Clayton Corn

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

So today we are going to get to know Clayton Corn also known as Clay Corn originally from Farwell, Texas. Funny story my dad went to high school with Clay my dad is only a few year older than him. My dad and I were talking about the days when everyone was getting ready for band and Clay was in the back playing on the piano. Who knew he would go this far in music? I know the whole city of Farwell is very proud of him and his sister who is also involved in the music business Charla Corn. Clayton currently resides in Austin and enjoys playing golf and flying airplanes. I now live in Austin and I love golf and flying airplanes. Currently he is touring with Cory Morrow playing those keys.

Clayton playing at his sister's wedding

When and why did you start playing?

“When I was 6 or 7. My grandmother thought I should start after hearing me pick out TV songs on her piano.”

What drives your passion?
“I just love making feel emotion through music.”

Can you describe the type of music you play?

“Country music has always paid the bills, but I also play rock, funk, Blues & jazz.”

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

“Life. I typically write the lyrics before I go after a melody. Lyrics are much more important to me in a song. Lyle Lovett is my songwriting hero.”

What are your fondest musical memories?

“Playing for Waylon Jennings in front of 40,000 in Nashville.”

Clayton and his sister Charla Corn

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

“Oh, sure. Mom and dad had a record player/8-track combo console. Ray Charles, Alabama, Simon & Garfunkle... The list us long and eclectic.”

Who are your favorite musicians?

“Matt Rollings, he's the best piano player on the planet. Lyle Lovett, the best songwriter. Ramy Antoun, best drummer and a dear friend. There are so many it's hard to pick favorites.”

What is a typical week like for you?

“Monday-Wednesday I work on my new company. We produce big events, most recently the Young Texans Celebration for Governor Abbott's inauguration, Thursday-Saturday I'm typically touring with Cory, most Sundays I play for one of several large churches here in Austin.”

What's your favorite thing about being on the road?

“Traveling to places I've never been, which are getting fewer and farther between, and experiencing the local culture. I always try to eat a local restaurant and meet folks from the area.”

What is the craziest thing that has happened at or after a show?

“At Michigan Motor Speedway someone threw a full unopened can of beer from about 50 feet out in the middle of the crowd and hit Pat Green square on the forehead. It exploded and nearly knocked him unconscious. They never found who threw it.”

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

“Too many to pick just one... I met Muhammad Ali by accident one day in Las Vegas. I was getting on an elevator to go up to my room and I turned around he he was standing right behind me. He saw that I recognized him, smiled and gave me a little dancing 1-2 punch into the air right in front of my face before shuffling into a VIP elevator that security had unlocked for him and his entourage.”

Best place to eat while on the road?

“Saburo's Sushi, Portland, Oregon.”

What's the best town play in?

“Honestly? Austin.”

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

“The main thing is to be authentic. Write songs about things you know and who you are. If you've never had a broken heart it's hard to write a song about it, just like if you've never ridden in a hot air balloon, it'd be hard to write a poem about it. That's why Taylor Swift works so well, she sings and writes about her life and what it's like to be her.”

Thank you so much Clayton you are awesome!!

xxx West Texas Sweetheart


  1. What a great interview! That's crazy about Pat Green... Concerts can be a scary place sometimes!

  2. Awesome interview! And I love Austin Texas!