Two fantastic shows in one week! by Tony Björkenvall, 12:41 2010-07-11
First, thank you to the NOTODDEN crowd and organisation, you made us feel at home! Thank you Brad Paisley & band and the whole US-crew, you gave us a night to remember! More info »
Last, but not least, thank you KIRUNA, our hometown, we´re so proud of having you as a crowd! We could never dream 5 000 would show up at KIRUNAFESTIVALEN! We love you! More info »
Stay the Night, Notodden Musikkfestival, Norway
A mighty good summer coming up!
Did you think that your favourite band were gonna settle with doing nothing this summer? Of course not! The »Blue«-tour continues... by Per Carlsson, 16:41 2010-06-02
With a fully crowded gig at Bergenfest in Norway earlier this spring and a couple of nice chart positions with »Mighty Good Time« Willy Clay Band is packing their gears for another league of the tour...
Fri Jun 25th Notodden, Norway Notodden Musikkfestival w/Brad Paisley! More info »
Sat Jul 3rd Kiruna, Sweden Kirunafestivalen More info »
With the album »Blue«, the first single, »Mighty Good Time«, a couple of TV-shows and a complete new set Willy Clay Band are looking forward to kick off the tour next week. "I'm looking forward to try out some new songs along with some old goodies!", Tony continues "I think we have a very dynamic set that includes some songs that's never been performed live before!" by Per Carlsson, 23:37 2010-01-21 (updated 07:29 2010-01-22)
Willy Clay Band now returns to some venues they've played before during the tour. Björn shines up when Katalin in Uppsala is named. "It's like coming home playing at Katalin. Maybe it's the venue I've played the most, at least among the confirmed venues, but of course I've also played alot in Norrtälje both with Willy Clay Band, Chip (Taylor) and Sixpack Holiday."
"I think the gig at Debaser (Slussen) Tuesday January 26th will rock. Kicking off a tour is an odd experience, the tension is in the air, alluring and a thrill...", Tony adds "Yeah, it's something very special!" before the conversation ends... The band is about to rehears, promising... isn't it?
The premiere at Debaser (Slussen) in Stockholm on Tuesday January 26th kicks off an extensive tour in Sweden and Norway during January and February.
E-mails have requested information about the Kexi Swedish SVT show... Here's a useful link! More info » (SVT-Play, 3 parts)
Most Of All 2009-11-07 Tornedalsfesten, Kulturenshus Luleå (SVT Kexi)
57 channels and something on!
Don't miss Willy Clay Band performing live at Swedish television, SVT1 Go Kväll tonight... by Per Carlsson, 07:54 2010-01-22
Later on, next week on Tuesday, Willy Clay Band also perform at the Swedish TV-show Nyhetsmorgon (TV4).
»Blue« goes west!
Another country and another release to welcome! by Per Carlsson, 20:07 2010-01-21
In co-operation with Warner Norway Willy Clay Band release »Blue« January 18th.
Targeting the lists!
Willy Clay Band enter another list with »Blue«! by Per Carlsson, 23:26 2010-01-12
Januari 2010 - Euro Americana Chart (Netherlands) 1. Dave Rawlings Machine »A Friend Of A Friend« 2. Tony Denikos »Already Gone« 3. Shelley King »Welcome Home« 4. Sons Of Bill »One Town Away« 5. Brown Bird »The Devil Dancing« 6. Patrick Bloom »Ghosts of Radio« 7. Caroline Herring »Golden Apples Of The Sun« 8. Wrinkle Neck Mules »Led The lead Fly« 9. Molina & Johnson »Molina & Johnson« 10. The Maldives »Listen To The Thunder« 11. Furnace Mountain »Fields Of Fescue« 12. Andi Almqvist »Glimmer« 13. Jubal Lee Young »The Last free place in America« 14. Willy Clay Band »Blue« 15. John Shipe »Yellow House« 16. Paul Curreri »California« 17. Clarence Bucaro »New Orleans« 18. Pilgrim »Harbor Girl« 19. Rita Hosking »Come Sunrise« 20. Elliott Murphy »Alive in Paris« 21. John Pinamonti »End of Smith« 22. John Gorka »So Dark You See« 23. Bob Cheevers »That´s What I Like About Luckenbach« 24. Stace England & the Salt Kings »The Amazing Oscar Micheaux« 25. The Mayflies »A Thousand Small Things« More info » (Euro Americana Chart)
Willy Clay Band announce to play Kirunafestivalen 2010!
This announcement is a Christmas gift for all involved beeing able to play our home town festival next summer! by Per Carlsson, 00:11 2009-12-19
With only days remaining of the year, the Willy Clay Band album »Blue« is ranked as the seventh best album of 2009! by Per Carlsson, 22:24 2009-12-17
Album of the year 2009 According to Tom Skjeklesæther, ABC Nyheter (Norway) 1. Son Volt »American Central Dust« 2. Tom Russell »Blood And Candle Smoke« 3. Bob Dylan »Together Through Life« 4. Tellusalie »The Man Across The Fountain« 5. Stein Torleif Bjella »Heidersmenn« 6. Sivert Höyem »Moon Landing« 7. Willy Clay Band »Blue« 8. Rosanne Cash »The List« 9. The Duke & The King »Nothing Gold Can Stay« 10. Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard »One Fast Move Or I'm Gone/ Kerouac's Big Sur« More info » (ABC Nyheter)
As promotion for the new album, »Blue« and the upcoming tour Willy Clay Band is heading for some TV-shows! by Per Carlsson, 17:15 2009-12-16
Kexi presents three half-hours with the best music from Tornedalen (up north in Sweden) including artists like Markus Fagervall, Raj Raj Band, Carina Henriksson, Jord participate along with Willy Clay Band.
