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

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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.

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Foxy

I just had to do a post on these awesome foxy picks! Foxes happen to be one of my favorite animals, so I fell in love with this design. Our customer submitted a beautiful full color fox photo to have printed on our white pearl picks. Sometimes photos are not the best for white pearl material because of the marbleized quality, but in this case it was the perfect choice. The marbleized material adds a very artistic element to the image; almost as if it is a watercolor painting. It also creates a reflective light quality that makes the colors especially vibrant. This customer also chose the full bleed print option, so that the art runs all the way to the very edge of the pick. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

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Floyd Fabulous

Hey Clayton Fans! Check out these awesome picks!

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These really stood out to me because I have, as most people have, seen the Pink Floyd logo many many times, but I have never seen it so amp-ed up! I love how this customer took the classic logo and gave it a really modern detailed look for the cover band logo. The colors are amazing, and this graphic turned out super well on our acetal guitar pick material! So here’s my challenge to all you cover bands out there; take the logo of the band you are covering, and give it the Floyd Factor make-over! To start creating, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Ssss Snake Picksssss

Check out these custom picks made for the band Nest of Snakes!

NestThe design is a simple black artwork, and it was made on our yellow delrin pick material. Even thought the colors are basic, we liked the intricacy of the design and how it fits really well into the pick shape…they just look cool!

To design and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

“Nest of Snakes is a trophy case of local talent. It consists of Jason Boten formerly of Superchief, who plays guitar and sings, Larry Enos who also plays with Sons of Walter on bass, Tom Brighton who splits his time with September on guitar and vox, and drummer Derek Deutramont who was formerly with the Albino Spiders.

Their sound is heavy but not all-encompassing. It’s composed of a variety of different influences from all over the rock and roll map. The two tracks I heard brought to mind such classic acts as Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, but I also heard glimpses of early Soundgarden and Motorhead. Despite having a heavy foundation, the music is also rich with melodies, a trait that sometimes gets lost in the Des Moines metal scene.”

To find out more, visit

https://www.facebook.com/NestOfSnakes

Pick of the Week — Boss Fight

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Boss Fight.
Boss Fight is a 4-piece (Kevin, Steve, John and Mikee) band from Chicago that plays pop punk.
Boss Fight formed only about 9 months ago, and they played their first show on January 13th of this year (at the Subterranean in Chicago).
According to band member Mikee, the Boss Fight music tastes contrast pretty strongly, so in the end they have an interesting blend of explosive pop punk riffs and more ambient bridge/breakdown segments. Mostly, they say it’s just a blast to play and they hope that the crowds of future shows enjoy listening to it as much as they love to play it.
The pick design is one that Mikee essentially cropped from the event poster for the show. Mikee says that “the artist, the lovely and talented Marina Kozak, did a damn good job on the original. Her portfolio is here: www.marinakozak.carbonmade.com. She’s not actually in the band, but she’s decided to be our artist anyway!”
To learn more about Boss Fight, visit:
Their SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/bossfightchicago
The event page for their last show: http://www.facebook.com/events/431855570201026/
We love the variety of color and graphic appeal of the Boss Fight design that was used for their custom picks. The material chosen for this order was our Clayton white carbonate pick type, which is a glossy finish bright white pick. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com.

Pick of the Week — Standby Anchors

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band Standby Anchors.

The members of Standby Anchors are old enough to know better, but young enough to not care.  The band offers amped-up power-pop with a dark side for those about to rock.  The current line up of the band is:  Mike Devine (lead vocals, guitar), Brent Anderson (drums), Bryan Scrivener (bass), and Phil Anderson (lead guitar, vocals).  Standby Anchors is based in Kansas City and plays original songs that are best characterized as modern alternative/indie rock with a definite appreciation for alt rock sounds of the 80s and 90s through the present day.  Members of the band have appeared in earlier projects that have toured across the United States and that have released records on indie labels.

 

You can find Standby Anchors …


On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Standby-Anchors/397864393614782
On Reverb Nation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/standbyanchors

The Standby Anchors picks were made on our white pearl material and we love how clean and professional their solid black logo looks on the marbleized white picks. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! And don’t forget to be on the lookout for our monthly promotion, coming soon 😉

Pick of the Week — EOS

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band EOS:

Featuring a whopping eleven-piece band, its four sizzling female singers put this group way over the top in the best of ways. The band features lead guitarist Joe “Ciid” Birardi, rhythm guitarist Bill Tuohy as well as bassist Wendy Williamson, and third guitarist Kevin Losardo. Add drummer Brian Picardi, percussionist Gerry Mac, and keyboardist Andy Ilyinsky and you have a full stage of rock and roll veterans that put on an unstoppable show.

