1 from The Clay Hess Band

1 - The Clay Hess BandFinally… and this time we’re not kidding!

The first full album from The Clay Hess Band, entitled 1, will be available July 3 – which coincidentally is Clay’s birthday. Personnel changes, and his busy studio schedule, have delayed this release a number of times, but now it’s all finished and ready to go.

Featuring Clay’s strong original material, and some classic folk songs, 1 highlights his skills as a writer, singer and guitarist, assisted by Irl Hees on bass and vocals, Clay’s son Brennan Hess on second guitar, Nick Keen on mandolin, and Zach Gilmer on banjo. Additional songs come from Barry Bales, Carl Jackson, Craig Market and Wayne Winkle.

The full album won’t be available until next week, but Clay authorized us to tease a couple of tracks.

First up is Empty Old Coal Town, written by Marvin Clark and Laken Clark, with Randy Kohrs on reso-guitar.


Following that, we have a taste of Breakin’ Down, written and sung by Hees.


Pre-orders can be placed now for delivery after July 3. Clay will also have them with him for the upcoming Starvy Creek and MACC festivals next month.

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