Steve Clayton Blog

Michael Valenzuela aka MADV

Check out this short promo endorsed artist MADV made using his Clayton Custom picks!

https://youtu.be/Cl3ahSxW4-o

Michael Valenzuela was no stranger to music growing up in a very musically inclined family. He spent the majority of his younger years in Washington state. His father was a musician playing in several well known bands, a road manager, and owns his own studio. His siblings play instruments, as well. When this family gets together, the Valenzuelas can’t resist the urge to make music together. It’s no surprise Michael fell in love with music at a young age and caught the fever for creativity.

Valenzuela is a purely multi-talented musician, doing everything from playing guitar and keyboards to recording and mixing. He composes music of many different genres including hip hop, contemporary, Latin rock, neo-classical, rock and heavy metal. Valenzuela is also quickly making himself known for shooting and editing video footage.

A guitarist first, Valenzuela has a great passion for playing. He is a virtuoso of guitar. His instrumental compositions are both moving and many times complex. These works are definitely a treasure to the ear and when watching him play, to the eye. His intricate fingering styles using string bending techniques make it evident that his pinch harmonics and hammer ons can keep up with the most superlative guitarists of the 80’s. Though very experimentational, it is clear this man has studied some of the most prevalent guitarists of our time, to form his own style. The flow and melody of these instrumentals gives a great number of them a very neo-classical sound, full of deep emotion.

– Queen Eilene.

 

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https://www.facebook.com/Autumnforevermusic2015

Rob & Jason of Cosmivore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photography by Scott Shupe 2014.

Custom Drumsticks!

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

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Mike Goncalves

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

Dave Baker

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.26mm picks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Links:

http://www.davebakerguitar.com/

http://facebook.com/officialdavebakerguitar

http://twitter.com/davebakerguitar

http://youtube.com/channel/UCa_cgxq4qeHSebvHJjq1Adx

Steve Clayton Store!

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

 

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Cannot Be Contained

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

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

Bugra Sisman

Products: Acetal Guitar Picks 1.00 mm. Pro Lemon Polish.
“Steve Clayton Custom Picks have great attack and full of sensibility. I feel very secure when I use these picks. I never look for any other picks to get my tone right.”
Bugra Sisman started playing guitar when he was 12.

After taking guitar classes from Ceyhun Saklar when he was 14,
he went into Istek Belde Fine Arts high school.
When he graduated from this high school in 2005, he got accepted to Middlesex University’s Ba Music Performance department.
In this school, he worked with the famous guitarist, Timothy Walker.
He also worked on performance techniques with Raeneda Machie.
He had the chance to work with one of England’s most famous composers Dr Francoisand Dr Peter Fribbins.
He graduated from this University in the year of 2005, and he went back to Turkey.
While he continues his work on stage and studio, he also gives private lessons on his own and at some private institutions.

He is now recording his EP called “Until Now” and writing a guitar book where will be released in most book stores in Turkey.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/ElektrikGitarTeknikleri
http://www.elektrikgitarteknikleri.com/
https://instagram.com/bugrasisman/
https://twitter.com/bugrasisman
https://soundcloud.com/bugrasismanmusic

Emma Lane

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl, 0.38mm, Standard.

“Using Clayton Personalized .38 white pearl picks, not only look great, but makes my guitar playing effortless.”

Emma Lane is an award winning  country rock, singer-songwriter and guitarist from a small farm town, outside of Rochester, NY. Vocally, Lane, has been compared to Ann Wilson of Heart and lyrically, unique. Emma’s new single ‘Little Bit of Somethin’, was co-written with BMI award winning hit songwriter, Kristy Jackson (Reba, CURB Records), after hearing Lane’s debut EP Noise From The Basement. In the words of Kristy Jackson; “Emma Lane is a FORCE! Stay tuned!”
Noise From The Basement & Little Bit of Somethin’ are both available on iTunes.
Links:
iTunes:
Official Music Video for Single:

Jeff Przech

Products used: Clayton Standard Duraplex Picks .73mm & .88mm
“The first thing that caught my eye about Clayton picks was strictly aesthetic – I thought they just looked cooler than the other picks out there! Once I bought a couple of packs and started using them I noticed the difference immediately. They feel stronger in my fingers, last longer, and, most importantly, they just sound better than the picks I was using. Some might find it hard to believe that something as simple as a guitar pick can have an effect on your sound, but it most definitely can and does. I’m a Clayton convert and I’m not going back.”
“We can sit a while and I’ll sing some songs ’bout where we’re going, not where we’ve been” – Jeff Przech, “Back Again”
The end of 2014 finds Connecticut songwriter Jeff Przech at work on his debut solo record, “Sounds Like Fresh.” The title is a little piece of wordplay on Jeff’s last name, which actually does sound like fresh. The album’s eleven tracks (ten original songs and a cover of Ryan Adams’ “English Girls Approximately”) are an amalgam of stories (both fiction and non-fiction), strong melodies, and expressive, honest lyrics. Przech is a reflective and genuine songwriter, one who takes great pride in his craft. “Sounds Like Fresh” will be Przech’s first, but certainly not last, entry into the arena of American(a) music. There are songs about where he’s been, but “Sounds Like Fresh” gives a crystal clear glimpse of where Jeff Przech is going as well. The songs that make up “Sounds Like Fresh” were written over the past few years, but really started to come to life  early in 2014 as Przech was working on original music with his band, The Bus Drivers. Once the creative floodgates opened, the songs kept coming. Some of the songs didn’t fit the band dynamic, leading Przech to begin work on “Sounds Like Fresh.” A weeklong trip to the solitude of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom this summer provided the finishing touches on the songs that will make up what he expects will be the first of many records to come.
Links:
http://www.jeffprzech.com
http://www.busdriversband.com
http://www.facebook.com/jeffprzech
http://www.twitter.com/jprzech

Jeff Turnbow

Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin 1.00mm

“Over the years I have spent tons of money on my rig always searching for that perfect tone.  Something that I was never happy with was my picks.  I could get great tone out of some, but they never felt right between my fingers, or I could get a good feel, but the tone was lacking.  After trying a Clayton pick for the first time, I was hooked.  Fantastic tone- especially when you really dig into the strings.  They feel great and never they never slip out of my grip.  I would encourage any guitarist to give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.”      

Jeffry Don has spent many years on the front line of music.  He has played with bands such as TC Fambro and the Copperheads, playing on their debut EP Texas Town, he played with Level of Grace for several years helping them sign a recording contract with Tate Music Group and recorded on their album Wonderful God, which received airplay and rave reviews all over the world.  Currently Jeffry Don is working on a new project with the Tyler Steel Band.  With their fusion of Red Dirt, Rock, and Blues, the Tyler Steel Band is sure to make waves in the Texas country scene and beyond.  They are currently in the studio working on their upcoming album, Come With Me, which should be available by late spring 2014.  Be looking for them to play a city near you soon.
Links:  facebook.com/tylersteelband

Shiny and New: Steve Clayton Store Online

Announcing SteveClaytonStore.Com, where you can get all of the Clayton Guitar Accessories that you need and love! You may remember that this section of our site used to be run through a company called Shopatron, and orders were often shipped from one of our distributors. Now, when you order your Clayton items, you can rest assured that they will come directly from us, the manufacturer, which means less hassle and more dependability! And that’s not all…we are also offering free shipping on all orders over $35.00, all the time!! Check it out at http://steveclaytonstore.com/.

 

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Get ready for our next contest!!

Attention Clayton Fans! Starting today, we have a new contest running through our Facebook page! Check out the crazy photo in the image below. For the next four days, this photo will be posted on our FB page, and all you need to do is submit a comment with your best caption for the photo, for a chance to win your choice of 3 Clayton guitar pick 12-packs!!

This contest ends at Midnight on June 29th, so don’t delay! Visit www.facebook.com/ClaytonUSA to submit your most clever and witty captions!

 

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April Showers Sale!

Cheer yourself up from those April downpours with a new set of Clayton Custom Guitar Picks! This week we are running a 15% off your custom guitar pick order sale! To order custom picks and take advantage of this offer, visit www.claytoncustom.com. Create your pick design, and click on the ‘Order Pick’ button. When prompted for a promotional code, type in S14GP to automatically have 15% deducted from your order!

Don’t delay! This sale ends on 4/29/14 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.

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Clayton Endorsee Sonar Lights to tour China 2014!

