Posts by Steve Clayton Inc.:

Andrew Tufano

Products used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 1.00mm picks.

“These picks have done wonders for me. Not only does their thickness allow me to play crisply and accurately with my heavy guitar strings, but also are great to give to fans and fellow musicians as something unique to hold onto after a show. I carry a few with me at all times, and they’ve become a staple at my live shows!”

Andrew Tufano is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Sterling, VA with an acoustic sound that blends rock, pop and folk influences. Known for his charity work, quirky humor, and his iconic mustache logo, Tufano is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and tours across the East Coast and Midwest US. In 2003, Tufano placed first in the NAfME electronic music national talent search at age 11. Since then he’s engaged in a wide variety of charity projects, independently released two EPs, and has received numerous awards from CD Baby, Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, the Songwriters Association of Washington, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and more. Tufano has recently completed his freshman year of college studying songwriting at Belmont University and is looking forward to recording his first full-length album this winter and touring cross-country in the summer of 2015.

Links:
Website: www.andrewtufano.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/andrewtufanomusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/andrewtufano
YouTube: www.youtube.com/andrewtufano
Instagram: www.instagram.com/andrewtufano

Category: A - F

Sean Genereaux

Products Used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin 0.60mm, 0.73mm and 0.88mm; Pork Knuckle Slides (large).

“From the first time I picked up a guitar, I remember that coveted Eagle pick being almost everywhere! They feel as natural as picking up the guitar itself for me now. I’m proud to say: I use Clayton.”

Formed in 2005, Lust for Glory embodies straight-forward, guitar driven, ‘garage rock’. With a ‘Lo-Fi’ sensibility and raw presentation, Lust for Glory aims to give the listener the feeling that they have caught the band with the garage door partially open.

Lust for Glory is working on their 3 full length CD, expected to be released in early Spring of 2015 and will be playing shows and festivals up and down the west coast for much of the year.

Links:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lust-for-Glory/169735749756147
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/lustforglory
Bandcamp: http://lustforglory.bandcamp.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Lustforglory/videos
Website: www.lust-for-glory.com

Category: S - W

Andy Borunda

Products Used: Steve Clayton Black Celluloid Standard Shape 1.00mm custom design.

“Steve Clayton picks have a wide array of styles and designs accompanied by top-notch materials that provide immediate musical inspiration! Plus, so much fun designing your own pick on such a user friendly site!”

Andy Borunda plays lead guitar for the Americana Rock n Roll band Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers out of Tempe, AZ. Andy is an Arizona native and has been playing the guitar for over two decades. He is mostly self taught and continues to shape his sound and technique with every song he plays. Andy cites Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, and Slash as his main influences on the guitar while also being immensely inspired by bands such as The Beatles, Cheap Trick, and The Replacements. Andy loves playing electrically and acoustically equally and uses Gibson Les Pauls and a Taylor 614CE for live shows and includes Fender Telecasters for studio work. Andy is very proud to also use Steve Clayton guitar picks for every show. He is tirelessly promoting the band’s electrifying debut release, “Yeah Yeah Yeah” which came out in 2014. At the end of the day, Andy sums it up like this — “I’m a musical sponge…I just love playing music.”

Links:
Band website: http://www.carolpaceyandthehoneyshakers.com/
Band Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolPaceyAndTheHoneyShakers
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.borunda
Band YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PaceyPublishingLLC
Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyborunda
Instagram: https://instagram.com/aborunda3

Fav clip “Eyes on the Prize” (solo starts at 4:20): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vw5f4SRVM4 — My favorite part of the show is when I get to totally let loose for my solo!

Photo credit: CowGirlZen Photography
www.cowgirlzenphotography.smugmug.com
www.facebook.com/CowGirlZen.Photography

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Clint Fisher

Products Used: Clayton Custom 0.63mm White Pearl picks.

“Greatest picks I’ve ever, and will ever use!”

Clint Fisher, is a new, uprising country music artist, and songwriter in Nashville TN, who’s recently opened for acts such as Love and Theft, Buddy Jewel, Charlie Worsham, and more! Clint has performed in front of many major artist including Bill Gaither, Steven Curtis Chapman, Lynn Anderson, Irlene Mandrell, Eric Horner, Gordon Mote, Buddy Green, and representatives from many record labels including Arrow Records, CYM Management, Sony Records, Icon Studios, and Capitol Records. Clint released his very first EP in August with the debut single and title track, “Down an Old Dirt Road,” a work in which he wrote, and co-wrote 4 of the 6 song tracks.

Links:
Website: http://www.clintfishermusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clintfishermusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theclintfisher
Instagram: http://instagram.com/clintfisher21

Category: A - F

Daniel Dorninger of Witchrider

Products Used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin Standard 0.88mm.

“They feel good in my fingers and my guitar says they feel good on the strings as well.”

Daniel Dorninger is the frontman of Witchrider, a stoner/alternative/occult rock band from Austria.

In 2013, one year after their formation, Witchrider released the selftitled Witchrider EP and in late 2014, shortly after signing to Truckfighters’ own label Fuzzorama, they released their debut album entitled “Unmountable Stairs”.

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/witchriderband
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/witchriderband
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/witchrider
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Witchriderband
Bandcamp: http://witchrider.bandcamp.com/releases
Website: http://www.witchrider.com/

Category: A - F

Lou Tambone

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Delrin Standard 0.80mm picks.

“The picks are tough enough on their own but the fact that I can customize them is icing on the musical cake.”

Lou Tambone is a musician and multi-instrumentalist from Northern New Jersey. He plays with a plethora of local original and cover acts and also maintains a solo act where he writes the songs, sings, and plays guitar.

On Clayton: “While looking for some cool rewards for my latest Kickstarter campaign, I came across Steve Clayton’s customizable picks. They are tough, affordable, and feel great! I customized a bunch and used them as rewards. People loved them. I’ll be using them from now on and giving them away at shows.”

When not performing or rehearsing, Lou is a web designer and freelance writer as well as a husband and father.

Links:
Website: http://www.loutambone.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/loutunes

Category: G - L

TrollfesT

Products used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.00mm and Glow in the Dark Standard 1.00mm picks.

“Whether I am shredding or grinding, stroking or showing off, Clayton picks do the job! And they are f****** excellent for playing guitar too!” – Dr. Leif

“I’ve been using the Steve Clayton custom picks with my bouzouki for several years now and they’re great! Not only does the print look good and solid, but it works just as good for whatever exotic string instrument we manage to include in our music as it does for guitar and bass” – Manskow

“I`ve been using the custom Clayton picks for years. Never before have I come across picks that are more reliable. Add the genius online editor for custom guitar picks and you have a winner!” – Mr.Seidel

With a line up that includes musicians from bands as varied as URGEHAL, PANTHEON I, UNTIME, MELCH, HALLUCINATIONS, POWERSWORD and SARKOM, TROLLFEST’s members bring with them not only a wealth of experience and the skill to make use of instruments like the accordion, the banjo and the saxophone, but also a sense of diversity that allows the band to create a sound that is distinctly its own. Whilst “True Norwegian Balkan Metal” goes some way towards describing the TROLLFEST sound – hinting as it does at the extreme end of metal, with a good pinch of local traditional folk – it doesn’t really go the whole way towards capturing the sense of fun and sheer exuberance with which the band tackles everything it does, whether it involves playing in the studio or performing live.

Formed in 2004, in Oslo, Norway, when a bunch of musicians became bored with the selection of party music that was available to them, and, helped along by the consumption of large quantities of alcohol, the soon-to-be members of TrollfesT decided to take matters into their own hands. One website and six songs later, a German label, which at the time was called Solistium, recognised the potential in the madness and got in touch. With the immortal words “what the heck, let’s give it a go” TrollfesT agreed to a deal and started writing new material. By 2005 “Willkommen Folk tell Drekka Fest!!” hit the streets. And life as we know it was never the same again.

Containing a selection of sounds and comments, many of which you would not necessarily come across if you only frequented polite parties, “Willkommen…” displayed some unique qualities that caught people’s attention and consequently sold rather a lot of copies, so a deal for a second album was signed and in 2006 the story of Brakebein the Troll was released. “Brakebein” (not a bad choice for a title really given its subject matter), appeared in two versions – one that included a cartoon illustrating Brakebein’s voyage, and the other that included the lyrics.

During the first years, TrollfesT never actually played live, but nevertheless the two albums succeeded in making the band a sought after addition to festivals, and the first foray beyond the planning stage occurred in 2007 as one of the headlining bands at the Ninth Barther Metal Open Air Festival. TrollfesT then went on to headline and play various festivals and concerts around Europe during 2007/08 including the Ragnarök and Riedfest festivals.

January 2009 saw the release of TrollfesT’s third studio album “Villanden”. A much-anticipated underground album according to feedback from the fans, “Villanden” was quickly acknowledged as one of the craziest albums to have been released in a very long time, mixing, as it did, European Balkan music with extreme metal, and spread rapidly through the viral networks like YouTube, MySpace and Facebook.

2011 saw TrollfesT sign with NoiseArt Records for the release of the new album “En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral” and with Rock The Nation for world-wide booking. Tours and festival appearancs quickly followed demonstrting that as a live force TrollfesT is hard to beat.

2012 started of with a European tour together with Korpiklanni and several festivals in Europe. In August TrollfesT released the critically acclaimed ”Brumlebassen”, the band’s fifth full-length album. The band then followed up the release by joining the Heidenfest-tour through Europe together with Wintersun and Korpiklaani.

In 2013 the band celebrated their 10 year anniversary by releasing the compilation album “A Decade Of Drekkadence”. TrollfesT also did not only one, but two big North-American tours (together with Wintersund and Alestorm). The summer saw the band playing at several big European festivals.

The band’s sixth studio album, ”Kaptein Kaos” was released April 2014 through NoiseArt Records, hitting the streets in Europe on the 28th March and North America on the 8th of April. Following the release of TrollfesT’s latest album the band embarked on their first European headlining tour which started the 18th of April and ran for 16 dates. Already confirmed for the summer festival season are Hellfest, Motocultor Festival, Carpathian Metal Alliance.

So how would anyone, in their right mind, or otherwise, dare to define TrollfesT? The closest you would come is probably True Norwegian Balkan Metal, but even then you would need to include influences from lots more genres. The best way to put it is that this band is all about alcohol, joy and music, three subjects that draw in fans from all ages and genres, eager to listen to TrollfesT’s records and witness the exuberant and skilled live performances.

Links:
Web Site: http://www.trollfest.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/trollfestofficial
SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/trollfest
ReverbNation: http://www.reverbnation.com/trollfest
Band Contact: trollfest_@hotmail.com
Management: patriciathomas@btinternet.com
Booking: laudi@rtn-touring.com

Category: S - W

Dakota Poorman

Products used: Black Celluloid 1.14mm Standard and White Delrin 1.00mm White Pearl Rounded Triangle

“I like Clayton picks for multiple reasons, 1. The sound is more defined. 2. The feel is more comfortable. 3. Price! I was using off the wall picks for a while, until I tried Clayton. I was hooked! From playing small dive bars to large arenas, I always have a Clayton pick in my pocket, hand, and in my pick holder! I will never use any other picks again!”

