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Keith Moody

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

One Big Ending by Keith Moody

 

UNIVERSITY of ROCK

Hey Clayton Fans!! Check out these awesome picks we just made for a hip music school known as the UNIVERSITY of ROCK! UNIVERSITY of ROCK was started in 2009, all from an idea and passion to give back to aspiring musicians. Founded in JK’s (Founder/CEO) studio apartment in Hollywood, CA, the UNIVERSITY of ROCK (URock for short) has grown largely due to word of mouth and has grown without the help of any outside investors/capital.
“Our school is highly branded and our image is young, hip, and empowering. Students are really digging our method/philosophy in teaching and have been telling their friends about us. It’s great because we get to introduce them to one of the coolest things on earth- rock n roll and we get to see firsthand on how music impacts their life for the better. I’m very fortunate to have the quality of Instructors and Students at our school,” says JK.
Currently, UNIVERSITY of ROCK has 6 branches in North America (Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, and Boston) and recently opened an international branch in South Korea as of November 2011.
We had the opportunity to ask JK a few questions:
Q: So how did you come across Clayton picks?
A: It’s funny I actually got a bag of Clayton custom picks as a gift from this girl I knew back in 2009. She got them for me on my birthday and I was immediately hooked on the quality (particularly the Acetal material) and how easy it was to customize anything you wanted on the pick. Since then, I started ordering custom picks from you guys.
Q: Can you describe the picks you recently ordered for your company URock?
A: Yea, it’s the Acetal material and it features our logo/mascot Rockboy on the front of the pick. It’s only shows a part of his face though so it looks all alienish haha.
Q: What’s in store for URock this year?
A: Quite a bit actually. We are filming a couple commercial videos soon and are coming out with a new website in the next month or so. Then we plan to expand to other cities in America and possibly partner with some big names in music by this summer hopefully. Also we are coming out with some cool products that feature our mascot Rockboy.
Q: I heard you just started a band KISS the HERO? Tell us about that.
A: It’s a pop/rock band I started a few months ago with some friends of mine. We are getting ready to hit the studio to record a 5 song EP here soon. From there, we’ll be playing shows, touring, and all that other stuff. I’m really excited, the sound of the band is very pop oriented with a flare of some 80’s rock influence. Look out for KISS the HERO picks soon!
For more information on UNIVERSITY of ROCK, check them out at:
www.universityofrock.com
www.facebook.com/universityofrock
To design your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Jim Luparello of Car Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Radio

We have recently endorsed Alex, Matt and Jason of Go Radio! Here is a little bit about the band:
It’s a truly rare occasion when a debut by a band is met with the kind of feverish fan anticipation that has encircled LUCKY STREET, the full-length debut by Tallahassee, Florida melodic rockers GO RADIO. But then again, none of those other groups have JASON LANCASTER at the helm.The GO RADIO singer/songwriter, who’s been crafting unflinchingly honest, breathtakingly beautiful music since venturing out on his own in 2007, boasts arguably the most goosebump-inducing combination of raw vocal talent and songwriting prowess in rock today. Backed by a gifted band with two stellar EPs under their belts, LANCASTER and GO RADIO are only just beginning to explore the seemingly endless potential for their mind-blowing creations.

The band–which also includes bassist MATT “BURNS” POULOS, drummer STEVEN KOPACZ and guitarist ALEX REED–immediately turned heads with the release of their self-released EP Welcome To Life in 2008, which bowled over listeners with its poignant, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible melodies. Attracting the attention of Fearless Records, the band inked a deal with the label, releasing the band’s second EP, Do Overs And Second Chances, in 2010. The EP, which featured the stunning ballad “Goodnight Moon,” landed at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, going on to sell more than 15,000 copies in the U.S. In that span the group has toured extensively, heading out on high-profile runs with A Day To Remember, Secondhand Serenade and the Fearless Friends Tour with Mayday Parade among others. Despite the early success, 2011 promises to be the band’s most pivotal moment to date.

Known for their kinetic live performances and intimate interaction with fans, a packed slate of touring in support of LUCKY STREET–including a full run on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour–is the other crucial ingredient in bringing such vital art to the masses. GO RADIO aim to recruit a bonafide army of listeners, from multiple genres, as diverse as the band’s inimitable sound.

