12/14/17 MOUNTAIN FEVER ANNOUNCEMENT!
For Immediate Release
Mountain Fever Records Announces the Addition of ClayBank to the Label
North Carolina Band Set to Release New Music Spring 2018
Willis, VA (December 14, 2017)—Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce the addition of North Carolina-based bluegrass band, ClayBank, to their roster. ClayBank will release their debut album for Mountain Fever Records Spring 2018.
ClayBank is a new and impressive bluegrass band born out of the fertile musical ground of western North Carolina. The unique story of the formation of the group centers on a bluegrass veteran, who joined forces with a fellow picker in his mid-20s, and two talented teenage musicians that are about to be introduced to the greater bluegrass world. Gary Trivette is the elder statesman of ClayBank, a bassist and banjo player who has previously played with groups such as Carolina Crossing and Southern Accent. While sitting in a side room at the Appalachian State Old-time Fiddler’s Convention in Boone, NC, in 2015, he found himself jamming with then 15-year-old mandolinist Zack Arnoldand guitarist Jacob Greer who was 17. As fate would have it, Trivette’s former Carolina Crossing band mate Tyler Thompson knew both Greer and Arnold from an early age. Soon, after all of the future members of ClayBank realized they had a connection with each other, the foursome established a weekly jam session with Thompson playing the banjo, Trivette on bass, Arnold on the mandolin, and Greer on guitar. As the musicians got to know each other and their blend began to evolve, it was the lead and harmony vocals of the quartet that began to turn heads. Named after the street in Ashe County where their weekly jams took place, ClayBank began to test the bluegrass waters by entering band contests at various festivals. They won the bluegrass band competition at the Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention in April of 2015 and came in 3rd place at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) convention’s band contest in 2016. That same year, they won the bluegrass band competition at RenoFest.
Though years apart in age, ClayBank's band mates are on the same page as far as the bluegrass trail they want to explore. “They like the same kind of driving bluegrass music that I do,” says Trivette. “It is strange to find people with that difference in age that enjoy the same music. As for the young men in the band, I can give them some of the history of bluegrass music, but they already know a lot about it. Our musical style can basically be found between 1980 and 1999 or so, influenced by Doyle Lawson’s original Quicksilver band.”
ClayBank’s debut album on Mountain Fever Records can be expected May 2018 and will feature mostly original songs written or co-written by the band. The group’s impressive array of three lead vocalists is complimented by their collective church-inspired ability to sing harmony vocals. All of that is buoyed by their awesome multi-generational musicianship. The band is filled with youth and a modern approach to bluegrass music while at the same time showing reverence for the traditional side of the genre.
For more information on ClayBank, please visit www.claybankbluegrass.com and www.MountainFever.com.
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10/13/16 CLAYBANK'S DEBUT ALBUM HITS BILLBOARD TOP 10 BLUEGRASS ALBUM CHART
Also Reaches Top 10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart
Nashville, TN (October 13, 2016) – ClayBank’s debut album on Rural Rhythm Records titled “PLAYING HARD TO FORGET “, released on September 30th, debuted this week at #8 on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. ClayBank hit the ground running in 2016 starting in February by winning 3rd place at the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music) National Band Championship, in March taking grand prize at the band competition at RenoFest (an event honoring the late and legendary musician, Don Reno), signing with the Andrea Roberts Agency in April and with Rural Rhythm Records in May.
ClayBank’s current single “Up On Claybank” has appeared on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart multiple times reaching #6 and is being received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio. Written by band members Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer, “Up On Claybank” captures the culture and charm of growing up in this rural community. The single features the lead vocal of Zack Arnold who has been turning a lot of heads in the Bluegrass world.
ClayBank was a big hit at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) World of Bluegrass last month in Raleigh, NC performing at a special showcase/CD release celebration during the WOB festivities. In addition, this past Tuesday night ClayBank played to a full-capacity and very enthusiastic crowd at the Harvest House Performing Arts Center in Boone, NC.
Produced by Steve Gulley and ClayBank, "PLAYING HARD TO FORGET" delivers the drive, high energy and beautiful harmonies that fans have been experiencing at ClayBank’s live shows and can now be enjoyed on their debut album on Rural Rhythm Records.
9/7/2016 CLAYBANK’S DEBUT ALBUM RELEASES ON SEPTEMBER 30th
Special Showcase Performance Scheduled for 2016 IBMA World of Bluegrass
Nashville, TN (September 7, 2016) – Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the debut album “Playing Hard To Forget” by ClayBank will be released on September 30th. The current single “Up On Claybank” from the debut album was #13 on last week’s Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart and is being received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio. Written by band members Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer, “Up On Claybank” features the lead vocal of Zack Arnold and captures the culture and charm of growing up in this rural community.
“ClayBank is another fine band from North Carolina and their first CD is a dandy. From the opening note to the last, these young men demonstrate, not only a respect for traditional bluegrass, but also an ability to deliver the high lonesome sound that would make Monroe smile with pride. Superb musicianship. Energetic vocals. Tight harmonies. It’s a winner.”- Bob Mitchell, DJ, host of BOB, “Best of Bluegrass” (WKWC-FM, WHPR-FM, WIUP-FM, WBPS-FM, WCHQ-FM, WFPK-FM, WBGJ - The Bluegrass Jamboree / Internet, Southern Branch Bluegrass - Internet, & Phoenix Country Radio - internet)
ClayBank will be featuring songs from their debut album at a very special showcase performance/CD release celebration scheduled at the 2016 IBMA World of Bluegrass on September 30th at the Raleigh Convention Center, Room 305 AB at 2:00 pm. Please watch for additional performances for ClayBank at the IBMA World of Bluegrass to be announced soon.
ClayBank members contributed three original songs to the album, “Foot Of The Phoenix”, “Daddy Would Sing” and the first single “Up On Claybank”. The band also reached out to some of the top songwriters for songs on their debut album including; Becky Buller (“How I Love You”), Milan Miller and James Ellis (“Playing Hard To Forget”, “A Little Bit Of You”), Randall Hylton (“It Almost Feels Like Love”), Eli Johnston and Kevin McKinnon (“Demise of Handsome Molly”), as well as Dennis Linde, Stephen Paul Phillips, Lee Black, Kenna Turner West, Jay Don Johnson.
1. HOW I LOVE YOU (Becky Buller)
2. DEMISE OF HANDSOME MOLLY (Eli Johnston, Kevin McKinnon)
3. IT ALMOST FEELS LIKE LOVE (Randall Hylton)
4. A LITTLE BIT OF YOU (Milan Miller, James Ellis)
5. MY BABY’S GONE (Dennis Linde)
6. I’LL STICK WITH THE OLD STUFF (Stephen Paul Phillips)
7. UP ON CLAYBANK (Jacob Greer, Zack Arnold)
8. DADDY WOULD SING (Gary Trivette)
9. FOOT OF THE PHOENIX (Jacob Greer, Zack Arnold)
10. I BELIEVE (Lee Black)
11. PLAYING HARD TO FORGET (Milan Miller, James Ellis)
12. ON MY WAY BACK TO YOU (Jay Don Johnson)
6/1/2016 - CLAYBANK RELEASES FIRST SINGLE “UP ON CLAYBANK”
NOW IN THE STUDIO RECORDING DEBUT ALBUM ON RURAL RHYTHM
Nashville, TN (June 1, 2016) – Rural Rhythm Records is pleased to announce the first single “Up On Claybank” available today from Bluegrass group ClayBank. Written by band members Zack Arnold and Jacob Greer, “Up On Claybank” features the lead vocal of Zack Arnold and captures the culture and charm of growing up in this rural community.
Produced by Steve Gulley & ClayBank, “Up On Claybank” can be downloaded by D.J.’s at AirPlay Direct and available now on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital download sources. Click here to listen to "Up On Claybank".
Claybank is currently in the studio recording their debut album for Rural Rhythm Records. The album will included many songs by top award winning Bluegrass songwriters and produced by Steve Gulley and ClayBank.
5/19/2016 CLAYBANK SIGNS WITH RURAL RHYTHM - New Album Coming (Cybergrass)
Nashville, TN (May 19, 2016) -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the signing of ClayBank. Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, an area that is steeped in the musical heritage of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, the band is currently in the studio working on their debut album for Rural Rhythm Records scheduled for release in the fall. The album's first single is coming soon.
ClayBank has been turning heads in the Bluegrass community ever since their formation a little over a year ago. The band took the grand prize at the 2016 band competition at RenoFest (an event honoring the late and legendary musician, Don Reno) and 3rd place honors this year at the 2016 SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music) National Band Championship.