Birardi’s “big” idea stemmed from watching the same old delivery in club after club where the music was governed by the stereotypical four-piece format. The EOS frontline is impressive indeed. Made up of Theresa Wilson, Dawn Szollar, Danielle Zelenak and Patti Ogletree, the four dynamic beauties spin rock and roll harmony between shifting lead vocal duties while the band holds it down behind them and it’s never a dull moment.

EOS has worked closely with several New Jersey charities including: Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, The NJ Elks Army of Hope, Operation Jersey Cares, and The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Foundation. Thanks to you, they have been able to raise nearly $20K for these causes to date.   All proceeds from their downloaded songs will be donated to our troops via Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon.  EOS thanks you for your support! Find out more about EOS at www.eosrocks.com!

The EOS picks were made on our white pearl material, using the full bleed option that allows their design to fill the pick to the edge. We love the detail of their design, and the pearl is a great material to support the variety of warm color tones. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Pick of the Week — Darbi Shaun

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Darbi Shaun, an up-and-coming Texas Singer/Songwriter. “There are some voices that just cause people to stop and take notice. Darbi Shaun’s unique tone, texture, and emotion does just that. When you experience her music, you immediately know she is doing what she was created to do. At just 17, Darbi Shaun has been honored to open for names such as Mike Eli of the Eli Young Band, Roger Creager, and Walt Wilkins. She just released her second EP titled “Austin” and is currently performing acoustic sets of original music and covers. You can hear her music at www.darbishaun.com Thank you for your interest and support!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darbi’s picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is perfect to support her classy black-and-white photo design. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! Just two days left to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day sale!!

Pick of the Week — Captain Ivory

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Captain Ivory; a Detroit-based, high energy rock band, that is putting their own spin on Motor City Rock N’ Roll.  The group pulls inspiration from many different rock artists, including Led Zeppelin, the Kings of Leon, and fellow Detroiter Jack White.  The combination of many different styles and genres makes their live show something to behold, and the band is quickly gaining traction in the Midwest.  They just completed a live album recorded all in one take at Groovebox Studios, Detroit.  The songs, along with videos and other information can be found on their website: http://captainivory.com

 

The Captain Ivory guitar picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we appreciated the high level of detail and artistic quality in their logo. To order your own custom printed guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

PS, be on the lookout for our next sale…we will be posting a blog with the discount code soon!

Pick of the Week — Danny Lee

Danny Lee is an accomplished performer, writer, composer and instructor.  With over 40 years of musical background, Danny’s influences are diverse and quite eclectic.  His own musical style, though rock-oriented, displays this diversity in his own playing and compositions.  Adept on a multitude of instruments, Danny favors the guitar as it satiates his musical style with its rhythmic, percussive, electronic, and dynamic capabilities … enabling him to put his particular and vast musical taste on a palette with all the colors of his choosing.  Though still in demand as a performer, Danny has focused his attention on instruction of late, all the while still creating his own unique blend of recordings.  Chief among Danny’s influences include artists such as: Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page just to mention a few. Danny currently resides in Dallas, Texas and still records in his home studio.  If you are looking for a hired gun on guitar, or interested in guitar, bass, keyboard or drum lessons you can contact Danny at  dannyleechatfield@gmail.com.

Danny’s custom design was printed on our acetal guitar picks. We love the bold look of the silhouette against the warm flame colors. On the back of the picks is a full flame background with Danny’s signature, which also is very eye-catching. For the design, the full bleed print option was utilized…meaning that the design goes all the way to the edge of the picks instead of having a small border around the edge of the art.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Frogs Gone Fishin’

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Frogs Gone Fishin’:

“At a Frogs Gone Fishinʼ show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock with the Frogʼs signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, itʼs great to find a band who relies on harmonies, strong melody, and dynamic rhythms to keep their fans coming back. On any given night, the Frogs cut across genres and material from their two albums and never, ever, play the same set-list twice. This diversity in song choice and explosive improvisational energy has earned the band enthusiastic and devoted fans from places as far apart as Denver and New Orleans, Chicago and Austin, New York and San Francisco.”

