Steve Clayton Blog

Scott Lea – New single!

Scott Lea’s Nothin’ Left to Lose is the debut release through a new distribution partnership between RadicLea Records and CEN / RED /SONY. “Nothin’ Left to Lose” was written, produced and and performed by Lea. This powerful track is a gritty, raw tale of downing out, hitting rock bottom and bouncing back. The song takes the listener on an emotional journey from hopelessness to victory. – recorded at Scott Lea Productions studio NJ and
mastered at MasterDisk NYC by Roger Lian (Rush, Gene Simmons, The White Stripes, Muse). Scott belts out the lead vocals and instruments while his long-time friend and colleague Zhana Saunders delivers her sultry and soulful backing vocals. Zhana is known for her club hits “Waiting for Alegria,” “Body Fly,” “Sanctuary of Love” and “Love Dominates.” She is also known for her vocal work with Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Dayne and Deee-Lite, to name a few and is featured on the RadicLeaRecords release Phase I – Random (“Crazy Eyez”). In addition to “Nothin’ Left to Lose,” you can also look forward to multiple projects being cranked out
of Scott Lea Productions studio / RadicLea Records this year such as Lea’s remixes of Offical Hot Mess (Kristy & Lindsey Landers) – “Money Makes the Girls Go Round” and “Sexy Face”, the rerelease of the Phase I dance album and another solo record, “Breakdown”. All RadicLea Records releases are distributed through The Creative Entertainment Network / RED / SONY and available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody and other popular online media outlets. Head on over to ScottLea.Com to hear his new single!

Jonathan Barlow

Jonathan Barlow composes and arranges concert music for the nylon string guitar. His printed music is published with Clear Note Publications, Classical Vocal Reprints, Abundant Silence Publishing, Lathkill Music Publishers, and Soundboard quarterly 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.
Follow the link to view all of his music available for purchase now! http://jonathandavidbarlow.com/publishedworks/
Listen to his music on Pandora Radio: http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=410D029:55970D1978C19A868F921A04ECA14EF4050542759970026E&

A+ Dropouts New Video

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

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

The Band’s Bio:

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

Shine On…

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

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

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

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

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

 

Skull Fist is going tour in Brazil!

Skull Fist will be going on their first tour in Brazil this week! Skull Fist is a Canadian heavy metal band that released their first album “Head of the Pack” in August 2011. They have been one of our endorsees for about a year now and having been using Clayton products for 4 years! Check out their tour dates below, and you can visit their Facebook for more on the band.

John Driskell Hopkins

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

John Driskell Hopkins Website

 

Lefty Williams

Our endorsed artist Lefty Williams will be playing in the Everyone Orchestra this year! We wanted to share the article Jam Bands post about this here. Check it out!

Cyber Monday Super Sale!

It’s Cyber Monday everyone, and our super sale is on! For one day only, we will be offering 20% off custom guitar pick orders! To order your custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com. When prompted for a promo code, enter in:              and you will automatically receive 20% off your order. We offer 14 different pick materials to choose from, in a variety of shapes and gauges. Pricing starts at just $24.99 and we offer free 1st class shipping on all orders of 300 picks or less! Again, ONE DAY ONLY on this sale!! Will end at midnight central time! Start your design right away!!!

The perfect gift!

Custom guitar picks are a great gift for the guitarist in your life. However, it can be hard to decide which pick type, gauge, ect they want. We have a solution to that! We offer 3 different gift cards for custom guitar picks. The $30 Gift Card can be used to purchase 30 text only picks or may be used as $30.00 toward another purchase. Want them to be able to add more then just text? The $45 gift  may be used to purchase 100 one color picks or may be used as $45.00 toward another purchase. Lastly we have the option for a full color design, the $75 gift card may be used to purchase 100 full color picks or may be used as $75.00 toward another purchase. Also, if you are in a hurry and do not have time for the gift card to be mailed to you or the recipient we are able to send the gift card code electronically, just email us at questions@steveclayton.com for more information on how to purchase the gift card this way. This would also be a great gift for any friends or family who have a business to uniquely advertise their company, charities, events, ect.

 

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Etc.

The holidays are numerous, but one thing that they all have in common is that they are swiftly approaching! The time to order custom picks for holiday gifts is now, especially if you live outside the US. Clayton, Inc., ships all orders from the USA, and we offer worldwide shipping, but you will want to plan for the extra transit time! Our free international shipping option has an average transit time of 4-5 weeks, so the best time to order and still get free shipping is now! Our priority global shipping takes about 1-2 weeks (after the production time of the picks) and for last-minute orders we do offer Fed Ex Rush, with a 2-3 day transit time. Plan ahead and get those orders in early so that you can give your gift of custom picks on your chosen holiday! Order now at www.claytoncustom.com!

Our New Price Match Guarantee!

We now have a price match guarantee program for our customized guitar picks! We want to make sure that you get the best price possible when ordering your very own custom guitar picks with us! To ensure that we will now price match any custom pick competitor, plus give you an extra 10% off that price if you find someone who can deliver custom picks to your door for a better price.  There are a few restrictions to be aware of:

1) Pricing can only be compared to a competitor if they carry an identical pick material

2) Pricing comparison must be to the same quantity of custom picks

3) A lot of our competitors have hidden set-up fees.  We charge Zero set-up fees. If a competitor does charge set-up fees this must be included in the total price

4) Shipping is free on our site.  So if a competitor charges shipping to deliver your custom picks, that also must be included into the total price. Rush shipping methods do not apply to our price match guarantee.

5) Pricing on competitors sites must be regular public published pricing.  We can not match other competitor temporary sales and promo discounts.

To find out how to make a claim please head on over to this page.

It’s not too late!

Today is the last day of our Halloween sale, so it is still not too late to order and receive 10% off on custom picks! Just visit www.claytoncustom.com to place your order, and use the discount code HWL12 when prompted for a promotional code. So hurry up to take advantage of this offer and get your order placed! Most orders ship out in just 2-3 business days and custom picks start at only $24.99!

Pete Evick

Our endorsed artist Pete Evick, touring guitar player and full-time engineer/producer for rock and roll icon Bret Michaels has been writing a column for Guitar World Magazine we would like to share! For the most part his articles are about the process known as “recording in the box”.  We would recommend you head on over to Guitar World asap to check it out! 🙂

 

Car Party New EP!

Car Party has just released their latest EP, and a video for their Single “Hopeless” which you can check out below! You can also check out the bands bio, and more music at their website http://www.carpartyband.com/.

Hopeless is also available for download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/patterns-ep/id570509631

Pro Lemon vs. Pro Shine

We get asked often what the difference between our Pro Lemon polish and Pro Shine is. Along with this question we are usually asked if they are non-toxic. The answer to that is yes, they both are non-toxic :-). The Pro Lemon is an oil-based shine. It can be used to polish your guitar or piano, even your furniture, and condition your fret board. The Pro Shine guitar polish is special, as it will not lead to any wax build-up from continual usage.  We suggest that you shake the guitar polish before applying. Both products offer the same high quality finish for your guitar; it is just a matter of personal preference for which one is chosen. Seeking a protective wax finish? Then try out our Carnauba wax as this product would be best for that :-).

Brantley Gilbert

We have just finished up a set of new picks for our new endorsed artist Brantley Gilbert! He uses Black Raven 0.80mm in rounded triangle shape. Our Black Raven picks  have  been specially formulated to reduce annoying string pop. It also has a matte surface that allows you to hang on to your pick without any unwanted slippage.  For those of you who have not heard Brantley’s music you can head on over to http://www.brantleygilbert.com for more information and music! A couple of his songs include, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” and “Country Must Be Country Wide”.

Treponem Pal – New Album!

