UCPC: RamJam featuring Clay Thrash
3:00pm - 5:30pm CDT September 13
LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center
Somewhere in a small college town, there’s a college kid at a bar listening to a band when he should be home studying or getting a jump start on his term paper. That kid is probably a lot like Clay Thrash. “I remember going to every show I could. Reckless Kelly on Tuesday, Cooder Graw on Thursday, Wade Bowen on Friday, and Cory Morrow on Saturday… it would be a hell of a week and otherwise unproductive,” Clay explains. “That was how it all started; a freshman kid sneaking into bars, soaking up a different kind of knowledge,” he laughs.
The East Texas native grew up watching Ricky Scaggs on the Grand Ole Opry and listening to Elvis Presley records with his grandmother. When Clay was 15 years old, his dad surprised his mom with a guitar. After giving up because it made her fingers sore, Clay began to teach himself, starting with Elvis’ “His Latest Flame.” “It’s funny to think how my Mom giving up on a hobby completely changed my life,” Clay recalls.
Once in college, Clay worked jobs that gave him more freedom than pay to pursue his music career. Clay spent as much time as he could studying music, from listening to Country greats like George Strait and Merle Haggard to Americana singer-songwriters like Ryan Adams and Hayes Carll. “I loved anything that was good,” Clay says. “I didn’t limit myself to any one type of music and still don’t.” One of Clay’s greatest lyrical influences is Tom Petty. “He gets you to where you want to go in each song,” explains Clay. “He always says ‘don’t bore us get us to the chorus,’ I’ve learned a lot from that phrase alone.”
Before long, Clay was setting up speakers in the corner of smoky dive bars tuning up his guitar and shaking off nerves; he hasn’t turned back since. He’s spent the last eight years perfecting his own unique blend of Country Music and Rock and Roll with a voice that is an unmistakable blend of Radney Foster and Lyle Lovett.
In early 2013 Clay released his debut self-titled album containing 9 self-written, high energy songs and heart-wrenching ballads. With the release of Clay’s first single “My Heart,” fans will be pulled into a love story that wails about love lost, love earned, and the honesty only a heart can possess. The baritone guitar opens deep into the pulse of the snare, and the shimmer of the acoustic guitar takes you to a place of heavy longing and struggle for the truth. This song reminds us that you can’t control what captures the attention of your heart.