Dakota Poorman is a up and coming country artist from Washington state. Cutting his first extended EP in 2014, he has been gaining recognition for the past couple of years, from playing small bars around the Puget Sound to Fairs and landing on the main stage at the Key Arena in 2013. His blend of Country Rock is beginning to make waves around the Northwest. High energy shows, unique sound, a modern day outlaw. More news is to come from this rising artist.

Links:
Website: http://dakotapoormanband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dakota-Poorman-Band/383108358463131
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/dakotapoormanband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DakotasBand
Instagram: instagram.com/dakotasband

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Uncle Bard & the Dirty Bastards

Products used: Clayton Custom Acetal 0.50mm picks for tenor banjo and acoustic guitar.

“After years and years of struggle, searching for a bright and sharp tone with the banjo, I finally discovered the Clayton acetal pick 0.50 and I fell in love with it! Flexible and perfect for triplets, but bright and undestructible.” – Lorenzo Testa, tenor banjo

During the last two decades, a lot of people left Italy to search for a new life in Ireland, a sort of promised land due to high salaries and good opportunities. During those years a good bunch of friends and long-time musicians started collecting money and traveling once a month to Ireland, to meet old friends living there and spending the weekends rambling around and enjoying Irish music, culture and people. They soon fell in love with Irish music and started learning it.

When they put up a band in 2007 they had no expections or plans. But things worked out and in a few years the Dirty Bastards, together with the charismatic Uncle Bard on bass guitar, played almost everywhere in Europe: huge rock venues, massive celtic and rock festivals but also cosy pubs, mountain huts and more. They shared the stage with the worldwide famous celtic-punk band Dropkick Murphys (USA), then played with international traditional artists like De Danann (IRE), Four Men and A Dog (IRE), Beoga (IRE) but also rock acts such as Volbeat (DEN) or Jamie Clarke’s Perfect (ex-Pogues, UK). On 2012 the Bastards started a busking tour through Ireland, Wales and England joining local musicians, singing old-time stories at the corner of the streets and coming back home astonished for the unbelievable audience’s response. When Luca Crespi (Uilleann Pipes, tin whistle, Irish flute), founder of Inis Fail and one of the most known and respected musician in Irish Traditional Music, joined the band, the Dirty Bastards made a further step forward, expanding the repertoire and recording “Up the Bastards” EP in 2013 and then the full-length album “Get The Folk Out!” (2014).

Links:
Website: http://www.dirtybastards.it
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UBDirtyBastards
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/UBDirtyBastards
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/UBDirtyBastards

Category: S - W

Cody Wayne

Products Used: Acetal Standard 0.63mm, Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.50mm, Phat-Tone, and Black Raven, Standard 0.63mm.

“I’m very heavy handed and Clayton’s picks are the only ones I have found that can take the punishment. I will break strings before I break a pick.” – Cody Wayne

“I earned my salt playing RUSH in cover bands and there is nothing like the tone you get from a Clayton PHAT-TONE.” – Jon Morrow

“I’ve play everything from blues to rock and country and I like picks that are well rounded. Something for tone and speed. Clayton Black Ravens give me more than enough range all in one pick.” – Josh Farrer

  • Cody Wayne (Lead Singer -Songwriter)
  • Jon Morrow ( Bassist )
  • Trevor Farrer ( Drummer )
  • Josh Farrer ( Electric Guitar )

Cody Wayne and Westbound 21 is an award winning country band with members from all over the East Texas region. The band has performed with other bands such as Neal McCoy, Cadillac Three, Eli Young Band, Whiskey Meyers, Colt Ford, Kevin Fowler, Jerrod Niemann, JB and the Moonshine Band, Casey Donahue, Trace Adkins and many more country artist.

What if Zac Brown and Lynyrd Skynyrd formed a band? That would be epic huh? Well if the thought of such merger excites you, then Cody Wayne and Westbound 21 is the band for you. The band is sponsored by 105.7 KYKX, recommended by Neal McCoy, and was voted Best Country Band in East Texas.

The energy that Cody Wayne brings to the stage is amazing, to say the least. When he takes the stage, hold on to the front pew cause you are in for a high energy rockin’ country show, the kind you have not seen since Outlaw Country ran through these parts.

Awards:

  • 2012 Country Band Of The Year
  • 2014 Male Vocalist Of The Year – Cody Wayne
  • Vocal Group Of The Year – Westbound 21

What is special about Westbound 21:
The fact that everyone in the band is talented with several instruments. It’s very helpful that all the members can play, write, and sing. This gives us a unique style compared to a band led by one person.

Is the music business tough:
Not really but it takes an understanding of the business. Money and fame does not come overnight. You have to be yourself and if the crowd appreciates you for you, then you have found success.

Links:
Website: www.codywaynemusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/westbound21
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/westbound21
CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/codywayne (CD Live at the horseshoe)
http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=codywayne3 (New released single Train Wreck)

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Chris Ising

Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid picks 0.80 gauge, Colored Pearl picks 0.80 gauge and Colored Delrin picks 0.88 gauge.

“Clayton custom guitar picks look great, play great , and provide unparalleled quality. The custom print lasts and won’t wear from finger contact when playing. Clayton picks are the only brand I trust on stage and in the studio.”

Songwriter/Artist Chris Ising hails from Winnipeg Canada, where the winters are long and as a kid you’re either out in the bone chilling cold playing hockey or in the basement with a guitar in hand. Since the age of seven music has played an immense role in Chris’ life. During his university years Chris started his walk down the song writing path and found a new love for country music, taken in by the multitude of emotions that country music brings to life through its instrumentation and vocals.

With the signing of his first publishing contract Chris’ songs were being pitched to artists throughout North America, and 2010 saw his first song head into the studio with a group out of Alabama. Since that time he has worked with several artists, from Canada, USA, and Europe.

