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Television special of live concert performance to premiere
September 8 at 8 p.m. on WQED tv13

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PITTSBURGH, PA – The PovertyNeck Hillbillies are the local band from Fayette County that is taking the East Coast by storm! On July 26, 2005 in the WQED Multimedia studios, the band known for their high-energy shows performed a concert that included tracks from their new CD, Don’t Look Back including fan favorites and radio hits like “Mr. Right Now,” “Evil Twin” and “One Night In New Orleans.” The performance was taped before an enthusiastic crowd for a public television special, “PovertyNeck Hillbillies Live!,” which will premiere on September 8 at 8 p.m. on WQED tv13.

“Take the energy of Garth Brooks, great original music, and a dash of good looks and smiles, and you get the PovertyNeck Hillbillies.”
- Crazy Doug Wilson, WANB’s morning show DJ

A DVD of the concert, with bonus material that includes “PovertyNeck Hillbillies: Pittsburgh’s Country Breakout Band” (1 hour documentary) and extra songs not in the television special, will be available beginning September 8. The cost is $19.95 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-274-1307, or at Shop WQED at, and will be available at local retail outlets.

Young, good-looking, and able to whip the crowd into a frenzy, these 7 talented men - complete with cowboy boots and a fiddle - are stomping their way to the big time. The Hillbillies music, once only heard by a tiny slice of their native southwestern Pennsylvania, is now heard on radio stations from New York to South Carolina.
And they are the first unsigned band to chart on Billboard’s “Country Top 100” list.

Great country music isn’t the only reason the PovertyNeck Hillbillies play to capacity crowds every night. They are in the business of entertaining people and that is their main goal every time they take the stage. Obviously, they’re doing something right. They’re Pittsburgh’s hottest and highest-grossing band.

Repeat airings of the concert include September 8 at 9 p.m., September 10 at 11 p.m., September 11 at midnight (Late Saturday, early Sunday morning), September 15 at 8 p.m. and September 17 at 11 p.m., all on WQED tv13.

In addition, WQED will rebroadcast the documentary “PovertyNeck Hillbillies: Pittsburgh’s Country Breakout Band” on September 11 at 4 p.m. and September 18 at midnight (Late Saturday into Sunday morning). Check your local listings for the complete schedule.

The PovertyNeck Hillbillies are: Chris Higbee, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals; Chris (Abby) Abbondanza, lead vocals, guitar; Bob Crafton, pedal, steel and electric guitar; Dave Cramer, keyboards, vocals; Ryan Lucotch, drums; Jeff Volek, bass, vocals; and David Guthrie, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals.

“PovertyNeck Hillbillies Live!” is underwritten by Cricket, 30 East Main, 84 Lumber Classic, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Washington Wild Things, Riverhounds and Froggy radio.
Song list from “PovertyNeck Hillbillies Live!”

One Night In New Orleans
Born To Be Free
The Hillbilly Way
The Night That Changed My Life
She Rides Wild Horses
Right Here, Right Now
Kinda Cool Ain’t It
Evil Twin
Heaven Help Me
If You Could Only See
Hillbilly State Of Mind
Mr. Right Now

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