His music has been described as rooted in bluegrass, forged in a danky swamp by back-beat heart broken angels and harvested from the black ,rich soil and tears of the Central Valley...... Dave Hanley grew up among the open orchards of the Central Valley in California, becoming a self-taught musician at an early age and creating a place for himself in the local music scene. His first solo album, Gifthorse, was released in 2005, and in 2009 he won the Modesto Area Music Awards for Best Americana music. Hanley has also played with a number of California bands. Most notably the Puffin Billies of Oakdale, CA (1999 - 2002), Panhandle of Modesto, CA (2006 - 2007), and the Earl Brothers of San Fransisco, CA ( 2008 - 2009). Currently, Dave Hanley lives in Modesto, CA where he lives with his wife and two children. He continues to perform and write music for a new album.