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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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10% off Custom Guitar Picks!

Today through the 29th take advantage of 10% off your Custom Guitar Pick order! Just use promo code FALL16 during checkout to get your discount. Ready to order now? Head over to www.claytoncustom.com to order your picks! Please be aware that orders placed during the promotion can take longer to produce than our normal estimated lead times.

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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

David Miller

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Derlin 1mm Voodoo Highway picks, Heavy Wall Glass Slide – Medium & 3.5″ Black Soft Leather Strap

“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”

Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.

Links

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

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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Shine On!

Hey Clayton Fans! Just a post to remind you that, even though we specialize in making guitar picks and custom picks, we do offer other amazing guitar accessories! These guitar essentials include polish products, and we offer two different types!

We carry Pro Lemon polish that will replenish the essential oils in your guitar without the odors and harsh chemicals of other polishes. When used, it will clean and condition the finish of any wooden instrument…so try it on your ukulele too! 😉

The other polish that we offer is called Pro Shine. This cleans and finishes your guitar with a beautiful shine without any build-up. It is non-toxic and is made from all natural and organic oils.

Try out one of these today! http://www.steveclayton.com/polish.php

Don’t forget to have a look at our Pro Buff and String Zip cloths as well!

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Shine On…

Sometimes we get so caught up in featuring our different guitar pick and custom pick items, we forget to showcase our other guitar accessories! For example we offer two types of guitar polish; Pro Lemon Oil Polish and Pro Shine guitar polish. You may be wondering what the difference is between these two items and what would work best for you. Here is some further info:

Pro Lemon is an oil-based shine. It can be used to polish your guitar or piano, even your furniture, and condition your fret board.

The Pro Shine guitar polish is special, as it will not lead to any wax build-up from continual usage.

Both are non-toxic. Be sure to shake guitar polish before applying. Both products offer the same high quality finish for your guitar; it is just a matter of personal preference for which one is chosen.

To order your Pro Lemon or Pro Shine polish, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/polish.php today! Both items are available for only $4.98 per bottle!

 

John Driskell Hopkins

You may know that John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band is one of our endorsees…but did you know he recently released his own album “Daylight”. Daylight is backed up by award winning Bluegrass Band Balsam Range and an array of special guests, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band releases his personal work in Daylight. My personal favorite song is “She Don’t Love Me” the lyrics are great, check it out!

John Driskell Hopkins Website

 

W.E.R.M.

We are happy to share that we just endorsed the band W.E.R.M.! Hailing from Daytona Beach, FL, W.E.R.M. offers a unique, aggressive-melodic style of music. Fans of alternative and modern rock, grunge, party rock, and dubstep enjoy their unique sound, deep grooves, and songs that combine ear-catching hooks, melodic and intense vocals, and personally reflective, yet universally relatable lyrics. Formed in 2011, W.E.R.M. is a four-piece alternative dubstep-rock band consisting of vocalist/guitarist Clayton Sturgeon, guitarist Chris Clark, DJ/electronic Isaiah Swor and drummer Nate Mullins. Each member has their own unique style, collectively making an exciting, unique sound. W.E.R.M. recently signed with Rock Shop Music Group. CEO Jeff Blue has been instrumental in developing and producing the sound of W.E.R.M. W.E.R.M. is gaining a strong online presence as well as a loyal local following. W.E.R.M. has also been featured on numerous radio shows and websites.
http://www.wermmusic.com
http://twitter.com/wermband
http://www.facebook.com/wermmusic/

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/

ZZ-Zinc-redible!

Looking for a premium pick that will stand the test of time? ZZ-Zinc picks are a new Clayton item that was added to our product line this year! These picks are crafted out of genuine Zinc alloy metal. They are made for producing tones that are clear and high, along with punchy bass and unprecedented volume, due to their heavy mass/metal composition. These picks are popular amongst electric, acoustic and bass guitarists alike. To help maintain grip on the picks and prevent slipping since they are metal, we have added a matte finish and a reversed embedded epoxy logo. These are heavy-duty picks that are designed to last throughout years of guitar playing! They are available in both a 1.0mm and 2.0mm gauge. To order your own ZZ-Zinc premium picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/premium.php today!