“We constantly put ourselves out there. Any chance we get to reach a new audience and get new ears, we’re down for. We’re not going to say, ‘Because you like breakdowns, you’re not gonna like GO RADIO,’ because you might,” says LANCASTER. “That’s how you build these things–one fan at a time, brick by brick. If it weren’t for everybody latching onto the band and finding something they enjoy about it, I’d still be playing acoustic guitar in my den right now.”

GO RADIO’s new album LUCKY STREET is out now on Fearless Records.

Websites
http://www.wearegoradio.com
http://www.twitter.com/goradio
http://www.youtube.com/wearegoradio
http://www.purevolume.com/goradio
http://fb.com/goradiostreetteam

Pick of the Week — SOURMASH

We are excited and pleased to start 2012 off with the first Pick of the Week, made for the band SOURMASH! SOURMASH is an accomplished group of musicians hailing from Pennsylvania assembled to pay tribute to the guitar-driven music of the south.  Labeled as ‘100 Proof Southern Rock’, this band performs like the whiskey from which its name is derived – smooth with a strong finishing kick.  The band’s high-energy performances have become legendary in its brief existence.  Formed in 2010, the band has been a consistent headliner for motorcycle rallies, festivals, and clubs.  In addition, the band has opened for national acts, such as Blackberry Smoke.
The powerful SOURMASH performances showcase the band’s many talents.  Strong and clear vocals; a grinding three-guitar attack; lush harmonies of both voice and guitar; and the thunderous panache of bass and drums combine to define the SOURMASH sound.   The musicians also display their abilities playing keyboards, harp, mandolin and fiddle to increase the aural excitement.  The highlight of the show, however, is the participation of the crowd.  Whether the audience is dancing, singing along, or shouting “Hell Yeah!” – it is that energy that keeps SOURMASH alive.
Take a shot!
SOURMASH is:
Craig Harnish – Vocals
Tim Henry – Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Nick Farine – Guitar
Chuck Carner – Bass, Harp, Vocals
Ken Harnish – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Matt Knapp  – Drums, Fiddle
To find out more about SOURMASH, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sour-Mash/146397668710547 or https://www.sourmash-rock.com. We loved the design made for the SOURMASH pick, because it has a high amount of detail an intricacy, and it came out really well on our acetal material picks. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Danny Jones Band

This week’s pick of the week was created by Danny Jones for the Danny Jones Band (DJB). “Danny is a versatile guitarist from in Northern California. Danny started playing guitar at the age of 12 after seeing childhood friend Larry Lalonde of Primus play Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever and Van Halen’s Ain’t Talking About Love. Danny became obsessed with the guitar; he began taking lessons with George Cole. George was a huge influence on Danny in his younger years, getting Danny interested in playing jazz standards, classical and country guitar. In Danny’s late teens, he began to study with Joe Satriani. Joe had a major impact on Danny’s style and songwriting. In the 90’s, Danny won the Best of the Bay contest two years in a row and received airplay on FM 97.3. Danny has also appeared in Guitar World, Guitar for the Practicing Musician & Guitar Player Magazine. Danny recently has had songs used in the commercial field for Krank Amps radio trailers as well as instructional dvd’s for Cesar Gracie & Gracie Fighter. Danny’s Band has opened shows for Ronnie Montrose, The Eric Martin Band, Telsa Guitarist/Frank Hannon, Bass Legend Stu Hamm and Uli Jon Roth. In 2009 Danny was one of the 10 Finalists chosen by Guitar Player Magazine for their Superstar Competition. You can catch Danny gigging in the SF Bay Area with his instrumental trio DJB, in which you will find players like former Whitesnake bassist Uriah Duffy trading licks with Danny!!” To find out more about DJB, visit http://www.dannyjones.net/ or  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danny-JonesMusicianGuitarist/237045499667619. Danny’s picks were made on our acetal material, which is the best for supporting designs with a variety of shading like the DJB logo. You can created and order your own custom guitar picks from Clayton at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — In The Fold