We just wanted to share that Treponem Pal, one of our endorsed bands, just recently released their new album Survival Sounds. Check it out at their websites below:

 

http://treponempal.com
http://soundcloud.com/treponempal
http://www.reverbnation.com/treponempal
http://listn.to/TREPONEMPAL
http://twitter.com/#!/Treponem_pal

Skull Fist

Skull Fist was formed in 2007 in response to the lack of “ass kicking” heavy metal/rock n roll in the music industry. It took 4 years for frontman singer/axeman Jackie Slaughter to put together a solid lineup which includes Jonny Nesta on Guitar, Casey Slade on bass and Chris Steve on drums. The band recorded a 5 song E.P. in 2010 which led to playing festivals in europe, A tour in europe as well as landing them a management deal, A record deal with Noise Art Records and a Booking Agency deal the world wide succesful Rock the Nation booking. After releasing the bands 1st album in august of 2011 which won them best upcoming band in U.K’s biggest metal magazine Terrorizer as well as many features/reviews and top 10 lists in Kerrang, Decibel, Classic Rock magazine and Japan’s biggest rock magazine Burnn. the band has done an amazing amount of touring through Europe and the U.K. several times. Played many touring festivals, has Toured Japan and played with such names as Uriah Heep, Megadeth, Wasp, Sabaton, Doro, Anthrax and Blind Guardian. The band is currently looking at a Canadian tour in september, I european / United Kingdom tour with WASP for october and november followed by a Brazilian tour in January, Recording the next album in february/march as well as a United States tour in April. These guys have toured non stop since the release of there record in many different countries and are planning to record a new record to be release next summer.

www.skullfist.ca

www.facebook.com/skullfisted

www.youtube.com/skullfistofficial

Metal Custom Picks!

In case you haven’t noticed these on our custom pick list yet, we are now offering Customized Metal Picks! We offer 3 types of metal guitar picks for custom imprinting. We have stainless steel, brass and copper. All are solid metal, with a brushed metal surface to enhance gripping. All are available for black imprinting one or two sides. They come in Standard shape, 1.00mm gauge. Head on over to http://www.claytoncustom.com to start designing yours today!

