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From Wikipedia:

Eddie Noack decided on a career in music after winning a talent contest in 1947. A honky tonk singer influenced by Hank Williams, he appeared frequently on radio and was signed by Gold Star Records in 1949. That same year, Gold Star released his song Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was not a cover of the eponymous song from the 1949 musical but a parody of it. He also recorded the single “Have Blues Will Travel/The Price of Love” for Gold Star in 1959 but recorded for many labels during the decade of the 1950s.

He began recording for Four Star in 1951 as part of R.D. Hendon and His Western Jamboree Cowboys, a band specializing in the honky tonk, country swing, and country boogie styles, and later rockabilly.[3] (The band later recorded Noark's song We Smiled as a B-side in 1956 for Starday.)[4] Too Hot To Handle, his own composition, was leased by Four Star to the TNT label, establishing his reputation as a songwriter. In 1953, he was signed by Starday, which was owned by record producer Pappy Daily, with whom he would work for the bulk of his professional career.[5]

Noack was drafted in 1954 and spent two years in the Army.[6] Back in the music business, he flourished as a songwiter at Starday, with Hank Snow's cover of his song These Hands reaching No. 5 on the C+W charts in 1956. When Pappy Daily founded D Records in 1958, he signed Noack, and his recording of his own composition Have Blues Will Travel reached No. 14 on the country charts. Under the name "Tommy Wood", Noack recorded rockabilly music.

 

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Tuesday that effective immediately, Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of Kiss, will be replacing Bruce Dean on guitar.

"We are so stoked, we can barely hold our urine!" drummer Kurt Weber exclaimed. "This is something we've wanted for, like, ever!"

"We've been asking and asking and asking Ace to play with us, and at the last minute, he finally said 'yes,'" fiddle player Larry Gääärd added. "Granted, he doesn't know the songs, he's never practiced with us, he hasn't ever heard the songs, and he doesn't even know what we look like, but he's still willing to play with us."

"It took a lot of talking and convincing and, well, money, but we're so excited to have Ace on stage with us this Saturday night. He also promised that if we threw in an extra five thousand dollars, he'd wear his Kiss costume and make-up! I've never been more proud of this band!" singer and bass player Johnny Maplewood gushed.

Not all regular members of the band were happy about the announcement.

"I've busted my hump for the last year learning all of this band's songs and they throw me over at the last minute for Ace Frehley?" guitarist Bruce Dean lamented. "To tell you the truth, I'd quit in a heartbeat, except they promised that I could be Ace's guitar tech for the show."

Ace Frehley: He wants to honky tonk all night. And party every day.

Randy King. The most we've been able to find out about him is that he lived and/or performed in the Denver area back in the day. Most efforts to track down old honky tonkers ends up pointing us at hockey players. Sometimes you just can't win. Great songs and performers should be able to keep their origins.

 

This Saturday we'll be reuniting with our buddies, the MadPoleCats, for a night of slamming music in Green Bay at the Crunchy Frog. Punk rock group the Bastard Association will also be on the bill. 

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Anyone who's seen us team up with the MadPoleCats knows that it's a great night of tunes where anything goes. 

The MadPoleCats: they've got even more people on stage than we do!

 

Fantastic.

 

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! This week we're featuring Rose Maddox, one of the great honky tonk singers, male or female. Rose did a bunch of duet work with Buck Owens and definitely provided a great counterbalance to Buck's voice and vocal personality.

 

Some race car drivers retire to playing guitar.

Not Chris Conrad. He went the other way.

"I gave up honky tonk to sink all my cash into the money pit that is race cars. It still pays better than honky tonk," Conrad explained.

But now he's got a chance to look down on the band he left. Literally.

"Chris and Honky Tonkitis have been hired to appear at the Washington County Fair," singer Johnny Maplewood explained, "and they are paying us all to put on a rather exciting show. During the course of our performance, Chris will attempt to jump his midget race car over the band."

The band expressed optimism over the stunt.

"This is going to be awesome as hell!" fiddle player Larry Gääärd enthused. "I'm gonna be just like Evel Knievel! Hopefully in one of his few successful stunts where he didn't break any bones or suffer internal bleeding."

"It gives me a chance to sell my soiled pants after the show," accordionist Don Turner bragged. "I usually don't get anything when I try to sell them after our regular shows."

"I've examined this stunt from all angles," guitarist Bruce Dean explained, "meaning, I walked a big circle around the stage we're performing on. I can't see any way this can go wrong."

"We've got all the confidence in the world in Chris' racing skills," drummer Kurt Weber explained. "We know we'll be just fine."

Exciting as this may be, we asked Chris Conrad if he believed it would succeed.

"No chance in hell," Conrad confirmed.

"My midget race car is built for no other purpose than to drive really fast over flat land. It's not built to jump off ramps, fly over people, or land successfully. It's got all the airborne aerodynamics of a pig."

Conrad was somewhat optimistic.

"Oh, I've got a good chance of surviving this myself. I'll be wearing a crash helmet and be strapped in tight and I'm adding multiple airbags to the racer. I should get out of this okay."

But the band?

"I'm expecting a full and complete destruction of the group. We're talking decapitations, crushed internal organs and maximum amount of bloodshed. I'm going to feel pretty bad about my car, too."

What about chances for any of the band surviving?

"Well, that's why my car can go in reverse," Conrad concluded.

Chris Conrad and midget racerHonky Tonkitis

Will Chris Conrad jump the shark?

A snippet of this song gets played in the movie Dallas Buyers Club just before Matthew McConaughey thinks about blowing his brains out. It made us perk up and try to identify it, but it's literally only played for about ten seconds. Well, here's the

Guitarist Bruce Dean of local band Honky Tonkitis suffered a severe head trauma due to a car accident recently, causing him to accidentally write an Eagles song.

"It's a tragedy," Honky Tonkitis singer Johnny Maplewood lamented. "The poor guy gets

The boys of Honky Tonkitis stand 100% behind the sentiments of

Guess who we'll be opening for soon? Coming Sunday, May 4th...2pm

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday with Leona Williams! Boy, haven't we all been in this position many times during the course of our life? Mom was not

A little info about Johnny Carver from Wikipedia: Carver was discovered by future Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer, Del Shannon, who got Carver a deal with 

Local band Honky Tonkitis has been informed that a baseball game has helped resolve the issue of their missing 

Buck is one of those guys that embodies honky tonk. He's also one of a select few country artists who caused a sea change in the direction of country music, helping usher in the Bakersfield sound. While the Countrypolitan sound brought 

Local accordionist, Don Turner, of the band Honky Tonkitis has spurred massive outrage across the nation. In a recent Teen Beat magazine interview he was quoted as saying that his honky tonk band was "now more popular than cheese and rice:"

"Let's face, it we 

Webb is really laying it down on this 

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! Barbara Ann's our angel of the week. 

"Little Willie wonders where you've gone." There's a 

Guitar work can be demanding, even exhausting. So says guitarist Bruce Dean of local honky tonk band, Honky Tonkitis. He was hospitalized this week for exhaustion.

"It all just got to me. It drove

Tommy Gayle! Another guy we've never heard of but know about now, thanks to Tommy Honkytonky over at

Local honky tonk drummer Kurt Weber announced Friday that international rock band U2 had contacted him about posing for another album cover.

"It's been years since I posed for the covers of their albums, Boy and War, but

Honestly, this music teacher's discipline is just a little over the

We had a request to post the lyrics to our version of I've Been Everywhere (Wisconsin style), so here they are. Learn them for the next show and you can take Johnny Maplewood's place singing that

Lucky Lee: another great honky tonker lost to the ages. If you've got any info about Lucky Lee, please let us know! We need to

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! Another great honky tonk girl perspective from Willa Crisp. We love these

Wow. We've been able to find out virtually nothing about the Martin Brothers or this song and we've been searching the internet for like, five minutes! Whatever the case, another great honky tonk tune to spend a

Local songwriter Johnny Maplewood, lead singer for the group Honky Tonkitis, announced plans to write another song about beer.

"It ought to be really catchy, and, y'know, people will like it because it's about beer, or drinking beer, or thinking about drinking beer."

Known for such tunes as 

When you've had this tune running through your head all night, you might as well share it with everyone else. There's about thirty versions recorded of this tune. Here's one of the more distinctive ones by Hank Locklin. Hank definitely had

The latest weapon in the fight against Asian carp doesn't look much like a weapon at all: It's the album Alcohol & Heartbreak by Honky Tonkitis. The music is blasted through

A great George Jones tune for a rough recovery

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! Here's a great little tune by Shirlee Hunter. We love to hear these tunes from the female honky tonker.

 

A potentially deadly home invasion was indirectly averted last Wednesday by local band Honky Tonkitis.

Kohlsville resident Rebecca Bay was home alone when multiple gunmen burst into her home.

"I was just

Great early Waylon Jennings. You might have heard other versions of this standard. Waylon's version is by

Honky Tonkitis announced today that the date has been set for the Ultimate Fight Competition between HT accordion player, Don Turner, and international singing sensation, Barry Manilow.

"We've really regretted

Great tune performed by Roy Drusky. Very much up our alley. Maybe someday Honky Tonkitis will

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Honky Tonkitis plans to forego the honky tunes about drinking and instead focus on songs that honor this special

Another great honky tonk

Saturdays are for Honky Tonk angels! Today's angel: Faye Hardin.

 

Man, this song is still relevant today! Love it!

 

"I think the whole thing's crap," accordionist Don Turner of local band, Honky Tonkitis, stated bluntly.

"How is it I can take a Facebook test for 'which member of the band Honky Tonkitis are you?' and come back as a

Another great honky tonk tune to dwell on over a shot and beer chaser.

 

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Tuesday that their customer service phone line was up and running.

"This customer service line will allow fans to get answers they need to know about

Red Sovine!

 Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! Up today: Susan Raye - Bad Bad 

Local musician Larry Gääärd, of the band Honky Tonkitis, is recovering after receiving a rare black widow spider bite Tuesday at a local food store.

"All of a sudden I felt this 

Any song about drinking is just fine with us. Heck, some people have built whole bands around

Yeehaw! We just got sent this vid yesterday. From our last show at Kochanski's. Angela from MadPoleCats came up to take on Larry in a fiddle duel. This is what happens when you go to a Honky Tonkitis show. Great stuff. If you squint just right you can see

If you've never heard Bob Gallion before, you don't know what you're missing. This guy has so many great songs, it's mind-blowing. A true hidden

In a surprising move, local honky tonk band, Honky Tonkitis, has announced they will allow their fans to decide who their lead singer shall be.

"We need to spice things up," drummer Kurt Weber commented. "We think that there's

Johnny Paycheck! So un-PC. Man, this guy was

Honky Tonk Angel Saturday! Margie Bowes - It's Enough To Make A Woman Lose

Fiddle player Larry Gääärd of local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis says he sees lots of promise in the band's newest recording.

"It's sounding really good," Gääärd commented.

"I know I've been here the

Great Dale Watson tune! When you hear the words, "honky tonk," you think of this

Members of Honky Tonkitis reported Saturday that effective immediately, singer Johnny Maplewood was leaving the band and being replaced by former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung.

"Things between Maplewood and the rest of the band just weren't

Roger and the Wraybands drummer (and sometimes Honky Tonkitis drummer) Shaun M. recommended we learn this song. So we're posting it here for your judgment: Should we add this one to the Honky

By all appearances, hit pop singer, Lionel Richie, has severed his relationship with local band Honky Tonkitis.

The band itself refused to admit as much.

"Look, things are a bit, I dunno,

You just gotta love those bitter, double-entendre songs that were classic honky tonk back in the day, delivered even all the better by such an honest and straight-forward voice. Liz Anderson sells this with the height of sarcasm. Man, that sarcasm just

The issue of the skyrocketing National Debt came into focus Thursday when members of local band, Hanky Tonkitis, made the grand promise of paying off the National Debt.

"It's something we're committed to," singer Johnny Maplewood announced, " But it comes with a quid pro quo: we expect

The Honky Tonkitis boys had the pleasure this past weekend of not only playing with the MadPoleCats, but also their special guest, Nevada Newman, formerly of Asylum Street Spankers. In one of our smarter life moves, we swapped Nevada a copy of Alcohol & Heartbreak for his awesome CD, Why Do It Right? Turns out this album is

In stunning news coming out of Milwaukee, lead singer Johnny Maplewood of local honky tonk band, Honky Tonkitis, announced Sunday that he was immediately replacing the other members of his band with animatronic bears.

"This has been a long time coming," Maplewood declared. "I'm fed up about

This one reminds us of our own tune, "Daddy Smells Like Alcohol and Heartbreak."

 

Members of local group Honky Tonkitis announced last Sunday that their website had been hacked over the weekend.

"We were surprised to see that some unknown party had breached security on our website sometime this past Saturday and done malicious damage to our website," singer Johnny Maplewood announced.

Members of the group found that

Hey yo! If you missed last night in Stevens Point with Honky Tonkitis and MadPoleCats and Nevada Newman, you can still catch us tonight at Kochanski's doing a battle of the stages (each band performs for thirty minutes on one stage before handing it off to the other band at the other stage, all night long), starting at 9pm. This is how we

Tonight (2/14) in Steven's Point at Butter's Brickhause! Saturday night (2/15) in Milwaukee at

One more vid by MadPoleCats. We'll be playing with them this Friday night in Stevens Point and Saturday night in Milwaukee. Go to our Calendar page to get all the

This week, Rolling Stone magazine announced that Honky Tonkitis has now unseated singer Morrissey to gain the title for "most depressing songs on the planet."

"Yes! I am SO stoked! In your face,

MadPoleCats: Our teammates for a pair of shows this coming weekend. These guys are

For those of you who haven't ever seen Madison's own MadPoleCats perform, you're in for a treat this weekend if you stop by one of the two shows we'll be playing with them. These guys are a truly strange mix of original and cover music that will get you tapping your feet and--dare we say it--even dancing! Valentine's Day eve we'll be playing with them in

Tommy Strange And The Features - My Tears Run Backwards

Local band Honky Tonkitis was in mourning Thursday after their lead singer, Johnny Maplewood, was declared brain dead. 

"We still can't believe it," guitarist Bruce Dean announced, shaking his head. "One minute, he's talking to us, plucking his bass, and the next minute, bang, he's no

This is a great vid about the story behind "Hello Walls." Why don't they make shows like

In a surprise announcement Monday, fiddle player Larry Gääärd of the local group, