run tour supporting the CD release will be announced. Frank James, President of ROSM www.rageonstagemgmt.com says “It’s one of the most exciting bands I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The undeniable talent and musicianship that Tallboy brings to our roster simply expands our horizons to higher levels.”

Tallboy:

Vocals: Jimmy Roberts
Lead Guitars:  Brandon Cregan
Lead Guitars:  Kevin Kaufman
Bassist:  Angel Alvarez
Drums:  Justin Bullen