Jacob Eller to The Church Sisters

Jacob Eller - photo by Andrea EvansThe Church Sisters have announced that Jacob Eller has joined their band on bass.

Like the Churches, Jacob is a native of SW Virginia who learned to play bluegrass as a youngster. Before touring the world as a member of Sierra Hull’s band, he was part of No Speed Limit in Galax, VA along with vocalist Amber Collins and current Church Sisters guitarist Josh Pickett.

With Sierra going in a new direction next year on her new album (more on that shortly), and doing fewer band dates, Jacob will be the regular bassist with The Church Sisters, and doing such shows as Sierra has booked with the band.

Eller says that this is a perfect situation for him.

“I filled in with The Church Sisters a handful of dates this fall and it just seemed like the ideal situation to work in. They’re some of the best singers out there, nothing short of great to work with, the band base is an hour away from me, and I’ve played a lot of music and had some great times in the past with Spencer Strickland and Josh Pickett. 2015 is going to be a big year for them.”

Savannah and Sarah Church, twin sisters and duet partners, will be featured on Orthophonic Joy: 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, a newly-recorded reimagining of the Victor recording sessions in Bristol, TN that are said to have been the first commercial recordings of traditional country music. The project was produced by Carl Jackson and is expected to generate a lot of attention when it is released in 2015.

There is also a new Church Sisters album in the works.

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