ClayBank to Rural Rhythm

ClayBankClayBank, a new bluegrass group from western North Carolina is on the move again. This hard-driving young band – with one token veteran – has just signed with Rural Rhythm Records in Nashville. They expect to complete their debut project this summer for a fall 2016 release.

Roughly a year after their founding, they now have an agent and a record label, and the group generated a serious buzz earlier this year when they won first place in the prestigious RenoFest band competition in South Carolina.

The band is composed of Zack Arnold on mandolin and lead vocals, Jacob Greer on guitar, Tyler Thompson on banjo, and Gary Trivette on bass. Zack’s powerful lead singing has generated a lot of attention for ClayBank and is certain to have an impact when more people get to hear their music.

Sam Passamano with Rural Rhythm is pleased to start working with ClayBank.

Sam Passamano“We are very excited about bringing this talented young group to Rural Rhythm. They encapsulate the essence and direction of the label, as we say around here – Edgy, But True to the Roots. ClayBank’s love for Bluegrass music and their fresh approach with their signature sound, showcases their tight harmonies and strong lead vocals. I am also very excited about the team ClayBank has put together to support their amazing talents. Rural Rhythm working closely with the Andrea Roberts Agency will provide a strong artist development team for years to come.”

You can see videos from the RenoFest performances in our earlier post, and on the band’s web site.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.