Multi-instrumentalist (he plays more than 20) and in demand Nashville session musician Jake Clayton is coming into his own as an artist with the release of his new single “What Not to Do.” The pulsing fiddle driven tune, from his album By the Light of the Moon, was penned by Clayton along with Rob Daniels and Alan Gibson. “What Not To Do” tells three separate stories of people, their actions and the consequences. Its true tales inform of others’ mistakes and should ultimately be regarded as lessons in “what not to do” for the rest of us. While his superb fiddle playing will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Charlie Daniels, Clayton’s distinctive tenor perfectly delivers the lyrics, giving them character and an urgency.
“Bryan was a player, he couldn’t have just one
Found himself a second gal so they all could have some fun
A minor little problem, as the truth did unfold
No one ever counted on her daddy bein’ told
It wasn’t very long before the threats were bein’ made
The dad would keep his silence as long as he was paid
Bryan made his payment with two bullets and a gun
Then burnt the house down to the ground and now he’s on the run”
As a solo artist, Jake has opened for Charlie Daniels and Jon Pardi, among others. In addition, he played with Sunny Sweeney when she supported Miranda Lambert on her Certified Platinum Tour. He’s graced the stages of Madison Square Garden, The Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and other legendary venues. And while Clayton still may play for others, he is sure to make an impact all on his own.