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

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!

La Fleur Fatale

We have been working with the Swedish label Killer Cobra Records and wanted to share one of their bands’ teaser trailer for the forthcoming tour and documentary they are doing in California! Check the video out below (it includes some background about the band):

http://youtu.be/zxy_Q2wl7-Q?hd=1

For more on the band you can also visit their websites at:

www.lafleurfatale.com
www.facebook.com/lafleurfatale
www.twitter.com/lafleurfatales
www.killercobrarecords.com

 

Jim Cairo of Infinity

We just endorsed Jim of the band Infinity! You have probably seen their guitar pick around our website :-). Here is a little bit about the band from their bio:

Formed in 1985, Infinity grew from being not only a Journey Tribute band, but one of the top drawing cover – bands in the Midwest.Two-plus decades rocking the hundreds of local music festivals lighting up the Chicago suburbs each summer have put Infinity in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Consequently, the band has built an incredible following, making them the Top most successful cover bands in the nation’s third-largest metropolis. Infinity continues to break attendance records at Clubs and Festivals across Chicago and the Midwest. But more importantly, Infinity maintains the intangible ability to include the audience and make them feel as if they are part of the show. A quote from the Lead singer Bob ” this is not our show, it’s yours” Infinity enjoys thousands of fans young and young at heart, who sing along and become the chorus to their music. This is the difference between performers and genuine entertainers. Perhaps this is the reason for the perpetual following and return to area Festivals and Clubs across the Midwest year after year after year.

You can check out their music, videos, show dates & more at their website:

http://www.infinity2k.com

 

Top Dead Center

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

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

www.topdeadcentermusic.com

Michael Sechrest

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

15% off all Clayton products from Musicians Friend!

This week only you can get 15% off all Clayton products at Musicans Friend.com. Just use the promo code shown in the image to get 15% off. Remember this promotion lasts this week only, so hurry up and stock up on your favorite Clayton products! Also, be sure to “like” Musicians Friend’s Facebook to get access to more promotions, ect.

Urban Bleu

Front-Man Aaron Robbie Fowler takes the lead with his soulful vocals, guitar, and harmonica. Django Lachlan’s skill and power behind his bass guitar are unmatched, along with his harmonizing vocals. Jeff LaCohn completes Urban Bleu’s musical magic with his rhythmic drumming and harmonizing vocals. Aaron Robbie Fowler and Django Lachlan have jammed together for eight years, Jeff LaCohn is a recent and welcome addition. With a wide range of technique and a broad musical knowledge, the power trio consistently produces fresh, dance-able music. Audiences love their blues roots,fused with rock, jazz, soul, and even a bit of country, with a more progressive sound unique to Urban Bleu.They write and play their music to cater to a wide range of listeners, their performances are always heartfelt and powerful. Their gigs have taken them to several cities within their home state, Utah. They have also traveled and performed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Urban Bleu’s goal is to open their doors to the world through technology and playing live shows initially in the West and Southwest, United States. Urban Bleu is ambitiously embarking on a unique and global distribution of the best their music has to offer. Urban Bleu’s plan is to take the airwaves by storm!

http://www.urbanbleu.webs.com

www.myspace.com/urbanbleu

Billy Sidwell

Born and raised in a small town in southern illinois , Billy Sidwell has spent his entire life exposed to music. After seeing country singer Randy Travis perform at just 5 years old Billy knew that he wanted to be up on that stage. During his teenage years Billy played electric/bass guitar in several different rock bands and to this day he is still heavily influenced by all genres of music ranging from Bluegrass to Metal . After the breakup of his rock band in 2001 he took a long break from writing/playing music then in 2004 billy met & married the love of his life and together they share 4 beautiful children . In 2009 Billy made his return to the music world when he wrote a song called ‘ Battlescars ‘ the song was a true story written about his own childhood growing up from a broken home he then shared his lyrics on facebook with a few friends and soon realized that so many people out there could relate to his words . through word of mouth and self promotion he has obtained nearly 4,000 loyal fans that call themselves ” The B.S Army ” and he has did all of this with no radio airplay or backing from a record label. Billy Recently went into the studio and recorded a 3 song acoustic demo cd called ‘ Battlescars ‘ which is a written reflection of his childhood .What makes Billy Sidwell stand out the most are his lyrics. As you hear them you feel the experience and emotions behind them. These words invoke images that are so clear, so vivid, you feel as though you are right there experiencing them with him.

JW-Jones

“One of this country’s top blues guitar stars” writes the Globe and Mail about JW-Jones. JW-Jones has one of the most energetic and exciting live shows on the scene. It is no surprise that this young man has played throughout the world (CANADA, USA, EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL) and some of the biggest names in blues today, including The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Rod Piazza, Anson Funderburgh with Sam Myers, The Mannish Boys and the legendary Hubert Sumlin have invited him to join them on stage.  During a special appearance with the band, Hollywood celebrity and fan, Dan Aykroyd said, “this is an amazing blues band, and I’ve played with the best!” Mr. Aykroyd wrote the liner notes for the 2008 release ‘Bluelisted’. The new record “Midnight Memphis Sun” features special guest stars Hubert Sumlin and Charlie Musselwhite, while past CDs have had world-class musicians David ‘Fathead’ Newman (Ray Charles sax player), Little Charlie Baty, Junior Watson, Colin James, and multi-Grammy nominee Kim Wilson who appears on two discs and produced ‘My Kind of Evil’ in 2004. Their music has garnered radio-play worldwide, including heavy rotation on commercial radio stations, and features on shows such as the internationally syndicated House of Blues Radio Hour.  In 2009, Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called ‘Guitar Masters Vol. 2’ that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and more. The buzz this band has created over the last decade has earned them a national award – the Maple Blues Award for Electric Act of the Year, and rave reviews throughout the globe. Jones has been featured by Blues Revue Magazine and can be found in the books All Music Guide to Blues and Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings. When working with Jeff Asselin (drums), and Marc Decho (bass), or adding the heavy grooves of Jesse Whiteley (organ), the musicians with Jones always add a powerful energy to the stage.  Canada’s Top Touring Blues Act, Jones and his band are born entertainers, and with their unique sound, they continue to set the world on fire one country at a time!
Check JW out here: www.jw-jones.com, and https://www.facebook.com/jwjonesfans

Kenny Welch

Soulful music, strong entertainer, with a following that exceeds all expectations for a country music performer from Cincinnati, Ohio. Kenny Welch is a performer taking his music to the next level. Kenny Welch began singing at a very young age for his family and friends.  Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1973, he was raised in a small town south east of Cincinnati called Bethel.  Kenny never saw himself as a performer or singer until nearly seven years ago, when he began to set his sights on a music career in Country Music. Kenny Welch has been recognized by the local news media in Cincinnati and surrounding areas  The media continues to follow his progress and monitor his career. Kenny is very devoted to his music, friends, and children and is looking forward to a long and prosperous career in the music industry.

Check Kenny out on Facebook! He has been endorsed with us since 2010.

The Shiny Darks

The Shiny Darks have been endorsed with us since 2010, here is a little bit about their band:

