Clayton Park

Clayton Park is a singer songwriter and musician who's played in a number of bands over the years. His primary instruments are the violin and guitar. Styles include rock, folk, bluegrass, country, alt country, alternative, and swing.

Clayton was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he knew at a very young age that he wished to someday become a rock musician. His parents insisted that he learn to play the violin and by the 6th grade, had earned the position of first chair. He learned to play guitar on his own at age 15 and began playing in local bands with friends.

In 1990, he joined Somebody's Daughter, who opened for national acts such as the Crash Test Dummies, Tori Amos, Sun 60, the Bonedaddies, Boiled in Lead, and The Samples. An article on the band appeared in Billboard magazine in 1993. Clayton left the band in 1994 to start his own band, Someone Somewhere where he could sing his own original songs. Clayton took a break from running a band to run his own newspaper in 1996.

His unique rock style of electric violin has appeared on several recording projects for friends, including "Lovers Crime," by the Walkabouts and "Your Favorite Song," by Jason Trachtenburg.

In 2004, he expanded his genre to include alternative bluegrass and country bands and briefly started his own bluegrass band in mid 2006. For the first time, his wife Susan joined his band by playing percussion and a stripped down drum kit. However, by early 2007, his newspaper day job forced him to move, and all music projects had to temporarily be put on hold.

In 2009, he and Susan started their own rock band called, The Park-O-Lators.


Round the Bend bluegrass band in
2005 Tokeland, WA.

Photo by Susan Brehme Park.


Updated 6/8/2010.




Daytona Beach Bandshell August 2009
Photo by News Journal 386 staff.

The Ormond Wine Co. Feb. 2010
Photo by Sean McNeal.

Clayton has been a member of several bands, including:


  • The Park-O-Lators - 2009 - Americana roots rock originals.m
    Guitar, vocals, fiddle/violin
  • Park Projects - 2007 - a multifaceted creative project with Susan Park
    Violin/fiddle, guitar, vocals, mandolin
  • The News Hounds - 2009 - a roots rock band formed by Daytona Beach News Journal staff to play inhouse and charity events
    Guitar, vocals, fiddle/violin


  • Casey Raines - 2007 - a singer songwriter who performs southern, country and mainstream rock
    Fiddle, vocals

Seattle, WA

  • The Cowtippers - 2006 to 2007 - traditional and progressive bluegrass - Fiddle, vocals
  • Round the Bend - 2005 to 2006 - traditional bluegrass
    Fiddle, vocals
  • Rachel Harrington - 2005 - alt country Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Jim Basnight Thing - 1995 to 1996 - acoustic pop, swing
    Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
  • Somebody's Daughter - 1990 to 1994 - rock
    Electric Violin, Vocals
  • Mystery School - 1993 to 1995 - ambient jazz
    Electric Violin
  • Someone Somewhere - 1994 to 1996 - rock
    Electric Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, Band Leader.