Group With Mountain Roots Could Be On The Way To Stardom

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

They call themselves Halfway to Hazard, but they're well on their way to country music stardom.

Two local band mates went from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, to the bright lights of Nashville, as they prepare to tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill this summer.

It only took one moment in time...

“It was just like instantaneously they were playing our song, me and Chad kind of looked at each other, and were slapping high fives,” David Tolliver said.

But David Tolliver and Chad Warrix say hearing their first single on the radio knowing their band Halfway to Hazard had arrived goes back farther than the four years they've been playing together and back to their home in eastern Kentucky.

“Chad grew up in Jackson of course, and I grew up in Hindman and Hazard was sort of the cultural meeting place for everybody,” Tolliver said.

Tolliver and Warrix actually knew each other back home, but say they didn't start hanging out until both moved to Nashville, Warrix in 1993 and Tolliver in 98.

Where they are today is with a hit single getting ready to break into the Top 40.

Halfway to Hazard is opening for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill this entire summer on the Soul 2 Soul Tour.

Not bad for a couple of guys from the mountains just trying to let everyone know how to get, Halfway...to Hazard...

Halfway to Hazard has been invited to play at this year's Black Gold Festival in Hazard.

They say they may still be on tour during that time, but hope to play in eastern Kentucky again soon.


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  • by Chris Location: Colts Fork on Jun 27, 2007 at 10:33 AM
    The bands single "Daisy" is currently 39th and they'll be playing at Red, White and Boom in Lexington, 4-JULY. Best way to support our local boys is by requests. Write Jay Cruze (Lexington) at programming@wbul.com and Coyote Calhoun (Louisville) at coyote@wamz.com and ask both to spin. It all starts from local support.
  • by Bev Miller Location: Lexington(Formerly Hazard) on May 28, 2007 at 07:53 PM
    The lead singer in this duo is my younger brother. They are indeed AWESOME!! Not just because we're related either. Everyone call your local radio station and request "Daisy". Help out sonme local boys :put Hazard on the map in Nashville.
  • by Rodney Location: Hindman on May 21, 2007 at 08:11 PM
    This duo kicks butt. Glad to see someone from my hometown making killer music.They are sure to make it to the top.
  • by Dianna Location: Hazard on May 21, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    I think Halfway to Hazard have already shown that they have what it takes to make it big with their song Daisy. Way to go guys!!!!
  • by CM on May 21, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    I am glad to see rising stars from this area, and even more glad that they are proud to say they are from this area. I think this group really has what it takes to make it big, and it looks as if they are on their way. Good Luck.
  • by Brenda Location: Hazard on May 21, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    Severaly weeks ago I downloaded Halfway to Hazard's single "Daisy" and love it! These guys sound great and their single, in my opinion, should go to number 1. Would love to hear it played more on Hazard radio.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on May 21, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    A great segment on the group Halfway to Hazard. These boys certainly are going places.
  • by Sarah Location: hindman on May 21, 2007 at 06:39 AM
    I love this duo. They are awesome. I wish them all the luck in the world. All I can say is that I am waiting to see them go to be the #1 duo in the nation and from what I have heard, they are almost there. I love it...... Thanks for interviewing them and realizing that they are from the mountains and are representing us in a very special way. They just have what it takes.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2007 at 04:17 PM
    Loved the story, so well done and am so proud of Halfway to Hazard
  • by Timothy Location: Bedford on May 19, 2007 at 12:36 AM
    I used to live in Knott county so I am very pleased to find out that somebody from the Mountains is making it big on the country music scene.Considering I like country music and these guys are good singers from the Mountains is extra good.

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