In 2014 Chris released his first single “I’m From The Country” to Canadian radio and quickly began to received airplay across Canada and Germany. He followed this up with a performance video for the song, and put the final touches on his second single ‘When Life Happens’ for a late 2014 release. Recognized as a hard-working and dedicated songwriter, Chris is sought after by writers and artists throughout the USA and Canada.

Links:
Website: http://www.chrisising.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/chrisising
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisIsing
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cising

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Saif Q

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 0.80mm & Acetal 0.63mm.

“The tone really does start from your hands and your pick! Clayton picks have been my choice for the last 10 years, due to the solid make and consistent texture. Fantastic overtones produced by the Acetal and the Delrin is fantastic for solo playing. I will never look at another pick, ever! These are the best there is right now.”

Trained in Indian classical music and the tabla since 8 years old, Saif has been with music ever since. Music has been the mainstay of Saif’s upbringing, as vinyls were constantly played in the house, ranging from Indian classical to Sinatra and Jethro Tull. Funk music is in his roots, as everything that he plays or arranges is deemed ‘funky’.

Saif is classified as a bona fide self taught multi instrumentalist who was the main driving force of the hit funk/pop band GrooveTrap (in Bangladesh) and Safari Motel in Melbourne Australia. With his unique playing style and arrangements GrooveTrap shot right through to the top of the creme de la creme of the music fraternity and is still respected for the first self titled album which infused brand new music flavour into the industry. With Safari Motel Saif is infusing his funk roots into a soul-blues based sound of the band. The band is one of the most busiest and sought after blues/funk band in the Melbourne circuit.

Saif is lovingly called ‘Q’, and is a self taught sound engineer as well, he has collaborated with almost all the successful bands in the Bangladesh and Australian music scene.

While he went for studies in England, Saif also gave extensive music on two ‘indie’ films by the talented now deceased Joseph Tan. The films were called “Gangsters In Love” (2006) and “Time To Kill” (2007). The Filmmakers site still hosts some tunes.

Links:
Website: http://www.safarimotel.com.au/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safarimotelband

Category: S - W

Worry Blast

Products used: Clayton Custom Guitar Picks, Slides and Custom Drumsticks.

“We started using Clayton 2 years ago, as we released our first EP. For this day, we’re playing on Clayton Custom picks on every tour we’re doing, changing the design from year to year! The quality of the products they propose is amazing! We’re really proud to be endorsed by this company and we have to spread the word!” – Mat Petrucci, Singer

Worry Blast is the walking, talking, living, breathing, screaming, spitting, fist-pumping embodiment of all that hard rock has encompassed since the movement began. Fun-loving, rip-roaring, hard-partying and filled with melodic danger and grinning optimism, Worry Blast craft rock’n’rollin’ anthems with reckless abandon.

Founded in 2010, Worry Blast can give a third chance to Hard Rock in this century, just after AC/DC and Airbourne.

Links:
Website : www.worryblast.ch
Facebook : www.facebook.com/worryblastrock
Instagram : @worryblastofficial
Twitter : @WorryBlast
Label website : http://www.chamosound.ch/worryblast.php

Category: S - W

Skull Fist

Products used: Blue 1mm tear drop pick

“Clayton picks completely destroy all other picks. These picks add +10 stamina points to our overall shredding abilities. Seriously solid company!” – Zach

“If Wall Street only knew about Steve Clayton I’m sure they would surpass Dow Jones and Nasdaq. They are THAT good.” – ​Jonny

It’s not the size of the wolf in the fight but the size of the fight in the wolf. The second Skull Fist album was released in January 2014 and since its creation has seen these guys rock almost every continent on earth. More great reviews, features, and awards then a Wizard could shake a stick at Skull Fist has since been building practically a cult following for their hard and unique sound of music and ability to crush audiences in a live atmosphere! Freedom will always remain in the hearts of the pure and the True must keep the spirit alive!

  • Zach Slaughter on Vocals and Guitars
  • Jonny Nesta on Guitars
  • Casey Guest on Bass
  • JJ on Drums

Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/skullfisted
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Skull_Fist
Tumblr: www.skullfistofficial.tumblr.com/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/skullfistofficial

Category: Featured

Rob Jones

Products Used: Clayton Standard Shape, 0.60mm Duraplex Picks and Clayton Inner Lock Straps.

“In order to make it through long sets of singing and playing, having a good pick makes all the difference. Picks that notch and sound dull will kill your show faster than almost anything. That’s why I stick with Steve Clayton so I can focus on doing what I love.”

Rob Jones is the vocalist, guitarist, and co-founder of the American Indie Rock band Beyond Beyond. Known for catchy rhythms on the guitar and dynamic vocal melodies, Rob has always been in love with music, from growing up in a household that appreciated good music, to installing car stereos, then all the way to being an on air DJ and playing and singing every weekend, music has always been around.

Links:
Website: http://www.beyondbeyond.us
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/beyondbeyond_
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Rob Jones on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeyondBeyondRob

Category: M - R

Ryland Parrish

Products Used: Clayton Inner Lock Straps and Clayton Custom Standard Shape, 0.56mm Ultem picks.

“When you’re in an indie band, a lot of the times you’re “riding by the seat of your pants” and depending on your gear to help you make the money you need to get to the next venue or back home. Steve Clayton’s products offer the dependability we need for the peace of mind we desire.

My Steve Clayton locking strap is essential to helping me keep my bass on while I lay that bottom-end groove. When we’re recording and I need to play some lead for a track, it’s Steve Clayton Ultem picks that help me get that sound I need to bring the track to life. As a finger-picking bass player, I must say I give all other picks the finger.”

