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Guitar Pick Collecting

I found this amazing article on Guitar Pick collecting that was done by The Ottawa Citizen. It incredible how popular and lucrative pick collecting has become. I love how they mention a $1,000 Johnny Cash pick going for sale on ebay. I love that since we worked with Johnny Cash for several years making him custom Black Acetal Custom guitar picks with his signature on them a long long time ago…. Read more here at a past blog posting. 

A Pick from our Archives – Johnny Cash

You can read the pick collecting article below (original source The Ottawa Citizen):

The Guitar Pick Collector

In 1986, Alex Golota picked up a Pat Travers pick from the stage at Barrymore’s. Today he has more than 700 picks from rock’s biggest names.

By Bruce Deachman, Ottawa Citizen January 16, 2011
Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Guitar+Pick+Collector/4116340/story.html#ixzz1BbYwO2AY

The first guitar pick that Alex Golota recalls picking up — off the stage at Barrymore’s Music Hall, back in the mid 1980s when he did lighting at the Bank Street club — belonged to Pat Travers. The picks were initially an accompaniment to the 8×10-inch promo photos of musicians Golota collected as reminders of the shows he’d attended or worked; he would glue the picks to the photos and then have them framed. If he could, he’d get one or both autographed.

As the years passed, Golota’s collection of picks grew. Some, like Travers’s, he picked up after a concert. Guitarists would sometimes give him one of their picks, or he would ask one of their technicians for one. Friends in the sound and lighting trades, aware of his hobby, would acquire picks on his behalf. He has picks from some of the biggest names: The Rolling Stones, with their trademark tongue and lips; ZZ Top (both); one from Prince, via Jon Bon Jovi’s guitar technician and instantly identifiable by the unpronounceable “Love Symbol” he adopted as his stage name in 1993; a metal guitar pick from Def Leppard; Eric Clapton; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Buddy Holly; The Edge; a yellow pick that bears Alice Cooper’s name and likeness; and Avril Lavigne and Steve Earle, who each have skulls adorning their picks (his in green, hers in pink).

“I recently got Jeff Beck,” says Golota, 51, “which is really hard to get because he doesn’t use a guitar pick. But I managed to catch up to his road manager on stage, and he has a bag of guitar picks that Jeff had 30 years ago, and he keeps them for real true fans. It actually says ‘This pick was stolen from Jeff Beck’ on it.

“I have that.”

He keeps his collection — 726 picks at last count, but growing all the time — in a pair of binders, one carrying the monogrammed and autographed picks, the other holding picks you’ll just have to take his word that they’re from who he says they are, like the Fender pick used by Bruce Springsteen.

“I found it right beside his guitar stand, and I know he uses a plain white Fender pick and I know it’s Bruce Springsteen’s pick.”

Curiously, perhaps, he doesn’t play guitar himself. But growing up in Old Ottawa South, his idols included Jimi Hendrix and Procol Harum’s Robin Trower.

“I started keening on guitar players,” he recalls. “They’re the heroes in the

rock ‘n’ roll field.”

The first show he attended was an April Wine concert at the Civic Centre when he was 16. As he watched the roadies and technicians set up the stage be-between acts, he decided that was what he wanted to do for a living. Currently a lighting designer with the Canadian Museum of Civilization, where he’s worked for the past 18 years, he started out with Wall Sound, then moved to Barrymore’s. In between, he toured for two years as Stompin’ Tom Connors’ stage manager, and spent six months on the road with Charlie Pride.

He takes his summer holidays during Bluesfest, where he does lighting and, with the help of the other techs, collects more picks. Last summer, he added 17 to his collection. The year before that, a record 48.

“That’s my vacation,” he says. “The museum is so corporate — I have to wear a suit there most of the time.

“And my roots are in rock ‘n’ roll, so I want to go back every year and make sure I can still do lights for rock ‘n’ roll.”

Some of the picks in his collection are definitely rarities. A pick used by Gene Simmons bears the KISS bassist’s thumbprint in theatrical blood. One that belonged to Jeff Smallwood — guitarist for Roch Voisine and Luba — is fashioned from a hotel room key card. He has a Spinal Tap pick used during a Canada Day show in St. John’s, as well one used recently by Crash Karma for a concert for Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Golota even has a pick used by NDP leader Jack Layton.

Then there are the ones missing from his collection. He’s resigned to the fact that he’ll never own a Hendrix pick, while an online search for one used by Johnny Cash uncovered a $1,000 price tag, too steep for Golota.

“These are actually rarer than stamps and coins,” he says, “because stamps and coins they produce hundreds of thousands or millions, but when a guitar player goes out on tour, he may only take 1,000 picks — a bagful. Over his career he may not buy another bag. So the rarity of these things is crazy.

“We had an insurance adjuster come in and look at the stuff, and he said ‘You’re sitting on a dream home here. There’s somebody out there who’s interested in buying it, somewhere, somehow.'”

But he’s not interested in selling. “It’s not about making money,” he says. “It’s just trying to get it all in one place. I’m a curator and trying to keep it all together, and if people can appreciate it, that’s great.”

Through profiles here and online, Bruce Deachman uncovers the people who bring Ottawa to life, people who exhibit and unusual passion or obsession. Do you know someone who is one in a million? E-mail the details to

Visit ottawacitizen.com/million to see more photos and listen to Alex Golota, or to see past stories.

bdeachman@ottawacitizen.com.
© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/Guitar+Pick+Collector/4116340/story.html#ixzz1BbYrAd6M


Kyle Gass and John Konesky of Tenacious D at the Clayton NAMM Booth 2011

This year we were so happy to have the amazing Kyle Gass of Tenacious D come sign at our booth for a 2nd year in a row! Tenacious D has a very loyal fan base, and the lines were wrapping very long all over the place to get to meet Kyle and John this year! Very amazing! This year he brought along the VERY talented John Konesky also of Tenacious D. Kyle and John are both Clayton Endorsed. They were there to promote their youtube channel called Guitarings, which shows you how to play many of the popular Tenacious D songs. Below is a clip of them showing how to play the Tenacious D song “Tribute”: Below are some pictures of them signing for all of their fans at our NAMM booth!

Twlight Star Booboo Stewart and Fivel Stewart Clayton Booth NAMM 2011

We had lots of different artists singing at our NAMM 2011 booth this year, which included Booboo and Fivel Stewart of “Booboo and Fivel”.  You may recognize Booboo from the very popular Twlight Saga movies. He plays the youngest werewolf Seth Clearwater in the series. Him and his sister Fivel are currently in the band “Booboo and Fivel”, and have released a single titled “Rainy Day”.  You can view the video at the bottom of this post.  Booboo is an official endorsed artist at Clayton, Inc. so we brought him into NAMM to help promote his amazing talents as a guitarist and drummer.  As he waited for the limo to pick him up to bring him to the convention center, he played around on the drums.  See the video here: Below are some pictures from the signing at our NAMM booth.


NAMM 2011

We are back from a very busy NAMM show, and we wanted to share some photos from our booth this year! We had several artist signings including, Playmate Kassie Lyn, Twilight Saga Star Booboo Stewart and his sister Fivel, Kyle Gass and John Konesky of Tenacious D.  We will post more detailed information on all of our NAMM happenings soon!