"RenoFest was buzzing with the performances by North Carolina Bluegrass group ClayBank. Their wonderful vocals and harmony sounded so seasoned for such a young group with two vocalists only 15 and 17 years old. Congratulations to ClayBank on winning the band contest at RenoFest this year. I know we are going to be hearing a lot more from this highly talented Bluegrass group in the very near future
~ Ronnie Reno (TV Host: Reno's Old Time Music on RFD-TV)
“We are very excited about bringing this talented young group to Rural Rhythm. They encapsulate the essence and direction of the label, as we say around here – Edgy, But True to the Roots. ClayBank’s love for Bluegrass music and their fresh approach with their signature sound, showcases their tight harmonies and strong lead vocals”, said Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records. Passamano further commented, “I am also very excited about the team ClayBank has put together to support their amazing talents. Rural Rhythm working closely with the Andrea Roberts Agency will provide a strong artist development team for years to come.”
4/14/2016 - THE ANDREA ROBERTS AGENCY SIGNS CLAYBANK (Blue Poncho Media)
Nashville, TN (April 14, 2016) – The Andrea Roberts Agency (ARA) is pleased to announce the signing of new band, ClayBank, to an artist development deal that will include booking and management duties for the group. They will be joining The Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Wildfire, and Volume Five on the roster of ARA artists.
ClayBank, from the mountains of western North Carolina that are steeped in the musical heritage of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, is quickly gaining fans and causing promoters to take notice of their fast-rising popularity. Although the band was formed just one year ago (April 2015), they have become instant crowd favorites at their performances with their impeccable musicianship, rousing vocals and fun-loving stage presence.
In February 2016, ClayBank ventured to Nashville to compete for the first time in the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) National Band Championship where they walked away with 3rd place honors and hundreds of new fans. On March 25, 2016, the ensemble travelled to Hartsville, SC to compete in the band competition at RenoFest (an event honoring Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Don Reno) and took home 1st place honors.
ClayBank consists of youngsters Zack Arnold (15) on mandolin and vocals and Jacob Greer (17) on guitar and vocals along with Tyler Thompson on banjo and vocals and Gary Trivette on bass and vocals. The band takes their name from the community of ClayBank (near West Jefferson, NC) that is not only where they meet to hone their craft, but the place that embodies the very spirit of the music which they play. The band members are not related by blood, but are knit-tightly by their love of the music and their love for the Lord.
When asked about adding ClayBank to the ARA roster for booking representation and management, Andrea Roberts responded with the following:
"When I saw this group perform live in Nashville earlier this year, I was so happy to hear a new, young band playing bluegrass music and representing the genre with such great respect and outstanding talent. Then, after getting to know the band members, I hoped that it may be possible for me to work with them because I really believe in what they are doing. I am thrilled to be helping ClayBank on their journey in the world of bluegrass. I truly feel that folks are going to love them! "
ClayBank guitarist, Jacob Greer, had this to say about the announcement, “We are thrilled to be on the ARA roster for management and booking! I can’t imagine a better person to represent ClayBank than Andrea Roberts and we sincerely appreciate her confidence in us.”
Bass player, Gary Trivette added, “It is a blessing and honor for us to get to work Andrea and we are proud to be part of the ARA family!”
Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for ClayBank. The future is looking very bright for this new band and there are sure to be more exciting announcements soon.
What others are saying about ClayBank:
"RenoFest was buzzing with the performances by North Carolina Bluegrass group ClayBank. Their wonderful vocals and harmony sounded so seasoned for such a young group with two vocalists only 15 and 17 years old. Congratulations to ClayBank on winning the band contest at RenoFest this year. I know we are going to be hearing a lot more from this highly talented Bluegrass group in the very near future"
- Ronnie Reno (TV Host: Reno's Old Time Music on RFD-TV)
“In 2015, I booked ClayBank for the Main Stage at the Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest in Sugar Grove, NC and, because of the response they received, when it came time to book for 2016 ClayBank was the first call I made. In the past year they have not only had accolades heaped upon them but have genuinely honed their craft to an even finer edge. In a very crowded field of talented musicians ClayBank still manages to stand out.”
- JD Dooley (Chairman, Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove)
“ClayBank has a grand way of covering the timeless bluegrass standards with ease but are also accomplished at writing their own original material. Whether it is an instrumental or lyrics the band exhibits the talents of master craftsmen. With a youthful zeal, Zack Arnold, Jacob Greer and Tyler Thompson are an even match to Gary Trivette’s tremendous talent and love of the music. Their powerful on-the-note harmonies and lead vocals will keep you on the edge of your seat with that little hair-raising chill up the back of your neck that tells you the music is good. They are comfortable and at home on the stage and they perform with an excitement that energizes their audience.”
- Vivian Hopkins (President, North Carolina Bluegrass Association)
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