John Meyer to Clay Hess Band

The Clay Hess Band has announced the addition of John Meyer from Bolivar, MO as their new banjo player.

He joins Clay on guitar, Irl Hees on bass, Ryan Moyers on mandolin and Brennan Hess on guitar.

Just 19 years old, John has been playing with his family group, the Meyer Bluegrass band, since his early teens.

He told us yesterday that his introduction into Clay’s band was the purest of accidents.

“I met Clay’s son Brennan at SPBGMA, and he recommended me to Clay. I was picking in the hallway, and Brennan and Irl stopped and said… ‘hey we need a banjo player; lets go pick.’

I didn’t actually meet Clay until the first gig I played with them. It was funny…  He came up to me and said ‘Hey, I’m Clay,’ and I said, ‘Yeah… I know.’

They are all really cool guys and the music is great.”

Clay said that he is very impressed with his new young picker, and that the band would soon be in the studio with his business partner, Rick Hayes. Look for a Clay Hess Band CD in the near future.

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