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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

 

Pocket Picks

Just added to Clayton USA’s product line this year, Pocket Picks are a great item for the guitar player on the go! This is a card that fits in a standard billfold, and each card contains five punch-out guitar picks. The material of the picks is a customized polycarbonate that produces a clean, smooth sound with soft tone. They are also great for speed picking. These cards are available in six different gauges including .60, .70, .80, .94, 1.1 and 1.24mm and pricing starts at just $3.99! Order your pocket picks today at http://www.steveclayton.com/pocket-picks.php.

Introducing PickTac!

Looking for an easy, non-messy solution to get a better grip on your guitar picks? Try out our new solution– PickTac! PickTac is an adhesive dot that you can peel on one side to stick on your pick and then peel the other side to have an instant grip that will not move or shift. Because of it’s versatility, you can place the PickTac anywhere on the pick that will best suit your playing needs. As your hand heats, the PickTac will start to mold to your finger for a customized grip. If you need to remove PickTac, just pull up on the PickTac, and it will cleanly remove. PickTac allows you to easily reposition your fingers as needed and leaves no messy residue on your pick or your fingers. You’ll find it to be truly PickTacular! PickTac comes in a package of 50 dots for just $7.99!! To place your order for PickTack today, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/picktac.php.

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

ODDSLANE

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

 

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

 

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

http://oddslanemusic.com

http://facebook.com/oddslane

http://myspace.com/oddslanemusic

http://twitter.com/oddslanemusic


The Plastic Revolution

We just wanted to share a video from one of our Endorsed bands The Plastic Revolution, check out our picks in the beginning!

Also, you can check out the rest of their videos and music at their website http://www.theplasticrevolution.com

Jonathan Barlow & Roger Harmon

Award winning Guitarists Roger Harmon and Jonathan Barlow are versatile musicians with careers that involve performing various kinds of music, composing and arranging music for publication, and promoting their work as recording artists. They also periodically receive grant funding and cash-prize awards. They both earned Master of Music degrees in classical guitar from the University of Denver (DU) where they met and began performing together. Since graduation, their alma mater has taken notice of their accomplishments and not only written an article about them for the alumni magazine but also invited them to be guest lecturers in a career workshop entitled “Entrepreneurship in Music.” Although classically trained, they pride themselves on their abilities in many genres including jazz and popular styles. As signed recording artists with Azica Records they share a roster with guitar luminaries Jason Vieaux, David Leisner, and Grammy-winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe. Roger and Jonathan’s music is distributed internationally by Naxos of America, has received traditional radio play, and can be heard on Pandora, Last.FM, Rdio, and Spotify. They recorded their first album under the name Massif Trio, a group formed by Jonathan to perform his arrangements of 19th century German art songs for 2 guitars and voice. Their album Massif Trio Plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss garnered reviews from American Record Guide and All Music Guide; it was praised as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality.” The arrangements found on the album are published with Clear Note Publications. Jonathan is also published with Lathkill Music Publishers and Soundboard guitar journal published one of his arrangements and wrote an article about him. His work has been called “fabulous” by Guitarnotes, ”superb” by Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, and “tasteful, impeccably written and exceptionally enjoyable” by Rovi Music. A growing number of university music libraries carry his publications. Roger and Jonathan are proud to be endorsed artists with Steve Clayton Guitar Picks, Godin Guitars, Curt Mangan Strings, and Sfarzo String Company. They are represented by Denver booking agency Masterful Musicians and have won many awards including: The Orville Moore Memorial Award – from the Allied Arts, Inc.- given for “achievement in German art song,” and the ASCAPlus Award – from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – a national award given for “creative contributions to American music.”

Pandora Radio Link:
http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

www.jonathandavidbarlow.com

www.rogerlouis.com

Vigilante

Ivan Muñoz aka Vigilante is one of the most important industrial music artists in South America. By mixing electronic and metal, Muñoz has conquered audiences from Chile and all over the world.  Currently he has released three albums “The Heroes Code” (2005), “War of Ideas” (2007), and “The New Resistance” (2011), one EP “Juicio Final” (2006) and one DVD + CD “Life is a Battlefield” in countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, Argentina and Japan; his records are distributed both physically and digitally throughout the world. With 5 European tours, Vigilante has brought their music to many countries: Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Spain, etc. In addition, in 2006 and 2010 he was the only Chilean musician to participate in one of the world’s biggest festivals in Germany, the Wave Gotik Treffen; and in 2008, Vigilante became the support band of Nine Inch Nails in Chile. Throughout his career, he has worked and shared stage with the most important bands in the scene, such as: Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Strapping Young Lad, Suicide Commando, S.I.T.D., Die Krupps, VNV Nation, Funker Vogt, Leaether Strip, Agonoize, Soman, Hocico, Birmingham 6, Hanin Elias, Tyske Ludder, Clan of Xymox, Siva Six, The Dreamside, Dope Stars Inc., XP8, XPQ-21, etc. Today Vigilante is promoting his latest release, “The New Resistance” featuring guest artists from bands like Ministry, Public Enemy, Clawfinger, Leaether Strip, Strapping Young Lad, Hanin Elias, Funker Vogt, Birmingham 6 and more. He is also preparing a new tour across the USA and Europe.