DFW based original rock band Sonar Lights sets out to tour China for the second year in a row.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX – Sonar Lights is eagerly gearing up for their second China tour in May 2014. The rock trio from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX made quite an impression last year with Chinese fans and promoters. After their successful “Enter the Snake 2013” tour, the band was promptly asked to return to rock the masses again at the Midi Festival; the largest rock festival in the country.

The past 12 months have been extremely busy for the band. In addition to their overseas touring duties, the band has built their own recording/rehearsal studio and is in pre-production for their second independently released album. They’ve accomplished all this without the backing of a label, management team or distribution deal.

ABOUT
Sonar Lights was formed in 2010 and has been hovering under the mainstream radar. Their sharp songwriting delivered by a balanced meld of mighty early heavy metal guitar hooks, pummeling rhythmic textures and melodic vocals are things that do not go unnoticed. Sonar Lights independently released their debut album, “Here We Are” in 2012 and has steadily gained credibility from fans, the media and fellow musicians alike.

Disc jockey Angela Chase from 97.1 FM “The Eagle,” the largest rock station in North Texas said on her show, “I would highly recommend that you spend the $9.99 on iTunes and download a copy of Sonar Lights album. They have quite a few good songs on it.”

The band’s image and sound has caught the attention of the industry’s top music equipment manufacturers. Sonar Lights has proudly built working sponsorships with Bogner Amplification, Eden Electronics, Essential Sound Products, George L’s, Mono Case, PRS Guitars, Trailer Trash Pedalboards, Warwick Bass Guitars, Pigtronix Effect Pedals, Clayton guitar picks and Dunlop electronics.

The band has also toured nationally and shared the stage with some of music’s biggest acts, including: The B-52’s, Vince Neil, Cowboy Mouth, Rigor Mortis, Candle Box, Mute Math, Los Lonely Boys, The Toadies and Bowling for Soup.

In addition, Pandora Internet Radio included Sonar Lights’ entire album to their program giving fans the chance to create and stream their own Sonar Lights station. You’ll most likely hear similar sounding, well recognized bands like Foo Fighters, STP, Seether and Chevell on their station.

Sonar Lights is dedicated to bringing back the ideal of creating an album with a reason for existence and delivers a style of rock that has been desperately missed.

CONTACT
To learn more about Sonar Lights please contact:

George Miadis
Cell: 214-636-7902
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Dimidium uses Clayton Guitar Picks

Ryan and Mike from the band Dimidium who are endorsed by us just made a promo video for Clayton picks! We really appreciated the time and effort they put in to making this video for us and just wanted to share it! Check out the pick modeling 😉 too!

View the video at:

You can also find out more about this awesome band at:

http://www.facebook.com/dimidium
http://www.reverbnation.com/dimidium
http://www.instagram.com/dimidium_band

The Dan Varner Band

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

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

http://www.danvarner.com

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Don’t miss out on 10% off custom picks!

Happy New Year! Did you see that we are currently offering 10% off on custom guitar picks?! This means that you can get custom picks for as low as $22.49 right now. Just enter promo code NY14V during check out to get the discount. This sale will end on January 10th so don’t wait too long ;-).

It’s never too early…

To start shopping for Christmas gifts, especially a customized gift! We do have a holiday shipping schedule on our custom site, but sometimes it can be missed so we thought we would also share it here. Custom Guitar Picks are a great gift not only for that special guitarist in your life but also for business cards, new baby announcements and more. The gift ideas for custom guitar picks are really endless, picks aren’t just for musicians ;-)! Below is our last day to order schedule based on what shipping method you choose. This is for the following pick materials only: Colored Delrin, White Pearl, White Delrin, Acetal, Ultem, Carbonate, Text Only, Eco, Metallics and Colored Pearl. Unfortunately, it is past the cut off date to receive a specialty item by Christmas, those materials are: Glow in the Dark, Black Celluloid, and Hot Stamp Foil. These do take 4-6 weeks to produce so they would likely arrive sometime after the holiday. We also often get asked if your order will be received by the holiday if you are not located in the US. To receive a package internationally by Christmas we recommend ordering FedEx Express shipping ($35.00) which takes 2-3 days and is traceable with insurance included. Also, we would strongly suggest sending an email to orders@steveclayton.com with your ORDER ID number stating these are for a Christmas gift so we can mark it to go out in time for Christmas delivery (this applies to international orders only, if you order by the dates below and one of the materials listed above you do not need to do anything else to receive by Christmas). If you have more questions regarding Christmas delivery you can email us at questions@steveclayton.com or call us at 1-877-752-9484.