Pick of the Week – Stephanie & THREE

We have a really cool picks and a really cool band this week! This lovely pick is by the band Stephanie & THREE, which is local to Clayton, Inc. here in Southern Oregon. I love the shades of pink on the pick, and the design is just way to cool! Stephanie & THREE is an aggressive Rock ‘n’ Power-Pop Trio, that plays in clubs and venues throughout the Northwest.  We always love seeing local bands being successful. I posted a video below so that you can really see how awesome this band is!  Make sure to check out their website to find out where you can catch their next performance. www.threemusic.net

Pick of the Week – Patrick Vega

We have another endorsed artist this week! This time it is for Patrick Vega! Patrick’s pick featured this week is printed on our Acetal material with a lovely colorful design.  Patrick has ordered tons of different designs in the past from us, so he is quite the guitar pick designer. Our custom imprint department talks to Patrick quite often and they all really love him.  Patrick showed the love back by doing a video all about Clayton picks! Which is totally awesome! Check it out below.

A little background on Patraick is that he is a player that is capable of great technique. In general though, he follows the unexpected, adventurous route rather than the (expected) technical/theory route. Alternate tunings, tasty leads and heavy but ambitious rhythm guitar parts that are accessible yet eclectic.

Patricks’s playing and songwriting displays a blend of vintage grace & modern rock/metal attitude. The music is influenced by acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Joe Satriani, The Cure, Rage Against The Machine, KoRn, Puddle Of Mudd, Seether, Tool, Classic Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, Tricky, Ozzy Osbourne, Vega’s former guitar teacher Brett Garsed and various movie soundtracks.

All I can say is Way Cool! Check out his website at: http://www.patrickvega.com

Pick of the Week – Eldebrock

This week we have a different style of pick.  This is a full black overbleed on our Acetal material.  It looks like a black pick, but it actually is white on the other side.  This is a great option because you get the look of a black pick, but it is printed on our popular Acetal material.  We really loved Eldebrock’s design, plus they are an endorsed band here at Clayton. They have a very cool website at: www.eldebrock.net. Really, it is quite impressive there is some amazing flash animation on their site.  They currently have just released their debut album, which can be downloaded on iTunes. Their music is really unique, and they have clips of it on their website, so make sure to listen.  The band Eldebrock took shape in the early spring of 2009 when founding member, Del Bannerman(rhythm guitar), along with Richard Lalonde (bass guitar), recruited Jay Wegenast from Vancouver B.C. as the lead singer. The spring and summer of 2009 was spent in a small town in Saskatchewan writing the music for the debut album. Barrett Moore (lead guitar), who grew up with Jay in Forestburg, Alberta joined in late 2009 adding his own touch of Zakk Wylde and Slash influenced lead guitar to the tracks that finished off the sound they were going for.

Pick of the Week – Young & Desperate

This week we have a Rounded Triangle Yellow Delrin pick for the band Young & Desperate.  They are a female fronted Dutch band. They recently won a big national Dutch band contest Make More Music. This band is known for their amazing live performances. Their first national single is recorded with Michel van Schie (Anouk, Van Velzen, Evers Slaat Door, and many, many more). Their MySpace (http://myspace.com/youngdesperate) provide a great way to keep in touch with the band. Also make sure to check out their website for additional information on the band. www.young-desperate.nl. They have a really neat video, check it out below!

Pick of the Week – Rock Sugar

This week we have a pick from the band Rock Sugar! You have to check out their website at: http://www.rocksugarband.com/. They have an amazing intro on their website. Here is a little description about their live show:

“THE ROCK SUGAR LIVE SHOW IS UNLIKE ANY YOU’VE EVER SEEN. ROCK SUGAR SLAMS 34 OF THE BIGGEST CROWD PLEASING SONGS IN HISTORY AS THEY’VE NEVER BEEN HEARD BEFORE, INTO ONE TIGHT 13 SONG SET. SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT!– “
This lovely pearl celluloid pick is printed with a purple and blank blended logo. It was made for the band guitarist and vocalist Chuck Duran. Also, make sure to check out their facebook page, where they have over 22,000 likes! Wow!

