Daniel Clay
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Daniel Clay


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"Best Traditional Folk Act Atlanta, 2005"

Daniel Clay doesn't travel the same dusty roads as folk shouters Woody Guthrie or Bob Dylan. His stark and stylish strumming and ominous songwriting offer a welcome sense of malevolence to the craft. Whether singing from the rooftop of the Mattress Factory Lofts or mesmerizing audiences at gallery shows with religious melancholy, Clay is a man in black, pursued by a cloud of the same color. He's a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Only his voice will set him free. - Creative Loafing


Daniel Clay was voted 'Best Folk Singer' by Creative Loafing in 2005. By the time the votes were published, Daniel was building boats in Pemaquid, Maine where he [remained] for 9 months. The January 2006 edition of the Journal of Elementalism describes Daniel and his work as, "a fresh memory -- as if travelling to a perfect place on earth that you can't believe exists and then living there the rest of your life. Clay's songs provide aching glimpses into this more vivid world, leitmotifs for Abyssinia's soundtrack." Clay is known for his site-specific instrumental collaborations with Nat Slaughter and Brian Parks, playing acoustic and steel-string guitar on rooftops and in abandoned buildings throughout Atlanta and the eastern seaboard. His work with reed player Ben Davis and Keith Leslie has been called "...startlingly present. A call to creative arms in a society of armed ideologues" ( Journal of Elementalism, Vol. II 2005). danielclaymusic.com - Brian Parks


The Protestant



I was born in Jackson, Mississippi and lived in a small town in central mississippi until age seven when my family moved to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

At age thirteen I became interested in music and began playing guitar. Music continued to be my central artistic pursuit through high school and into college, where i studied electric guitar, improvisation, and composition.

Though songwriting occupies most of my time I periodically explore free improvisation, site-specific art, performance art, sculpture, sound-installation, and other means of compositional practice.