Session Date: 9/10/2018
Session Location: Raisin' Roots Farm - Fort Collins, CO
Meet the Clay Rose. Clay is the frontman of beloved Boulder, CO band Gasoline Lollipops. Clay was born in Lafayette, CO. His folks split before he was two. His mother moved outside of Nashville, where she’d had some success writing songs. Willie Nelson recorded her song, “Last thing I needed, First Thing in the Morning”. His father moved into the mountains above Boulder where he would study Buddhism and practice meditation during the school year. He drove big rigs coast to coast during the summer. Clay grew up more or less between the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the backwoods of Tennessee, and the front seat of a tractor trailer.
“Pop had a stellar collection of tapes we’d listen to on the road. We had Neil Young, Dire Straits, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison. Back in Tennessee, Mom would have picks with her friends in the local clubs and living rooms. I got turned on to Lacy J Dalton, Willis Alan Ramsey, Leonard Cohen, and Steve Young. I guess I was raised with music in my blood. So it was no real surprise to anyone when I played my first gig a couple weeks after Pop taught me a few chords on the guitar. I was 15 years old, and that first gig was an open mic in a Nova Scotia barn. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
“I’ve played everything from acoustic punk for a single passed-out bum at an anarchist rally in the Boston Commons, to a damn-near sold out show at Red Rocks with my band, Gasoline Lollipops. But my favorite shows are still the ones that don’t feel like shows at all. Tiny joints like Gold Hill Inn, or the Swing Station, where everyone is packed in so tight that they all feel related, at least for one night. Music is pure joy, or it’s pure sorrow. But it’s a pure mode of communication and connection. That’s why I do it; to feel connected.”
Clay’s band, The Gasoline Lollipops are currently working on a new EP that will be released at the Gothic Theater in Denver on February 22nd, 2019. Until then, they have an upcoming New Years Eve show at the Fox Theater, where they will be covering Tom Petty’s album, Wildflowers in its entirety.
“I hope I have a chance to meet every one who picks up what we’re laying down. Stay true”.