Steve Clayton

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This British blues and boogie-woogie pianist should not to be confused with the somewhat obscure vocalist of the same name, nor the British rock drummer who was one-half of the group Tractor. When this…
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This British blues and boogie-woogie pianist should not to be confused with the somewhat obscure vocalist of the same name, nor the British rock drummer who was one-half of the group Tractor. When this happens, these other people named Steve Clayton wind up getting awards in the mail that they do not deserve, such as the British Blues Award for top pianist, an honor Clayton has snatched away from his peers three times, in the middle of a triple-speed "shuffle off to Buffalo" chorus, no less. One of Clayton's regular playing partners since the early '80s has been drummer Michael Maass. The two work in a freewheeling duo setting and put together the German-based blues band known as the Boogie Circus in 2000. Other members of this combo include guitarist Peter Schneider and bassist Uli Lehmann.

Besides his own bandleading efforts, the pianist also works with a variety of other touring and recording outfits on both the European and British blues scene. This includes tours with an assortment of American artists who enlist backup once they've made it across the ocean as well as combos put together by expatriate Americans. The Farrell and Black group is an example of the latter type of project, fronted in the late '90s by singer, guitarist, and harmonica man Rick Farrell and singer and drummer Jimmy Carl Black, of Mothers of Invention "Indian of the group" notoriety.