This week’s pick of the week was created for the band In The Fold. “The band started with four members in about 2000/1 with Jim Beardow: guitar, Joe Ng: guitar & keyboards, Brendan Streeter: drums and (Jason Slater): bass. They did a short demo CD with three songs recorded but no vocals as they were experimenting with sounds. Jim was then offered a job in the big old USA and has since married, had child and stayed settled over there. Jim now plays with a band called Shwa in America on guitar. The rest of them drifted apart until a couple of years ago. They started writing music again as a three piece band and recorded three songs in October last year and are due to go back in the studio in January where they have even more songs. They are all based in the south east of England (Sussex and Kent). They are yet to gig with their new line up, but once the next recording has been completed, They hope to get out there. Links to the band are; http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/In-The-Fold/10150094620730403 and http://www.reverbnation.com/inthefold. The design that was used on In The Fold’s custom guitar picks is taken from what has become their kind-of signature picture for the band until they get some more photos etc. done. It was one of about 5 photos taken for them by a local photographer friend. It is actually of an abandoned mental asylam in East Sussex which has since been demolished. The design was printed on our acetal picks, which are the best material to support full color photo designs. To create your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Pick of the Week — Warrior Spirit Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was created for a unique band known as the Warrior Spirit Band. “They are the first all wounded warrior band in the US. Their mission is to bring awareness to various disabilities our veterans and soldiers face once they come home after war. They use music as a healing tool and a way to tell their stories of the experiences they had during combat and the struggles they have faced since coming home. Their goal is to make sure that every veteran that has a disability knows that there is help….and giving up is never an option! The Warrior Spirit band has the potential to do so much for our men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their ability to lead a normal life after being wounded or disabled in a combat zone. Warrior Spirit will help bring selected veterans outreach programs into the spotlight and will raise awareness of the struggles that our service men and women go through upon returning home and re-acclimating to a normal life.” Find out more about this amazing group at http://www.warriorspiritband.com/ Warrior Spirit Band’s picks were made on our white pearl material, which gives their logo an awesome 3-D effect and makes the gradient in the text really pop. Order your own custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. And, if you are ordering custom picks as a holiday gift, hurry up!! Time is running out!!

Pick of the Week — A Fable for the Curious

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for the band A Fable for the Curious. “Formed in 2008, A Fable For The Curious are a hard hitting, killer-riff-ridden four piece hailing from Teesside, North East England. Drawing influence from Metallica’s Black Album era and splicing in the attitude of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for destruction combined with echoes of Biffy Clyro and Foo Fighters, creating fist in the air choruses and heart twisting melodies. Having played shows and festivals alongside the biggest up and coming bands supporting the likes of Young Guns, The Blackout, My Passion, Lower Than Atlantis, Wheatus and Transfer, AFFTC released their debut single in May 2011 Don’t Say Goodbye mixed and mastered by famous Matty O’Grady (You Me At Six/Bring Me The Horizon producer) to whet the appetite of their fans for the forthcoming debut album.
The debut album, titled Ruled, will be released at Xmas 2011 and will be available at all online stores worldwide. Recorded at White Wolf Studios with Ian Thompson, mixed and mastered by James Stephenson Stymphalian Productions and produced by Mark O’Hare (AFFTC Vocalist) Ruled is set tomake waves in the world of rock.” Find out more about the band at http://www.myspace.com/afableforthecurious. Their custom guitar picks were made on our white delrin guitar pick material, which looks great with their eye-catching black logo. To create and order your own custom picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today!

Holiday Picks

19 days and counting…do you have the perfect gift for the guitar player in your family? Custom guitar picks make a wonderful holiday present! All of our custom guitar pick materials are professional grade and are the favorites of many musicians. With custom printing, you can add that personal touch that makes them really special. Custom picks can also be a great item for holiday advertising, like the pick shown in the image here. Be on the lookout, because we are running two more holiday sale specials before the 25th, so you can still get discounts on your order. Time is running out, so hurry and order soon! Create and order your custom guitar picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Madlove

This Week’s Pick of the Week was ordered for musician Madison Emiko Love, who performs under the name Madlove. Here is a little about her in her own words:  “My friends call me Mad. I’m part Japanese, French, English, and American. I grew up and still live in Los Angeles. Singing has always been my way of getting through whatever good or bad is happening in my life. I write songs for anyone who’s feeling social struggles, peer pressure, loneliness, and frustration, just like I do. Music is my escape, and I use it to keep track of all my feelings as they’re happening. My lyrics are all true, based upon real guys, wishful relationships, and issues that girls like me are facing everyday. My hope is that you will relate to the music and lyrics, and realize that we are all struggling together, and that none of us are alone.” Find out more about Madlove at http://www.livemadlove.com/ Mad’s picks were made on our acetal pick material, which is perfect for art that includes photo images. To order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com today! Custom picks also make the perfect holiday gift!!