Ryland Parrish  is an American Indie Rock/Pop bass guitarist and co-founder for the band Beyond Beyond. Known for dynamic bass lines that, collectively, scale all of the octaves of his five string Spector®, Brandon brings a lot of attention to the bass by putting a lot of passion and technical skill into his writing. In August 2014, Brandon’s skill was enough to catch the attention of Spector Bass and Steve Clayton, leading to be endorsements by both companies.

Rylands’s exclusive strap choice for his bass is Steve Clayton’s Locking Strap model.
Although Brandon’s style of bass playing exclusively uses finger picking, he prefers Steve Clayton’s standard shaped Ultem picks with a gauge of 0.55mm when laying lead and rhythm guitar tracks on recordings.

Links:
Website: http://www.beyondbeyond.us
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/beyondbeyond_
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/beyondbeyondofficial
Ryland Parrish on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SnakeByteBass

Category: M - R

Tyler Gilbert

Products Used: Clayton Acetal Standard 0.80mm Picks and Clayton Custom Tyler Gilbert Glow in the Dark Standard 1.0mm Picks.

“I have been using Clayton picks for a long time now, I wont use any other. The strength, size and feel of Clayton picks are perfect.” – Tyler Gilbert

Tyler Gilbert has released 3 distributed albums on Farmageddon Sound since 2008. With his latest release “OK Murphy” he was a nominated finalist for the Regina Mayor Arts and Business “Emerging Artist” award. Gilbert tours across Canada and the U.S. playing shows and festivals which have included: Canadian Country Music Week, Canadian Western Agribition, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Telemiracle and the SCMA’s. Gilbert receives national airplay on commercial, campus, and online radio stations as well as regular airplay on CBC.

He has also made a few television appearances on Shaw TV’s “Stripped Down”, CTV Morning Live, Global and ID Discovery Ch “Deadly Intent”. WWF Earth hour chose a line of lyrics from Tyler to use for their earth hour anthem in the spring of 2012. Tyler has shared the stage with such names as Charlie Major, Sean McCann(Great Big Sea), Wyatt, Jeremy Fisher, Ken Hamm, Pare, and Sam Bradley. His music is distributed by Dynasty Records throughout HMV’s, FYE’s, Amazon, and iTunes.

Links:
Website: http://www.tylergilbert.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tyler-Gilbert-Official/260799167088
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tgilbertmusic
Instagram: http://instagram.com/tylergilbertmusic
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/tylergilbert
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/tylergilbertmusic/videos
Bandcamp: http://tylergilbert.bandcamp.com/

Category: S - W

James 3

Products Used: Clayton Medium Gauged picks, Socket Slides and Soft Leather Straps.

“If you want the best dependable, high quality gear on the market you HAVE to go with Steve Clayton USA”

James Tamelcoff III, born October 19th, 1998, has been around music his entire life. His Father James Jr. Played guitar and sang. James 3 has always been a huge fan of the older music of the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s,and the 1980’s. James 3’s dad Introduced him to Brian Setzer of The Stray Cats at age 7 and that’s where it all started. He looked at Mr. Setzer’s Big orange guitar and said that’s the guitar I want. James started taking lessons at age 8 and continued those lessons for 2 years. He has fronted his own bands since the age of ten and has played on some of the biggest stages in Virginia and has opened for Billboard recording artists. James currently plays in 6 different groups, all different genres of music. James 3 has been using Steve Clayton guitar picks, and slides and straps since he picked up the guitar. We asked James what he thought of Steve Clayton Gear and he said “If you want the best dependable, high quality gear on the market you HAVE to go with Steve Clayton USA”. His guitars consist of 2 Gretsch Electromatic Hollow body’s, a Jumbo Rancher Grestch Acoustic, and a American Made Fender Telecaster. James also plays the drums,bass,and piano as well. He will very soon be touring the U.S. In all states in the future. So be on the look out for 15 Year old James Tamelcoff III in your area.

Links:
Website: http://www.jamestamelcoff13.wix.com/james3music

Category: G - L

Patricio Stiglich

Products Used: Acetal Guitar picks, HexPicks and Socket Slides.

“After many years of playing I finally found the perfect pick. The acetal is an amazing material, it’s durable, non slip and has the right shape for all speeds of picking, the tone is great, it lasts long enough and it’s practically indestructible!! The triangular shape is perfect for guitar and bass. Now I can’t go back to my previous choice, totally recommended!!”

Patricio was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and his interest in guitar began at age 12; and although his current music influences are marked by the sounds of Megadeth, Metallica, Testament and other bands; It was with some Colombian music and folklore that began its first approach to music.

In 1999 he traveled to Spain to study classical guitar at the School of Albacete, where his influences were migrating to find the sound proposed by Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Eric Johnson, Steve Howe, Yngwie Malmsteen, Frank Gambale, Allan Holsworth, just to mention some.

Patricio is a multi-disciplinary artist, performs different activities all related to music; creates jingles, composed and arranger for other musicians, teaches and works with other bands.

He graduated with the title of Master of Musical Arts from the University Francisco José de Caldas; currently his project: “Patricio Stiglitch Project” has two albums, shared the stage with Megadeth, The Alan Parsons Project, Shadows Fall, and has been in the Rock Al Parque Festival in 2010 and 2012 editions.

Links:
Website: http://www.patriciostiglichproject.com

Category: M - R

Rob Hendrikse of Lucky Faces

Products used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 0.80 mm Standard Shape, White Delrin 0.80mm and Acetal 0.80mm Standard Shape.

“By Far the best guitar pick I’ve ever used”

Lucky Faces is started in July 2011 as an acoustic counterpart of the bands Defense and Rough ‘n Ready, where both Rob & Angel also play in.

From that moment on, everything went very quickly resulting in more than 150 shows till present day..and still counting.
A variety of venues, festivals, car/biker meetings and Tattoo Conventions in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany where already a successful stage for Lucky Faces.

