The Clayton Hicklin Band was started as a solo act a little over 4 years ago. Clayton says, “One of these days we’ll come up with an actual band name”. A couple summers ago, Clayton was fortunate enough to be introduced to Melissa Ray and these days you’ll often find her perched out front and stealing the show. They enjoy playing a pretty wide array of music, although most of it is tied back to their musical roots in one way or another. Blues, bluegrass, folk, country and Americana (whatever that is) are the typical categories from which they pull their favorites. They generally make their set lists while occupying two stools at the end of the bar…and then usually lose the list prior to playing and wing it, instead.
Music is a big part of their lives, it is way to express themselves, to pick someone up when they’re feeling down and to bring a little joy to others. In regard to why they chose to perform at CASA’s Voices of Columbia event, they feel very fortunate to be able to get to play music for fun, so they wanted to share that opportunity to help others, as well. Melissa and Clayton both grew up around music in their respective families and Clayton has two children of his own, so the combination of doing something he loves with helping out those that need it is particularly meaningful.
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