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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!

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 – Still Within

This week we selected a really creative pick by the band Still Within. We selected this pick because we loved how they used their logo to fit perfectly into the shape of the guitar pick. Still Within is a Canadian Pop band that has topped the Reverb Nation charts at #1 in capital of northern BC. Their music delivers the newest mix of pop rock and song writing ingenuity. Please read more of their bio below: 

“These talented individuals have acquired a long line of touring experience sharing stages with some of Canada’s top signed rock artists.  Over their musical careers they have accumulated a wide variety of influences and originality to mould their music into a distinct dimension of euphoria. Andrew Arsenault, founder and forefather of the band “Still Within” that just recently released a CD titled “See the Signs” takes hold of his voice and guitar to conjure riffs that hypnotize and obfuscate the listener. Chad Armstrong, previous drummer of “Texas Blood Money” brings his dual-wielding hands into the fray with the promise of heart stopping strikes and unwavering precision. Dan Sittler, previously with the touring band “Offset” carries a wisdom of keys and polished guitar tones that defy his age on every account; the prodigal son. Nick Grubjesic, The bassist that previously played with “Soul Side In” loads the gun once again to show the fire that burns within his own soul.”

To read more please visit their websites:

http://www.myspace.com/stillwithin
http://www.facebook.com/stillwithin
http://www.reverbnation.com/stillwithin
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/see-the-signs/id360929943
http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/Still-Within