Clayton Knight discovered bluegrass music pretty much by accident. In 1973, a Baltimore friend bummed a ride to Virginia. The destination, in Culpeper, turned out to be one of Jim Clark’s Bluegrass Folk Music festivals, and hearing bluegrass played, first-hand, changed the way he listened to and played music.
Fast forward a few decades to his purchase, on a whim, of a mandolin, while traveling through Denver, and a lifetime of affinity for all the branches of traditional music began to sprout. In 2006, he began writing songs and in 2012, his first album, Runs Real Good was released.
A few more years of study, performing, and songwriting yielded 2017’s Big As Life, his first all-original collection of songs.
He performs in a variety of regional settings solo, with a duo, Shinbone Alley, and with his band Ash Creek.