David, originally from West Virginia, and Kelly,
originally from Oklahoma, met in Tucson, AZ playing the local night
club circuit. Eventually they started performing together and soon after
were married. They 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 Rose Lee. During their shows with Joe and Rose
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 back to Texas
and took an 8 year hiatus from their music. They later re-joined the music
world by becoming members of the HSA (Houston Songwriters
Assoc.) and focusing on recording their original songs.
Their self-titled 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 received air-play on local radio and
overseas. Their recording of "Ring of Fire" charted at #73 on
the European Country Music Charts, and stayed on the chart for 12 weeks.
Their original song, "Robbin' Trains," charted on the Roots Music Report at #8
in the Pop Country category and also at #25 in the Roots "Texas" category.
Their latest single, "If You Leave It
To Me," was licensed to Dickey's BBQ restaurant chain and added to their
in-house play list for all 250 locations.
David's original song,
Take Me Down To the Water was a Top Finalist in the Ronnie Milsap
Country Cut contest sponsored by American Songwriter Magazine. The
song was also a top Finalist in the Music City Song Writing Competition for
the Nashville Visitors Bureau.
David and Kelly currently perform as
an acoustic duo, "The Hanshaws." Their vocal sound is a
natural blend.. with a country lilt and whiskey smoke. They are
currently working on their next project which is expected to be completed in
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