Pick of the Week – Bret Michaels

So pretty much everyone knows who Bret Michaels is.  If for some reason you don’t, he is the guy who is practically everwhere you look! He started his career as the lead singer of the metal band Poisen. He also starred in the hit shows, Rock of Love with Bret Michaels , its sequels, and was the winning contestant on NBC’s reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3.  He is also known for his signature bandanna.  Bret is an endorsed artist here at Clayton.  We have done a couple different picks for him, which are shown below.  Also below is a picture of him on stage using our picks. Currently Bret has a new show on VH1 called Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It., which is on Monday nights at 10/9 central, and repeats countless times a day on VH1. If you have not seen it yet please click this link to see a full episode of his amazing new reality show: http://www.vh1.com/shows/bret_michaels_life_as_i_know_it/series.jhtml Bret is also currently touring right now on his ROSES & THORNS TOUR. To check out if he is coming to a venue near you please check out his tour date schedule: http://www.bretmichaels.com/2010/schedule_files/schedule.htm

Pick of the Week – Ian Lee

This week is a nice full color imprint on our white pearl celluloid.  Pearl Celluloid is a great choice for your custom picks. Especially if you are looking for a great promotional pick that will get peoples attention!  Ian Lee has a solo project rather than a band and is located in Montreal Canada.  His genre is English and French Pop Rock. His  single ”La fin du monde” went to #1 of the ADISQ  Rock Billboard in 2009, which is amazing.  Also he has a new record that came out in stores and itunes on nov 9th. The new single ”Ta dependance” can be heard on radios throughout canada as well as satellite radio. His English album ”Crash” with the hit ”fallen” from 2007 is already on sale on iTunes. To find out more details on Ian Lee, make sure to check out his website at: http://www.ian-lee.com/

Pick of the Week – The Hi-Fins

We do tons and tons of picks with different flags from around the world on them.  This week we decided to feature a pick with a beautiful British flag on it, by the Hi-Fins.  We love how they incorporated their name in the pick with the a grunge looking graphic of the British Flag. This pick was printed on our Acetal material.

The Hi-Fins are Montreal’s Best British Invasion Tribute Band,they put on very energetic “Mod Generation” performances!

With all 3 singing lead and harmonizing throughout, a power trio with a Big Sound!!

For more on The Hi-Fins, check out their MySpace site >www.myspace.com/thehifins
and Join them on  FaceBook!

Category: Miscellaneous

Pick of the Week – The Blue Tape

This week we have a neat looking pick on our Acetal material.  Acetal is our most popular material, here at Clayton, Inc..  It is know for its great warm sound and it is very, very durable.  The Blue Tape is an original rock/pop/electro band from Switzerland. They currently have an Album out called “Heaven in Tears”.  Make sure to check out their video below and check out their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thebluetapemusic.

Pick of the Week – Dead ‘Til Friday

With Halloween coming up at the end of this week, we couldn’t help but select this fun pick!  This pick is printed on our Acetal material. We love the skull with the top hat and bow.  Plus we love the pattern of pink polka dots! Such a creative mix of unique elements. This pick was designed by the band Dead ‘Til Friday. They are a five member band that does both cover and original Rock -n- Roll, based in South Florida. Here is a little blurb about them:  “Dead ‘Til Fridays’ live shows include an up-beat mix of classic to current hits – from pop to rock to R&B – that are fun, danceable and include some the best songs of all time. Fronted by a powerful, versatile female lead singer, Dead ‘Til Friday has an energetic stage performance, making them one of the most in-demand party bands around. The secret to their success is their full rich sound, stage presence and youthful energy.” Make sure to check out their website to find more information about them at: www.deadtilfriday.com

Pick of the Week – Deadbeat Darling

This is a great logo on a great pick! This simple, yet creative logo looks so nice on our Acetal guitar pick. Below is a description all about Deadbeat Darling. “Equal parts mischief and bliss, eloquence and irreverence, Deadbeat Darling is a New York City-based rock band whose music shimmers with hints of dub and electronica, and has thus far inspired a rabid and eclectic  fanbase solely upon word of mouth. They released their debut full length album “Weight of Wandering”during the Summer of 2009, followed by a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City and a run of album release shows throughout Texas and the Midwest…” To find out more about this band visit their website.  Also make sure to check out their creative video below.