To learn more about this fun group, visit their site at http://frogsgonefishin.com/

The Frogs picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, and we love the bold color and style of their logo. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!


Pick of the Week — Ella Kaye

This Week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Ella Kaye.

“Emerging from the ashes of recently passed Ever Divine, the band has come back with a new line up and a whole new set. With Garrin Beaudoin and Michael Martin on guitar, Jeremy Novakowski on bass, Phil Del Vecchio on drums, and Justin Chard on vocals, the band, formed in 2011, is tearing up Arizona’s metal scene.”

Behind the name:  Ella Kaye is a character in the book “The Great Gatsby”.  Dan Cody’s last will gave Jay Gatsby a 25,000 inheritance, but Ella Kaye manages to use the court system against Jay to the win the money for herself.  Because of this, Jay sees Ella as a gold digger.

Find out more about Ella Kaye at http://www.facebook.com/EllaKayeAZ

The Ella Kaye picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we really like the intricacy and detail of the design that the band created! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Crush Junkies

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Crush Junkies.

“Crush Junkies members came together with one intention; ‘rawk the dance clubs.’ Since the inception of Crush Junkies, support for the band has been overwhelming and clubs throughout the region have booked the band solid well into and through 2013.

What can you expect from a Crush Junkies show? A solid rock show of music from bands like Shinedown, Foo Fighters, Seether, Papa Roach, The Black Keys and other more modern rock bands as well as select classic cuts from Queen, U2, The Cult and others.

Crush Junkies is a 5 piece, 2 guitar rock band with strong vocals from all members. Previously, all the members have been gigging in clubs and festivals across the region in bands that included The Slangs, Cactus Hill, Saucy Jackson, The Distractions and Superholics to name just a few.”

Learn more about Crush Junkies on their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CrushJunkies?ref=hl!

The Crush Junkies picks were made on our acetal pick material. Acetal is known for being a grainy, not slip material, and the picks are great for imprinting with a variety of light-to-dark shades as shown with the colorful Crush Junkies artwork. They also took advantage of the full bleed option for their design, which allows for the artwork to go all the way to the edge of the guitar pick for full coverage.  Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — The Jason Lugo Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for both Jason Lugo, lead vocals and guitar, and Mark Williams, lead guitarist, of The Jason Lugo Band:

“From the glitz and glamour of performing 6 years professionally in Las Vegas to the wide open spaces of Southern Idaho, Jason Lugo, Southern Idaho Living’s co-owner and publisher, is making a full circle in the music world. After a 16-year absence from the stage, Lugo and his self-titled band bring to Idaho a fusion of modern country and rock music that is in demand.

Playing in clubs and restaurants and for special events throughout the Magic Valley with upcoming dates as opening acts for country artists including Montgomery Gentry & David Nail, the Jason Lugo Band is quickly drawing an ever-growing fan base.

After playing at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls for only a matter of months, the band packed its lounge so consistently that they were moved to the main restaurant on a bigger stage with more room for expanding crowds.

The Jason Lugo Band is scheduled to play monthly at Canyon Crest in Twin Falls. If you plan on seeing them, be sure to call and reserve a table. Tables are often reserved up to two days prior to performances.

To learn more about the Jason Lugo Band, visit their sites at www.jasonlugoband.com and
facebook.com/jasonlugoband!!

Jason writes about his use of Clayton custom guitar picks:

“I’ve been using Clayton picks since I first started performing/gigging 18 years ago in Las Vegas. I still have my ‘lucky pick’ for all the opening acts I’ve done way back when.. it’s over 16 years old. I’m a graphic artist and built the logo and design on my picks… and I build lots of logos for other bands and artists.” Visit Jason’s art site at www.lugographics.com!

The Jason Lugo Band picks were made on our acetal pick material. Acetal is known for being a grainy, not slip material, and they are great for imprinting with a variety of light-to-dark colors as shown with the awesome Jason Lugo Band logo, created by Jason himself. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Brothers N Arms

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Brothers N Arms. “Brothers N Arms is a Texas power trio that is tearing up the regional rock scene. Started in 2010 from a simple online ad, they have blown up to be one of Texas’ up-and-coming rock bands. Daniel and Jesse are the two members of the band who ‘wield these great custom made picks by Clayton USA.'”

