Electronic Press Kit
Band Bio (Click HERE – Dropbox Download):
Cass Clayton Band has become known across the region for its tight chemistry and high-energy stage presence, a reputation that has landed them on some of the best stages, shows, festivals and radio shows in Colorado and beyond. Their unique blend of rock, R&B, funk, blues and soul has a distinctly contemporary feel, and has won over audiences across age groups and genres. Cass’s 2018 album (released June, 2018) won 4 songwriting awards and garnered top reviews from magazines nationally and internationally. They were also recently voted Album of the Year 2018 in the Colorado Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards. In addition, Cass has been voted as one of the top 3 slide guitar players in Colorado and top 2 vocalists (CO Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards). In February, 2019, she was featured on the cover of RECORDING Magazine with a 4-page feature article. Known for a uniquely soulful and velvety vocal style, Cass effortlessly moves from gentle and contemplative to a belting range that will knock you flat.
The Band includes some of Colorado’s favorite seasoned musicians: Loren Phillips (bass, bkg vocals), Dann Burke (lead guitar, bkg vocals), Steve Saviano (drums), and John Stilwagen (keys, bkg vocals). Internationally touring musician, Taylor Scott, is a regular guest musician producer, and co-writer for the band.
In 2019, Cass Clayton Band is already looking forward to an exciting year. The band is headlining for numerous festivals with more being added almost every week, including main stage at the Brighton Blues Blast, Denver Arts Festival (50,000 attending), Art Night Out in Lafayette, Stargazers Theatre Summer Series in Colorado Springs, and co-headlining Dickens Opera House with Grammy nominated, Brigitte Purdy. Past shows have included festival appearances and shows with Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In addition, Cass is working diligently in the studio on another all-original album slated for release in August, 2019.
Band Bio (short):
Cass Clayton Band has become known across the region for its tight chemistry and high-energy stage presence, a reputation that has landed them on some of the best stages, shows, festivals and radio shows in Colorado. Their unique fusion of rock, R&B, funk, blues and soul has a distinctly contemporary feel, and has won over audiences across age groups and genres. Their 2018 self-titled album was voted Album of the Year 2018, Colorado Blues Society Members’ Choice Awards. They have yet another full-length album coming out in July of 2019, titled PLAY NICE.
Cass Clayton Band Members:
CCB is a 5-piece band that often features guest musicians. Depending on the stage, they may bring a featured guitar player in addition to rhythm guitar or add a horn section. Regular lead guitar players include Dann Burke and Taylor Scott. Cass Clayton plays slide guitar and is lead vocalist. Loren Phillips, one of Colorado’s premiere bass players, holds down the groove, sings background vocals and acts as music director for the band. Steve Saviano, a top session and band drummer, has been with the band since its inception. John Stilwagen of Colorado Springs plays keys and Hammond organ. CCB likes to keep it fresh and change the music up regularly, both for listeners and for their own joy! For more information about CCB, click here.
Contemporary American Roots Music (Influences of Rock, Soul, Blues, Funk, R&B)
2019 PLAY NICE Album:
Yet another NEW ALBUM, titled PLAY NICE, is coming out on July 19, 2019. With the success of their 2018 record, Cass wanted to offer the audience more of the music they’ve been so supportive of. PLAY NICE features 11 original songs and 1 cover tune and covers broad territory from the sensual to the spiritual. CCB once again recorded at Far & Away Studios with Master Engineer, Geoff Gray and Producer, Taylor Scott. Album One-Sheet at this Dropbox link.
2018 Cass Clayton Band Album:
The Cass Clayton Band album was released in June of 2018, and has been an exciting success for the band. The album has won multiple songwriting awards, along with 2018 Album of the Year (CO Blues Society Members’ Choice). Album One-Sheet at this Dropbox link.
