Clay Hess and Sierra Hull Part Ways; Best Festival Moments of 2011; New Releases

Juli Thanki | January 3rd, 2012

  • Check out New Year’s resolutions from Whitehorse’s Luke Doucet, Lydia Loveless, Rob Berliner (Hoots and Hellmouth) and others.
  • Turnstyled Junkpiled celebrates Townes Van Zandt Week, featuring tribute videos from Justin Townes Earle, Ted Russell Kamp, and others.
  • Chet Flippo is full of praise for Dierks Bentley’s upcoming album, Home.
  • Here’s an excerpt from the Lucinda Williams chapter of Brian T. Atkinson’s oral history I’ll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt.
  • UK country and roots magazine Maverick has relaunched.
  • Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today wrote a feature on influential duo the Delmore Brothers.
  • Chris Mateer of the Uprooted Music Revue posted an interview with Blake Judd and Keith Neltner, directors of the film Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin’ the Devil’s Cage.
  • Clay Hess has left Sierra Hull’s band and will be forming his own group, which will be up and running by festival season this summer.
  • The folks at Country Universe are counting down their favorite singles of 2011.
  • This week’s releases:

Charlie Louvin with Benjamin Whitmer – Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (book)

Elvis Presley Elvis Country (Legacy Edition)

The Beau Brummels Bradley’s Farm (remastered and expanded)

Possum Jenkins Carolinacana

Rachel Brooke Late Night Lover

Fred Andrews & Honeybrowne This Side of Crazy

 

  1. Rick
    January 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I’m glad I got to see Sierra Hull live while Clay was still in the band as he is one fine picker. Sierra can audition new guitarists by having them learn “Best Buy” for the try out session! (lol)

    Here’s a quote from the article:
    “He (Clay) called his departure “kind of a mutual decision” based on “artistic differences of opinion. They’re wanting to go in a direction I’m not wanting to go. I’m more of a traditionalist.””

    Uh oh. Does this mean more covers of Adele type songs in Sierra’s future? Hmm…

    I can usually count on Paste and American Songwriter to sing the praises of music artists I will have absolutely no interest in. Thanks for the screening process!

    So Turnstyled Junkpiled is an LA based blog huh? A better name for this place would be TrafficJammed GangRidden Junkpile. Crikey!

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