“Brothers N Arms was conceived in central Texas when the Vines brothers got together to jam with bassist, Jesse James. The three realized from that first day that they had enough common ground musically to start a new project. As the weeks passed, the trio placed the framework for a powerful project that became known as Brothers N Arms. The sound of the group is a blend of influences that range from Metallica to POD, from Nirvana to Zeppelin.”

To learn more about Brothers N Arms, visit their site at: http://www.brothersnarms.net/!!

The Brothers N Arms picks were made on our white delrin pick material, and we love how it makes their intricate red and black logo really stand out! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Custom Metallics

If you read our post from September 21st, you will know that we recently added our Metallics picks to the material options for custom printing! Below you will see an image of a couple of the designs created by the first customers to order custom Metallics guitar picks. Both of the designs shown here were done on the Stainless Steel Metallics, but we also offer Brass and Copper for color choices. All three types are solid metal with a brushed surface to enhance the grip of the pick. Any of the types can be printed with black ink, and they ship out within approximately 72 hours after order placement. They make for a wonderful holiday gift! Order your custom Metallics picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Woody Wright

Playing guitar since 1964, Woody discovered his love for musical performance at a very young age. So far, he has played with a variety of groups within several genres of music, but has more recently stuck to Gospel.  Since the fall of 2001, Woody has enjoyed occasionally touring with the Gaither Homecoming Concert crew. He says that it is such a joy to see the large arenas full of Gospel fans from coast to coast, and on other coasts! “The Homecoming Cruises have been phenomenal, and the London/Ireland trip was a blast.”

Woody writes about his current performances:

   “From my first note of Will the Circle Be Unbroken at the Atlanta Homecoming to singing Because He Lives at the empty tomb in Jerusalem to hearing the fans in Johanesburg, South Africa call us all by our first names, being a Homecoming Friend has been an honor and a rare blessing. Plus, all the ladies in my Mother’s Sunday School class get to say ‘Betty, I saw Woody on TV last night!'”

To learn more about Woody’s extensive musical journey, visit his site at www.woodywright.net.

Woody’s picks were made on our ultem pick material. Ultem picks are known for producing a sound quality closest to a true tortoiseshell pick. Ultem picks can be printed with brown, black or red ink, and Woody made excellent use of all colors in his custom design. Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Kid-inspired

We had to feature this design for custom picks because the team at Clayton all loved it! It is a very youthful, colorful design with the catchphrase “Doin’ It My Way” and it reminded us that it is very important to encourage kids to pursue their musical interests! If you know a young person who is just starting to get interested in guitar playing, custom picks are a great way to get them extra excited about following their dreams! We can print all types of designs on picks, so you can even scan in a design that a child has created to really give that special touch that lets them know they are a rock star. The holidays are coming and custom picks are awesome stocking stuffers! Order your custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Zombie Suckers

Now that Halloween is upon us, we have the perfect Pick of the Week to feature!
“From the bottomless pit of monsters they came, climbing up to the surface of earth in August of 2007. They’ve been through a lot, they lost a lot of blood along the way forming what is now an extremely deadly combination of killer machines. With Alex E. Cute on vocals, Captain Morgue and ZZ on guitars, Crippler on the bass, Six Feet Unders on drums and the villain known as Dr. B. Careless on the percussion and sampler they form Sweden’s scariest horror-machine known as Zombiesuckers.

With the urge to play fierce and powerful horrorpunk they set their goal to conquer, scare and entertain the citizens of this planet. With a plan to fright, bite and fight their way to the top they create music with a lot of attitude, horror and large sense of humour making it a great combination of what any ear should expose itself to.

But beware, some people say their songs are so awesome they kill you while you sleep. So remember, only a headshot kills a zombie.”

 Find out more about Zombiesuckers on their official websites:
www.zombiesuckers.com
www.facebook.com/zombiesuckers
The creepy cool Zombiesuckers picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, and we love the detail and colors of their horrorific artwork. Visit www.claytoncustom.com today to start creating your own electrifying custom picks!

