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The Clay Colton Band

While opening for the Zac Brown Band and Little Texas, placing 3rd in Kenny Chesney's "Next Big Star" Competition, and winning Viejas Casino's $10,000 Big Country Showdown, the Clay Colton Band has made a respected name for itself in the country, rock, and Irish music community of San Diego. Throughout their experiences of performing up to 200 shows a year for over a decade in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, the band has branded their own sound that is infused with the heart of American culture.

Their second studio album, "Rustic," has been featured on numerous country rock radio stations while their live shows have captivated audiences with a diverse blend of classic, southern, and modern rock covers, folk and americana favorites, and rowdy country and Irish tunes.

The group is able to accommodate nearly every performance situation—from an intimate solo act, small acoustic guitar duo and/or trio, to a prodigious multi-piece rock outfit, featuring electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, fiddle, mandolin, and lush 4-part harmonies.

Audiences have come to love their entertaining demeanor, rustic rock sound, and energetic stage presence.

Special Awards/Recognition:

  • Winner-1st Place Band, Big Country Showdown, 2009

Performances with guest artists:

  • Jeff Chimenti (Rat Dog, Further)
  • Matt Hensley (Floggin’ Molly)
  • Eve Selis (Eve Selis Band)

Opening/Supporting act:

  • Sara & Sean Watkins (of Nicklecreek), Jan 2005
  • Dead Man’s Party, Jul 2007
  • Zac Brown Band, Feb 2009
  • Young Dubliners, Jul 2009
  • Little Texas, Apr 2011
  • Spencer Davis Group, Jul 2012

Pre- and Post-concert events for national acts:

  • Foreigner, Jan 2014
  • Doobie Bros/Allman Bros., May 2009
  • Gary Allen, Sep 2009 & Sep 2010
  • Brooks & Dunn, Oct 2009
  • Buddy Carrington, Nov 2009
  • YES & Peter Frampton, Jul 2010
  • Jethro Tull, Jun 2011
  • Don Henley, Sep 2011
  • Steely Dan, Oct 2011

Media Appearances/Coverage:

  • KUSI
  • FOX News in the Morning
  • MTV
  • FM 94/9
  • North County Times
  • San Diego Troubadour

Festivals & Benefits:

  • Buccaneer Days (Catalina Island)
  • Carlsbad Village Street Faire
  • Catalina Flying Fish Festival
  • Los Angeles County Fireman’s Ball
  • R.E.I.N.S. Hoedown
  • Rhythm & Vine Charity Festival
  • San Diego Food & Wine Festival
  • San Marcos Summer Concert Series
  • Santee Summer Concert Series
  • Valley Center Western Days
  • Walk-for-Life

Notable Venues Played:

  • Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
  • Anthology, San Diego
  • Humphreys' Backstage Live, San Diego
  • House of Blues, San Diego
  • Dublin Square, San Diego
  • Hard Rock Café, San Diego
  • Ghost Ranch Saloon, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Hennessey’s Tavern, Carlsbad
  • Coyote Bar & Grill, Carlsbad
  • Pala Casino, Valley Center
  • Viejas Casino, Alpine
  • Jimmy Loves, San Diego
  • Keyways Winery, Temecula
  • Club M, Grand Del Mar, San Diego
  • Killarney’s Irish Pub, Temecula & Riverside
  • Harrah’s Rincon Casino, Valley Center
  • Molly Blooms, San Clemente
  • McGee’s Tavern (formerly J.J. Landers), Fallbrook
  • Valley View Casino, Valley Center
  • Molly Malones, Los Angeles
  • O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (formerly R. O’Sullivan’s), Escondido
  • O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (formerly Tom Giblins), Carlsbad
  • Monterey Bay Canners, Oceanside
  • Crush 'N' Brew, Temecula
  • Public House, Temecula
  • The Office, Lake Havasu