Mon Dec 21st 19:00 Kexi Swedish SVT2 Part 1 of 3. Also broadcasted: SVT2 2009-12-26 and SVT24 2009-12-29 More info »
Wed Dec 23rd 19:00 Kexi Swedish SVT2 Part 2 of 3. Also broadcasted: SVT2 2009-12-27 and SVT24 2009-12-30 More info »
Tue Dec 29th 19:00 Kexi Swedish SVT2 Part 3 of 3. Also broadcasted: SVT24 2009-12-31 More info »
Snapshots uploaded for all to share! by Per Carlsson, 12:56 2009-11-28
Here's a pick from a festival held in Tornedalen where Willy Clay Band performed. Markus Fagervall sings »Kruuvamies« (The miner) with Willy Clay Band in the language meänkieli... Thanks to olafixar for the upload!
The Miner (feat. Markus Fagervall) 2009-11-07 Tornedalsfesten, Kulturenshus Luleå
Some words about the band from the media... pt 1
Tornedalen's music belongs to the world! Extract translated from Norrbottens-Kuriren by Per Carlsson, 10:07 2009-11-19
It was a knock-out when Willy Clay Band entered the stage. Amazing, cool, country from up North. Kiruna and Junosuando may be the origin, but from there to Nashville it isn't far.
You could say that the Willy Clay Band belongs to the world. You could say that the songs we heard on Friday was tight in the same obvious way as iron ore pellets rolling towards Narvik and further out to the world. Or the iron that rolls out of the steel mills to be cars, guitars and roofing sheets.
It was a joy to experience. The vocals, the guitars - I got chills like in the past - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds... I quickly lost judgement. The analytical capacity disappeared and was replaced with a strong sense of "here and now".
Stay the night 2009-11-07 Tornedalsfesten, Kulturenshus Luleå
About the band... pt 2
Much of what was great on the debut album is recaptured on »Blue« Extract translated from Sydsvenskan by Per Carlsson, 10:44 2009-11-19
Many songs on the album recapture the Eagles, especially those (a minority) in which Björn Pettersson takes the solo harmony, vocally he is close to Glenn Frey; listen for example, to "True Lies". But even when Tony Björkenvall frontlines these songs are better descibed as "sun kissed vocal harmonies" and "laid-back country rock" that is better on caressing than disturbing.
However, there is so much of the discrete charm of soft rock, mostly in the music but in some of the lyrics as well.
The show last night made a huge impact on me... What a gig! The stage lights was stunning, the atmosphere thrilling and the Willy Clay Band as good as ever! Per Carlsson, 22:59 2009-11-01
Several months of hard work is greatly rewarded with the show Willy Clay Band offered yesterday, an hour and a half of pure energy... A fascinating event.
Classics from »Rebecca drive« and »E.P.« were performed along with new earrings from the amazing »Blue« album in front of a sold-out Kiruna Folkets Hus.
Thank you all for joining the show, helping us building up the mood!
And to all of you who did not get a ticket... Hold out, more dates are planned at the time of writing!
Chip Taylor about the upcoming album »Blue«
Here is probably the first »Blue« review from the Yonker of New York himself... Chip Taylor! Per Carlsson, 09:00 2009-10-03
For me, it was The Louvin Brothers, then Lefty & Hank.. then Johnny Cash & Elvis.. then Waylon, Willie, John Prine, Gram & Emmylou, Lucinda & the other cool alt-country renegades – artists that broke ground. The Willie Clay Band fits right in that line. And the good thing is they’re “radio friendly”! So, again - if there’s any justice – we’ll hear them on the airwaves! What a concept – good music on the airwaves!! Holy Shit!!
Just listen to »Most Of All« from their great new album, »Blue«. That is one AWESOME song. Sure it’s commercial. But it’s also heartfelt & unique.. a one-of-a-kind. We don’t hear a lot of those these days. It was written by lead singer, Tony Björkenvall, who is not only brilliant at that craft - but also one of the most unique & soulful alt-country singers on the planet!
Chip Taylor, New York, Oct 2009
New album! »Blue«
Willy Clay Band has a new album out! »Blue« is produced by Ollie Olson (Robyn, Christian Walz, Oh Laura, etc.) and is released on 28th October. Håkan Olsson (translation Per Carlsson), 23:10 2009-10-01
With help from Olson, Willy Clay Band have carefully renewed itself. Basically, it's still the melodic rock with country and Americana influences, but Willy Clay Band has shaped their very own niche. A fresh and timeless sound. And certainly one can imagine american models, the guys in Willy Clay Band are probably the first to acknowledge that. Yet, here's a vibe that clearly defines Willy Clay Band and nothing else.
A few days ago, "Mighty Good Time«, the first single, was released for radio and MySpace along with other sites.
Willy Clay Band holds a release concert at Kiruna Folkets Hus on Saturday, October 31st.