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Colorado's Cass Clayton Band Release 'City Noise'
The Cass Clayton Band exudes a passion and energy that has made them a favorite in festivals and venues across the region. Cass has made her way into the hearts of music lovers everywhere with her evocative lyrics, smoky-smooth voice and a belting vocal range that will knock you flat. She’s also known for some soulful slide guitar playing. Cass Clayton Band blends influences of rock, funk, soul, gospel and blues in a new way with plenty of inventive sounds and unexpected twists. Cass, along with co-writer/producer, Taylor Scott, have been praised for their unique approach to contemporary American rock and roots music.
Based on the belief that good music doesn’t always fit snugly into a single genre, Cass Clayton is taking her blues foundation and stretching to make music that is contemporary and inspires her and hopefully those around her.
Cass is known for her big, bluesy voice and broad vocal range that comfortably goes from Blues/Rock to R&B, Soul and edgy Country sounds alike. Early influences of old-school blues, gospel, R&B and jazz can be heard in her powerful vocal style, song choices and lyrics. Cass is an award-winning songwriter and is passionate about making sure the lyrics are the center of the song. Regardless of the genre in which she is singing, she feels most connected to the blues vocalist tradition. Influences include Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Albert King, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Keb Mo, Nina Simone, BB King, Mahalia Jackson, and Aretha Franklin.
The band is an extremely talented group of individuals who blend well together, Taylor Scott is an international touring guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. Taylor has toured all over the U.S., Canada and Europe with both the Taylor Scott Band and blues legend, Otis Taylor. His band’s highly acclaimed new album, All We Have, was released in 2019. His hallmark virtuosic guitar playing allows him to take influences from funk, soul, rock-n-roll and other genres and transcend the limitations of genre. He is also the producer and music director of the Cass Clayton Band’s CD and has multiple musical projects in the works
Dann Burke has been playing guitar for over 40 years. His style is clean – just tasteful playing that enhances the music with a tendency to choose “space” instead of over-playing. He has an amazing ear and is virtually always the one who first notices if a song could be made better or more dynamic. Sometimes it’s something incredibly subtle but it makes all the difference. He keeps everything tight, and his love for the music comes out in every note.
Loren Phillips grew up listening to 60’s and 70’s Soul, R&B, and Funk, Phillips is naturally focused on the groove. Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Sly and the Family Stone all played a big role in Loren’s musical upbringing but it wasn’t until Steely Dan hit the airwaves, from the early recordings to Aja, that playing bass became a commitment. Currently working with local blues and pop acts, Loren’s supportive bass and rich vocals keep him in demand around Colorado. Loren is also the music director of Cass Clayton Band, no small role, given the complicated arrangements of some of the band’s original music and a rotating schedule of guest musicians.
Steve Saviano has been playing drums since he was just a kid. Raised by a family that was steeped in the music industry, Steve was already a respected session drummer before he graduated from high school. His ability to migrate comfortably to rock to jazz to reggae to blues, funk and soul, makes him the “dream drummer.” During his early career in LA, Steve studied with drum legend, Vinnie Colaiuta. Now he’s sharing his groove with us a a few select drum students. Bonus: he’s in school to become a meteorologist, so he knows if we’re going to get rained on when we play those outdoor stages!
Roots musician AC (Andras Csapo) mixes traditional elements with his unique style for keeping his sound current. Whether he is singing, playing keyboards or harmonicas he brings energy, intimacy and a lot of soul into the music. The sound is his own with a clear Blues influence but something very much like… well, AC. He has recorded with several bands in Hungary, California and Colorado, most recently with Michael Hornbuckle on his “Soul Repo” album, released in 2016. He has performed at the Telluride Blues Festival in 2015 and was featured on TV in Colorado in an episode of the “Blue Roots TV” show. AC is a recipient of multiple awards and honours. These include, as member of the Michael Hornbuckle Band, “Best Blues Band” by the Colorado Blues Society, “Blues Performance Award” by Rock Awards and the honour of representing Denver and the Mile High Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge.