David, originally from West Virginia, and Kelly,
originally from Oklahoma, met in Tucson, AZ where they met playing the night
club circuit. Soon after teaming up, the two married
and went "on the road" playing large dance hall venues which took them from
Arizona to Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and all over New Mexico.
During their time on the
road, David and Kelly
had the pleasure of opening shows for national acts, including Vern Gosdin, Mel McDaniel, Commander Cody, David Frizzell, Johnny Paycheck,
Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee, Sammi Smith, Dave Dudley, Moe Bandy, Jerry
Reed, and the
Late Joe Maphis (King of the Strings) and Roselee. During their shows with Joe and Roselee Maphis,
David had the distinct honor of playing a guitar duet with Joe on Joe's
famed double-neck guitar. David would play the upper neck while Joe reached
around David and played the lower neck.
The couple relocated to Texas
and took an 8 year hiatus from their music. They joined the music
world again by becoming members of the HSA (Houston Songwriters
Assoc.) and working on their original songs.
David and Kelly recently started performing
live again as "The Hanshaws" in an acoustic duo format.
Their CD "The Hanshaws" was
released in 2007 and garnered the duo a nomination as the "Vocal
Duo/Group of The Year" by the Academy of Texas Music at the 2008 Texas Music
Awards. Songs from the CD charted on the Roots Music Report as well as
on the European Country Music Chart.
They are currently working on
their next project which is expected to be completed in late 2012.
Their vocal sound is a
natural blend.. with a country lilt and whiskey smoke.
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David or Kelly click on their respective photo.