Pick of the Week — Lisa Matassa

This week’s Pick of the Week is for artist Lisa Matassa. Operatically trained as a child, and with a resonantly powerful pop voice, Lisa recorded two top-10 dance singles before she was 20. The songs were huge hits in the U.S. and abroad, earning her performing slots in concerts with such acts as Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and TKA. Born on Long Island, but raised in south Florida, Lisa had always loved singing along to records by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, and she realized more and more that country music was where her heart was. Capitalizing on country’s contemporary rock-tinged arrangements, Lisa found she could blend the natural heartfelt soul of country with her own stylized brand of New York edginess. She is now considered Long Island’s first bona fide country artist and has opened shows for Dierks Bentley, Leann Rimes, Thompson Square, Eric Church and, most recently, Ronnie Dunn at a “Vets Rock” concert at Brookhaven Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY. Recently, Lisa was asked to sing the U.S. and Canadian anthems during the Delaware Ohio County Fair as part of the event’s prestigious Little Brown Jug harness racing event, which draws thousands of fans annually. As Lisa’s career gains momentum, and her new-release album Somebody’s Baby continues gathering national attention through digital downloads, streaming and radio programming, it’s a sure bet Long Island won’t be the only place where the name Lisa Matassa generates real excitement in country music.

To find out more about Lisa, visit her sites:

www.LisaMatassa.com

www.facebook.com/lisamatassafanpage

Twitter:  @lisa_matassa

www.reverbnation.com/lisamatassa

www.youtube.com/lisamatassamedia

Lisa Matassa’s custom guitar picks were made on our white pearl material. The white pearl is perfect for the gradient quality of her red-orang-yellow logo, and gives the graphic a 3-D appearence.

To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Creative Wedding Picks

Today we wanted to show off some of the creative wedding guitar picks designs that our customers have created! Custom wedding picks have become a very popular item, and they are used as favors, decorations, gifts, thank-you’s and announcements! Let your creativity loose by creating a really unique design like those shown below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the far left, the pick design mimics the opening title of The Simpsons TV show, but of course is replaced by the couple’s last name. This is a full bleed design on our acetal material guitar picks. For the middle pick, the couple chose to use a caricature of themselves (also full bleed art on acetal material). For the pick on the far right, the design is a very pretty bird and anchor graphic, and on the back of the picks is printed the couple’s names, their wedding date, and the the phrase “Flying High and Steady.” These were done on our white pearl picks, which helps to showcase the beautiful colors of the graphic and gives the picks a very classy “wedding look.”

Because of the popularity of wedding guitar picks, we have made a new website specifically to share designs and ideas; www.customweddingpicks.com. You can contact us directly with questions regarding wedding picks or how to order at weddingpicks@steveclayton.com and we will be happy to assist you. We would also love to feature more ideas on our site, so if you are interested please let us know!

To start the design process for custom picks right away, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Strip the Stars

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Strip the Stars. Formed in Denver in late 2010, Strip the Stars brings together fellow musicians David Frisbie on vocals, Brett Walston on guitar, Miles Marlin on bass, and Leo Zayas on drums. Drawing comparisons to Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and Alice in Chains, the full shake-you-to-your-bones sound of this quartet puts the fire in your belly and the roar in your speakers. It only took a few hours of jamming together for STS to discover the formula for their own brand of purebred hook-driven rock. Not content to wear out the same old local dives and wait for fate’s knock on the door, Strip the Stars is shredding through new mediums and conventions focusing their attention on the bigger picture. Strip the Stars is a band that will not be denied. STS’ 9-song debut release is sure to win fans and make it’s mark on the Front Range and beyond. The album was recorded and engineered by David Frisbie at Audiopurple Studios in Denver, CO and mixed and mastered at Progression Lab Studios in San Antonio, TX by Cult To Follow and former Union Underground frontman Bryan Scott. With full throttle guitar riffs, aggressive drums, melodic bass lines and soaring vocal melodies, Strip the Stars aims to keep the snarl in the razor-sharp grin of hard rock.
Find out more about Strip the Stars with the following links:
www.facebook.com/pages/Strip-The-Stars/198862790163775
www.reverbnation.com/stripthestars

https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stripthestars

The Strip the Stars picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, using a full bleed (meaning that the design goes all the way to the edge of the picks instead of having a border). We loved the colors and detail of their design! To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Rob “Fixxxman” Hendrikse

