Over the past few months, Jake Clayton has been in the studio recording 6 new songs for an upcoming EP. This will be the follow-up release to Jake's album, "By the Light of the Moon" which produced Jake's first official Music Row charting single, "What Not to Do". The EP is already on the verge of being finished and just recently, KWWR in Mexico, MO premiered an advance track from the EP before Jake's appearance at the annual Anchor Fest in Centralia, MO. Once again, the new music is being produced by Jake along with co-writer, band member, and studio partner Rob Daniels. Jake wrote or co-wrote all songs on this release and the majority of tracking is being done at JD's Joint. A release date will be announced soon!
Check out Jake's recent interview with Peter Englefield from Phoenix country Radio out of Leeds, England. Jake was fresh off of the road from a Canadian tour with Tanya Tucker followed by multiple nights of playing shows with Sunny Sweeney opening for Garth Brooks! Jake discusses his perspective on touring, playing shows with Country Music legends, and releasing his own music.
It's been an incredible month for Jake Clayton. First off, Jake spent close to 3 weeks in Canada, not only playing Fiddle & Steel for Country Music legend Tanya Tucker, but also kicking off some of her shows singing and performing his 'crowd pleasing' version of the Fiddle classic, "Orange Blossom Special"!
After returning to the US with Tanya, Jake hoped on a plane to Lubbock, Texas to join Country Music Artist, Sunny Sweeney for a round of shows opening for the #1 selling solo Artist in US History, Garth Brooks!
Jake posted this on his Facebook Artist Page:
"I was inspired to start playing fiddle while watching Garth Brooks Live from Central Park. It has remained one of my biggest inspirations. Last night I got to play my fiddle in front of a packed arena right before Garth Brooks and his fiddle player Jimmy Mattingly hit the stage! This is a DREAM COME TRUE for me! AND, I get to do it again! Thank you so much Sunny Sweeney."
Jake plays multiple Instruments on Sunny Sweeney's latest album, "Trophy", which appeared in the iTunes Top 5 and has garnered high praise from the Country Music media:
-"Trophy is the full package" - Saving Country Music
-"Outspoken, heartfelt and fearless, this collection of songs is exactly what country music needs right now" - Wide Open Country!
-"Trophy is proof that storytelling is alive and well in country music" - Nashville Scene
-"a master class in songwriting, sequencing, production, hooks, believability, you name it." - Austin Chronicle
-"with any measure of justice, Trophy will be recognized as the number one country album of the year" - Elmore Magazine
-"Sunny Sweeney's new album is simply stunning" - Lyric Magazine
On his recent acoustic tour through Florida, Jake visited the Gold Tone Factory in Titusville, FL. Gold Tone deals in Banjos, Mandolins, Dobros, and more, which are used by some of the top players in the business! Gold Tone has also started making 'hybrid' instruments like Banjos & Mandolins with guitar necks, which make it easier for players of one instrument to get the sound of another. Gold Tone refers to these instruments as their 'Folkternative' line of products. Jake has been playing his Gold Tone banjo, that he named 'Bacchus', for 12 years now, and recently acquired the 'Paul Beard Signature-Series Squareneck Resonator Guitar'.
Jake met with the sales manager, Justin Grizzle, and spent the day shooting video for the company which included a version of Jake's own song 'Kickin Up Dust' performed entirely by himself on multiple instruments! We're looking forward to seeing the videos. Thanks to Justin, audio engineer Cameron Foster, and videographer, James Rayner!
The new album from Sunny Sweeney, "Trophy" is now available and you can hear Jake Clayton playing all over it! Jake played Fiddle, Banjo, Dobro, Cello, Viola, & Acoustic Guitar on the release. Produced by Grammy nominated Dave Brainard, the album also has guest appearances by Trisha Yearwood, Ray Benson, & Jack Ingram! The release debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes and has also been listed as one of Rolling Stone zines' Top 10 most anticipated Country Music albums of 2017! Get your copy today! The album is available to order, download, or stream.
Jake recently stopped by the Cavanaugh Company, the manufacturing facility for Super-Sensitive & Black Diamond Strings, and was given a personal tour by the company president, Jim Cavanaugh! Jim explained the history of the company and showed Jake the process of how the strings are made, packaged, and shipped. Jake uses the Super-Sensitive & Black Diamond line of strings on all of his Instruments and has been a product endorser for the past 8 years! For more info on the strings visit: http://www.cavanaughcompany.com/
Jake Clayton's very first radio single has just been released to Country Music Radio by Rebel Engine Entertainment! The single was shipped out to hundreds of stations worldwide including Music Row reporting stations. If you have a Country Music station in your area that plays a wide variety of Artists, make sure to request Jake Clayton's "What Not to Do"!
Multi-Instrumentalist Jake Clayton is back and this time he brought the vocals with him! The new Jake Clayton album, "By the Light of the Moon" features 10 songs of mostly alt-Country music that mixes hard rockin' twangy guitars & energetic drumming with an array of some of Country music's favorite Instruments. All topped off with Jake's precision vocal approach and 3-part harmonies. The result is a unique, modern mix of old school and contemporary Country Music with dashes of melodic hooks, a pinch of rock attitude, a touch of bluegrass, and a hint of metal. CD includes a 12 page booklet. The album is available to order, download, or stream. Purchase links are at JakeClayton.com
Hear Jake Clayton on "Provoked", the new CD release from Country Music Artist, Sunny Sweeney. Jake plays Banjo, Cello, Dobro, Fiddle, & Lap Steel on the release that was listed as #9 on Rolling Stone's top40 Country albums of 2014! Pick your copy up at Best Buy, select Walmart stores, and most all digital retailers. For more info visit SunnySweeney.com
Also hear Jake Clayton playing Fiddle & Dobro on "Mud Digger Vol. 5", the latest compilation release from Colt Ford's Average Joes Entertainment! For more info visit: AverageJoesEnt.com
Fravik Artist Jake Clayton & Rebel Engine Artist Stephanie Quayle have announced their first official tour titled, 'The Guitars & Mason Jars' tour. With shows confirmed in over 11 states so far, the tour will have the 2 Artists traveling across the Country this summer. Keep your eye on the 'shows' page for all of the tour dates as more are being added every month.
Read the official press release for the tour here: The Guitars & Mason Jars Tour
Also catch Jake Clayton on stage all over the Country this summer with 'The Bodeans'. Jake will be playing fiddle for the band on their current tour. For more information visit www.BoDeans.com