Lefty Williams

We wanted to share a  video from one our Endorsed artists Left Williams. The video is an interview with him, Lefty Williams Interview.  Not just a great one-armed guitar player, a great guitar player. A skilled guitarist with over two decades of experience, Lefty Williams holds songcraft and musicianship at a premium. By emphasizing each equally on his ironically titled sophomore album Snake Oil, he engages and enlightens the listener. In turn, we fall for Williams’ powerful guitar licks and candid songs, often long before the origin of his nickname—he was born without a right hand—is clear. And by then, it’s just another dimension to his talent. “I definitely don’t wanna shy away from my arm,” says the Atlanta born-and-bred songwriter/musician, who’s been playing guitar since age 4. He started out strumming with the end of his “nubb,” and fashioned his first prosthetic pick at 6. “I was just using the skin on my arm—the same way a fingerstyle player would use his thumb. Then I wanted to play faster.” On his grandfather’s hunch, Lefty approached his prosthetician who devised a sock-like leather wrap. “It didn’t work at all,” he laughs, saying he finally “tore apart my prosthetic arm,” using the strap and part of the harness to fashion something that worked. Henceforth a self-taught musician, Lefty refined his skills by listening. “After my dad taught me basic chords, he showed me how to figure it out on my own. I remember we were listening to the guitar solo part of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and my dad pointing out all the guitar parts that were going on in the background and saying, ‘That’s the kinda stuff you gotta listen for. If you can figure all those out and how to play ‘em at the same time, you can make it sound like the record.’” Soon Lefty was transcribing songs by Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin and Yes before moving on to more difficult material. By 11, he was playing in bands. “Death metal!” he laughs. While playing upright bass in the school orchestra he learned how to read music, and in 1998 he made his way to the Atlanta Institute of Music to hone his guitar skills. There he found that his condition put him on equal—if not higher—footing than his peers and instructors at the Atlanta Institute of Music, who envied his “perfect” picking technique. “A lot of guitar players change between moving their wrists and their elbow and their fingers,” he says. “Mine never really changes.” After graduating with honors, Lefty was offered a teaching position at AIM. During that time, he gravitated from metal to grunge bands learning valuable lessons from each. “I can shred if I want to,” he says, “but I get really bored with that. The one thing I took from grunge music was not soloing, just taking your time and making your songs as good as you can possibly make them.” This knowledge served him well as he grew into the bluesy, jazzy style he plays today, which nods to Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughn and early Led Zeppelin—all artists that understand the importance of a great song. Lefty also heeded their performances, and worked to construct a combustible live show with the Lefty Williams Band, which quickly became a big draw at local and regional clubs like Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta), Murphy’s (Boone, North Carolina) and The Dunedin Brewery (Dunedin, Florida). The LWB has also opened for the likes of Gov’t Mule, Tim Reynolds, Little Feat, Jimbo Mathus, Col. Bruce and the Quark Alliance, Chris Duarte Group, Blackberry Smoke, and . In 2006, Lefty recorded his debut album, Big Plans, produced by John Keane (REM, Widespread Panic). It brought a dynamic range of music to the table, from high energy like “Shine Begins to Fade” to soulful tracks like “Sunny,” in which Lefty’s innate sense of groove and melody, coupled with an expressive, visceral guitar sound, coalesce. Big Plans received raves from Relix, Hittin’ the Note, and Jambase.com, and Williams toured for 18 months behind it, all the while writing like a fiend. By the end of 2007, he got the itch to return to the studio. Once again teaming with Keane, who says “Lefty’s sound is a compelling combination of honest, heartfelt lyrics and masterful rhythm and blues muscle,” Lefty reaches deep into personal experience on Snake Oil. “There’s a lot more honesty in these songs,” Lefty says. The dirty, groovin’ title track refers to two-faced industry types, specifically “a guy who promised me the world and then kinda hosed me.” His divorce fuels the funky “Thank You,” where he acknowledges the silver lining, and thanks his ex for kicking him out. “We’re both better off now.” And the sweet, tender “A Little Bit of Faith” (featured on the Relix CD sampler for June 2008) is written for “my current wife. It’s just a promise to her that I’m not gonna goof around on her.” Musically, Lefty soars on Snake Oil, ratcheting up the earthy yet sophisticated sound of Big Plans. He achieves a coolly smoldering burn—merging King’s world with Davis’s—with “On the Prowl;” suffers through his slide guitar on the gospel-tinged “In the Valley;” channels playful lust on the jumpin’ “Hey Mama;” and creates a taut, stinging three-minute guitar feast with “Salt Stained Moment.” The LWB’s taut grooves are augmented by two guests: Todd Smallie (The Derek Trucks Band) plays bass on “Why Didn’t You Call,” and “On the Prowl” and “Hey Mama” feature blues luminary and fellow Atlanta resident Tinsley Ellis. Says Ellis, “I was knocked out by Lefty the first time I heard his music on MySpace. I just knew that I had to seek him out and hear more of his stuff. He is a veritable triple threat on certainly guitar but also as a soulful vocalist and clever songwriter. The fact that he is out there winning over fans one at a time with his nonstop touring schedule is definitely something that I can relate to. I was thrilled when he asked me to guest on his new album.” Having already given many of the songs on Snake Oil a live test drive, Lefty looks forward to presenting them fully realized on another lengthy tour in 2008. Mostly, though, he’s chomping at the bit to play live, electrifying audiences with his musical virtuosity and heartworn songs. “Let’s just make some cool music,” he says. “That’s all I’ve ever really cared about.”

Artist Links:
http://www.lefty-music.com
http://www.twitter.com/leftywilliams
http://www.facebook.com/leftywilliamsband