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for musician Rob Hendrikse. Rob is a member of a few different bands, including Defense, Lucky Faces and Rough ‘n Ready. For Defense, Rob already got a lot of different picks, so he thought it would be a good idea to design new ones for Lucky Faces and Rough ‘n Ready combined with his own artist name; Fixxxman. Lucky Faces is the acoustic version of Defense and Rough ‘n Ready. Lucky Faces is an acoustic duo (Rob’s girlfriend and himself) occasionally joined by a drummer and a bass player, (which are the other members of their newly formed classic rock band Rough ‘n Ready). The bands that Rob is involved with do covers of classic rock songs and they play them with a twist in their very own, unique style.
As Fixxxman, Rob does more singer/songwriter stuff and writes his own material as well.
The bands do a lot of shows throughout the Netherlands at festivals, parties and in a lot of live-music-supporting venues.
In March of 2012, Rob participated in the release of a non-profit CD- ‘29 Years, 29 Songs’- to honor his dear friend Saz, who died at the age of 29 in 2004, due to cancer. The CD was released to collect funds for a charity that makes the lives of kids with terminal diseases a little more bearable. 32 artists from The Netherlands, Australia, USA, Great Britain, Scotland and Spain participated, and all donated a song for the cause. A few names: Popa Chubby (USA), Michael Katon (USA), The Wildcards (GB), Hook Herrera (USA), Rob Tognoni (Aus), Julian Sas, Rob Orlemans and many others.
Rob also wrote and recorded a song for this album; “The Long Road.” It was recorded with the band Defense, and they were joined by the Dutch Blues Artist Rob Orlemans on Lead Guitar.
At the moment they have already sold 1000 copies of the double CD and they are planning to relaease part 2 in March 2013. A lot of major (blues) artists have already agreed to participate on part 2. Danny Bryant, Jon Amor Band, Jim Schuler, The Ori Naftaly Blues Band (Israel), 16 Dollars, Rough ‘n Ready and many more.
All about the CD can be found on http://www.stichtingsaz.nl
To learn more about the bands that Rob is in, see the following sites:
Defense: http://www.defense-theband.nl/
Rough ‘n’ Ready: https://www.facebook.com/#!/rnrclassicrock
Lucky Faces: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lucky-Faces-2-Voices-1-Guitar/335120886566774
Check out this Fixxxman YouTube video as well! http://youtu.be/smVjS0cTb_k
We really love the way that Rob combined all of his logos together to make an awesome custom guitar picks design for acetal picks! To create and order your own custom pick design, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Also, be on the lookout for a special Halloween promotional discount for custom pick orders towards the end of this month! Discount codes will be e-mailed automatically if you have created an account with us!

Pick of the Week — Electric Circus

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band Electric Circus. Electric Circus was formed out of Austin, Texas, and they perform everyone’s Top 40 dance/hip-hop/electronica hits! Electric Circus performs in venues, casinos, and bars all around Texas and Louisiana.  Julz, the musician who ordered custom picks from Clayton, is the guitar player for Electric Circus and has been using Steve Clayton Guitar picks from the start!
Check out Electric Circus at www.facebook.com/electriccircusaustin
Catch them in your city And give them a like!

The Electric Circus picks were made on our white delrin pick material, with a full bleed design (meaning that the art goes all the way to the edge of the picks). On the back of the picks is the same circus tent graphic, with Julz’s signature. We love the creativity of the design and how it reflects the band name! Order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Corrina Corrina

This week’s Pick of the Week is for the band “Corrina, Corrina,” from Red Bank, New Jersey. They are a local Alt/indie/punk band with influences like Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie and, most importantly, The Gaslight Anthem. The members of the band include Brian McKenna, Matthew Kessig, Deaglan Howlett and Mike O’Connor. Find out more about Corrina Corrina on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/corrinacorrinanj.

The Corrina Corrina picks were made on our green delrin, .88mm gauge pick material. We love the detail and intricacy of the band’s logo. The design for the picks was created by Colleen Kinslow.

To order your own custom guitar picks, visit our site today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

Just Added to Our Custom Line: Eco Picks!

Those of you who are long-time Clayton Customers may have seen that we offer Eco friendly guitar picks through our site at http://www.steveclayton.com/ecopicks.php. Before now, these picks were only available with the standard Clayton Eco logo printed on them. Now we have added them to the options for custom printed guitar picks! Check it out at www.claytoncustom.com! Eco-Picks are an earth-friendly product made of a unique agricultural (non-petroleum) based polymer that is made utilizing renewable energy. Eco picks are made of a plastic that is certified compostable (BPI Certified to ASTM D6400). Now you can rock with a good sounding pick & be responsible to the earth while you do it! The custom Eco Picks are available in two colors; white and natural, and can be printed with any colors on one or two sides. They come in a standard shape and medium (.80mm) gauge. Shown to the left is an example of the natural colored Eco pick with a custom design. Order your own custom Eco picks today!

