The do-it-yourself recording studio bug bit these young neighborhood newlyweds in the early ’90s. It all started when Amy Crenshaw went to Town East Mall in Mesquite and recorded her rendition of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. Not wanting to be outdone, husband Mitchell made the trek to Town East and cut his own cassette — Hank Williams Junior’s “Family Tradition”. “It was loud. It was rowdy. It was awful,” says Mitchell today. But the records led to an ongoing gag, as the couple pronounced themselves “Hank & Patsy: husband and wife music duo”. They posed for Christmas card photos and recorded another song, this time together. Their friends and family loved it, and their silly shtick turned into paying gigs, original duets, more band members and even a spot in a made-for-television movie starring Helena Bonham Carter — sort of. “When the movie came out, most of our part was cut.” No matter, the couple still receives royalty checks whenever the movie “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald” reruns. Today, says Mitchell, the star of the show is daughter Madeline, a student at St. Thomas Aquinas. Madeline can often be spotted playing leading roles in Dallas Children’s Theater productions, including last month’s “The Giver”.

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