Vigilante Links:
www.vigilante.cl
www.myspace.com/vigilanteband
www.facebook.com/vigilanteband
www.youtube.com/vigilanteband

Jim Ledford

We are pleased to announce that we have just endorsed Jim Ledford! Haling from a small town in the Hudson Valley, NY. area Jim Ledford has been a professional guitar player and performing musician for over two decades. During his early stage of his career(1980s) was labeled as a very season guitarist. Radio spots were an enjoyable gig for him in the late 80’s and 90’s. During the  1990’s Jim had the pleasure of working with, and recording projects for the audio visual  department at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. He also played warm up for many classic rock acts throughout his career. To name a few would be Foghat, and Three Dog Night. Jim played many venues in the Tri-State area during his longtime career. He has also recorded privately for many professional artists. Jim always contributes time to a limited number of students for private guitar lessons producing fine guitar players on the east coast and NY area. Fall 0f “09” will also bring something new to the NY music scene. Jim will be slotted in as an instructor at the Garrison Art Center  located on the banks the grand Hudson River. Jim has developed his own customized method of teaching guitar with a 100% success rate! He taught guitar at the NY Academy Of Music during the summer rock camp sessions in “07”. Currently Jim is doing audio/video demo work for major industry guitar,effects,amp,speaker, and pickup companies. Jim has full endorsement agreements with Dean Markley Strings Inc. Peavey, Electro Harmonix Jim Dunlop/MXR Effects,Cort Guitars,Arbor Guitars,Spencer Guitars,Coffin Cases LLC, Steve Clayton Custom Guitar Picks, and has a personal artist agreement with DiMarzio Pickups. Jim holds a full membership as a song writer with ASCAP.His new EP/CD will be availible late “2012” The CD will display some great instrumental fusion/progressive guitar work. We also wanted to share with you that Jim has been selected to play at the Chiller Theatre Center in NJ, for more on the convention you can visit http://www.chillertheatre.com/. Also be sure to check out Jim’s website http://www.jimledford.net/.

Win some custom picks & more at GuitarTrump.com

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

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

 

Dharmata

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Collegiate Affair

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

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

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

Check out the band at:

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

Stoop Goodnoise

Stoop Goodnoise, A band building, wrecking, and rebuilding again as they lead the way in the new Chicago Rock & Roll scene. Chicago has always been a city of collided cultures coming together to form something amazing and there is no band that encapsulates this like Stoop Goodnoise. A facepunch of 90’s grunge fury, punk choruses, and intergalactic guitar solos. One part Chicago street kids, one part classic rock phenoms, but all one original sound that can not be missed, that can not be ignored, that cannot be stopped.

They have played at numerous clubs around Chicago like House Of Blues Bottom Lounge & Beat Kitchen and have gone as far as being one of the three finalists in the MTV VMA 2009 Best Breakout Chicago Artist Contest where they supported All Time Low & White Tie Affair at Six Flags Great America. They’re set from that day was also featured on Comcast On Demand for the entire city of chicago to view at the push of a button.

They have just finished up they’re debut  album “Crash Me, Cloud” At Million Yen Studios in Chicago with Sciphonic Productions set to be released on January 28th 2012 with touring and music videos planned in the coming months.

Check them out at:

www.StoopGoodnoise.com
http://www.Twitter.com/StoopGN
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stoop-Goodnoise/144260285632636
http://www.myspace.com/StoopGoodnoise
http://www.youtube.com/StoopGoodnoise

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life – Folsom Telegraph

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

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

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

Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

Story of a Ghost

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

New custom pick available!

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

Josh Burke of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh from the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came out on Friday to sign at our booth!

http://redjumpsuit.com

Steve Stevens at our NAMM booth

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Sinclair – NAMM 2012

2011 Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair came out to sign at our NAMM booth this year. Here are a few photos we wanted to share, also for more about Claire you can visit her website http://www.pinupclairesinclair.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle & John of Guitarings NAMM 2012

We had such an amazing time at NAMM this year. Kyle Gass and John Konesky signed at our booth on Saturday. We just wanted to share some photos with you all who may not have made it, check out the line, it was crazy! We will be sharing more photos this week of Steve Stevens, Playmate of 2011 Claire Sinclair, Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Robert Kearns who all signed at our booth this year.

 

 

 

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.

Paulo Morete

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

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

More information :

 

www.paulomorete.com

 

www.einsofmusic.com

 

www.myspace.com/paulo5150

Keith Moody

We just wanted to share a new video by our Endorsed Artist Keith Moody! Check it out at the link below

One Big Ending by Keith Moody

 

Jim Luparello of Car Party

Jim Luparello of Car Party has been endorsed with us since 2011. Here is a little bit about the band:

Car Party is an American pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. Although they did not come under their current lineup until early 2011, they began their journey in late 2009 through a Craigslist ad posted by drummer, Taylor Hughes. Because of their pop-rock sound and tightly woven rhythm section, Car Party has been compared to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World and The Early November.

In 2010 Car Party released their debut EP, “Excuses” and quickly began work on their sophomore EP, “High & Low Places,” released independently in August 2011. For the follow-up effort, Car Party teamed up with producer and friend, Ace Enders, of The Early November and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business – Ace is also featured on the single, “Please Me”. As credit to the band’s hard work, “High & Low Places” received a warm reception among fans and critics alike, landing them in Alternative Press, Substream Music Press and an exclusive interview in Modern Drummer magazine. The video for the single “Please Me” will be launched exclusively with Substream Music Press later this year.

In Fall 2011 the band was able to land an endorsement from Orange Amplifiers, begin a PR partnership with the New York-based firm Big Picture Media and wrapped up a successful US/Canadian tour. Dedicated to hard work and making music, the band has their sites set on the future with a new EP and an independent east coast tour in the works.

Car Party is Michael Natzke, Taylor Hughes, Chris Martin and Jim Luparello.

Check out the Band’s pages to here their music and more :-):

http://www.carpartyband.com
http://www.twitter.com/carparty
http://www.facebook.com/carparty

Desert Rose

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

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Thank you so much to GuitarTrump.com for your wonderful review about our Custom picks! Go to the link above to check out a very cool review on us as well as other reviews. They also have Giveaways and you just might see a Clayton giveaway featured ;-).