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The Whipps

Greenup, Kentucky, United States | INDIE

Greenup, Kentucky, United States | INDIE
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The Whipps eight song debut concept CD “Ghettobillies” features a hick-hop, countrypolitan sound blending traditional country instrumentation like banjo and mandolin, with hip hop and rock sensibilities.

The first singles, “Rodeo (Cowboy Up),” "Got Mud," and "Honestly" currently in regular rotation on country radio station WLGC 105.7, Ashland, KY, with regional radio plays on WTCR 103.3, Catlettsburg, KY and WDGG 93.7 “The Dawg,” Huntington, WV.

The "Ghettobillies" CD features up tempo, rockin' original songs like the title track, an homage to livin' in the country and partyin' like a supa star. Track 4, "Giddy Up" is guaranteed to make you shake your moneymaker, and track 5, "Got Mud" is The Whipps version of a song written by Nashville chart toppers Jarrod Neiman and Monty Criswell, (Neimann is riding the top of the country charts with his song "Lover, Lover" and Criswell recently co-wrote George Strait's #1 hit "I Saw God Today.")

This is the band’s first CD release and is available for preview online at, and Purchase the CD at The Whipps live shows or online at iTunes, Digg Station,, Napster and



The Whipps: A Hick-Hop History

“Lately, the songs we’ve been working on sound different from other songs that are on country radio today,” comments Don Hanshaw, The Whipps lead singer. “We’ve got our own thing going, mixing country rock and a little hip hop. We decided at practice one night to call it hick hop,” he says with a laugh. Their sound is different. The Whipps play rockin’ country music. A mix of traditional instruments like banjo, dobro, and mandolin with the latest production techniques.

“When I explain our style, mixing country rock and hip hop, I get an immediate reaction. The younger fans get excited and say those are their two favorite styles. The older fans get curious. Both reactions are exactly what we want to happen,” says The Whipps guitarist and producer Larry Collinsworth.

One listen to their first single from the Ghettobillies CD, "Rodeo" and you see why their getting regional radio airplay. The CD is a concept style collection of eight songs with sound effects segue ways that tie all the songs together. It opens with a low-fi radio tuning in to The Whipps make believe radio station. A radio station where rock attitude mixes country lyrics, vocals and instruments with a little hip hop spice sprinkled on top.

The band formed 7 years ago when singer/songwriter Don Hanshaw came off the road after a session as a touring back up musician. Bassist Eric Daniels joined The Whipps two years ago, to add to the harmonies. Former Convertible Blondes guitarist Larry Collinsworth joined last year. They signed a publishing deal with Jam 2 Music and began writing, producing and recording tracks in the studio.

That’s when a fresh, alternative country sound emerged and they began to pick up new fans. With the March release of their hick hop concept album “Ghettobillies,” they are seeing more people come out to shows. “We love where the band is heading,” they say. It just may be your favorite local club or down to Nashville and straight up the charts.

For more info on the Whipps contact:

Production: Larry Collinsworth- Jam 2 Music email: (740) 352-0956
Booking: Eric Daniels - (606) 923-5803 email: