Saturday, July 22, 2006

You Can't Keep A Good Band Down


Corbin/Hanner at the Irwin Band Stand
Originally uploaded by justinsullivan.

Being out of our house this summer has forced us to broaden our horizons. Our family's affinity for music picnics began with the wine and cheese crowd on the manicured grounds of the Frick with the occasional journey to Point State Park. This summer, we've yet to venture to a 1st Friday concert but have been to the Point for Roseanne Cash and out to Pittsburgh's North Hills for a Bluegrass Festival at Hartwood Acres. Last night, hotdogs, nachos and snow cones replaced wine and cheese as the music picnic adventure expanded to Westmoreland County for the Corbin Hanner show at the Irwin Municipal Park.

Overcoming a torrential downpour that caused some electrical problems. Corbin Hanner proved that you can't keep a good band down. The band is one of Pittsburgh's hidden powerhouses, quietly delivering country/rock in the shadow of the attention given to The Clarks and Rusted Root.

The 3 Amigos, joined by their cousin we're in full dance mode for the 2 hour plus show played in support of the Norwin Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Today at Noon, 36 relay teams will begin circling the track at Norwin High School Stadium for 24 hours to raise money for cancer research.

Bob Corbin and Dave Hanner have been playing together since highschool, and enjoyed some national success as performers in the late 1980's. Bob Corbin especially has written noteworthy songs including "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" by Alabama and is currently working with The Poverty Neck Hillbillies.

Dave Hanner has been featured on Sully's Stuff twice before. On May 26, 2005 we featured Eat 'N Park's generous offer to American Idol runner-up Bo Bice to record their new Hanner written jingle. On February 20, his song "The Place Where I Come From" was Sully Stuff's choice in the Post-Gazette's song about Pittsburgh contest, which was unfortunately won by "I Love Pittsburgh," by Jimmy Sapienza.

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