For Immediate Release
August 17, 2009
MTV Games’ Rock Band Network Features Rising Guitar
Genius Cetan Clawson
Nashville Showcase Added! Cetan Plays the 5 Spot Tuesday, August 18th
Sessions with Chris Layton of SRV’s Legendary Double Trouble –
Songs to be Released as Digital 45 August 25th
Cetan Clawson’s Debut White Heat In Stores Now
“…an act of absolute genius and perfect quality musicianship. Meet the boy genius and remember his name: Cetan Clawson.” REAL DETROIT WEEKLY
Cetan Clawson will be featured in the closed beta trial of MTV Games’ Rock Band Network! Rock Band Network (created by Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games) is a spanking new innovative network that allows artists and labels to publish their music as playable Rock Band tracks. They’ll be available through the newly created Rock Band Network Store, scheduled to launch on Rock Band 2 for the X-Box 360 before the end of 2009. The Network is currently in the beta stage, only a handful of artists have had the opportunity to train at Harmonix and learn to transcribe songs into playable Rock Band tracks. RockGamer Studios owner Miquel Molinari weighs in on Cetan, “We’re honored to author Cetan’s challenging riffs and unique style for inclusion in the Rock Band Network. To all expert guitarists we say, ‘Have fun trying to conquer this one!’ Both Cetan and his manager Ramsey Dean have been a pleasure to work with, and we hope our partnership leads to more Cetan Clawson on Rock Band in the near future.”
Cetan’s single, “White Heat” is one of a very select list of tracks that will be available as soon as the store launches.On Rock Band, users will employ the game peripherals (USB guitars, drums and microphones) to match the song’s vocals, guitar, bass and drum tracks. Users will have to match Cetan’s wild riffs and solos note-for-note, which will be challenging for even the most accomplished Rock Band virtuosos! “I think it’d be cool to see how high people score doing the guitar tricks I do on stage (playing behind their head, behind their back, etc.) and post that to Youtube,” laughed Cetan.
Cetan’s latest recordings were produced by the great blues drummer, Chris Layton, best known for his work in Double Trouble with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Storyville and the Arc Angels. Clawson remembers, “When you’re recording with someone who has played with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and so many others, it’s such a great feeling, and all around a phenomenal experience. It was a real honor working with Chris Layton and Scott Nelson.” Visit www.cetanclawson.com to see a mini-documentary with footage of the sessions, an interview with Cetan and live performances.
Cetan’s debut album, White Heat is in stores now on 8th Impression/Fontana, but since he recorded it at the wise old age of 17, he is eager to provide fans with new songs. To that end, the tunes from his session with Layton and Kenny Wayne Shepherd bassist Scott Nelson will be released as a 45 download! “Everyday Blues” and “I Wanna Try” were recorded on June 25th and 26th, and will be available through iTunes, Rhapsody, Wal-mart and Best Buy’s online stores on August 25th.
And what better time for the return of the guitar god? As kids everywhere rediscover actual playing in both the games and on YouTube, and punk stagnates in a morass of mascara and morality, Cetan doesn’t just commit heresy by playing leads; he plays them behind his head, behind his back, left-handed, right-handed, one handed and even with his teeth, boasting a style that can’t be matched by guitarist nor gamer. “I have one small chip from a slight mishap before I practiced it a lot,” he says with a laugh. “It takes a great deal of skill.” Clawson himself admits that while the game exposes “the kids” to the artistry of the guitar, he thinks that hours spent playing the game would be better as hours spent playing the actual instrument. See Cetan playing “Star Spangled Banner” with his teeth in honor of armed forces everywhere here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Akk7SnTI8A
It’s been years since John Mayer emerged as the new guitar ace whose job it was to re-introduce the blues to a younger audience. Cetan Clawson is now poised as heir to that lineage, pushing into new territory with a skill and acumen. With the national release of his debut, his new partnership with Rock Band Network and the guidance and mentorship of blues stars like Layton, Clawson is well on his way.
For tickets to the show or copies of the album, contact Heather West.
THE CETAN CLAWSON REVOLUTION NASHVILLE SHOWCASE
Performs The 5 Spot – Nashville, TN.
August 18th, 2009
$5 / 21+ /9p
1006 Forrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37206