Some 2014 highlights were the two shows as support act for Dilana Smith (USA), the two combined shows with Gordon Smith (UK) and the release of their first EP.

The first EP of Lucky Faces ‘Something Old, Something New Pt. 1’ includes 7 tracks and is available at shows and on their website. Lucky Faces brings You acoustic classic rock and pop songs combined with their own work.

Their vision is easy……. Make music and let’s have some fun!!!

Lucky Faces are:

  • Angelica ‘Angel’ Heidenreich (vocals)
  • Rob ‘Fixxxman’ Hendrikse (Guitar & vocals).

Links:
Website : http://luckyfaces.nl
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/LuckyFacesNL
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LuckyFacesNL

Category: M - R

Giffords Lane

Products used: Clayton Custom Acetal teardrop 1.00mm.

“My dad turned me on to Steve Clayton Acetal Tear Drop pics when I was 5 years old! I have not used any other pic in the 9 years I’ve been playing guitar! You know how many times my mom pulls out my Steve Clayton pic’s from the dryer? I got to stop leaving them in my pockets.” – Salvatore Grande

With an industry immersed in power pop, slick production, and samples, samples, samples….it is great to see a pure rock and roll band perform live and light up an audience. It’s even better when that band is 12-14 years old.

Giffords Lane is fast making a name for themselves as one of the next big things to come out of the northeast coast. Collectively, Giffords Lane is reaching 2 million views on Youtube and their fan base is growing rapidly. With their 3rd album Just Enough recently released on iTunes, impressive sellout shows at The Bitter End, The Count Basie Theater The Stone Pony and The State Theater, plus an ever growing legion of fans, the future belongs to GIFFORDS LANE.

In 2013 Giffords Lane opened for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Skate and Surf Festival held in New Jersey; for Quiet Riot at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and for Carly Rose Soneclar from ‘The XFactor’. To date Giffords Lane has played over 200 shows! On October 5 2013, Giffords Lane made history when they performed live at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island. Giffords Lane was the youngest band to headline the St. George Theatre in its 84 year History!

During the winter of 2014, Giffords Lane put together their 3rd mashup by combining Katy Perry’s ‘ROAR’ and Aerosmiths ‘Sweet Emotion’. A music video soon followed! Giffords Lane went back into the recording studio to record 3 more songs in February. In April Giffords Lane released their 3rd EP: Just Enough. Giffords Lane hosted 2 record release parties; one in Philadelphia on Phillies #1 radio Show The Preston and Steve Show followed by a performance at the legendary JC Dobbs. Then then the following day at the Victory Beer Hall at xFinity Live. The second release party took place the following weekend for their New York fans at the legendary Bitter End.

Links:
Website: http://www.GiffordsLane.com
YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/GiffordsLane
Facebook: http://www.FaceBook.com/GiffordsLaneBand
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GiffordsLane
Reverbnation: http://www.ReverbNation.com/GiffordsLane

Category: G - L

Evandro Mesquita of Blitz

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl Standard 0.80mm.

“It’s such a nice thing, to be able to give away pics to our friends and fans. I love giving them away on our shows, and Steve Clayton made it so easy and affordable for that to happen. I love your picks with my band ” Blitz” logo in it. Thanks guys, peace…”

Evandro Mesquita, the lead singer and original founder of the band ” Blitz ”, started his career in the 70’s as an actor and screenwriter for one of the most influential alternative theater troupes in Brasil, called” Asdrubal trouxe o Trombone”. To this day, all members are actively participating in promoting contemporary culture in Brasil through theater, scenic arts and syndicated TV shows.

The band ” Blitz” is Evandro Mesquita’s brainchild. They were ( and still are…) a tremendous powerhouse, household name in the music scene in Brasil. Evandro is also the main songwriter of all their hits over their 30 years of rock’n and rolling…

They singlehandedly changed the way record labels and radio stations operated in Brasil, revolutionizing the music business marketplace with breakthrough record sales numbers. They were trailblazers, the first Brasilian rock’n roll band ever to achieve that level of popularity in Brasil, thus opening new doors to Rock’n Roll Music in Brasil, including being the motivators and main act of the first world famous ” Rock in Rio” festival.

To this day, they tour big venues, and their music reaches out to all generations, bringing good music and entertainment to people from all walks of life…Lots of humor, great lyrics, catchy tunes and hot grooves were the recipe to a string of hits and millions of record sales, being the very first Brasilian band to achieve the status of Gold, Platinum and Diamond Awards.

Evandro Mesquita’s music influenced the music scene not only in Brasil, but internationally. His musical collaborations with great artists in Brasil like Roberto Carlos, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Martinho da Vila, among many others, reached out to fans all over the world, with many, many TV specials with all the leading TVs in Brasil, such as the Globo Network. He’s writing more new songs than ever, proving that good music is ageless.

Links:
Website: http://www.blitzmania.com.br/site/

Category: A - F

Robby Luckets

Products Used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin 1.14 Standard Shape and Clayton Custom Ultem 1.2 Standard Shape

“A guitar pick is like a way of life. And I choose Steve Clayton.”

Sandness is the result of a project started in 2008, when two sixteen years old friends Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a hard rock band, trying to bring back to life the ‘80s with their original tracks. The band’s line-up went through some changes during the years. The only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the other two members was Robby Luckets, so he joined the band in 2009 and became the new guitarist. After four years spent playing in four, Sandness has lately become a band formed by three musicians. During the last few years the band has achieved a good success in Italy and abroad and they had the chance to open the concerts for famous musicians like Adam Bomb in 2010 and L.A. Guns in 2011. Always in 2011 Sandness went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 they played in France for the renowned “Glam Fest”. Their first demo “Return To Decadence” has already been released in 2010, but it’s the second one “Life Without Control” that brought them some success all over the world, also thanks to the sales of their merchandise on the Internet. Sandness spent one year working hard on the songs for their first official album “LIKE AN ADDICTION”, which has been released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records. On August 2013 and 2014 Sandness went on European tour and roused a great success, especially in Czech Republic and Belgium. They are now working on the songs for a new album, which is going to be recorded by the end of 2014.

