Wellington will "LIft Up Every Stone"
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Wellington will "LIft Up Every Stone"

Friday, February 23, 2024 – Banjo player Tray Wellington went beyond his usual sound with his take on John Hiatt's "Lift Up Every Stone."

Recorded with members of his Tray Wellington Band and a trio of picked guests, the North Carolina native' said, "For me, "'Lift Up Every Stone' encompasses a sense of encouragement to fight through the hard times in life. When I first heard the John Hiatt version of this song, I loved the use of imagery to convey the lifting atmosphere. It was also a chance to try something new musically, which for anything I record, I want to be challenged more and more, and this was the perfect way to step outside of my comfort zone."

"Lift Up Every Stone" also includes bassist Katelynn Bohn's , the mandolin and fiddle of Josiah Nelson and Drew Matulich's acoustic guitar plus steel guitar from DaShawn Hickman's and harmonies from Wendy Hickman, who matches Wellington's vocals.

Wellington, who records for Mountain Home Music, has won IBMA Momentum Band of the Year award for his band and individual recognition as an IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year.

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