Blues-rock prodigies are a special breed.
They live and breathe the fiery swagger of electric guitars and the irresistible allure of rhythm-soaked sounds. That’s Clay Melton’s musical calling in a nutshell. At only 27, the Louisiana-born and Texas-based blues-rocker has already spent 14 years performing live. His powerfully raspy voice and wicked guitar licks leave no doubt he’s grown up in the school of barroom blues-rock.
Clay’s recent release, Back to Blue (July 2021), is being spun on more than 160 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. As of August 21st, Roots Music (the #1 independent music chart in the world) ranks Clay on the Blues Rock charts with the #1 song in the world for the title track Back to Blue, #9 album in the world, and #7 album in Texas for all genres.
Back to Blue is Melton’s follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed, full-length debut Burn the Ships which climbed the charts to #5 on Billboard Heatseekers. Back to Blue boasts production and engineering credits by Grammy-winner Danny Jones (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Patti LaBelle, Etta James) as well as Clay himself.
Clay Melton is quickly establishing himself as a rising star, most recently opening for Grand Funk Railroad on the Chevrolet Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas, and sharing the stage with Sir Earl Toon, of Kool & The Gang fame. Past credits also include opening for blues-legend Robert Cray and platinum-selling artist Chris Daughtry.
"The passion and electricity sorely missing in the music of many of Clay Melton’s peers is abundant in the fantastic performance of ‘Timing’s Everything,’ It’s another reason why Clay is certain to be recognized as one of this generation’s guitar heroes.”
Editor in Chief, Red Hot Rock Magazine.
“It’s been a while since a combination singer, songwriter, and guitar player has come along with so much talent at such a young age.”
Michael B. Sutton,
(Motown, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder)
“Very talented... What a monster career he has ahead of him.”
KPFT 90.1 FM Houston
“The fact is that it really on takes less than 10 seconds to ‘know’ if an Artist has ‘what it takes’ or not. Clay, “You got it kid.”
Ron Saint Germaine
(Jimi Hendrix, U2, Mick Jagger)
“I’ve had the privilege of watching Clay evolve from a gifted intuitive guitarist to a complete performer and songwriter. He has managed the hardest of tasks: crafting a musical identity that lives up to the promise of a precocious talent.”
Sugarhill Recording Studios
(ZZ Top, Beyonce)
“It takes a lot of practice and dedication, at any age, to achieve the level of performance that Clay exhibits.”
Producer (B.B. King)
“The pairing of his powerful voice and his enviable skills on guitar make Clay a powerful Texas force to be reckoned with.”
Notably Texan, KETR-FM Dallas