It’s rock-n-roll with a kick to the face and a pat on the back. It’s true that “happy” and “positive” aren’t normally associated with aggressive music, but there’s more to The Shiny Darks than meets the eye. The thrillsome threesome from Houston, TX has managed to create a sound like no other- one that can start a pit and keep you smiling all at once. Epitomized in their newly released EP “Stab at Love”, The Shiny Darks’ transcend traditional punk, kick it up a notch, and slam it back down with some good ol’ rock-n-roll fun.
To create the magic, the Houston-based band took to the outskirts of the nation and found their resting place in Radiostar Studios (Weed, CA). It was there, through the eyes and ears of the great Sylvia Massy (Tool, Powerman 5000, Johnny Cash) and veteran studio/session musician turned producer Cameron McKenzie, “Stab at Love” came alive.
“Recording in Weed, CA with The Shiny Darks was definitely in my top five experiences of all time.” says Cameron. “Everyone there had nowhere to go but straight into rock history.”
“Recording The Shiny Darks could be the highlight of my career.” says Sylvia. “These guys live and breathe true rock-n-roll, dredged from the depths of dirty thoughts and high-school rejection. Bite marks bleed with the song ‘Stab’. Paul’s vocals and bass wrap around you like a warm strait-jacket. Gem’s drums drill into your temples like a lobotomy. Quenton’s guitars wake you up like a slap in the face. No kissy-kissy music here…”
“Stab at Love”, the first single off of the titular EP, explores loving and losing with the honesty of being freshly wounded. A heart that was, as the song pines, left “beating on the floor” now picked up and proudly displayed on the wounded’s sleeve.
“These songs are lyrically very personal to us. But everybody can relate. Love and loss in ‘Stab’ and ‘Photographs’, the desire for the ‘greener pasture’ and its ultimate disappointment in ‘Kennedy’, and surviving tough times in ‘Holiday’.” says Quenton Rockwell.
“Human nature is driven by two basic emotions: love and fear” says Paul Mendez. “These songs delve into the love side of things…mostly surviving the pain of it. We wrote about it and, to a degree, celebrate survival.”
Though “Stab at Love” boasts the flavors of rejection, pain, and agonizing heartache, the underlying theme which can all but be avoided is hope. The same could be said of each band member. Three very distinct personalities that are each tinged with optimism. “We want people to know that these times don’t last forever” says Gem Mendez (Paul’s baby sister). “There’s something else right around the corner. We wish for our music to touch those that have endured such pain and have fun with it, enough to take a peek at what good things are to come.”

www.theshinydarks.com

Pick of the Week – Stephanie & THREE

We have a really cool picks and a really cool band this week! This lovely pick is by the band Stephanie & THREE, which is local to Clayton, Inc. here in Southern Oregon. I love the shades of pink on the pick, and the design is just way to cool! Stephanie & THREE is an aggressive Rock ‘n’ Power-Pop Trio, that plays in clubs and venues throughout the Northwest.  We always love seeing local bands being successful. I posted a video below so that you can really see how awesome this band is!  Make sure to check out their website to find out where you can catch their next performance. www.threemusic.net

Pick of the Week – Eldebrock

This week we have a different style of pick.  This is a full black overbleed on our Acetal material.  It looks like a black pick, but it actually is white on the other side.  This is a great option because you get the look of a black pick, but it is printed on our popular Acetal material.  We really loved Eldebrock’s design, plus they are an endorsed band here at Clayton. They have a very cool website at: www.eldebrock.net. Really, it is quite impressive there is some amazing flash animation on their site.  They currently have just released their debut album, which can be downloaded on iTunes. Their music is really unique, and they have clips of it on their website, so make sure to listen.  The band Eldebrock took shape in the early spring of 2009 when founding member, Del Bannerman(rhythm guitar), along with Richard Lalonde (bass guitar), recruited Jay Wegenast from Vancouver B.C. as the lead singer. The spring and summer of 2009 was spent in a small town in Saskatchewan writing the music for the debut album. Barrett Moore (lead guitar), who grew up with Jay in Forestburg, Alberta joined in late 2009 adding his own touch of Zakk Wylde and Slash influenced lead guitar to the tracks that finished off the sound they were going for.

Pick of the Week – Rock Sugar

This week we have a pick from the band Rock Sugar! You have to check out their website at: http://www.rocksugarband.com/. They have an amazing intro on their website. Here is a little description about their live show:

“THE ROCK SUGAR LIVE SHOW IS UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER SEEN. ROCK SUGAR SLAMS 34 OF THE BIGGEST CROWD PLEASING SONGS IN HISTORY AS THEY’VE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE, INTO ONE TIGHT 13 SONG SET. SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!– “
This lovely pearl celluloid pick is printed with a purple and blank blended logo. It was made for the band guitarist and vocalist Chuck Duran. Also, make sure to check out their facebook page, where they have over 22,000 likes! Wow!