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"We did things backwards," PovertyNeck Hillbillies lead singer Abby proudly declares.

What Abby means is that, in this day of style's triumph over substance, he and his bandmates — fiddler Chris Higbee, keyboardist Dave Cramer, guitarist David "Junior" Guthrie, pedal steel guitarist Bob "Crafty" Crafton, bass player Jeff Volek and drummer Ryan Lucotch — started with the music, not the marketing. The Hillbillies built a fervent fan base in their home state of Pennsylvania based on their wild, charismatic live shows, their muscular, melodic playing, and their catchy, crowd-pleasing songs — and they're now expanding that rapidly growing audience nationwide.

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