Pick of the Week — The Tom Dixon Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for Tom Dixon of The Tom Dixon Band.

“Tom Dixon is an award winning vocalist and entertainer who, like many other performers, got his start in music singing in the church choir. He was born on a small farm in Tewksbury, MA and moved to New Hampshire in the 1st grade. Tom always knew he wanted to be a singer. He spent his younger days singing along to old Kenny Rodgers tapes that his father would play. Tom experimented with many different genres of music from rock and country to even R & B.  In the end, you just can’t take the country out of the boy. After watching the “Garth Brooks LIVE from Central Park” video he declared, “I am going to do that!” This was the beginning of what has become one of New England’s hottest country bands.

Tom had taken guitar lessons at a very young age, but put it down for many years. In college he decided to pick it up again and the moment he learned a few chords he was itching to learn how to write music and start a band. Tom gathered up a few band members and they started to work on honing their craft. Tom made sure that they spent months down in the basement learning the tunes and making sure they were tight.  Tom didn’t want to just play in a band, he wanted to put on a show.  When they finally starting booking gigs there was no stopping the them! Tom has continued to hone his craft as a vocalist, songwriter, entertainer and guitarist.  He was named the NHCMA “Male Vocalist of The Year” in 2005, “Duo of the Year” 2006 with his friend Jodie Cunningham and most recently the 2011 New England Country Music Organization’s (NECMO) Entertainer of The Year.

Tom has continued to work on his song writing skills and has played several writers nights and open mics in Nashville, TN at places such as the legendary Blue Bird Cafe. Tom pulls influences from such artists as:  Gary Allan, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and legends like Johhny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.  Tom is determined and will not let go of the dream. With the band that they have built, he has had an opportunity to open for artists such as:  Alan Jackson, The Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Phil Vassar & Dusty Drake.  Tom and the band will also be opening for Eric Church in August of 2012.”

About The Tom Dixon Band:

“With a unique combination of smooth country vocals and an explosive live performance, The Tom Dixon Band has given birth to a new way of delivering that sweet country sound, with a heartpumping, foot-stomping beat that can only be viewed as a bit spicy, smooth, southern country rock. In 2012 The Tom Dixon Band is  touring the east coast from Maine to Virginia.  Since forming in 2005, The band’s every performance commands the stage and draws the excitement and rapt enthusiasm of their audience. They have captivated audiences in a multitude of venues by keeping their focus on bringing the most up-to-date and entertaining show possible. The Tom Dixon Band has been invited to perform in many high profile venues where they deliver the opening performance for such notable acts as Alan Jackson, The Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Phil Vassar, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kip Moore and Dusty Drake as well as live back-up vocals & rhythm guitar for Nashville’s own Crossin’ Dixon. The band has been included in shows for 97.5 WOKQ (Dover, NH) on numerous occasions including 7 years in a row for the WOKQ Countryfest at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH. The Tom Dixon Band released their first original CD, “Rock Hard Country”, back in 2007 and then their second album entitled “Truckin” in 2011.” Band members include: Tom Dixon – Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar, David Wilson – Lead Guitar/Vocals, Billy “Thumpah” Ferraro – Drums, Leo Melanson – Fiddle/Steel/Guitar/Vocals and John “Crawdaddy” Crawford – Bass.

To learn more about The Tom Dixon Band, visit http://www.tomdixonband.com

The Tom Dixon Band picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is a professional high grade pick material known for having a non-slip surface. They look great with the Tom Dixon logo and are perfect for using on stage and then tossing out to fans! Order your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

 

 

Pick of the Week — Off The Turnpike

This week’s Pick of the Week was created by Christian Vasquez of Off The Turnpike.

