Dave Hanley
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Dave Hanley

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The best kept secret in music


"The Good Parts"

"It's hard to believe that anything brilliant could come out of California's Central Valley besides George Lucas. But look what's happened: Fiver, Grandaddy, and now Dave Hanley are all thriving and succeeding. Hanley's sound is laid back, Southern, and the "good" parts of the Central Valley all at once. You'd even expect him to be playing a few clubs in Austin on a regular basis, the Live Music Capitol of the World. His music is loved and appreciated like a rare , cheap Italian wine. So savor this while you can and store it in a cool dry place."

Mike Perrazetti
Austin, TX

- www.thefeveredbrainofradiomike.com

"The Central Valley Invades San Francisco"

“Dave Hanley first appeared at CitySessions Monthly
Showcase with the Puffin Billies where they proceeded to
rip local San Francisco music fans a new one with their
no nonsense guitars and bandit crew of six.
Dave Hanley has since come back to SF - not just on his own – but owning the crowd. This new talent fills a room with one guitar,his vocals and Brian Wilson’s stand up bass leave folks hooting for more. Watch out for Dave Hanley, he’s having a good time and inviting you `along for the ride.” - www.citysessions.com

"Soul Warming"

David Hanley truly has the gift of story telling in his songs. Each track takes you on a journey and You're glad to have gone along for the ride! The arrangements are Soul warming and leave you wanting to hear more from this artist. I am confident that we'll hear a lot more from David Hanley. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD. Regardless of your genre preference, you'll be glad you did.

~Quincy Follweiler
www.pizzansoda.com - www.PizzanSoda.com

"Off the Air presents"

These guys get their bluegrass on. Banjos gettin' plucked the way it ought get done. Close your eyes and picture yourself driving down a country road in an old Chevy pick-up with your dog in the back, his head around the side of the cab, with his face in the wind as the radio blares.
www.myspace.com/offtheair - Greg Edwards


Dave Hanley "Gifthorse" LP
"Perfect Day" single as performed with Puffin Billies
"Bandalino" single as performed with Puffin Billies

Tracks from "Gifthorse' LP can be heard on:
KCSS 91.9 fm Stanislaus State U. Turlock
KUSP 88.9 fm Santa Cruz

~ Live streaming audio from:
www.TheFeveredBrainofRadioMike.com (live365.com)
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Dave Hanley
A native to the California Central Valley, grew up with the sweet smell of chocolate billowing from the Hershey factory at the edge of town and a railroad that cut the town in half when it passed through at a snail's pace. Dave’s guitar picking, lyrics and harmonies grab live audiences with his own Bluegrass Americana style, making them wander through a countryside that is sometimes unforgiving and lonely; sometimes telling tales tongue in cheek while exploring life in a small town.

Dave Hanley became emancipated at the age of 16. Leaving his family in Vancouver, WA, Dave returned to California where he landed a job as a park employee in Wawona, Yosemite Nat'l Park. There he met the legendary Frank Solivan (California Bluegrass Assn. Ambassador), known for his fast flat-picking rhythmic banjo style, melody and tempo. To this day is Frank is his mentor. Over time Dave found his own voice, rhythm and technique, and his own way to tell a story.

In 1994 Dave Hanley joined the Sons of Levi. Their debut album, Enter In, was recorded with Jonny Colla (Huey Lewis & The News) at his APT.2 recording studio in Novato CA. Pre-production was handled by Brad Gillis (Night Ranger). “Seeing all of the gold and platinum albums all of the walls was truly inspiring. Chris Hayes even popped his head in once or twice.”

In 2000, the Puffin Billies were formed, a band Dave Hanley co-founded. The band quickly formed a large fan base, “At one point there were people driving 200 miles to see us play, people would follow us over to San Francisco and fill the club we were playing that night, the experience was really humbling.”

The Puffin Billies released their self-titled LP in 2002, to which Dave contributed two original tracks; “Bandalino” and “Perfect Day”. “Perfect Day” was one of the most played tracks on college radio in the Central Valley (KDVS, KCSS, KUOP, KEJC). In 2002 The Billies received a Modesto Area Music Award in the Bluegrass/Americana category, receiving praise from print and radio all over the Central Valley. Dave Hanley played guitar and sang vocals with the Puffin Billies for four years opening for Canned Heat (Barton Enterprises, inc.) Built Like Alaska (Future Farmer) and Grandaddy (Virgin V2).

Midway through 2004 Dave embarked on an ambitious solo endeavor. Gifthorse, released in September 2005, is quickly becoming a favorite amongst Indie, Bluegrass and Americana folks.