This is Patty's first solo CD featuring her original ballads and borrowed songs about today and yesterday in the West. Her inspiration for songwriting comes not only from being raised in the West, but also from her family, who were Oregon Trail emigrants and pioneers, and prominent ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.
Since the early 1970's, Patty has been performing for a variety of folk and traditional music events and has been awarded several winning trophies for her vocal and songwriting capabilities. She is equally entertaining as a solo performer or when accompanied by Ernie Martinez, Johnny Neill, and Pat Carbone, who make up the Western Band ‘Cimarron Wind’. 'A Matter of Time' is the first of three notably acclaimed recording projects featuring her own original material and obscure songs of the West written by traditional artists.
Patty was awarded the 2007 Will Rogers Award for Western Music Female Vocalist on Aug 7, 2007 in Garland, TX and she was also named Female Performer of the Year for the Western Music Association in November 2004. Her CD's 'Just a Little Bit Cowgirl' and 'Astraddle A Saddle' were both nominated for Western Album of the year by both organizations.
Here are a few comments from folks who have given a listen to Patty's music:
With a voice pure as a prairie wind, Patty Clayton delivers the truth in her
straightforward performances of wonderfully written Western music. Her Folk
roots are strong, and thankfully very apparent in her distinctive singing and
playing style, and her characteristic perfect pitch and gentle touch keep even
the most discriminating listener’s rapt attention. She’s a treasure!
Juni Fisher, Multi-award winning performing songwriter
Patty Clayton is an artist who blends her love for the traditional, historic West with her passion for the West of today. A great singer, songwriter, and musician, Patty Clayton will take you on musical tours of the rich traditions that make up the American West. She is one of my favorite singer/songwriters mainly because of her love and respect for our heritage and the great people who live it.
Jim Wilson, Traditional Album of the Year Award Winner
Patty Clayton is an engaging performer who packs high energy into an almost delicately muted delivery that bespeaks deep musical maturity. That she is an exceptional singer is recognized immediately; that she may be one of western music's finest songwriters becomes apparent upon hearing only a couple of her original tunes. She will impress you with her expressive vocal style, and her phrasing is exquisite. Her songs are sometimes gritty, often historic, and always beautiful. However, she's no delicate songbird, this one. Patty Clayton is a singer/songwriter who lets you know that she can stand toe-to-toe with the finest artists out there - male or female - and hold her own.
Marvin O’Dell, Award winning songwriter and radio personality
I have had the honor of performing with Patty Clayton on numerous occasions and she is, without a doubt, one of the finest entertainers in the western entertainment business. Not only is her pure, sweet voice one of the best, but she is also an excellent musician. She has the ability to captivate an audience, whether young or old, as she presents the traditions and history of the West to her audience through her performances.
Yvonne Hollenbeck, 2005 AWA Cowgirl Poet of the Year
2006 WMA Cowgirl Poet of the Year
"To bare one's soul in a song is not an easy thing to do. To do it skillfully and with grace is a gift. Songwriter Patty Clayton has that gift and she shares it with all of us in her collections."
Donnie Blanz, Singer/Songwriter Actor
“Patty’s recordings clearly offers a good variety of songs bringing the spirit of todays West as well as yesteryear directly to your soul.”
Graham Lees, Host Western Hour Radio Show
"Patty is not only a majestic singer, she's an admirable writer…From the heart, honest, inspirational, distinguished, excellent…a superb performance!"
Bob Everhart, National Traditional Country Music Assoc. Iowa
"Her original material stands strongly among the songs penned by others and offers the listener a clear vision of the images, rhythms and melodies that move Patty Clayton the storyteller and songstress."
Stew Levett, Black Rose Acoustic Music Society, Colorado
"Fantastic, fresh and expressive voice! Patty's songs are simply pieces of art…with just a few words she evokes images with deep emotions."
Gianluca Sitta, Country News, Italy
"Patty's love of folk music is evident in her writing and her delivery…Montana's Yesterday is especially lovely."
O. J. Sikes, Western Music Association's Publication the Advocate
“Cowgirl Easy Listening”
Darrell Arnold, Cowboy Magazine