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The Legend of CHHF goes back to beginning of American roots music. Legend has it that a mystical spirit touched the forefathers of American roots music and possessed them to share their tales of love and loss, dreams and visions, hard work and sacrifice, saloons and saddles, and lazy days and crazy nights. These stories and songs from the Wild West, the Deep South, and the rolling mountains of the east have been the inspiration of many who have been touched by this spirit. Those tendering the fire of the spirit - The Carter Family, Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Grandpa Jones, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Robert Hunter, Janis Joplin, Merle Haggard, Neil Young, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley…the list goes on and on, have kept the spirit alive and passed the torch from one generation to the next.

In the spring of 2003 the spirit summoned one Paul Painter, a long-time traveling miner and thrill seeker, to purchase an old beat-up guitar at a garage sale. This guitar then caught the eye of one David Sedlick or “Dr. D” as some know him and awoke his musical soul for the first time since his dark days in a three-chord heavy-metal garage band. The spirit then led them to an outdoor concert featuring a legendary artist performing a unique show of new material about an imaginary American city. Some folks didn’t get it and were even upset, but not Paul, he was inspired and enlightened - “Who’s gonna keep this spirit alive when the likes of him are gone” he asked. And they both pondered. Well, before long the first show was played featuring a duo billed as “Drover: Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk.” When others caught wind of this new collaboration, the duo grew into a full band and at times with a stage full of musicians wailing on guitars, banjos, mandolins, fiddles, drums, harmonicas, washboards and wash tubs. Together, they make up the foundation of Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk – CHHF.

Today CHHF plays its white lightning-filled fruit jar electric Appalachia all over this great land. Our travels have lead us to every corner of the great state of Ohio and beyond to Colby, Kansas; Vail, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Avon, Denver, & Ft. Collins, Colorado; Pittsburgh and Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Asheville, North Carolina. Thanks to the folks, festivals, taverns and parties who have joined us in keeping this spirit alive. We call it like we see it, and we play Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk. That’s who we are. Join us on our wacko journey to wherever we end up.

Paul Painter
Lead Guitar, Vocals
David ‘Dr D’ Sedlick
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Matt Opachick
Trevor Edge
Lead Guitar

Scott Dodsworth
plus various special guests
I don't know what Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folks is, but it sounds pretty damn good to me!