Gary Trivette ~ Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Jacob Greer ~ Vocals, Guitar
Zack Arnold ~ Vocals, Mandolin
Tyler Thompson ~ Vocals, Banjo
Hailing from the mountains of western North Carolina, an area that is steeped in the musical heritage of bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, ClayBank has been turning heads in the Bluegrass community ever since their formation a little over a year ago. 2016 was truly a banner year for ClayBank as they took the grand prize in the band competition at RenoFest (an event honoring the late and legendary musician, Don Reno), received 3rd Place honors at the SPBGMA National Band Championship, garnered an artist development deal for booking and management with the Andrea Roberts Agency and inked their first recording contract with Rural Rhythm Records. In 2017, the band has increased their touring schedule traveling and performing at some of the most popular festivals and events
ClayBank consists of youngsters Zack Arnold (17) on mandolin/vocals and Jacob Greer (18) on guitar/vocals along with Tyler Thompson on banjo/vocals and Gary Trivette on bass/vocals. The band takes their name from the community of Claybank (near West Jefferson, NC) that is not only where they meet together to hone their craft but it’s the place that embodies the very spirit of the music they play. The band members are not related by blood but are tightly knit by the love of the music that they share as well as their love for the Lord.
ClayBank released their debut album, Playing Hard to Forget, for Rural Rhythm Records on September 30, 2016 and debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Bluegrass Chart. The first single, “Up On Claybank” charted numerous times on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart and was received enthusiastically by bluegrass radio. Produced by Steve Gulley and ClayBank, Playing Hard to Forget delivers the drive, high energy and beautiful harmonies that fans have been experiencing at live shows.
Be on the lookout for exciting news coming from ClayBank very soon!
“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 song that would make Monroe smile with pride. Superb musicianship. Energetic vocals. Tight harmonies. It’s a winner! - Bob Mitchell, DJ (host of BOB “Best in Bluegrass on WKWC-FM, WHPR-FM, WIUP-FM, WBPS-FM, WCHQ-FM, WFPK-FM, WBGJ – The Bluegrass Jamboree/Internet, Southern Branch Bluegrass/Internet, and Phoenix Country Radio/Internet)
“RenoFest was buzzing with the performances by North Carolina group, ClayBank. Their wonderful vocals and harmony sounded so season for such a young group with two vocalists only 15 and 17 years old…I know we are going to be hearing a lot more from this highly-talented group in the very near future.” – Ronnie Reno (Musician, TV Host: Reno’s Old Time Music on RFD-TV)