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David Hanners

Combining rich storytelling and uncomplicated melodies, David Hanners’ songs feature the kind of spot-on observational writing you might expect from a Pulitizer Prize winner, which he is. His writing has been compared favorably with John Prine, Bill Morrissey and Steve Earle.

His first CD, Nothingtown, was released in 2004 on the Mercy Recordings label. It was named a Critic's Year-end Top Ten selection by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His second CD, The Traveler's Burden, is due for release in December 2009.

David has earned a number of songwriting honors. He won the Minnesota Folk Festival's "New Folk" 2000 songwriting competition, and placed second in the prestigious "One Week Live" songwriting competition at Beaner's Central in Duluth in 2006. He was a finalist in the Great River Folk Festival's inaugural songwriting competition in 2009, and was chosen as an alternate for the Big Top Chautauqua songwriting competition.

He was born in Casey, a town of 2,900 in East Central Illinois. It is a farming community, and while it may look to the outsider like little more than corn and soybean fields, it is an area with a history of literature and music; a few miles to the east, James Jones wrote From Here to Eternity, and a few miles to the south is the hometown of folk legend Burl Ives. Most of David’s songs take place in his native Midwest or in Texas, where he lived for 17 years. For subject matter, he mines his own blue-collar small-town background, people he has met or his knack for finding obscure but noteworthy historical events.

He plays guitar and mandolin, and David has opened for national touring acts, including Tom Paxton, Bill Staines, Ellis Paul, Garnet Rogers and others.

His music has been featured onstage in Laura Lundgren-Smith's "Digging Up the Boys," a play set in the 1930s South about three coal miners trapped underground. The play was entered in the 2007 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, a production of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.