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Strumming for the Cause

A couple weeks ago, we had the opportunity to make guitar picks to help support a wonderful cause. One of our customers, Justin Jacobs, has a passion for guitars and has recently been working on a very special project…building a guitar that he has christened the 65 Roses Guitar. Jacobs himself was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of three, and he explains that kids that age have trouble saying “cystic fibrosis” and it ends up being pronounced like “sixty five roses.”

Because Cystic Fibrosis is still non-curable, Jacobs wanted to take action to help find a cure. He has combined his musical passion with his desire for change to come up with the unique idea of building this special guitar to auction off. In addition, he has gotten the signatures of many celebrities who support his cause, and he will be framing those and auctioning them off as well. He is also currently working on a musical line-up for a benefit concert where he’ll auction off the items and collect the funds to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

560541_426426924144421_826325658_nOur contribution to Justin’s project was to donate custom guitar picks that he can hand out to help spread awareness about his project and what he is trying to accomplish.

To learn more about Justin Jacobs, his story, and the 65 Roses Guitar Project, visit

www.facebook.com/cfguitarproject

or check out these articles:

http://m.wfmz.com/Man-builds-guitar-to-raise-awareness-of-cystic-fibrosis/-/15946050/22621428/-/c27vj2z/-/index.html

http://touch.mcall.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78051497/

Remember that any contribution helps, even something a simple as clicking “Like” on the 65 Rose Guitar facebook page will help to generate recognition for all of the hard work that Justin is doing to benefit others who have suffered from this terrible condition.

New music video from Hip Kitty!

Hip Kitty has just released a new music video, Nothing Left To Burn! Check the video out here. Hip Kitty is Raw, Honest, American ROCK…music that transcends the expected and inspires the masses! For more Hip Kitty visit their Facebook.

 

Happy Halloween from Clayton!

Our Halloween sale is going on right now! There are only 6 days left to take advantage of 10% off your custom guitar pick order! Also, have you seen our newest materials we custom imprint on? We now custom imprint on Stainless Steel, Copper and Brass picks. To get 10% off your order simply add in the promo code included in the image below during check out. If you are not receiving our newsletters and would like to you can sign up on our this page, you will receive emails about our current promotions. picks1

StoneBaby

We just recently endorsed the guitarists in the band StoneBaby! Here is a little bit about the band: With the inception of the band came an almost magical approach to writing and developing original music between the original members whose friendship spanned better than a decade. Scott Philipp, a singer /songwriter immersed in the Philadelphia music scene, was lead to push himself and focus on his powerful vocals. Scott creates tasteful melodies and lyrics over his forever simple, yet developing guitar playing skills. As he introduces ideas he and Tony Schiavo (Drums), always collaborate on the arrangement of the music to create a stylized rhythm that is unique to each song. Until recently, the band had cravings for a guitar player w-Stonebaby-2013--414-Editho would add simple dynamics and depth to the songs. With the revolving guitar position, the band made a commitment to head into the studio and record a three song EP to develop a style that would pinpoint the lead guitar sound that they really needed. Producer Drew Raison of Big Sky Audio, took the reins and seasoned the music to what is now the true sound of StoneBaby. The new recording, which has a commercial rock appeal, is set to capture all age listeners. As the band continues to evolve with new music… and newly added guitar and bass  players, Bobby Leonhardt and Jason Shainline the EP is certain to prove to be a canvas for the band to expand its musical creativity and listening audience.

Check them out at http://stonebaby.us/

Tobacco Apache – New album!

