• Clay Hess has seen the light

    I Saw The Light is the name of the first single from The Clay Hess Band's upcoming debut CD. And no, it's not another cover of the Hank Williams classic. It's a new song from Craig Market and Wayne Winkle, in

  • On The Front Porch – Kenny Thacker

    Many bluegrass musicians first developed their love of this genre from listening carefully to their grandparents and other relatives making music. Kenny Thacker is no different. On his latest release, On the Front Porch, this Kentucky-born pastor pays tribute to

  • Nick Keen to Clay Hess

    The Clay Hess Band has announced their newest member, Nick Keen, who will play mandolin with the group. He steps in for Ryan Moyers, who turned in his resignation earlier this year. Nick joins Clay and his son Brennan Hess on

  • Faultline – Jesse Gregory

    Jesse Gregory is a strong young vocalist from Maryville, TN, currently enrolled in the Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. She has the distinction of being the first woman to declare a bluegrass major

  • Welcome Magnolia Belle Hess

    Clay and Samantha Hess are celebrating this weekend, as their daughter, Magnolia Belle, was born on Friday night (11/16) at 8:04 p.m. Miss Magnolia (Little Maggie?) came in at 7 lbs 1.5 oz, stretching out to 20'' long. She is their first child,

  • Only at World of Bluegrass

    We have a wealth of material still to come from last week's World of Bluegrass and Fan Fest in Nashville, which has not yet been published due to the return travel and post-IBMA recovery needs of your humble editor. There are

  • Clay Hess at Pickin’ In The Panhandle

    We spent a few minutes backstage with Clay Hess at Pickin' In The Panhandle, where he filled us in on details about his new band, and their upcoming band album. http://www.vimeo.com/49106868   You can see all of our coverage from Pickin' In The

  • Day 2 at Pickin’ In The Panhandle

    We had big fun today at the Pickin' In The Panhandle festival. Just around noon, a real worm strangler hit the campground, which stopped the show for an hour or so. Things got re-started, but the rains returned time and again

  • First day at Pickin’ In The Panhandle

    Here are a few shots from our first day at Pickin' In The Panhandle. Much more coming today, including interviews with Tim Shelton and Chris Jones.   You can see all of our coverage from Pickin' In The Panhandle (photos and interviews)

  • 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