http://www.youtube.com/user/leftymusic

Patrick DeCoste

“Since the international success of his 2003 self-produced demo, Patrick DeCoste (pronounced “De-Coast”) has caught the attention of music fans across the globe. His highly anticipated, full-length debut, “Inside The Unsaid”, arrived a year later to much acclaim: “A cool CD filled with all types of guitar wizardry,” beamed Robert Silverstein, editor of “20th Century Guitar” magazine. In May 2005, Guitar9.com featured the CD in the top 5 of their Best Sellers Rock chart alongside Grammy instrumentalists Eric Johnson & Steve Morse. Fresh off his 2008 Artist of the Year nomination from Q’s House Radio Show (Orlando, FL), Patrick DeCoste followed the acclaim with a CD release show at the famed Hard Rock Cafe (Boston) celebrating the launch of his 2009 EP. Along the way, his music has managed to catch the attention of Grammy-Nominated artists as well as Boston premier’s rock station, WAAF, where he was named “one of the area’s most under-rated guitarists”. Since that time, DeCoste has performed throughout the New England and the Southern California areas opening for such major label artists as Johnny A., Lori McKenna and Gary Hoey (“He stands out, has a professional attitude and great work ethic… plus, he’s a good guy too,” Hoey’s quick to add).  Outside of the clubs, sports fans have been treated to DeCoste’s live version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Shea Stadium and the Boston Garden while theater-goers heard his chops in the orchestra pit of the Grammy-winning musical, “Hairspray”. Not bad for someone who actually lets his music do the talking.”

Web: PatrickDeCoste.com . Social: Twitter . Listen: Nimbit
Performances: in HAIRSPRAY . w/ Tommy Lee . at Shea Stadium

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!

W.E.R.M.

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

Pick of the Week — Zero Recall Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the Zero Recall band. “The band is relatively new, and is an all out, fun time cover band from New York City. The members of the band are mostly financial services people during the day and closeted, wannabe rock and roll stars at night. The goal every time they play is to make awesome music and to make the crowd dance and sing along.  They all come from different backgrounds and draw from many musical genres for their performances.  They’re doing classic rock hits 70’s- 2k’s and they are starting to get a decent following. NY city bar based rock and roll is what they are delivering, and a good time is pretty much a guarantee!” To find out more about Zero Recall, visit their site at http://www.zerorecallband.com/ or check them out on Facebook! The Zero Recall band picks were made on our white pearl material, which gives the awesome flames in their design a nice 3D quality. To order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Steelshot

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

ZZ-Zinc-redible!

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

Pick of the Week — SpaceBand

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band SpaceBand. SpaceBand is a cover band from Bellingham, WA that focuses on R&B/Hip-hop hits from the 90’s as well as current, chart-topping dance tunes. SpaceBand prides itself on being a 100% live cover band with no backing tracks, so no two shows are exactly alike.  To round out their repertoire, SpaceBand tastefully sprinkles in some classic rock, funk, and Motown. Todd Templeton on drums and Aeden Hunter on bass provide the solid, funky foundation on which a temple of soul is built with Brian Hillman’s powerful vocals leading the way. Charlie Elmore’s rhythm guitar permeates with warm splendor, and Baron Kim’s funky riffs and face-melting solos grab hold of you in a way you can’t shake. Every gig is a party with the seats emptied and the dance floor packed.

SpaceBand has consistently played well-attended shows throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2002. Although they usually provide an entire night of music, SpaceBand has performed opening sets for numerous national touring acts. Whether it’s at a club, private party, casino, or wedding, SpaceBand is sure to keep the good times rollin’ and will please even the toughest critics.
To find out more about SpaceBand, visit their website at www.thespaceband.com or their Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/thespaceband!
The SpaceBand picks were made on our acetal guitar pick material, which is a grainy semi-transparent white guitar pick. This was a great pick to support the lighter color shades of the SpaceBand logo. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!