On July 9th Tobacco Apache will release their new CD on digital and physical copies will be available on July 12th.  The Apache sound is a mix of original old school,tobacco apache_coverA southern, and roots rock, and other genres, blended into one dynamic sound. Sam Fochtman (guitar/vocals), Josh Lynch (bass/vocals), and Chance Taylor (drums) entered the scene as “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” with their first gig at Mike Aid II in June of 2010. From that point on, the fellas made sure to bring the heat to every show! In March of 2011 the band took to the studio to lay down tracks for their first EP. John Miller at Tone Room Studios was the mastermind behind the project, and he helped to give the band some new musical areas to explore. The self titled “Sam Fochtman & Tobacco Apache” CD was released on May 22, 2011. The next month, Martin’s Bar & Grill in downtown Roanoke, VA, hosted the band’s album release party. The Riverbank Ramblers joined in on the night’s fun and both bands played to a packed house. The boys finished off 2011 on a high note, preparing for more shows and their first full length album, which would be released the following year. That next year started off with a bang, with the band reaching new heights by placing second (of 20 bands) in one of the biggest Battle of the Bands that Roanoke had ever hosted. The boys also shortened the name of the band, to simply “Tobacco Apache” (it’s easier on the tongue!). In May of 2012 the band encountered a devastating tragedy. Lifelong friend, brother, founding member, and drummer; Chance Taylor, was killed in a car accident. The tragedy, which also claimed the life of Chance’s dad Randy, left the community and the music scene in total shock. Sam and Josh decided to play RoosterWalk 4 as a tribute show to Chance. With the help of some great musicians, including Mason Jennelle on drums, the boys performed and brought everything they had to the stage that night. Unsure of the next move following that performance, the band decided that a break was the best thing they could do to honor Chance, as they decided on a path for the future. In June of 2012, all of the bands that Chance had played in decided to hold a memorial/benefit show in honor of their fallen brother. Ryan Greer, The Baker Bros., Drown the Messenger, and The Aurora Observatory joined forces with Tobacco Apache at Martin’s for a night of music, fellowship and celebrating the life of Chance. The show will forever etched in the minds of the audience members as each band played and sang like never before. As time went on and healing took place the band decided to push on, pick up the pieces, and continue playing. They knew that was something that Chance would have wanted them to do. On July 4, 2012 Mason Jennelle (of Electric Chameleon) joined the band as a full-time member. Mason was a natural fit who plays with the same passion and excitement as the rest of the crew. With the drum seat filled and the addition of Paul Tressel on Keys, Tobacco Apache had finally solidified itself as upcoming act to see. Tobacco Apache has shared the stage with The Dirty Guv’nahs, Dangermuffin, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Cabinet, Folk Soul Revival, Mountain Heart, Adam Ezra Group, The Mumbles, Ten Toes Up and many others. The band has a new album entitled “Inside Job,” that is set for release in July of 2013 as well as a bunch of other numerous shows and festivals dates to round out the year.

http://www.tobaccoapache.com/

Judd Hoos

Judd Hoos is an American Rock Band based in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has been almost a year since their single,’Breathe In’ was released and charted number 23 on the iTunes rock charts. The band has spent the past year working hard on their upcoming full length album, ‘Music In The Dark’ and has never been more prepared for success.

Operating as a self contained and constantly touring band, the guys found creative ways to write and record while on the road. Things like recording drums in grain elevators and constructing vocal booths out of hotel room mattresses. The album boasts an acoustic driven Americana Rock sound with an eclectic mix of influences. From Tyler’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, to the intricate guitar work, and the heartfelt songwriting, the album is a representation of where the band has come in its recent years.

The band is preparing for a very busy summer tour across the country to promote their new album,’ Music in the Dark’ including 10 nights at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You would be hard pressed to find a harder working band that tours as much and works as hard at their craft. Combining their professionalism and experience to put on the best show out there, Judd Hoos is quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.

The Second Wave

Spring 2012 the Swedish band La Fleur Fatale embarked on a journey to and through California. During two intense weeks they 2ndWaveplayed with legendary psych musicians and met people who was part of making the 60’s into what it later became both musically and spiritually. And in the meantime connecting the past with the present. What is the difference between then and now? Is the Anonymous movement now what 60’s anti war movement was back then?  May 3rd the documentary was released, for free, on YouTube. And May 3rd the band also released a new single, “How Long Is Too Long”, written by Duncan Faure of Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt who they met when filming. “They are really one of my favorite bands now along with Beatles plus a few others.” Duncan says.

During Easter they also recorded yet another single together with Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack Of Our Lives) that will be released after the summer.

