Clay Cook

Clay Cook

Clay Cook has made his living through many avenues in the music industry. An accomplished songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded & toured with John Mayer, Sugarland, The Marshall Tucker Band, & Shawn Mullins. In 2009 he became a member of the 3-time Grammy winning Zac Brown Band but he still finds time to tour his brand of acoustic singer-songwriter music.

In many ways, it all started for Ben Kessler at the Bitter End. Kessler made his debut at the tender age of 15 at New York’s oldest and arguably most venerable rock club in 2014. Kessler performed in front of the iconic brick stage backdrop and belted out songs from a stage in which Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Randy Newman honed their skills. Not bad for a high school junior from the Philadelphia suburbs.

Kessler is a gifted guitarist who pens soulful, confessional tunes with the depth of early Fiona Apple and the rough-hewn neo-soul textures of John Mayer. At a young age, while his peers wasted time as gamers, Kessler honed his craft as a writer and performer. At 14, Kessler crafted songs in earnest and hit the open mic trail. His previous album The Start garnered spins on WXPN, even though it was self-produced in his parent’s basement when he was just 15. Barely 6 months later, Kessler found himself in a Philadelphia studio once inhabited by Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones, recording with a band whose credits include James Taylor, Amos Lee and John Legend. The resulting album, So It Goes, is comprised of moving, hook-laden tunes, full of rich imagery that belies Kessler's age.

Kessler currently lives in Nashville.

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Incredibly bummed to announce that I have to cancel my upcoming solo tour due to an unexpected but necessary ear surgery. I fully expect to recover in time to go on tour with Zac Brown Band as planned, and will do my best to reschedule the solo tour at a later date. In the meantime, those of you who have already purchased tickets can receive a refund at your point-of-purchase. ~Clay Cook

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