Last Day!! Thanksgiving Sale, 15% off

Attention Clayton Customers! Today is the last day of our Thanksgiving Sale. We are offering 15% off all of our custom guitar pick items. To place your order, visit www.claytoncustom.com. You will be directed through an online design interface that will allow you to create your custom pick design, and then you may order your custom picks directly from our site. You will be prompted to put a discount code in for your order, and all you need to do is type in THANX15 to receive your 15% discount. Be sure to use all capital letters and no spaces when entering your code. This is a great time to order custom picks as a holiday gift, so don’t wait!

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

Forever The Sickest Kids

We want to introduce Rico, Austin and Caleb of Forever The Sickest Kids who we have just recently endorsed! Here is a little about the band: “Success in the music business requires a magical combination of talent, perseverance and opportunity. The six young rockers in Dallas, Texas band Forever the Sickest Kids easily possess all this and more. They’re unquestionably gifted, ambitious and hard working, and in the eight months since they formed, they’ve repeatedly created their own opportunities – sometimes accidentally. Five days after their official formation, singer Jonathan Cook was flipping through the Pure Volume web site when, with a click of his mouse, he inadvertently spent $350 the band didn’t have on a front page song placement. Worse still, Forever the Sickest Kids didn’t have any songs written yet. So, over the next two days, the band members got together and banged out a track called “Hey Brittany,” then recorded it with their friend/producer Jeff Rockwell. “Buying that Pure Volume spot was an amazingly great mistake,” laughs guitarist Caleb Turman, noting how “Hey Brittney” quickly becoming the band’s first big break. “The song just took off and after that everyone was suddenly interested in us.” It’s easy to see why. “Hey Brittany” is a confectionary gem that combines elements of power pop, pop-punk, electro-pop and ‘80s radio rock into an unforgettable sing-along that resonates with the energy and vitality of youth. Contrary to popular belief, “Brittany” isn’t Britney Spears, but rather a girl who was engaged to be married, yet made no attempt to hide her affection for the members of the Forever the Sickest Kids”

 

http://www.foreverthesickestkids.com
http://www.facebook.com/ForeverTheSickestKids

 

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

We recently just endorsed Joey, Randy and Josh of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! If you don’t already know about the band here is a little more about them:

Originating in Florida, childhood friends Ronnie Winter, Thomas Amason, and Duke Kitchens started the band while attending a AP music theory class, in 2003. The band name,’Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’, was chosen by the band voting for random words they threw up on a wall. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus released a “6 song EP CD that was spread throughout different cities to promote the band in 2005. The band also began to become more popular as they used certain social media (Myspace) to advertise their music. In 2006, they released their first LP, Don’t You Fake It with the singles “Face Down“, “False Pretense”, “Your Guardian Angel“, and “Damn Regret”.From 2006-2008 the band did several headliner and supporting shows with bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Madina Lake, The Audition, Saosin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Taking Back Sunday, Lorene Drive, The Used, Monty Are I, Amber Pacific, Boys Like Girls, Halifax, Emery, A Static Lullaby, and So They Say. Their second studio album, titled Lonely Road, was released on February 3, debuting in the fourteenth spot in The Billboard 200, and was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Less Than Jake, Hoobastank, P.O.D., All-American Rejects, Seether, Cold). In November 2010, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio to record their third full-length album, Am I the Enemy, finishing in December 2010 with producer John Feldmann. The album’s first single, “Reap”, was released via YouTube on March 24, although the song itself was not released to iTunes until April 26.  The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus later released two other songs from their new album on their YouTube channel, “Salvation” and “Fall from Grace”. A June 7 announcement on the band’s Facebook page said the new album Am I the Enemy would be released on August 30, 2011. It would contain twelve songs.

