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Guitarist Clay Ross not only celebrates the coming of his latest album “Matuto” but he also takes the blending musical genres into a place many of us might not traveled before. Perhaps, it’s time to explore a unique and distinctive new voice in music! Be sure and check out the video and be blown away!~ The Urban Flux

Celebrates the Release of His New Album Matuto With Two Evenings of Brazilian Carnaval Meets Appalachia in NYC at NUBLU on October 15th and at RODEO BAR on October 20th.

Clay Ross

Clay Ross

Clay Ross thinks like a poet, writes like a novelist, and plays the guitar like a master.” – Jambase

Matuto (ma-two-toe) is Brazilian slang for country bumpkin. Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where exotic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, Telecaster twangs, and folksy fiddle tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of NYC’s finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages world wide.

On his Ropeadope debut, Matuto, Clay Ross offers us a peek into his diverse and dynamic musical world. Composer, singer-songwriter, and producer, this South Carolina native has become an in-demand guitarist on the NYC jazz, world, and roots music scenes. In the last four years, Ross has submerged himself in Brazilian music as a member of Cyro Baptista’s world-renowned percussion ensemble “Beat the Donkey.” He has completed four international tours as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador and currently performs at bluegrass festivals across North America with rising folk star April Verch.

Through the unorthodox blend of Brazilian percussion and American bluegrass, Ross has created an organic, animated sound all his own. The album features master percussionists Cyro Baptista (Paul Simon, Sting) and Ze Mauricio (YoYo Ma, Choro Ensemble), drummer Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea) and accordionist Rob Curto (Lila Downs, David Krakauer.) Mixed by Tony Maimone at Studio G, Mastered by Scott Hull. With Clay Ross – Guitars, Vocals, and Cavaquinho, Rob Hecht – Fiddle, Edward Perez – Bass, Tim Keiper – Drums, Scott Kettner – Percussion, Eduardo Guedes – Percussion, Olivier Manchon – Violins, Viola, and Vio-cello, Merideth Hite – Oboes and English Horns.


Thursday, Oct. 15th at 11pm
62 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009-6916
(212) 375-1500
$10 Cover at Door

Clay Ross – Guitar and Vocals
Rob Curto – Accordion
Rob Hecht – Fiddle
Edward Perez – Bass
Gil Olivera – Drums
Scott Kettner – Percussion


Monday, Oct. 20th @ 9PM
375 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016-9065
(212) 683-6500
Free Show

Clay Ross – Guitar and Vocals
Rob Curto – Accordion
Rob Hecht – Fiddle
Edward Perez – Bass
Richie Barshay – Drums
Scott Kettner – Percussion

Clay Ross demonstrated that not all Americans who have the will to be Brazilian are boring. His sound mixes the old west and the sertão in a stylized way, but it’s all so much fun that it doesn’t sound artificial.”
– Recife Rock (Rec Beat Festival in Recife, Brazil)

“Clay has a passionate, unique, and personal voice
that awakens feelings in audiences.” – Jazz Review

Clay RossMatuto
Ropeadope Records- Release date: August 25, 2009