Blackbird Sing

We just endorsed the band Blackbird Sing and wanted to share a little bit about the band! Blackbird Sing began in 2010 as the brainchild of Robert Vito Salinas, former singer songwriter of the now defunct, but seminal, “Dieboy” of 1990’s pop-punk fame.  After 13 years Dieboy eventually called it quits in 2006 due to personal differences in the bands direction.  The self-imposed hiatus would almost see the exit of a talented musician, whom after years of being a fixture in the local music scene, was facing the reality of making a living setting in.  It was during these times that Vito continued to use songwriting as an artistic outlet and penned his most emotionally connected songs to date. Vito delved deep into a musical heritage that extended across multiple styles of music due to the influences of the musical tastes of his numerous uncles and cousins, who had introduced him to their favorite artists ranging from The Beatles to The Ramones. However, it was these soul-wrenching songs, written at such a transcendent moment that would sow the first seeds of what would grow into something larger. Vito began collaborating his vision with Andy Salazar also of Dieboy (lead guitar/piano/trumpet) and together the two began consolidating this reality-driven storytelling with experimental forays into blending folk music and country rock with grass-roots Americana.  As the band grew to include George Ransom on bass and the infamous Magallanez brothers, Daniel and James, on drums, percussions, guitar, and harmonica (along with a virtual cornucopia of various sound-making equipment), their sound began to coalesce into something entirely nonpareil. Vito and the Magallanez brothers are first cousins, and growing up so closely allowed them to bring a very close-knit, personal style that made the transition from their previous bands into Blackbird Sing seamless. “We definitely shared a very similar soundtrack growing up and come from a very diverse musical family.”  Heavily Influenced by a menagerie of artists like Cat Stevens, The Stray Cats, Dion and the Belmonts, Social Distortion, The Clash, and Chris Isaak, Blackbird Sing ambitiously set out to create a sound that Vito has described as, “Music that people who like country rock but don’t like rock could enjoy and that people who like rock but don’t like country rock could equally relish.”  And so, in 2010, Blackbird Sing the alt-folk Americana country rock band was born. In less than a year, Blackbird Sing’s seamless blend of modern musical genres combined with heartfelt lyrics that resonate with large swathes of the audience on an individual level catapulted them to the attention of music lovers and critics throughout Texas.  From their first stage performance in June of 2010 at a venue call Club Tonic, Blackbird Sing’s acclaim began skyrocketing, and people began to take notice. In 2010, Robert Vito won the prestigious Rammy award for top vocalist in the San Antonio Texas local music scene and the band as a whole was selected as runner up for best Country/Americana band in the same year. Taking no time to rest while on their meteoric rise to prominence, the band quickly cut a fantastic self-titled EP (to much critical exaltation) the same year.   This showcased the bands chemistry with each member playing an intricate role in the development of the “Texicana” sound.  With a style that echoed shades of current popular folk/country rock bands like Wilco and The Avett Brothers, it wasn’t very long before Blackbird Sing began to spread its influence throughout the region. The self-styled “Heirs of Bexar” (the county in which the city of San Antonio resides) used singles such as the lament-driven “Manxiety” and the esoteric “Hales” to elevate themselves above the masses of garage bands and artistic dilettantes in an industry starved for originality. Their efforts culminated in their being the only band from San Antonio selected to compete in the esteemed Shiner Rising Stars tournament, which brings together the best Texas has to offer in musical acts to vie for the ultimate title of Shiner’s 2011 Rising Star.  Travelling far outside of their sphere of influence and their hometown fans, Blackbird Sing won the contest and is now currently signed to Shiner Records which will be releasing their debut album in early 2012. Seldom has a band so seamlessly blended the swaggering bravado of punk, the emotively captivating lyrics of the grandest forms of folk, rural country music aesthetics, the experimentation of an indie band with nothing to lose, and good old fashioned Americana that can only be described as exclusively their own.  And yet, even though they’ve accomplished more in one year than most bands do in a lifetime, the boys remain humble and focused.  Already at work on their next musical masterpiece, they haven’t changed their focus.  If asked, Vito will tell it like he has countless times before “It’s not how you play. It’s what you play that really matters.”

For more about their band and to check out their music:

http://www.blackbirdsing.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blackbird-Sing/124142137620576

http://youtu.be/wvKp48sV-xA

 

Tallboy

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

Tallboy:

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

Summer Sale Starts!!

Hello Clayton Fans! This is a shout-out that our summer sale on custom guitar picks starts today, 6/4! Order custom guitar picks anytime between now and June 11th to receive a 10% discount off of your entire order! Also, we are now offering free standard shipping for orders of picks under 400 quantity. To receive your discount, visit www.claytoncustom.com to design and order your custom picks. When the website prompts you for a Promo Code, enter in the code  SIZL9 and the discount will automatically be applied to the final price. Don’t delay; this special only lasts for a week and it is the perfect time to order a Father’s Day gift!!