Local Musician Clayton Brown opens for Teri Clark


Mid America Publishing employees Amie Van Patten and Amy Stourac with Country Music Legend Teri Clark and local musician Clayton Brown.

In the world of arts, dream collision is a frequent thing. Artists, on varying levels of their creative journey, often collide in this chaotic world. When this happens in music, the result can be magical. One of these magical nights of music took place last Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center when local musician Clayton Brown was given the distinguished honor of being the opening act for Country Music legend, Teri Clark.

            There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a night of music played from both ends of the virtual dream rainbow. Clark, on tour for her 24th year, with no end in sight, and Brown, still within his first decade of touring Keokuk County and the surrounding areas. 

            Anyone who has heard Clayton play knows what a treasure this area has in him. At first, it’s hard to believe that voice lives in such a wiry fella. The depth and tone of that gravely, mesmerizing voice sound like they belong in a frame at least 6 feet tall. As the music moves through him he becomes larger than life. He can’t sit still, and either sways along with the strums of his acoustic guitar or taps a beat into his homemade stage drum. This drum is actually one of Brown’s own interventions. Made out of a goodwill suitcase, which he fortified and turned into a seat/drum for when he is playing and modifies into a place to keep his equipment for when he is not. Since music is Clayton’s life, he tends to find a way to make music happen and the opportunity to open for a legend like Teri Clark is an honor he will not soon forget.


For the rest of this article, check out the January 23 issue of the Keota Eagle.