Clayton Chaney is a rare breed of front-man/bassists well-versed in the techniques of melodic truth telling. His songs have a way of preserving hope in a world steeped in sadness and cynicism while confronting the fears and failures that come along with being human. As the former co-lead singer of The Show Ponies, Chaney has experienced America’s big cities and small towns from stages around the country. He was very sad when he sold his Ford Econoline after the band stopped touring in 2017.
He draws inspiration from the old sounds of Roger Miller and Elvis Presley while indulging in newer influences such as Dawes, John Moreland and Jonny Fritz. As a native of Arkansas and long time resident of Southern California, Chaney’s songs seem to reconcile a traditional upbringing in Middle America with an ever-changing coming-of-age on the West Coast. This contemplative blend of folk, gospel, and rock ’n roll is what Clayton Chaney is known for as his catalogue of original songs continues to expand.