Pick of the Week – Hourcast

This week we have a nice Acetal Rounded Triangle.  We love how the band Hourcast designed this pick. It looks just like their website! It has nice deep dark colors of black and red with a blue undertone. Hourcast is a rock band out of Boston.  They just released their new album Dystopia, and are currently on tour throughout the nation. To find out if they will be in a city near you visit their tour itenerary.

Pick of the Week – Sixteen Cities

This week we have an awesome White Delrin Guitar pick, with full color imprinting.  The bright colors of this graphic, look really sharp on this pick. Sixteen Cities is a really amazing pop-rock band from Portland, OR.  Not too far away from us here in Talent, OR.  This band, just recently had their album “Pray You Through” featured on a recent episode of the popular WB show “One Tree Hill”.  They are currently on tour with the band Remedy Drive, and will be touring all over the South and Midwest.  If you are in any of those areas, make sure to check out their tour schedule.  For more information on this band visit their website at: www.sixteencities.com or check them out on their Facebook page.

Pick of the Week – Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies

This week we have a very colorful pearl pick by Dirty Dan’s Cool Rockin’ Daddies! The colors are so vibrant and pretty on this pick, it was a sure pick for our Pick of the Week! You have to check out their website at: http://www.dirtydanbuck.com/ The first thing you see is their logo (like their pick) creativly placed.  Then you have gotta love their slogan “They’re old, they’re angry, and they’ll rock your ass off!” Ha! Pretty funny :).  Anyway, Dirty Dan Buck, the band frontliner, used to be  in a band called The Boyzz from Illinoizz, which was a late 1970’s band.  They were very successful and have worked with tons of huge artists including Areosmith and Meatloaf. Dirty Dan is now with his new band “Cool Rockin’ Daddies” which features Tadd King (quite the guitarist!) playing guitar, Joe Gagliardo playing bass, Jimmi Perrino on keyboard, and Scott Kelly on drums.  They perform at festivals and concerts throughout the region, and feature a hard rocking’ R&B experience. They recently played on the top of a 166 ft river boat on the Illinois River in Seneca, IL for the club H2O. I put a picture below of them on the boat. Looks like they had a great time.  They also had a picture of how they sell the guitar picks on their Facebook. page. They are making amazing earrings out them to sell at concerts.  So neat! The picks really make amazing earrings.

Pick of the Week – Sinister Ego

This week we have a heavy Rounded Triangle Acetal Pick with a one color imprint. The great thing about Acetal is that it looks nice, and plays even better! This pick was printed by the band Sinister Ego.  Their bio from their website is below:

“SINISTER EGO is a creative mixing of the talents of Jeff “Necro” formerly of Casket Snatch, Jason “DOA” formerly of Corpsescrew, Adrian “A J Shotgun Vegas” formerly of DV8, with Brandon “Raven” on bass, and Jason “Hardcore” on drums. The five rockers put their heads together to compile a sound of music like none other. A little metal, and little punk and some old fashioned rock make Sinister Ego a band for all music lovers. Their first song “Lethal”, produced by SER Studios in Chandler, is a testament to their talents and originality. Mixing memorable catchy vocals, screaming guitars, and ingenious explosive drumming with influences like Danzig, Pantera, Metallica, Motley Crue, and Black Sabbath, they’ve created a unique sound for all audiences to enjoy.”

It is great to see such simple yet stylized guitar pick!.  We also like how the pick matches with the bands overall look.  Make sure to check out their website at: http://www.sinisterego.com/ They have tons of their music on their site that you can download the MP3 of. Very cool!