Here is a photo of their current picks we just completed, they use our Colored Delrin in various gauges shown in the photo.

http://redjumpsuit.com
http://www.facebook.com/redjumpsuitapparatus 

Pick of the Week — Kyle Reed

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for musician, singer, songwriter and band leader, Kyle Reed. The genres of Kyle’s music include Alternative and Acoustic. His label is Indie. “Kyle travels pretty much everywhere with several beat up notebooks containing pieces of his life in the form of songs and lyrics. Some of the songs contained in these notebooks see the light of day quite often while others not so much, some are works in progress, some are just sketches and some stand right up and get your attention, top all that with excellent musicianship, an ear for melody and an uncanny knack for arranging and you have well crafted, musically engaging songs that capture your attention and burn their way into your memory banks. An up and coming singer/songwriter, Kyle Reed is pushing his way into the music world, playing 4-6 shows a week with his band or solo and writing music whenever he can… currently in the studio working on a album which he hopes to release this coming spring. For more info… please check out news feeds to see what’s up with Kyle Reed!” http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kyle-Reed-Band/216181001758585 We chose Kyle’s pick this week because we like the classic style of his design. He used a black background against our acetal material guitar picks, and it turned out really nicely. You can create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

“Fall” in love with Custom Picks!

We loved this custom guitar pick so much that we had to share it in our blog! This is a really pretty fall tree design that was printed on our acetal picks in the small teardrop shape. We offer acetal material in three shapes and eight different gauges for customization. Teardrop picks are generally preferred by our jazz guitarists, so if you are jazz player and are looking for a great guitar pick to add a custom design to, the one shown in this image may be the best option for you! You can create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com. Also, be on the lookout for upcoming sales and promotions…we will be having several before the end of the holiday season!

15% off all Clayton products from Musicians Friend!

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

Gavin Kelly

California native Gavin Kelly, child actor turned Nashville Star Country Singer Still acting, singing, and song writing is now Releasing His debut album titled “Honolulu Blue” opening the concert in Bedford Indiana on July 2nd 2011 for Bedford native Lori Anderson. Gavin Kelly is no stranger to the screen being raised in California and appearing on Television shows and movies growing up. He was an extra in a favorite television show Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff followed by Growing pains starring Kirk Cameron, And then Saved by the Bell with Tiffany Amber Thiessen. Gavin moved onto the big screen in the movie Terminator 2 JUDGEMENT DAY with Arnold Schwartzengger, and then the movie Drum Line starring Nick Cannon. Gavin moved to Nashville TN, Where he sang his way onto the reality TV talent show on the 3rd season of Nashville Star. Gavin’s latest screen claim to fame was in the movie Country Strong shown here in a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw as a roadie just trying to get through the crowd to load the guitars onto the bus. Gavin has been recording with IMASTAR Records in Nashville TN with Award winning songwriter Tom Paden under production of Country music legendary musician and producer Dick McVey. Gavin’s 1st single release from the debut album written by Tom Paden titled “IN AMERICA” has hit 51 Country FM radio across the nation and still spreading!

For more on Gavin Kelly visit his websites:
http://www.facebook.com/GavinKellyFanPage
http://www.reverbnation.com/gavinkelly
http://www.facebook.com/Imastar.Records.Gavin.Kelly
http://www.myspace.com/gavincountry
http://www.cafepress.com/Gavin_Kelly
http://www.gavincountry.com/

Pick of the Week — Herbango

This week’s Pick of the Week was made for a band called Herbango. “The band is based in Sacramento, California.  Herbango plays a mix of songs which sound like folk, rock, blues or country, so the genre can be hard to label. In addition to original music, the band interprets tunes composed by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and others in their own way.  Herbango performances may include versions of traditional music taken from country, bluegrass or even celtic sources, but redone to give them an upbeat rock and roll flavor.  The band mixes acoustic instruments, such as fiddle, clarinet, flute, upright bass, mandolin or even harp, with organ, electric guitar and drums to put a new spin on some great old music.” To find out more about Herbango, visit http://www.herbango.com/. Herbango’s picks were made on our white pearl pick material, which goes great with the green and yellow colors in the art. Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

Pick of the Week — Blue Eyed Blonde

This week’s Pick of the Week was ordered by Clayton Customer and Musician Fred Hiscock. Fred is 39
and is from St john’s, nl, Canada. Here is a little about Fred in his own words: “I’ve been playing the guitar and singing for 24 years now and have been performing live for over 20 years. I live in the province of Newfoundland, a large island off the east coast of Canada, and have travelled all over the island performing mostly cover music. Our band Blue Eyed Blonde has enjoyed great success in the local cover music scene for the past nine years and we have plans to record in the future. We are a high energy and entertaining five piece rock band with a female lead singer, bass, keyboards, drums and guitar. When I decided to look for a custom guitar pick, I knew Steve Clayton and his team could deliver. We designed the logo ourselves (logo was created by former band member Chris Sooley)  and use it on all BEB merchandise we sell.” To find out more about Blue Eyed Blonde, check out their facebook group at  http://www.facebook.com/groups/blueeyedblonde/. The Blued Eyed Blonde picks were made on our white pearl material, with a full color print. The white pearl picks, which have a marbleized quality, were a great choice to make the design look almost like it has some sparkle to it. Create and order your own custom picks today at www.claytoncustom.com!

