The Hillbilly Way
Fan voted as “Best Country Band” in Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Best of the ‘Burgh 2013 Readers’ Poll,” THW is comprised of Abby Abbondanza (vocals), Jeff Volek (bass), Junior Guthrie (guitar) and Keith Kleinhampl (drums). Abbondanza, Volek, and Guthrie are original members of the nearly legendary, local favorite and nationally recognized Povertyneck Hillbillies who parted ways in 2008.
Since reforming as THW with a reunion concert in 2012, the group’s deep rooted country grit sound has received praise by multiple local outlets, including being named one of the “Best Breakout Music Acts in Pittsburgh” by Pittsburgh’s KDKA.
The popular Tri-State area group released a self-titled EP “The Hillbilly Way,” shortly after their reunion and followed it with the release a full-length album “Just Go With It,” through RHS Records.
Recently, THW reunited with Pittsburgh native and veteran music industry executive, Shawn Pennington, when joining Pennington Entertainment’s roster, alongside GRAMMY-nominated duo Thompson Square and platinum-selling band Parmalee.
After signing with the Nashville-based entertainment group, the group announced the release of their highly anticipated single, “Best Night of Our Lives.” The party anthem was written by Keifer and Shawn Thompson of multi-platinum selling country duo, Thompson Square, alongside highly respected Nashville songwriter JT Harding, known for writing chart-topping hits like Uncle Kracker’s “Smile,” Blake Shelton’s “Sangria,” and Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You,” to name a few.
THW is currently working on new music as they continue to travel doing regular shows in the Tri-State area.