Pick of the Week – Johnny Deluxe

This week we have selected a guitar pick on our Acetal material. We liked how it used a neon yellow color, with a chalky black.  Johnny Deluxe is a Danish band. They a really nice website at: http://www.johnnydeluxe.dk , which is all in Danish.  They have quite the creative video on his site called Flex. The music is very catchy and has a very european vibe to it. The picks were ordered by lead singer Noam Halby.  They are a Danish band that was formed in London. The band took part in KarriereKanonen run by Danish radio station P3 in 2003, and released the EP Elskovspony in November of the same year. In January 2004, the group signed a contract with Copenhagen Records and subsequently released their debut album, Johnny Deluxe on 24 May 2004. The album has been certified platinum for having sold more than 40,000 copies. The group was awarded “Best Danish Debut” at the Zulu Awards in November 2004.In 2005, the group played more than 100 concerts, including the Grøn Koncert tour, and released their second album, LUXUS, in October 2005. As their debut album, this album has also been certified platinum.

They now have a new album out and their The first single from that album is called Flex, which came out on June 14. 2010

Most of his websites are in Danish, but his Myspace is in English click below to learn more:
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnnydeluxedenmark
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/johnnydeluxe1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Deluxe/20169628744
Official homepage:  http://www.johnnydeluxe.dk

Pick of the Week – The Fabulous Po’ Boys:

This week we are featuring a guitar pick that is from one of our endorsed bands, The Fabulous Po’ Boys! They are a bluesy/rootsy/pop rock blend of music from artist like The Beatles, The Byrds, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and more. Their band consists of members Warren Payne and Ed Johnson. They have been together since 1991 and have played all around the country. I grabbed the really funny story about how their band was formed from their website: “The band essentially started out as a dare. While chewing a rubber chicken dinner at a regional advertising convention in Denver, Warren and Ed were just two more ad execs in the room suffering through, what can only be described as, mannequins pretending to be a band. Bad songs, bad hair, bad clothes, no life and an empty dance floor. While having really only shared a few beers by a pool deck at another ad conference in Nashville just six months before, Warren and Ed at least knew one another were from Seattle and had spent some time earning their lunch money in front of a microphone with a guitar. Warren approached Ed (who was on his third beer, ignoring the show and wondering what the hell Turkey Chop was) and had the following proposition; “Janet (conference organizer and dear friend of the Po’ Boys) says if we want, we can take over for the band when they go on a break. They said it’s okay, and Steve (a media lawyer from Minneapolis) is up for playing drums.”
Ed replied, “Dude, we’re not even a band.”
“Do you know Louie, Louie?” asked Warren.
“Yeah,” said Ed skeptically.
“Twist and Shout?”

“Yeah.”
“Johnny B. Goode?”
“Yeah.”
“There you go. Three songs right there. We’ll get up, play, have some laughs and we’re done.”
Of course, they played for an hour.
The dance floor was packed; the crowd kept yelling out numbers that the intrepid trio happened to know and with everyone properly lubed, the band played on. The band that had been usurped didn’t seem to mind…they were getting paid anyway. Those guys had no soul at all. What kind of musician gives up his stage?

After the “gig” another conference organizer looking to set up entertainment at a national conference scheduled for Portland, Oregon the following spring asked if the boys were available to play the big after-party.
Again, replied Ed, “We’re not even a band.” (Did that stop us before?)”

Their pick is printed on our pearl celluloid. We love how the little palm tree looks on the pearl picks! Please make sure to visit their website at: http://www.fabulouspoboys.com/

Pick of the Week – JamiSun

This week we have a full color sun graphic on our Acetal Rounded Triangle picks. Very cool!  This was created by JamiSun, who is a Charleston guitarist/singer/songwriter.  He is pretty much booked with gigs everyday in his area, which is very impressive. His styles range from John Mayer to Pantera.  He has a great website at: http://www.JamiSun.com/
So make sure to check it out. Also if you live in the Charleston area, check out his schedule so you can go listen to his amazing music!

Pick of the Week – Hot Neon Magic

This is a bright one! Neon Yellow and Pink are the colors on this guitar pick! Wow is it bright! Check out their website at: http://www.hotneonmagic.com/

I love the way the band dresses, and I even love their band bio “Relive the skinny ties, spandex and synthesizers with Vermont’s premier 1980s cover band. Rock out to hours of totally awesome tunes from when MTV was king” It is so great to see such a neat 80’s cover band.  We also love how their guitar pick really gets the message across about who their band is! Also check them out on facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/hotneonmagic

Pick of the Week – Bleu

This week we have another pick on our Acetal material! This one is by a artist named Bleu. His is an accomplished musician and his song “Somebody Else” is featured on the “Spider-Man” (the first one)  movie sound track. That is quite impressive! To find out more about him visit his social networking sites:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bleu/46728493292?v=info
http://www.myspace.com/loudlion

The picks were actually ordered as a birthday gift for him. His crew came up with a very unique way in which to present them to him.  We thought it was such a great idea! Those Clayton picks sure look yummy! 🙂

Pick of the Week – G. Kishore Carey

This week we have a beautiful Nature Guitar Pick on our Acetal material by the artist G. Kishore Carey.  He is a worship artist, and has a recent album out titled “Contagious.” If you visit his website you can learn more about him and even purchase his music from itunes.   Below is his bio”

“Kishore is able to engage and encourage congregations of all sizes to give their hearts and spirt to God in worship. From juvenile detention centers to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in many church sanctuaries in the Greater Washington D.C. area and beyond, Kishore has been blessed to minister in all types of venues. Starting in high school and working continually at craft and art, Kishore is writing songs with an honesty and raw-ness that betrays his Christian cultural upbringing and exposes a heart that seeks to honor God in word and deed.”
It is great to hear how someone uses music to inspire and help others!

Pick of the Week – Lynyrd Skynyrd

This week is a pick by the very famous band Lynrd Skynyrd. This pick is a full bleed on our Acetal Rounded Triangle .80mm guitar picks. It turned out really amazing! Almost everyone knows this bands songs. If you were to turn the radio to classic rock you are bound to hear their popular hits “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Free Bird.”  The Lynyrd Skynyrd band is in the rock’n roll hall of fame as they have sold millions of albums.  Robert Kearns, the current bassist asked us to put together his artwork and we place it on his acetal rounded triangle picks.  We think the artwork came out great!  Below are some links to hear more about this classic American band:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynyrd_Skynyrd
http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com/

Factory Addition Moving along

I just wanted to give an update on the progress of our new factory addition.  In this picture you are able to see the forms going up next to our current factory. Soon they will be pouring the foundation, and putting up the new building!

Pick of the Week – Lethal Saint

This week we selected a Pearl pick on our Rounded Triangle material, by the band Lethal Saint. The band plays what they often refer to as Old School Heavy Metal. They formed in 2006 on the island of Cyprus (off the coast of Greece) by the two guitarists (Andreas Kasapis and Christos Papadopoulos) and the drummer (Christi Isseyegh) and after trying out a few singers they finally found exactly the voice they were looking for to represent the band: Andreas Pouyioukas. The most recent addition to the band is Mike Papapavlou, the bassist. A demo was released after the formation of the band in 2006 and was sold out, there was also a series of limited promo copies for the cd in December 2009 which were all sold out by the following concert. The original release of their self – titled album “LethalSaint” came out in March 2010 and ever since they have been answering interviews for metal magazines online, radio shows and so on. The cd is available at www.pitchblackrecords.com . Lethal Saint is looking forward to touring the island and hosting a number of concerts with other Cypriot bands for Summer 2010!

