Because of Hank, his life has followed an unbelievable path. David has been blessed to meet people from all over the world that share his enthusiasm for Hank. He learned to play rhythm guitar early and he started performing when he was only 8 years old. And he feels Hank's music is just as fresh and alive today as it was then.
A few years ago, after spending 10 years in bluegrass, He was performing at an RV rally in central Indiana. He had been asked to perform some Hank Williams songs. There was a female artist that had been performing earlier. David had watched her throughout the week. He knew she was getting ready to leave, and asked if she would stay and listen to some Hank Williams. She wasn't able to stay, but it started a conversation that changed both of our lives. Later, Terri Lisa, also a very talented country artist, became David's wife and partner. They started a country band and started performing regionally. They recorded an album in Nashville with several songs David had written. They put some of them on MP3 and had songs in the top 10 in Traditional Country. A couple of the songs received attention from all over the world. And the reviews almost always came back the same, showing the strong influence of Hank Williams that flowed through my voice. They did a show at a modest country music park in Ohio. David performed some Hank Williams songs. It was there that they met and became strong friends with a couple that changed our lives forever. Randy and Karen Shilling love country music, and particularly, Hank Williams. They asked if David had ever thought of doing a Hank Williams tribute album. "You sound more like Hank, than anyone we've ever heard." Terri Lisa agreed with them. With the support of fans and the Shillings, they decided to put together a tribute show, and wanted to portray Hank in a "positive image" and "Images of a Country Drifter" our historical tribute to Hank, was created. As a result, David was contacted by a young fellow from Nashville (he was with CMT at the time) that asked me to perform at the 50th Anniversary Memorial for Hank Williams in Montgomery, AL. It was there that David met Don Helms. There were many Hank Williams fans, as well as Mary Wallace, director of the fan club , and officials from both museums were present. Also present were Hank's sister, Lela, Jack Green, Stonewall Jackson, as well as other local celebrities. This was Don Helms' first time at the Memorial, and he agreed to play with him, using the same steel guitar that he used when playing with Hank. It was incredible! They received several standing ovations and many told David afterwards that it was the best tribute show they had ever seen. Mary Wallace told us, "I've heard them all and David is the best!" To David's amazement, Don agreed, and they developed a strong friendship. The possibility of doing an album. was discussed.
In March of 2003, thanks to the strong support of their friends, the Shillings, David recorded, "A Legend Froze In Time" his tribute to Hank Williams. Don wanted to make it special, something that people would want to collect and to his amazement and surprise, he recorded a 20 minute interview on the album about his life and travels with Hank.
Since the release of the album, David and Terri Lisa has performed all over the world. They have met people of all ages who share the enthusiasm and love of Hank Williams and traditional country music.
They have performed the tribute show on National television, and have been featured regularly on RFD-TV's popular show, "Midwest Country." The show is broadcast to over 125 Million via satellite and cable networks both nationally and regionally.
"A Legend Froze In Time," has been played on numerous radio stations throughout the world , including the popular XM radio show with legendary DJ, BILL MAC. To keep our fans informed, they also maintain a website at www.davidchurch.net.
Hanks music is more popular today throughout the world than ever before. His influence will continue to be as much a part of our future, as it has our past.
"It has been an incredible honor and privilege to play a part in keeping the music of this legend alive. And the best part is meeting the people worldwide that still love the sound of traditional country music, and knowing that I can bring to life once more the awesome sound of a legend that no one can ever surpass."
Check out the artist's website:
1. A Legend Froze In Time
2. You Win Again
3. Lovesick Blues
4. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
5. Wedding Bells
6. Moanin' The Blues
7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues
8. Cold Cold Heart
11. Hey Good Lookin'
12. Someday You'll Call My Name
13. I Saw The Light
14. Interview with Don Helms, Hank's Steel Player