Chris “Abby” Abbondanza, “Promised Land”

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August 22, 2008

Abbondanza is likely an unfamiliar name in the country ranks, but he first achieved success as a member of the Pennsylvania-based band Povertyneck Hillbillies. With the group taking an indefinite break, Abbondanza attempts to go it alone, and his first single is a tale of youth and innocence and an appreciation of the past.

Unfortunately, the melody is far from engaging, the lyric is far from original and the vocals just don‘t seem very strong. This sounds like a Kenny Chesney knockoff, with the usual mentions of football games, underage drinking and fast driving as a reflection of youth. Abbondanza has written a few decent songs, both solo and with the Hillbillies, but this is a weak introduction to his solo career.

Grade: C-

Listen: Promised Land

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  1. TomNo Gravatar says:

    if weak sounds like that – i’ll have another weak one, please.

  2. BONITANo Gravatar says:

    WOW…WEAK…I LOVE ABBYS VOICE AND SONGS. I THINK HIS SOUND IS STONG AND UNIQUE. ABBY,JR,JEFF AND RYAN MADE PNH AND IT’S SO NICE TO SEE ABBY DOING WELL. I HOPE HE GOES FAR…… THE SOUND IS GREAT….KEEP IT UP ABBY!!!!

  3. FanNo Gravatar says:

    Abby is great in his vocals, and IMO bears a resemblance to the sound of Chis LeDoux, which is a rare sound to be had. We wish Abby all of the luck with his new solo venture.

  4. DiannNo Gravatar says:

    I think you are absolutely correct in your review of “Abby”. Seems here in this “smalltown” he has been turned into some type of celebrity, but is really just an ok entertainer.

  5. kowekNo Gravatar says:

    do you have a link to this song? i’m gonna make collection song about this singer. never found the best link on the net. thx.

  6. nicoleNo Gravatar says:

    First off, abby is an AMAZING singer. He has made many fans even out of pittsburgh abd still has those fans. His band pnh has changed many people lives and will always have an inpact on them forever. You must not know your music to say its not engaging and far from original. Apparently it is orginial if he wrote it himself a while back. Seems to me somebodys just a tad bit jealous they don’t have his talent.

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