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Blogging the Bluesfest: The Claytones

By Jared Davidson on July 10, 2012

Song: “Out on the Road Tonight” written by Adam Puddington, Kelly Prescott and Anders Dreup. Performed by the Claytones.

Just back from a spring spent in Nashville, the Claytones are returning to their hometown in style with a spot in the Bluesfest lineup. The band just released their debut album, “Lake in the Night and was recently chosen by National Post as one of the top five bands to watch in 2012. It’s not hard to see why.

With beautiful soaring harmonies and excellent pop structures, this trio works exceptionally well with one another. Their sound is close to that of a Kathleen Edwards: country-influenced, vocal-driven rock/blues. The word is their live show is something to behold, too—complete with witty banter and stories to complement the music.

We asked the woman of the band, Kelly Prescott, some questions. She answered.

How would you describe your sound?

Vocal driven roots music with strong harmonies. We’re a trio with two acoustics a double bass and three vocals – simple as that!

How did the group start?

Anders and I started working together on the theatrical production of “Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons” where we found a pretty amazing musical chemistry playing the roles of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. That chemistry naturally led us to start playing original music together, which led to the formation of The Claytones. We were rocking out last year with a full band and after we parted ways with the other guys, we realized we had everything we needed between the three of us.  My husband (Adam Puddington, who is a brilliant singer songwriter himself) being the trooper he is, picked up the double bass last summer. It hasn’t even officially been a year yet, but we’ve released our debut album “Lake in the Night”, moved to Nashville for a few months and now have a busy summer of festivals and shows planned!

What can we expect from your Bluesfest performance?

After living together in Nashville in the smallest apartment (four people and one dog) it left us little choice but to tighten up our trio sound. We are back and forth between full band and trio shows, but decided to keep it stripped down for Bluesfest. People should expect to hear the three of us playing a whole bunch of brand new tunes from the album. It’s a pretty organic sound, we really try and keep the focus on the vocals which help us deliver our honest songwriting.

What are some unusual talents you have?

I’m going to go ahead and say that I take the cake for most unusual talent in the group. Aside from my excellent Cher impersonation, I’m pretty sure I hold the world record for the loudest snort. I wish I could say I’m not proud of it… but I am. It is ridiculously loud, you won’t understand until you hear it. I really should use this as a ploy to get people out to our Bluesfest show to hear it, but if I did, the soundman would probably kill me – so just come and listen to us play music and I’ll snort for you after. 😉

The Claytones play the Electro Stage on Wednesday July 11 at 6:15pm.

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