The Clay Hess Band, ‘Anita, You’re Dreaming’ [Exclusive Premiere]
The Clay Hess Band close their forthcoming new album with their take on the Waylon Jennings song "Anita, You're Dreaming," and The Boot has the exclusive premiere of the track. Readers can press play above to watch Hess and his band perform the song.
Written by Jennings and Don Bowman, "Anita, You're Dreaming" was released in 1965, as the first single from Jennings' 1966 album Leavin' Town; it landed in the Top 20 on the country charts. The Clay Hess Band's version of the song takes the sad-feeling, Spanish-influenced instrumentation of the original and replaces it with a bluegrass melody that's a bit more upbeat.
"I first heard this song when I was a kid," Hess tells The Boot. "Something about that melody paired with the ease of the vocal grabbed me then and still hangs on today."
Comprised of Athens, Ohio, native Hess, mandolin player Dustin Frame, guitarist and vocalist Brennan Hess, banjo player and vocalist Brady Wallen and bassist and vocalist Irl Hees, the Clay Hess Band are signed to Pinecastle Records. Hess formerly served as the lead guitarist in Ricky Skaggs' band, Kentucky Thunder, and has also recorded and toured with several other bluegrass outfits. He formed the Clay Hess Band in 2012, after releasing his debut solo album, Rain.