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Admin 2019 Rock The Fest

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Hello friends, listeners, brothers and sisters!

Chances are that you are here from seeing us live, watching one of our videos, or a friend told you to check us out. On any account, we are grateful. It’s been a thrill to build this dream of ours up from nothing. Only two years ago, CST started as a solo project by frontman Clayton Ryan, playing bars on Thursday nights and busking on the streets.

Now, we’ve adopted a full, all-star crew of musicians that are as good of people as they are killin’ players. We found a unique sound, influenced by Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Rival Sons, to name a few. Andrew Teutsch, a trained pianist, and organist, brings a gospel and blues touch, a defining sound of the band. “The Reverend” is keen to Roland boards, and his signature organ sounds are ear-catching on tracks like “Wishful Thinking” and “Teach Them To Kill,” with its driving Vox Continental solo.

Andy Braught, a Musicman and Fender Player, has a bass tone that some describe as the “Thunder at your Hips.” It’s very apparent in the opening of their debut single, “Shake,” which featured a rousing opening bass line and solo, that Andy knows how to make the room dance. Versatile in jazz, latin, rock, funk, and pop, Andy is also a talented upright player and is frequently seen as principal of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Trevor Ryan is the new kid on the block, joining the band in the summer of 2018. Make no mistake about his talents; this DWDrums and Meinl Cymbals drummer can hang in any style and is a professional through and through. His first rehearsal with the band left them both excited and motivated to be more prepared for practice, as Trevor had transcribed their first record and played it perfect. His rhythm is unmatched. Where time is needed, time is granted. Where lightning-fast fills are wanted, they appear as quick as a flash. His energy is a true experience to witness live. Listen to their Iowa Public Radio appearance, particularly to “Shake,” where he tears up the Latin jam at the end.

The summer of 2018 was very successful, including the release of a new video and single for “Westward Soul,” a debut on Iowa Public Radio’s Studio One, and a career highlight performance at Wooly’s in Des Moines.

We are proud to share our passion with you. Help us make the world a positive, true place as we continue to bring you our most honest attempt at something heartfelt. The world needs it, and music is the way to bring us together. Cheers.

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