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Favorite Flatpickers
Tony Rice, Ron Block, Dan Tyminski, Dave Denman, Sierra Hull
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
NONE
Favorite Guitars
Hayes mahogany/red spruce unbelievable!
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I have been playing guitar with Sierra Hull and highway 111 since jan 1 2009. I played with Mountain Heart from september 2007 to jan 1 2009.. Prior to that, I played guitar and mandolin with the Mark Newton Band (2004-2007), and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder(1999-2002)
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At 10:26am on May 13, 2008, Walter Halliwell said…
Thanks for the St Louis workshop! It was great to hear you play. My 12 year old son was able to see the Bluegrass isn't just for old folk like me!!
At 1:37pm on July 25, 2008, Jed C said…
Hey Mr. Hess! This is Jed Clark, you may or many not remember me from Branson. Sierra, that one banjo dude, smiley (bass), and yourself jammed with us at that hotel.
I recently ordered a new guitar. I took your advice and got the Adorondak spruce top and forward shifted x-bracing. Thanks again for jamming with us!
Take care!
-Jed
At 8:07am on July 31, 2008, Joel Rollins said…
Hey Clay,

I'm the owner of Martin "Clay Hess" Custom Edition #3. I love it. I hope someday I'll be able to play it well enough to make it sound at least a fraction of it's potential.
At 9:17am on July 31, 2008, Derek said…
Thanks for adding me. I'm still trying to learn at least one of the licks from the video you did with Jon Garon. When are you coming to the Paradise?
At 9:38am on July 31, 2008, Yiannis Gougourelas said…
You were the reason i bought the D-18V Clay Hess #6,(but sold it later due to it's big neck).
Bought your dvd also and your cds Clay.
I'm definitely a fan of yours.
Hope i can get the chance to meet you someday,Clay in U.S.!
Keep on picking so good!

Best,
Yiannis
At 9:41am on July 31, 2008, Clay Hess said…
It would be nice to meet you too. I'd rather come to greece though.
At 10:57am on July 31, 2008, Mark Stultz said…
Thanks for adding me. I'm a big fan of your unique approach to playing and look forward to hearing you play in Charlotte, NC sometime. The Evening Muse would be a great intimate venue for you.
At 11:15am on July 31, 2008, Stan Mitchell said…
Clay, thought I'd let you know that you've really inspired my picking and got me motivated to seriously improve my flatpicking. Your version of Beaumont Rag of all things (on the MFG website a few years back) is what really got me going. As luck would have it, once I got my flatpicking skills going, I immediately got hired as a mandolin player in a local band!

Glad to see you're playing in a band again. Too bad you mid-west type guys don't make it to the other side of the Rockies very often. Us northwest pickers are in constant bluegrass starvation mode and I've always wanted to see you perform in person. Maybe Mountain Heart could sneak on over to the Boise, Idaho area sometime.

Oh yeah, another D18V CH owner here.

Stan
At 12:05pm on July 31, 2008, John Cadley said…
Hey Clay, I loved the "none" under favorite flatpicking tunes. Just what I would have expected. You know, you're never going to get hired by the Cherryholmes Band this way.
At 10:37am on November 2, 2008, Matthias said…
Hey Cless, all the best from Germany, hope you didn´t mind me adding your wonderful "I know why" ("http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=Y15BqO6SriE) to YouTube. I recorded the whole gig and I was so impressed by you!!! If you´d like t o have a copy of that concert (at the Feed & Seed" with Ron Block) please let me know! Matthias

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