What People Are Saying:
Cass was featured on the Feb. 2019, cover of RECORDING Magazine with a 4-page article about her most recent album, unique techniques for recording vocals and her work with producer, Taylor Scott, and Master Engineer, Geoff Gray. Magazine Editor, Mike Metlay, says “I fell in love with the album after just one listen…a petite lady with a smoky-sweet voice that sounds like it should be coming from someone twice her size.” To read the full article, please Click Here.
Blues Blast Magazine, August 2018 — Cass Clayton is a rising star in the Colorado area and is noted for her vocal and slide guitar work. Here she stays off the guitar and instead features collaborator Taylor Scott on guitar as they blend rock, blues, funk, jazz and gospel. The album tends toward rock and funk and features all original tunes. The stories told are interesting, mostly dark and delivered with lots of feeling.
Cass shows off her soulfulness with the opening tune, “Let’s Not Be Friends.” Blending blues, rock and perhaps a little gospel, the tune starts things off well. “Phase of the Moon” has a touch of country blended into the mix of blues rock. Clayton delivers another nice performance and the trumpet adds a beautiful component to the ballad’s mix. The percussion and Dann Burke’s lead guitar give us a little funkiness in “When It Comes to My Heart.” Another story told with smokiness and power, Clayton shows her stuff once again.
“That’s What They Say” has Clayton cutting a little looser, showing more of that range and power that she has vocally. This ones a mid tempo funky sort of cut in a minor key that takes you up and down at the same time. “Still Water” is a country/southern rock sort of cut. The Hammond Organ gives a haunting, church like feel and the accordion takes things very rustic and folksy as does Scott’s acoustic guitar. Steady and flowing, the song evokes the feel of calm, still waters.
Things liven up with “Least A Brother Can Do;” a rousing guitar intro and a more upbeat approach gets things moving and this carries through the cut, showing us a different side of the band. Trumpet and sax add sweetly to the mix. “Used To Be” has a more haunting feel as the band starts off funky and Clayton adds distortion to her vocals. There is a pumping beat and the whole thing is fuzzed out is and offbeat-edly cool. Up next is “Last Thoughts,” parting comments to an ex-lover. Clayton again emotes the darker side of the feelings in a relationship. A somber Casio keyboard solo punctuates the feeling. Clayton builds to a big ending and shows power and range as she lets go. “Brother Interlude” is offered next with a driving rhythm guitar beat and lead guitar; very funky and very modernistic in the instrumental approach! Clayton concludes with “Sometimes,” a beautiful and thoughtful ballad. The drums drive the track along with a little bit of forcefulness and purpose. The pianos play back and forth with the vocal lead and make things interesting. It’s an interesting and cool song.
Joining Clayton are Taylor Scott on guitars and co-writing most songs, Geoff Gray on most song writing, Larry Thompson and Brian Claxton on drums and percussion, Todd Smallie and Chris Harris on bass, Tom Amend and John Wirtz on various forms of keys, Matt Wilkolak on trumpet and Jeff Miguel on sax for a cut. The songs are all interesting, crafted and delivered well, and the band is tight and together. Clayton’s vocals are always spot on.
All the songs are dark and express heavy feelings. A little more upbeat stuff in the mix would have spiced things up a bit. But originality is there, musician ship is there and the vocals are nicely delivered.
Clayton and company have a bright future and delivers some really fine original music!
November of 2018, Cass Clayton and co-writer/producer, Taylor Scott, were among the top scoring songwriters in the COMBO (Colorado Music Business Organization) Annual Songwriting Competition. Four songs from the new album were in the top scoring entries. Each year judges select 20 top songs, 18 of which are featured in a compilation CD. The judges don’t know the name of the song, who wrote it or who performed it. They judge only on lyrics and melody, not production quality. So to have 4 songs from the new album selected for the mix is an exciting honor.
Album One-Sheet (download in Dropbox):
Radio, media and festival/venue managers may click heading above for full album – MP3’s or WAV files on Dropbox. Songs below are from our 2018 album.
Full press kit (photos, music, plots, etc., available HERE.
Stage Plot (printable):
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Promo Pics & Logo:
Photos also available in Dropbox.