Links:
Website: http://www.sandnessofficial.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sandnessband
Official video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIO9bA_bjU
Official video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbBt-hEaNIc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandness_sleaze

Category: M - R

Mark Denkley

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Delrin 1.26 Standard Shape

“You just can’t get enough of Steve Clayton!”

Sandness is the result of a project started in 2008, when two sixteen years old friends Mark Denkley and Metyou ToMeatyou (bass and drums respectively) decided to form a hard rock band, trying to bring back to life the ‘80s with their original tracks. The band’s line-up went through some changes during the years. The only one who seemed to have the same ambitions of the other two members was Robby Luckets, so he joined the band in 2009 and became the new guitarist. After four years spent playing in four, Sandness has lately become a band formed by three musicians. During the last few years the band has achieved a good success in Italy and abroad and they had the chance to open the concerts for famous musicians like Adam Bomb in 2010 and L.A. Guns in 2011. Always in 2011 Sandness went on a short tour in the Latvian capital Riga and in 2012 they played in France for the renowned “Glam Fest”. Their first demo “Return To Decadence” has already been released in 2010, but it’s the second one “Life Without Control” that brought them some success all over the world, also thanks to the sales of their merchandise on the Internet. Sandness spent one year working hard on the songs for their first official album “LIKE AN ADDICTION”, which has been released worldwide on 5th April 2013 by Sleaszy Rider Records. On August 2013 and 2014 Sandness went on European tour and roused a great success, especially in Czech Republic and Belgium. They are now working on the songs for a new album, which is going to be recorded by the end of 2014.

Links:
Website: http://www.sandnessofficial.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sandnessband
Official video 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTIO9bA_bjU
Official video 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbBt-hEaNIc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sandness_sleaze

Category: M - R

Scott Totten of the Beach Boys

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 0.80mm.

“I really love my picks, they are just a tad bigger than standard picks and that helps me save my nails for fingerpicking!!!”

Scott Totten currently works with the Beach Boys as Musical Director, Singer and Guitarist. The Beach Boys touring band features original Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Totten has earned a Bachelor’s of Music Degree at Berklee College of Music. Scott has played on broadway shows and tours The Who’s Tommy, Les Miserables, Rent and Mamma Mia. He also was a session guitarist in the 90’s and played on albums and sessions by Grandmaster Flash, Angela Bofill, Sybill. Donna Summer and Expose.

Links:
Website: http://www.thebeachboys.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scott.totten.71

Category: Featured

Ari Mendes

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 0.80mm gauge.

“I never knew it was so easy and fun to design my own picks…They last much longer than any other brand, the colors also don’t wear out. I love the feel of playing with Steve Clayton picks. Besides, I use them as my business card,with my AriMendes.com printed on it. And last but not least, their prices are so good, I give away picks at every concert or workshop that I play, no fear! Thanks and Godspeed, keep up the good work!”

Ari Mendes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started working as a studio/live performance musician since the age of 16, and also as a Producer and recording engineer with many top artists, such as Ney Matogrosso, Leila Pinheiro, Evandro Mesquita, Erasmo Carlos, Antonio Adolfo, Angela Ro Ro, Sandra Sa, The Globo Network, just to name a few. He also produced many syndicated TV shows and soundtracks, jingles, spots, voice overs, etc. (Armacao Ilimitada, Roque Santeiro, Juba e Lula, etc. ) and in1989 was a finalist at the prestigious “Sharp Award”, regarded as being the Brazilian Grammy. He moved to Boston later in 1989, where he built his first recording studio, formerly known as Amenstudio, now named Ari Mendes Productions, AMP. He was also the creator of the trailblazer “Amazonas Band”, the very first Brazilian band in New England, and a leader in the Boston music scene. Ever since, he’s produced and performed with many artists in the Boston/New York /Florida circuit, including Joe Match, Alfredo Cardim, Angelia Bell, Frank Gambale, Jetro da Silva, New Revelation, Odette Ernest Dias, too many to mention. He was the music coordinator and the main performer for the Brazil 500 years celebration, promoted by the Brazilian Consulate in Boston. In 2003, he was invited to perform the Star Spangled Banner at the Astrodome in Houston, TX solo guitar for 50.000 people.(You Tube Ari Mendes/Star Spangled Banner), an unforgettable moment. Please check it out… Shows at Harvard, Museum of Fine Arts, Foxboro Stadium, The Fenway Park, Boston College, MIT, UMass, The Brasilian Consulate, Berklee School of Music, etc. His record label, AMP, and his state-of-the art studio are a “go-to” place, known and used by artists from around the world, offering not only the best equipment and sound quality, but also a knowledgeable and friendly staff ( everyone is a musician), confortable facilities, and honest and low key support in the publishing, marketing, distribution, copyright and career guidance areas . The studio and the music school are located in Everett, MA. The perfect creative environment for musicians and artists, in New England’s cultural center, best food, nightlife and hotels. Ari Mendes is an accomplished guitar, bass and percussion player, at home with many styles of music, including Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Latin, and Classical music. He’s also a recording, mixing and mastering studio engineer, and vintage Pro audio, microphones, and guitars connoisseur and collector since the good old analog devices…. Being also very active on the Florida’s cultural scene, Ari Mendes played at prestigious venues such as Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago Club with his Jazz trio for many years, The Breakers Hotel, Tradition and City Place, and Jazz festivals such as the Riverwalk Jazz, Zorafest, Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival, Fort Pierce Mardi Grass, just to name a few. He’s also a newsletter writer for the Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast. Ari’s main passion is guitars, music production and motivational speaking, teaching and demonstrating Healing through the Physics behind music and sounds His band, The “Ari Mendes Experience”, performs at theaters, clubs, churches, prisons, institutions, corporate events, bringing in a mix of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Brazilian, Latin, Classical and Gospel music. And the healing and Peace that comes with it. He also teaches Guitar, Music Perception, Audio and MIDI Engineering, Film Scoring and Recording Arts at his school in Somerville, MA.