“Since 2011, Off The Turnpike has made it their mission to wake up New York’s long dormant rock scene with a powerful and diverse sound all their own. The band’s hard rock roots are tempered with an emphasis on melody, grooves and the unexpected. From Andy Sexton’s soulful and commanding vocals, to Christian Vasquez’s driving guitars and the beastly rhythm section of bassist Shawn Abraham and drummer Steve Kurlat, Off The Turnpike is here to confound expectations and electrify fans of raw, honest, and uncompromising music. Drawing inspiration from music of all genres and fusing it into a cohesive and powerful mix, Off The Turnpike is blazing forward in surprising new directions. With the release of their self produced self-titled debut album, the band is pushing their music beyond New York and bring the news of rock’s revival to the hungry masses. You’re not ready. But they are.”

Off The Turnpike has been together for little over two years; Christian started the band with Shawn Abraham (bass).   On August 25th they will be celebrating their one year anniversary of playing live shows with a live show at Fontana’s NYC.  Their most recent achievement was the release of their debut album on June 19 of this year.

Find out more at: www.offtheturnpikemusic.com and www.facebook.com/offtheturnpike

The Off The Turnpike picks were made on our white pearl material guitar picks, which have a marbleized quality and glossy finish that looks classy with the deep red logo of the band. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Caramelos De Cianuro/UnEnano

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for UnEnano, a guitar player in the Latin band Caramelos de Cianuro, from Venezuela. The band was formed in 1991. They recorded their first songs, “Nadando a Través De la Galaxia” (Swimming Across the Galaxy) and “Tu Mamá Te Va a Pegar” (Your mom is going to hit you), in 1992.

A year later, the group signed up to CNR and released an EP called Las Paticas de la Abuela (Grandma’s Little Feet), followed by the band’s first album, Cuentos Para Adultos (Tales for Adults), in 1994. Performing a mixture of Latin Punk and alternative rock, Caramelos de Cianuro returned in 1996 with Harakiri City, released by Polygram. Two years later, original drummer Pablo Martínez was replaced by Alfonso Tosta, and the group soon toured with Colombian band Aterciopelados. In 2000 they released their album Miss Mujerzuela (Miss Whore), which achieved platinum status in Venezuela in 2001. In 2006 they released their second most recent album, Flor De Fuego, (Flower of Fire) with “Como Serpiente” (Like Snake) promoted as the lead off single. In the year 2010 the group released their latest album “Caramelos de Cianuro”.

To find out more about Caramelos de Cianuro, visit their site at http://www.caramelosdecianuro.net

UnEnano’s guitar picks were made out of our white delrin pick material. One one side the picks have UnEnano’s name with a pair of wings, which was inspired by the wing tattoos on his back. On the other side, there is a thumbprint that marks exactly where he holds the picks when he plays, which we thought was very clever! To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — The Dirty Flirts

The week’s Pick of the Week was created for the band The Dirty Flirts. The Dirty Flirts were born out of the love of being an avid Runaways fan and lover of Female Fronted Bands in the Punk/Rock genres. Momma Dukes (drummer) flirted (ha ha) with the idea with Dawn Sweet (Lead Vox) and after seeking out other like-minded dirty flirts like themselves they found another talented Fem Fatale “T” (Rhythm Axe), and one energized rocker Rob Luv (Lead Axe). Having a bass player issue…, and gone through two so far since the bands’ inception, they found their permanent bass player Lorenzo who, despite being a generation younger, loves their choice of music and is an enthusiastic as well as talented addition to the Dirty Flirts. With enough practice under their chastity ;-P belts they had a very well received debut gig and are presently rockin at select gigs! Because all of the members’ lifestyles have always included music in some form or another, this band was a natural fit for them, as well as for the next generation of rock and rollers. Their fans are peers in the industry, so when they are at a gig, it suddenly becomes a live jam that all the crazed groupies love being a part of, whether it’s on the stage jamming or dancing and grabbing each other during the shows. So leave your morals and your attitudes at the door and party with The Dirty Flirts!
Visit their page on Facebook: https://facebook.com/TheDirtyFlirts .
Visit their website: http://thedirtyflirts.com/.
 Band bookings contact Margaret 631-824-3454 or email mommadukes421@yahoo.com.
Band Members:
Dawn Sweet – Lead Vox (Liquid Overload)
“T” – Rhythm Axe, Back Up Vox
Rob Luv – Lead Axe, Back up Vox(Strike Twice)
Lorenzo – Bass
Momma Dukes-Percussion/Back up Vox
The Dirty Flirts design was printed on our acetal guitar picks, which are known for being professional, high quality material. They look great the with sizzling black and red Dirty Flirts logo! Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!