Jake Clayton – Barnyard Stomp

by Chuck Dauphin

In the business, you might hear the term “One Man Show.” If you have ever seen Jake Clayton, you likely have seen the definition of that term. Clayton – who has performed with Brad Paisley, Tanya Tucker, and Sunny Sweeney – performs 27 different instruments. His talent gets a fine showcase on this album.

The guitar gets the spotlight on the first couple of cuts, the lively title cut and the twang heavy “Kickin’ Up Dust.” He slows things down a little bit on the back porch sound of “Finger Pickin’ Good” before showing exactly what he can do on other instruments.

He turns his attention to the fiddle on the engaging “Dia’s Hoedown,” where he shows that he just might have listened to a little bit of Charlie Daniels with a saucy intro. His sawing on the strings continues with “Clovershine.” It’s amazing to hear him balance everything, like he does on “Get ‘Em Boys.”

But, there’s more. “Love Notes and Lullabies,” a departure of sorts, shows his talent on the piano keys. Basically, everything but vocals and drums, he’s got down pat. But, there’s still time. He’s only 22!

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