The El Caminos

We just endorsed Jason of The El Caminos! Here is a little bit about the band from their website: If there is a common “happiness” thread through all people it would me music. Right?  Rich or poor; young or old; every walk of life; everyone likes music!  And along with music goes entertainment!  Who doesn’t like to be entertained?  Put those two items together and you have The El Caminos.  The band was put here to do just that: Play music and entertain people! They feel it’s their mission to make people smile, forget their cares for a little while, help people let loose, enjoy themselves, sing along like no one’s listening, dance a little (or a lot) and just have a great time in general! A lot of you that are reading this right now probably know something about the history of the band in some form or another; either you’ve discovered them recently and are new to the game or you’ve been around the block with them a few times and have seen the band grow… Either way, they’re going to include a short history of the band here, so hang on: It all happened way back in 1990. Jason was taking guitar lessons and he decided that he wanted to start a band.  He knew that Jeff played drums. So they talked things over. Jeff knew James and knew that James could actually sing.  So they talked things over. The three of them decided to form their first band together. They discovered that music was in their blood. They started out by playing Steve Miller and Mötley Crüe covers in Jeff’s parents’ basement. Through learning their instruments and playing shows the guys all grew up together as bandmates and friends. That band, which eventually came to be known as Silver Tears, played many shows all over Northeast Iowa and eventually all over the Midwest. In 1995, an album of original music was recorded and peddled.  Many more shows were played in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and etc…The band eventually split up in 1997 and the guys all moved away and formed bands of their own. Some time passed and the guys found themselves living near each other again and the draw of playing music together just couldn’t be passed by. In 2005 they formed this thing that we now call The El Caminos. It started out as a “for fun” kind of thing, but the response to the band was so overwhelming that they couldn’t stop with just a few shows. They just kept on going and here they are today. Jason is still playing guitar, James is still singing, Jeff is still playing drums and Casey is playing bass guitar. The point of this short band history lesson is to point out that the boys have been playing together a LONG time. They’ve got a friendship and tightness that can’t be faked. You can see the love of friends, love of music and love of entertaining every time they step onto the stage and into the lights together. The band is a cover band.They play other artists’ songs.  It’s true. They don’t pretend they wrote the songs that they cover but they do take pride in playing them well and making them their own and they work even harder at entertaining the audience. By picking out the tried and true sing-a-long songs that seem to touch everyone they inspire and promote their credo;  Great Music and Great Times!

Attend any show and you’ll find out for yourself!

Visit the bands website to hear their music & more:

http://www.thecaminos.com
http://twitter.com/#!/jasoncamino
http://www.facebook.com/el.caminos
http://www.youtube.com/rockmeelcaminos

 

Our Halloween Sale is On!

Thinking about ordering some custom guitar picks? Now is the time! Starting Oct. 24th, going through the 31st, we are offering our Halloween Sale. You can place any order for custom guitar picks and receive 10% off the entire order. Pricing for custom picks starts at only $24.99. All you need to do is visit www.claytoncustom.com to create your custom pick design. Then you can order your picks directly from our website. When the site prompts you to enter a promo code, use HALL10 (be sure it is all capitals, no spaces), and your pricing will automatically be adjusted for 10% off. Hurry up before this offer ends!

Logan’s Heroes

What do you get with five of the most talented rock n rollers coming together from all corners of the inner city? You get Logan’s Heroes! A rock n roll band that delivers the total package: hit music, image, and  energy. Logan’s Heroes gives you a sound that is on the forefront of rock n roll. A fusion of both retro/rock and pop/punk anthems that will take your breath away. Members of the band include twin brothers (Logan and Roger Raskin) born and raised on the lower east side of Manahattan, where the band was originated and developed its sound. These boys definitely bring out that NYC, CBGB type edge as splashes of their influences come pouring out once they take the stage. The brothers surround themselves with 3 other band mates/compadres from NYC as well, where back home on the east coast the 5 of them have cultivated the sound to develop what has become one of the most explosive rock bands out of NYC in a long time….With the release of the bands latest record (Logans Heroes “The Kids”) the hit single “Worthless” along with the music video, the band has mapped out its national touring schedule thus starting the next few chapters and adventures for Logan’s Heroes which has yet to be written.

www.twitter.com/logansheroes
www.facebook.com/LogansHeroesMusic
www.logansheroes.com

Guns out at Sundown

Guns Out At Sundown is a band based out of Western Maryland, finding its beginnings in 2007 with the name LenorAstray. Original line-up included: Jamie Peterson-bass/lead vox, Mike Dennis-guitar, Nathaniel Raley-guitar, and Trav Hensley- drums. Shortly after, we introduced long-time, childhood friend Christopher Tepper to drums, and moved Trav to lead vocals. After many discussions, and a drive for more, the band changed its genre to create a heavier sound. In 2008, Nick Miller joined the band to fill the position of guitarist, but left the band after recording our first professional demo. In 2009, we added Ryan Crosco to the roster. The band recorded its full-length album entitled, “The Comfort In Chaos”with Johnny Burke at Chin Music Studios in Cleveland, Ohio (www.reverbnation.com/vibestudios) in November of that year, but due to a few personal issues, the band took hiatus, planning to return stronger than ever once our lives were back on track. In early 2011, Ryan Crosco decided to leave the band, with Nick Miller rejoining and filling the slot. Now, with a new name, and our final puzzle piece, Andrew Hill on bass, we’re back. Look for the album to release independently soon, along with a music video with FBS Films, and brand new merch.

www.gunsoutatsundown.com

Faith n Fury

Faith n Fury was formed in December 2007. Two extremes fused together to create an explosion of musical energy, delivered to you through the airwaves. In 2008 FNF released their debut EP “Close to the edge” this concoction of epic hooks, driving basslines and eclectic drumming makes you wonder how a three piece could achieve such a giant sound. The band has been firing off live shows across the UK, making their presence known. Notably supported Zico Chain in June 2009 and The Doll that Kicks in 2010, In 2010 FNF released of their follow up EP “Start at the end” (which is available on itunes and Amazon) building up there reputation and following with continuous shows off the back of the release. Now in 2011 with a new single recorded and ready for release accompanied by an awesome music video, a strong fan base and a headlining show at the camden underworld KEEP YOU EYES PEELED!!

www.reverbnation.com/faithnfury

www.faithnfury.co.uk

Urban Bleu

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

http://www.urbanbleu.webs.com

www.myspace.com/urbanbleu

Duraplex

Looking for a new type of guitar pick that will keep up with your playing? Duraplex picks are named for their durability, and they live up to their expectations! Duraplex are strong and will stand the test of time. The edges of Clayton Duraplex are polished to avoid being held back by annoying tabs. The material is ultra-high quality that is resistant to notching. As a guitarist, you know what you want from your delrin material pick, and Clayton Duraplex will take you a step further! Available in six traditional gauges/colors (Red/.50mm, Orange/.60mm, Yellow/.73mm, Green/.88mm, Blue/1.0mm, and Purple/1.14mm). Also available in each gauge as standard shape, rounded triangle or small teardrop. May be ordered in packs of 12 or 72 picks, or in a starter display set on our site; http://www.steveclayton.com/delrin.php

Pick of the Week — Jeff Latham Band

This week’s Pick of the Week was created by Jeff Latham for the Jeff Latham band. We really liked the full color logo that was printed on our white pearl rounded triangle picks. Here is a little about Jeff and his band: “Growing up in West Texas on a heavy diet of mom’s Johnny Paycheck and dad’s Don Williams, Jeff Latham was greatly influenced by the country classics which is decidedly evident in his voice.  From George Jones and Hank Williams Jr. to contemporary country artists Toby Keith and Jason Aldean. The Jeff Latham Band’s set list attempts to strike a balance between the old and the new with stops in the Texas singer/songwriter scene along the way. Their “Rocky-Tonk” style essentially captures the essence of Texas dive-bar country. Sit down, have a drink, or get up and dance. Either way, you will enjoy the show. To find out more about The Jeff Latham Band, visit www.thejefflathamband.com. To design and order your own custom guitar picks, visit www.claytoncustom.com!

