Clay Melton Band
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Clay Melton Band

Cypress, Texas, United States | SELF

Cypress, Texas, United States | SELF
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"One of the Most Electrifying Guitarists I've Seen in All of My 43 Years!"

"Simply put, at the ripe young age of 15 years, you can go ahead and throw this kid's age out the window, because he is straight up one of the most electrifying guitarists I've seen in all of my 43 years!" - Kenny Pipes, Almost Austin House Concerts - Owner/Talent Booking


"Top 10 Guitar Player in Texas"

Clay Melton named one of the Top 10 guitar players in Texas under 20 years old. - Dallas International Guitar Festival


"The Next Big Thing"

"When you see and hear Clay Melton play, you know that you are on the verge of seeing "the next big thing." He is a very talented young man and I look forward to seeing what happens as Clay matures and his talent grows more and more." - Lisa Schneider, Main Street Crossing - Music Booking


"Monster Career Ahead of Him"

"Very talented... He has a monster career ahead of him." - 90.1 FM Houston - The Blues Hound KPFT 90.1 FM Houston


"The next 'Beyond' Stevie Ray Vaughan"

"The next 'Beyond' Stevie Ray Vaughan!" - Steve Said, Dosey Doe - The Woodlands, TX


"Clay Melton is Supremely Talented"

"Clay Melton is supremely talented. He is a fierce guitar player, but to also sing and write at such a young age is amazing. He'll definitely be the leader of the next generation of young artists." - Hamilton Loomis - Bo Diddley protege & Blind Pig Recording Artist


"Brilliant Guitarist"

This kid is a brilliant guitarist! - Live Music Media


Discography

Clay Melton EP - released May 2011
Straight To My Grave
Solid Ground
I've Heard (live at Dosey Doe)

Away
CVM
Dreams
Faith
Ike Shuffle
Take All I Can
This House
What I Feel
Where Do I Go

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Clay Melton was named one of the Top 10 Guitar Players in Texas under 20 years old by the age of 15. Now 17, he and his band have been playing live more live gigs than bands twice their age. He's already impressing live audiences with his guitar-driven modern rock & roll. At just 11 years old, Clay found his calling in life--playing guitar--after listening to Jimi Hendrix’s blistering version of “All Along The Watchtower.” Clay knew what he was meant to do and got to work straight away. He took a one-week guitar course at the local community college and spent all of his spare time in his room just playing. The hours a day listening and learning have paid off as he's already opened for legends Edgar Winter and Joe Ely.

Clay does some impressive covers of several Jimi tunes including “Voodoo Chile,” “Little Wing,” and of course, the song that started it all, “All Along The Watchtower,” but Clay is determined to become a lot more than just a top notch cover artist. He’s determined to make a name for himself with his original songs, and released his first EP in May 2011. He’s recruited two strong players, Wes Arvin on Bass and Noah Coffelt on drums to help him make this dream a reality.

Clay was born in 1994 in Lake Charles, LA, but by the age of 2 was calling Texas home. He credits his father Jack with exposing him to all kinds of great music from the Blues pioneers Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy to modern performers like John Mayer and Dave Matthews. And if he wasn’t so polite and soft spoken about it, you might mistake him for an arrogant child prodigy who believes he’s already got the world all figured out. Instead, what you find is a very down to earth young man who isn’t afraid to work extremely hard at his craft and make the most of the opportunities he’s been given.

What’s next for someone who is already competing against adults in The International Blues Challenge, Clay says, “Our mission is to be the best live band in the world. We don’t need flashy costumes and we don’t need crazy dance moves—for us, it’s all about the music.” There’s a refreshing simplicity to Clay’s original songs too. “I’ve Heard” is an up-tempo Blues Rocker with energy to spare. The guitar work and lyrics are reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Cold Shot.” You have to wonder how someone so young can write lyrics like this:

“What you doing to me baby it should be a sin
You know it ain’t right baby and you see it too
I’ve found out your plans to make me blue (look out!)
I ain’t gonna lie baby I’m leavin you”

But that’s a story for another day! Clay swears this song is not about anyone in particular, it’s more about the human experience of love and loss in general. Clay has an emotional depth that you don’t often find in people his age. His dad Jack, who also manages the band, explains it like this. “Clay is an old soul. He has wisdom that’s well beyond his years, but he’s also easy going and fun to hang out with. He’s really talented and he works hard for it. I’m here to support him in any way I can. We’re in this for the long haul.”

With a full schedule of live dates, Clay is picking up some great momentum. When asked if he has any advice for young (and older!) musicians Clay simply says, “In life you get back what you give. It’s the same thing with music.” It will be a pleasure to hear the songs Clay has to give in the coming months and years.