David Hartley. Pedal Steel Guitar and Vocals.
(Picture by Kieran Copeland of KC Photographic)
At the age of 13, Dave played bass guitar with New Silver Ace, a very successful country band in East Anglia during 70s. Dave then went on to play pedal steel guitar with the band from the age of 18. At 21, he decided to give it a try going professional with Country Shack, an Essex based band. During this time, he toured with Mo Bandy (USA), Roy Drusky USA), Dotsie (USA), and played annually on the main stage at the famous Wembley Country Music Festivals backing George Hamilton IV, Rex Allen Jnr., and many others, along side stars from the USA like Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Boxcar Willie and many more too. Having 2 years on the road as a pro, he then decided to go back to his trade as an electrician but to continue playing with local bands, fitting in recording sessions whenever possible. Its very possible that if a pedal steel guitar is heard on tracks played in supermarkets and stores, or other artistes from UK and Ireland, its David Hartley, as many recordings have been done in recent years. Today and since summer 2005, David has again been busy in his own recording studio in Suffolk preparing all his own backing tracks for Amarillo County Music Duo along with the beautiful Fran Allum.
Fran Allum. Vocals.
Also an early starter in the music business, Fran started her singing career working in local pubs with a local country band. She was soon spotted and made the move singing along with Ryan in the New Silver Ace. After the Silver Ace band went their separate ways, Fran continued to sing in a successful duo along with Ryan her husband in the duo called Denver Rain. Sadly Ryan is not here with us anymore and Fran is now back singing along with David in this new duo called Amarillo Country Music Duo. One of her ambitions was to make a CD and that ambition has now come true with the FIRST CUT CD released summer 2005. Amarillos latest album, Honky Tonk Moon is now available too, (released November 2006)!