Lethal Saint can be found and contacted at the following websites:
http://www.myspace.com/lethalsaintmetal
http://www.lethalsaint.com/
http://www.metal-archives.com/
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=66589180317&ref=ts

Pick of the Week – The Tone Brothers

We have a really neat pick for this week. It is a guitar knob picture on a white pearl pick.  The knob looks amazing on this pick and looks 3-D on it! Very impressive! The detail is amazing with our print on this pick, and it is literally eye popping! This pick was designed by The Tone Brothers. They are a really amazing Atlanta based band.  To find out more about them please read their bio and check out their website below.

“Brother Doug McCombs has been laying down outrageous TONE with his guitar for the past 35 years. A veteran and founding member of Atlanta-based bands Fear Glory, Texas Crude and Gracie Moon, he’s opened for the likes of John Mayall, Buddy Guy, Ian Moore, and Gov’t Mule, and jammed with Jeff Healey. Whether rocking a packed house while headlining at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, or grooving alone in his kitchen, Doug and his guitar engage in a dialog of the heart that transcends the moment. A dialog inspired and enriched by echoes of the soul-shaking TONE of his heroes– Jimi Hendrix, Mark Farner, Robin Trower, and Stevie Ray Vaughan–yet defined by his own distinctly righteous signature. Listen to him play, and know how it feels when a man and his guitar achieve total, ass-kicking TONE. TONE Brother Greg Hester grew up around Old School Gangsters & Legendary Wrestlers in Augusta, Georgia. Truly great music instantly changes the context, transporting the listener to the artistʼs world. With a clear understanding of his heritage, Greg introduces us to the voice of Southern Soul, infused with a TONE as heavy as the hot July haze. Along the way, Greg has shared the stage with Robin Trower, Warren Haynes, Johnny Winter, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, among others. He captivates even the most jaded of crowds with a stage presence, charisma, and burn down the house intensity reminiscent of his idol and inspiration, James Brown. The power and passion of his singing is matched by the heart and humanity of his songwriting. Listen to him sing and, and witness a man whose art bears witness to the strength of soulful survival and the regenerative essence of TONE.”

myspace.com/thetonebrothers

Pick of the Week – John Karl

This week we selected a guitar pick by country artist John Karl.  He designed this amazing pick on our white delrin material. We love the detailed design and beautiful shades of blue.  Below is a bio about this talented artist:

“John was a success before even moving to Nashville. Nominated for North East CMA Entertainer of the Year and Best Male Vocalist, John has had a No. 1 on the MP3.com country chart with “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Small Town” was featured in the movie American Reunion. “If you want to know where country is headed, just give a listen to John Karl,” says Rodney Phelps, a top Nashville attorney who also worked with Garth Brooks and Chris Cagle

John won the local Colgate Country Showdown in Upstate NY and had a song on Christian Country Radio with “Just Love Her” in 2003. He has toured the USA and opened for acts Ricochet, Daryl Worley and Craig Morgan just to name a few. He has played lots of festivals, including Nashville’s CMA Festival and was the house artist in 2008 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.

John Karl is the next big thing, with the right attitude, music, and performance style. He can get wild and pull out a tear-jerker right behind it. He knows what the fans want and he gives it to them.

Growing up in Niskayuna, N.Y., John has loved music all of his life and began singing at a young age. After high school he studied Graphic Design, was part of a professional water-ski team called the Coors Light U.S. Water-ski Show Team where he produced and performed the show and was a local Club DJ. While singing at a ski team function, a local funder made him an offer he could not refuse and helped him go to Nashville.

John moved to Nashville on Labor Day of 2002. He spent the next two years learning everything he could about the Nashville music business. He networked and got into writing circles and formed the duo Kalamity Jane. Soon after John went solo and began work on his self-produced album Redneck Rich Hillbilly Happy, released 2007.

As singer/songwriter John has a knack for a well turned phrase and is looking forward to his new CD “Are You Ready For This”. Due out in late August 2010.”

To find out more information about John, please visit his website at: www.johnkarl.net Also, you can download one of his new songs for free on his website! Use code JK1927CBY on the download page and enter you information and the code.