Links:
Website: http://www.AriMendes.com

Category: A - F

Zach Wirchak

Product Used: Duraplex 1.00mm.

“I’ve been using Steve Clayton guitar picks for years. They are dependable and have GREAT tone. Having any other pick between my fingers would just feel wrong!”

Zach Wirchak is the lead guitarist of Elephant Gun Riot, in mid 2014 Elephant Gun Riot released their EP, “Sic Infit”, which marked a watershed moment for the Spokane, WA based rock band. The 3-song EP is a perfect showcase of EGR’s style. Blending heavy riffs with keen hooks and a bit of pop sensibility, Elephant Gun Riot’s music is a catchy, hard hitting wall of sound that will be stuck in your head for days after the first listen. Elephant Gun Riot is a band that lives to perform on stage. The band takes pride in its high-intensity live sets that continue to impress all who attend. Since the finalization of the current member lineup at the end of 2013, EGR has already shared the stage with several national acts including: Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, Otherwise, Eyes Set to Kill, Gemini Syndrome, Tantric, Devil You Know, Cilver and Exotype. Elephant Gun Riot will continue its rigorous show schedule to support the release of “Sic Infit”, playing frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2014 and beyond.

Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElephantGunRiot
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/elephantgunriot
Twitter: https://twitter.com/elephantgunriot
Instagram: http://instagram.com/elephantgunriotofficial/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/zachwirchak
Website: http://artistecard.com/elephantgunriot
Bandcamp: http://elephantgunriot.bandcamp.com/

Video:
Elephant Gun Riot // Rainbow Onslaught
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9ATFPbXkE&list=UUvvbQpgQvZGD4mewH8D19Pw

Category: X - Z

Colin Shaw of Run 2 Cover

Products Used: Clayton custom printed white acetal 1.0 gauge guitar picks.

“I have used Clayton Custom picks for over three years. They deliver good tone and performance, while also giving me a customized, and personal way to advertise my band! I’ve got a professional business card and a great guitar pick all in one product.”

Run 2 Cover is a modern pop/rock band from Peoria, Arizona, comprised of Christian Iverson (bass and lead vocals), Brandon Iverson (drums and vocals), and Colin Shaw (guitar and vocals). Their influences include everything from The 1975, and Walk the Moon, to Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Redirecting themselves as a band, Run 2 Cover is currently preparing for the release of their brand new EP, ‘Someday’, which marks an evolution in both their sound, and their performance.”

Personal Artist Bio: “As the guitarist and accompanying vocalist of a newly evolved band, Colin Shaw has had diverse experiences performing and writing music from all different genres and difficulties; hard-hitting shred metal such as Paul Gilbert or Dream Theater, laid back Hendrix-style blues, funky Prince classics, pop-punk such as Blink 182 , and now modern pop/rock. Initially playing cover songs, Colin’s band, Run 2 Cover, now has over three years experience in original music composition, and are nearing the release of their newly recorded EP, ‘Someday’. The release marks a turning point for the group into a new, modern sound.

Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Run2Cover
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMXL17HmcYjlzjQfSRyc7lA
Instagram: http://instagram.com/Run2cover
Twitter: https://twitter.com/run2cover

Category: A - F

Gregor Friday

Products used: Custom Glow in the dark, Acetal, White Delrin, Black Raven

“I love having Steve Clayton picks, they are consistent, sound and play great, but between the fans and my rat-bag musician friends, I’m always running out…”

Originating from Melbourne, Australia, Gregor Friday is the guitarist for Berlin based Dark Rock sensation “Vlad in Tears”. Being introduced to music by his father, Gregor has done everything form teaching, to sessions, to releasing self produced solo EPs. Mr Friday is currently on tour in Europe with Vlad in Tears in support of their self titled 4th studio album.

Links:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Vladintears
Video: http://youtu.be/1vOhuXM3vWM
Side project: http://www.gregorfriday.com
Live Photo credit: http://oberirr.de/galerie/

Category: G - L

Ace Doggett

Products used: White Pearl picks – Standard shape, 1mm gauge, Also add to the polish that I use very little to get a great shine on a glossy black guitar.

“I love the way the pick feels. It’s awesome. The polish, no word can describe it!”

Many influences by great guitarist, vocalist and bands including Edward Van Halen, Ace Freheley, John Petrucci, James LaBrie, Bruce Dickinson, Michael Sweet, KISS, Queensryche, Van Halen, Kansas, Boston, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater just to name a few.

Lead and rhythm rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for Innocence Lost based in Tulsa, Ok.

After one guitar lesson, Ace decided to save the money, get his first KISS album at age 10, dropped the needle onto the record on the turntable, turned it up and away he went! Self taught guitarist to say the least.

Turning it up, having fun just the way rock-n-roll was meant to be!

Influences: Dream Theater, Queensryche, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Stryper, Dokken

Links:
Website: http://innocencelostrocks.wix.com/innocencelost
Facebook: www.facebook.com/acedoggettguitar
www.facebook.com/innocencelostband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ace_doggett
https://twitter.com/Inno_LostBand

Category: A - F