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ClayBank to Randy's Pickin' Parlor Stage August 12

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ClayBankClayBank finished 3rd in The International Band Competition at SPBGMA in Nashville TN last February. The video below has the 3 songs ClayBank performed in the in the 3rd and Final Round. Their first song - "I Believe" was followed by "Stepping Stone" and their performance wrapped up with "Say You'll Stay in My Arms."

Formed in January, 2015, ClayBank is comprised of Gary Trivette on bass, Tyler Thompson on banjo, Jacob Greer on guitar, and Zack Arnold on mandolin. They are living proof that raw, young talent combined with a wealth of musical experience and expertise can prevail. This award winning, four-piece band combines dynamic instrumentation with powerful vocal abilities. From a hard-driving bluegrass song to an a‘Capella gospel ballad with impressive harmonies, there’s always something for every listener at a ClayBank show.

Zack learned to love bluegrass and sing harmony at a very young age. He took mandolin lessons as a child but fell in love with the guitar as he grew older. When ClayBank was forming, Zack moved back to the mandolin and began to astound audiences with his hard-hitting mandolin style. His powerful lead vocals have garnered much attention since the bands inception, as well as his strong harmonies.

Jacob learned to play electric guitar when he was eight years old. Just a couple of years later, he was introduced to bluegrass music and was completely captivated by it. Jacob knew he needed an acoustic guitar and soon began to take flatpicking lessons. He was also motivated by spending countless hours studying the techniques of guitar greats Tony Rice and Kenny Smith. Jacob is now recognized for his dynamic rhythm and impressive lead guitar picking with ClayBank. His broad vocal range also contributes to the bands articulate sound.

Tyler started taking banjo and guitar lessons when he was ten years old, and soon became very proficient, winning contests on both instruments. His main focus with ClayBank is the banjo and he is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in the business for his hard-driving style. Tyler is also an accomplished song writer and singer, contributing both lead and harmony vocals for the band.

Gary began playing bass at eight years old. Growing up in the 60's and 70's, Gary was heavily influenced by artists like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene. He spent 17 years as banjo player for Southern Accent and later spent several years as a member of Carolina Crossing. He has become known for his rock-solid bass playing and wide vocal range as well as his song writing abilities, all of which are reflected with ClayBank.

Randy's Pickin' Parlor upcoming shows are posted at so you can always find some good pickin' coming up at the parlor.

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