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Pat Hannon, Lead Vocals and Sunday Driver

Home Depot sales associate Pat Hannon has gone “from the pallet to the ballot” – the Grammy ballot, that is.

Pat, who works in the paint department was “discovered” there by a customer while working behind the paint counter. Pat, who has worked for nine years at Home Depot is lead vocalist for “The Road to Rosie McCann,” the latest recording by the bluegrass group, “Smith Sisters and the Sunday Drivers.”

The song is on the Grammy ballot in the “American Roots Performance” category.

Although Pat says he loves his job working with customers to make their paint project dreams come true, he’s excited about the new possibilities.  “If someone said would you like to be a musician for a living? ‘Yeah, I would,”‘ he said. “Nothing is as cool as this.”

If Pat’s music career takes off, it will actually have been a long time in the making. Pat’s been a musician and singer since his parents bought him a guitar at age 14. He played in bars and clubs for years, was popular with audiences, won awards and had interest from big time country music producers. But Pat didn’t follow up because before he knew it, he had a wife and baby to support. Then he and his wife, Teresa, of more than 30 years had four more children. While he continued to play for friends and family, Pat stuck with more conventional work to support the family. His children, three girls and two boys, now range in age from 20-32.  “My passion for music never stopped,” Pat said.

He’s happy at Home Depot – gives customers his all and has won numerous in-house awards for his service. But Pat’s life changed forever when one special customer, Smith Sisters founder Kelli Lewis went into the store one day to buy a can of paint for her bathroom project. She was wearing a baseball style shirt with a Sun Records logo and the always friendly, engaging Pat commented, “Cool shirt.” That sparked a conversation about music and before they knew it Kelli was arranging for Pat to sing and play for she and sister Wendi Kilman, the other Smith sister.
“It felt as if God was literally and physically tapping me on the shoulder saying, ‘Ask him,”‘ Kelli said of their initial conversation.

The sisters were looking for someone with the right touch to record “The Road to Rosie McCann,” a ballad their dear late dad, Fred Smith had begun about his favorite bar before he died. Kilman picked up where dad left off, finishing the lyrics and writing the catchy melody.

The minute the sisters heard Pat’s gritty, emotion-filled singing voice, they looked at each other and knew they found the perfect voice for dad’s song. Lewis and Kilman sing back-up vocals on the recording.

The song is about Fred’s favorite bar in Santa Cruz and as the lyrics say, “I don’t go for the food, I go for the booze.”  The song is about Fred’s desire to get there for the booze, camaraderie and the difficult climb of 32 steps for a man of 86.

Pat said part of why the sound is right is that he can relate to the lyrics – that desire to get to a favorite watering hole after a long wait. He doesn’t drink alcohol anymore or frequent bars, but that gut feeling has never left. “I understand the song 100 percent. I used to live it,” Hannon said. “It’s real and exciting.” 

The song has been played on radio stations across the globe and has met with critical acclaim. Pat and the sisters recently filmed a soon-to-be-seen music video.

“The way it came together was amazing,” Pat said. “I want someone to wake me up because I can’t believe it.”

Fred Sherry Smith, Songwriter and our dad

Our dad Fred Sherry Smith, was inspired at the age of 86 to write “The Road to Rosie McCann” when his daughter Kelli wrote a song about the same subject on the same day!

The day Kelli wrote her song, she called her dad to read him the lyrics. They laughed together because the story was funny, but then Fred abruptly said “I’ve gotta go!” and hung up the phone.

Well, about an hour later he called Kelli back to tell her he had written his own version.

Sadly, our dad passed away before he could complete The Road to Rosie McCann, but we found his handwritten lyrics in his outbox in his home office. When discovered, Kelli suggested to Wendi to complete the song for him, as she thought it would help her heart to heal doing something good in his memory. Keep in mind, Wendi had never written a song in her life… until this one!  Kelli (typically the songwriter in the family) thinks this is one of their best songs yet!

