I am a Colorado Springs singer-songwriter that loves to fill your eardrums with catchy tunes that will get your foot stomping and head bobbing.
My name is Clayton Wyatt. I am an independent singer-songwriter from Colorado Springs. Keep an eye out for my new EP called
John Adam Smith
From the funk of West African jive to the exhilarating tones of the lapsteel guitar, The John Adam Smith Band combines the love of groove with a taste for edge in their roots driven, acoustic funk-rock innovations.
This sturdy North American trio is built on the original compositions of multi-instrumentalist John Adam Smith. Throughout the US, Canada, and Australia John has captured audiences with his integrations of Australian Weissenborn, open tuned acoustic guitar arrangements, and his background in traditional African music. The potent combination of these diversely talented musicians brings the heat when this high spirited trio sets forth to energize the room.
Raised in Missoula, MT John was inspired by his father and artists such as Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, and Mark Knopfler. John started playing guitar when he was 10 years old and landed his first gigs at the age of 15. John's background is rooted in Traditional West African Music. Since his early teens, John studied with Master Djembefolas including two of his most influential teachers - Dibo Camara and Abdoul Doumbia. Combining these rhythmical roots with intricate acoustic compositions and passionate songwriting, John found a unique original sound. His early bands "Smitty & The Boss", and "CottonWood Draw" developed a lively following in the local Montana scene. In 2008 John started performing as a one man band. During these shows he generally had a guitar in his lap, a slide on his finger, bare feet on his homemade wooden stomp boxes, and an assortment of drums near at hand. John toured around the United States, Canada, and Australia as a solo artist before adding a rhythm section and forming The John Adam Smith Band in 2011. In 2012 John produced and recorded "Ponderosa Skies". This full length studio album was released in June of 2013 at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula. Ponderosa Skies is a collection of songs John started writing and composing at the age of 16. The album was recorded and co-produced with Chris Cunningham (Storyhill) at Basecamp Recording in Bozeman, Montana. Ponderosa Skies has made it's way to fans throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. John is currently following life's inspirations and continuing his journey as a musician and story teller. He is in love with the opportunity to share his words with the wonderful folks who take the time to listen.
Silent Bear, a name he coined when he was six, and it has stuck. And it fits. He is a big man — not un-bear like. He is silent; except when he is playing his spiritual and intense blues stories. His songs have the feel of a western, a journey, an odyssey. And with his debut album River Drum Child, we get a glimpse into the philosophy and essence that is Silent Bear. This title track was born by a river in a nice stretch of land in Lyons, Colorado, where He began his exploration into the mystics of Indian lore at one of their sweat lodges.
Kyle Donovan is a singer-songwriter, guitar player, and educator based in Denver, Colorado.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, he migrated to Colorado in 2009 to pursue higher education at the University of Colorado. During his time at CU-Boulder, Donovan studied Political Science and Philosophy while leading the state’s oldest a cappella group, the Buffoons, serving as their music director and composing arrangements for an award-winning studio album. His love of music and performance has now taken him all around the country as a solo performer.
"In Philosophy classes, we would sometimes discuss the question of whether people are fundamentally good or evil. I always came down somewhere in the middle, but after touring the country and seeing the generosity, curiosity, and good will of so many strangers, I became convinced -- People are good."
The Kindness of Strangers received its name from this story and the common bond that Donovan found in his 2015 tour from New York to Los Angeles. The album was originally released with with his band, Miles Wide.
The songwriter now plays in numerous independent projects along the Front Range, including The Constellation Collective and Summerland Sun. Throughout the year, he performs at nearly 100 shows, playing guitar and singing for audiences throughout the glorious state of Colorado and across the country.