January 25, 2019
Molly Skaggs, daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame Member Ricky Skaggs, records new project utilizing Brother Claude Ely’s “Ain’t No Grave.”
March 31, 2017
In a tribute to the late rock singer Chuck Berry, this morning's edition of the Australian Herald Sun (Melbourne), mentions Brother Claude Ely in Chuck Berry's obituary and dedication. It reads as follows:
"Charles Edward Berry was one of the true originals of rock. Any musicologist trying to trace the evolution of rock and roll from its blues and country roots cannot ignore Mr Berry. Many writers have tried to pinpoint the Big Bang of rock and roll. Some say it all happened with Elvis Presley’s sessions at Sun Studio in Memphis, where the hillbilly boy with the negro twang pulled black and white together, and made a ruckus that changed the world. That is an oversimplification. All kinds of musicians were fiddling around with musical styles at that time. John Lee Hooker was chunking out some rocking boogie, Little Walter was banging out stuff that was pretty close to rock and roll. Brother Claude Ely (Google him) was melding gospel with rockabilly."
August 27, 2016
"If you've never been to a revival, you have to realize how overwhelming it can be. There were Holiness revivals going on down Highway 23 in Whitesburg, Kentucky, led by singing preacher and musician Brother Claude Ely. He made 78-rpm records of his services, and fifty years later you can hear for yourself how intense and wild the music and the preaching and the praying could get (Page 65)." - writes Ricky Skaggs in his latest autobiography "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music."
August 20, 2016
Eddie Dean, writer for The Washington Post stated:
“Holiness preachers such as Brother Claude Ely rave on like renegade rockabilly cats ... You have Brother Claude Ely doing radio broadcasts that sound like a tent revival ... I think his material is as strong as anything Sun Studio did. Even the wildest rockabilly rarely reached the unhinged delirium of "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down," ... A Holiness preacher from Kentucky, Ely was a faith healer and a terrific guitarist, judging from the ferocious rockabilly rhythms on "Grave," a country hit in 1953. Ely and many others ... foreshadow the rock-and-soul explosion, when church-reared performers such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin fused sanctified and secular style to revolutionize pop music.”
May 5, 2011
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” reports that the airing of Brother Claude Ely’s story is one of the most popular episodes in the show’s history.