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In early 2000, a chance meeting between Chris Higbee and Chris "Abby" Abbondanza led to beginning of The PovertyNeck Hillbillies. Five years later, The PovertyNeck Hillbillies are a six member band formed from the roots of talent, ambition and a genuine passion for country music. Chris Higbee (fiddle), Abby (lead vocals), Dave Cramer (keyboards, vocals), Ryan Lucotch (drums), Jeff Volek (bass), and Junior (electric guitar) are the magic six from the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that make this group unlike any other country act that is out there.
The charismatic, live performances that The PovertyNeck Hillbillies deliver night after night to thousands of fans of all ages and cowboy boot sizes are a true testament to why this group is the greatest new band in the world of country music. Abby's vocals blend a deep, country twang with a hint of rocknroll gravel, and are backed by powerful harmonies in songs such as, "She Rides Wild Horses" and "Mr. Right Now." The six piece band provides the full, articulate sound that makes The PovertyNeck Hillbillies unique in their genre.
As the official band of the Pittsburgh Steelers, PNH has a deep loyalty to their hometown soil, where in 2005 their debut release sold over 2,100 units in the first week of distribution. "Hillbilly State of Mind" sold over 30,000 units regionally, attracting national attention from the Country Music Association, who promptly named the band one of the "top independent artists of 2005."
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- LyricsYou can spend the night waitin' for a prince charming to come along
Tall rich and handsome sensitive and strong
Take a look around at all these guys
Judge 'em all with your critical eye
I got a feeling you'll be waiting for a long long time
- LyricsOne night in New Orleans
On a superbowl Sunday
In a bar with a big screen TV
She was there with some girls
They were down from Montreal
- LyricsIt's just her and a band and the clean-up man,
She's countin' up her tips,
She did alright.
She says goodnight.
She drives hom to a three-room flat,
- Lyrics5 a.m. rise and shine, out on the job workin the line,
up in the country thats what we do it's a tradition
I'm carryin through
You might not like what you see but that don't matter to me
- LyricsSeventeen, headin' down that road of freedom
Well everybody said "Son, you'll never get nowhere"
With my stubbon ways, well I knew that I would show them
You can't keep somethin' wild locked up in a cage
After time went by they finally realized I was on my way
- The Night That Changed My Life - 535 plays
- Heaven Help Me - 501 plays
- Kinda Cool, Ain't It - 872 plays
- Hillbilly State of Mind - 555 plays
- Stuck On You - 843 plays