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PovertyNeck Hillbillies leave Rust behind

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 – The PovertyNeck Hillbillies left Rust Records, the group announced Monday.

"Due to the current restructuring of Rust Records, The PovertyNeck Hillbillies have announced their departure from the label's artist roster," the group said in a statement.

The band, which includes Abby Abbondanza, Chris Higbee, Dave Cramer, Ryan Lucotch, Jeff Volek and David Guthrie, are looking at their options.

Prior to their relationship with Rust Records, the band released two albums - "Don't Look Back" and "Hillbillies State of Mind," selling more than 50,000 copies.

In 2006, the group released their Rust Records debut album, a CD/DVD package that included footage from a syndicated WQED/PBS concert special.

Their "Mr. Right Now" video, featuring Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, was in the GAC Top 20 Countdown for a total of 13 weeks, 8 at number 2.

The band continues to tour, and an upcoming album is already in the works. "While no obligation to Rust Records exists, management is currently seeking new opportunities," the statement said.

Rust officials could not be reached for comment.

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