Adammo

Ádammo is the revelation of teen pop rock music in Latin America. Ezio, Nicholas, Renzo and Diego are Ádammo, four teenagers that share one same dream and one same passion: music. The band’s name originates from a Greek dialect that means “The pleasure of doing something”, in this case, the pleasure of making music. It all began in 2008, when Adammo decided to participate in the biggest contest of music in Peru called “Garage Band” organized by Studio 92, the country’s most important radio station. More than 500 bands around the country participated and Adammo won. This launched the band to popularity creating a new musical movement in Peru and Latin America called Power Pop. Towards the end of the year, Adammo’s first video for their single “Sin Miedo” began to rotate in the well-known TV channel MTV Latin America (MTVLA). In two weeks it was among the 10 most requested videos and eventually reached the top of the ranking of “The 10 + voted MTVLA” for more than 30 days. In early 2009, Adammo contacted Kandavu Productions, a renowned entertainment company in Peru, who agreed to manage the band. Now as a team, the band recorded their first album “Sin Miedo” and began a short but successful tour around Peru, gaining passionate fans that still follow them today. The band presented their first album “Sin Miedo” at venue that holds up to 3000 people. An unforgettable party took place: fans waited for hours in line, tickets were quickly sold out, girls and boys were screaming and singing every single song and finally, after the rock show, every single fan got the autographs of their favorite band in a 2 hour autograph signing event… Adammo is now officially a fever within Peruvian teenagers. Eventually, the opportunity to perform in big music festivals came. The first one was opening for Mexican band Camila with more than 10 000 attendees, who knew little or nothing about Adammo, but this didn’t intimidate the band and the crowd responded cheerfully. After this, the band was invited as an opening act for artists such as Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, and more…Adammo’s second single, “En Tus Suenos”, also spent more than 30 days between the most voted videos, as well as reaching MTVLA’s first place in “The 100 most requested videos of 2009”. The success of these videos led MTVLA to nominate them in the MTVLA 2009 Awards in 3 different categories award, winning the category for “Best New Central Artist”. In early 2010 Adammo travels to California to record their latest production “Amber”, leaded by Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett at Signature Studios in San Diego and Chalice Studios in Los Angeles. In this album, the band decides to record their first song in English “Catch Me”. The band’s video for their single “Algun Dia” is Peru’s largest audiovisual production yet. This video had such an impact in the Latin American audience, that towards the end of 2010, the Latin Grammys nominated “Algun Dia” for Best Short Video, making them the youngest Latin band nominated yet.
“Amber” is then released in early 2011 in a music festival leaded by Adammo called “Amber Fest” with national and international guests such as Andrea Guasch, who is featured in the English and Spanish versions of their latest single and video “Siento Que Caigo”/“Catch Me”. The band eventually becomes a phenomenon of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, becoming an important and basic tool for the band’s marketing strategy. Thanks to the internet, language and distance isn’t a barrier for the band, who have already received messages all the way from Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and others through the band’s Verified Twitter Account as well as Ezio’s, Nicholas’s, Renzo’s and Diego’s Verified Accounts… Twitter names Adammo as the most recommended and influential people to follow in Peru and Latin America. Most recently, Adammo has been nominated for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards as World Wide Act Latin American that will take place this upcoming November 6th in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In these 3 years of musical career, Adammo has appeared in different TV shows such as MTVLA’s hit teen series “Ninas Mal”, as well as Nickelodeon’s latest series “Grachi” with the songs “Hechizo De Amor” and “Algun Dia”. The band had the opportunity to appear in one of Grachi’s episodes performing both songs that are part of the original Grachi Soundtrack. Musically, producer Joe Marlett defines Adammo as a “great new band with a very interesting musical purpose, mixes with great results rock’s aggressive style and pop’s versatility. The songs have a very good handle on composition and mixes; that along with the solid distortion from the guitars and the strength of the vocal interpretation, give as a result a disc (Amber) with a new sound and full of energy”.  Adammo is this and much more… It’s an energy that exists between four brothers; Ezio, Nicholas, Renzo and Diego.

http://www.adammo.net
http://www.facebook.com/adammoperu
http://www.myspace.com/adammoperu