The documentary can be found right HERE (link to YouYube).

http://www.lafleurfatale.com

Carl Verheyen

We recently just endorsed Carl Verheyen. If you are not familiar with Carl, we wanted to share his official biography. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. Carl VerheyenHe is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator  with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind The Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits are enviable. Carl was heard by 67, 000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He will also be heavily featured in the forthcoming film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It UP!  On the educational front, Carl has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock Guitar and Forward Motion as well as various on-line lessons. He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising Without Scales. Another book entitled Studio City is a compilation of all the columns Carl wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. He has written a monthly column for Chitarre, Italy’s #1 guitar publication as well as Guitar World and Guitar Jam Daily, a website devoted to serious guitarists. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player, contributes to other guitar publications, and blogs regularly for GuitarPlayer.com and his own site. Carl also lectures and teaches at clinics regularly when not on the road. Carl recently co-designed a signature guitar with LsL Instruments, the “CV Special,” combining the best elements Carl seeks in his ideal guitar; they are now available for purchase worldwide. As if that weren’t enough, working closely with Dean Markley, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster, the Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix HD string set . Also working with Dean Markley, Carl helped develop a top-of-the-line guitar lubrication in addition to his numerous existing endorsements. Carl uses our Black Raven 0.50mm in Rounded Triangle, and Acetal 0.63mm in standard shape.
Carl’s Website

Guitars Not Guns Music Program


We just wanted to share a little bit about a great organization that we are honored to work with. Guitars Not Guns was founded by Ray and Louis Nelson.  They became foster parents in 1992 and it was through
this experience that Ray decided to provide foster kids with guitars and lessons. He began asking friends and strangers for their used guitars to pass along to foster kids. This act of kindness became his passion and as a result there are classrooms across the USA and in Canada. GNG’s goal is to help stop violence in schools and on the streets by providing a music program for at-risk teens and other deserving children. They want to divert as many children as possible from the self-destructive behaviors of drugs, alcohol and crime connected to gang activity. By providing children and teens with guitars and lessons they hope to engage their creative potential. It’s all about helping underpriveleged kids a
nd teens. GNG is an all-volunteer organization and provides their programs at no cost to students! We recently just made the custom guitar pick shown here for them on our White Delrin picks. Photo by Caren Armstrong.

http://www.guitarsnotguns.org/


 

 

 

Chuy Michel – New Endorsee

Jesus “Chuy” Michel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer, producer who is currently the lead guitarist for the Latin Alternative group Pastilla (Sony/BMG). He has also worked with some of Latin Americas top artist such as Carlos Baute (Warner), Vampiro (Sony/BMG), and Serralde (Universal). He has done countless national / international tours and played on various albums. Chuy is considered one of the top guitarist in the Latin Alternative/Pop community. Chuy was born June 29 !984 in Los Angeles California to Mexican immigrant parents. He is the oldest of three brothers (his younger brother Ivann is the drummer for Pastilla). His musical journey began at the tender age of 5 when his grandmother brought him an acoustic guitar from vacationing in Mexico. He quickly picked it up and continued to play vigorously. There was always music in the Michel household. Chuy grew up listening to music his parents where fond of such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, and The Byrds. At the age of 16 Chuy started to perform with various groups throughout the Los Angeles music scene and quickly became recognized as one of the top guitarist in Los Angeles. Eventually he was invited to play with Pastilla(Sony/BMG). With Pastilla, Chuy has played countless concerts throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe. And has headlined some of Latin Americas most important music festivals such as Vive Latino in Mexico City, Mexico, and The Coors Light Indie Music Fest in Aguadilla  Puerto Rico. Chuys participation with Pastilla has resulted in some of the most commercially successful work group has produced including the hit album Amarte. While still a active member of Pastilla, Chuy has collaborated with several national and international touring acts such as Grammy Award winning artist Carlos Baute (Warner), Serralde (Universal), LILO (Universal), Mexican guitar hero and Jaguares/Mana guitarist Vampiro (Sony/BMG) just to name a few.

 

http://www.chuymichel.com/

Spiketastic

Are you looking for the quality of pick that you have come to expect from the Clayton brand, but with some extra attack for those speed riffs? Look no further than our Clayton USA Spike series. Available in 3 different shapes and 3 different gauges, these picks possess extra sharp edges and pointed tips that will allow you to get that killer attack you’ve been dying to unleash. Also, the Spikes are made out of the same pick material as our Ultem Gold series, so that you know they have the strength to stand the test of time, even after endless nights of hard-core rocking out. To order your Spike picks, visit http://www.steveclayton.com/spike.php today!