Wendi Smith-Kilman, Songwriter and Smith Sister
Kelli Smith-Lewis, Smith Sister
Bob McGilpin, Producer, Mixing, Mastering, Guitar, Mandolin, Sunday Driver
David Williams, 2nd Floor Recording – Recording and Engineering, Sunday Driver

NOT PICTURED:

Deanie Richardson, Fiddle, Sunday Driver
Charlie Chadwick, Upright Bass, Sunday Driver
Pat and Teresa Hannon, Sunday Drivers
Tim Lewis, Sunday Driver (on right)
Smith Sisters and the Sunday Drivers

REVIEWS:

“It gives me a lot of pleasure to talk about the Smith Sisters and the Sunday Drivers.  Kelli and Wendi are the Smith Sisters who write some of the most unique songs I have ever heard in my life.  As two amazing singers, they deliver a breath of fresh air that we have been needing.  Americana, bluegrass, or country?  Whatever you want to call it, I am here to tell you it’s good.  Their song, ‘The Road to Rosie McCann,’ took many twists and turns as it was being written.  Kelli wrote a song to tell dad’s story about his favorite bar, dad wanted to change it up a little bit, so he wrote his own song, and Wendi finished dad’s song when he passed away with the song being unfinished.  The song needed a good male voice.  No problem, Patrick Hannon enters as the next Sunday Driver.  You will love this song.  It’s debuting on our Top 12 this week.  Listen to it Sunday night, on my worldwide bluegrass show, Mountain Bluegrass with David Pugh, live beginning at 9:00 pm.est. every week, on streaming radio for the world”– David M Pugh, On Air Radio Host, Mountain Bluegrass

“Smith Sisters and the Sunday Drivers”  previously known as “Smith Sisters Bluegrass”  have taken their musical bluegrass career to another level! Their new single “The Road To Rosie McCann” is just the kind of song we need to hear.  Telling the story of their father’s trips to Rosie McCann’s. 

The musicianship on the new release is wonderful. Bringing Deanie Richardson on board playing the fiddle. Deanie first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry at age 13. She was the international Bluegrass Music Association Fiddler of the Year in 2020. The amazing vocal of Patrick Hannon Nails the lead vocal telling the story of their father. Then with the amazing backup vocals of sisters Kelli and Wendi’s Harmonies mixed in. It is nicely mixed with Patrick’s Lead vocal. It all comes together making this project  worthy of Grammy consideration! A wonderful project for your listening pleasure! Jerry Eicher, The Ol’Hippie Bluegrass Show,The Bluegrass Jamboree, Bell Buckle Radio Tennessee, WKWC 90.3 FM Owensboro KY, WQTE 95.3 FM Adrian Michigan, and more…

“As Host of Billy Bowles Swinging Country I was honored to be among the first to Broadcast The Road To Rosie McCann!

A Magical combination of the story and music puts you there painting the story out vividly in the theater of your mind. Add to that it’s a tribute to their Dad. I am Happy to play it on Swinging Country”Billy Bowles, Swinging Country

“Everything they do is just great! We are happy to have them!“Uncle FLOYD, the Uncle Floyd Show, WFDU
“A truly happy catchy song that paints a great story in the listeners mind… after a couple of listens it’s one of those songs that you can’t shake out of your head.” Brian Clough, CMA International Broadcasting Award Recipient
“This tune is so catchy! The musical break definitely captures the feeling of a leisurely drive. Get in the car, roll the windows down, put this song on repeat, and enjoy the ride!”   Christine Brady, ‘Currently Obsessed’ podcast
“It is a bright catchy song.  Great to dance to. Love it!” – Russell Auty, Russell’s Country and Western Show, Belgian Country Radio Country

“The Road to Rosie McCann” has a laid-back, bouncy rhythm with lyrics that paint a picture of a pleasant stroll.  The vocals are smooth and are a good fit with the instrumentation.  Fun song!” – The Bluegrass Show & Tell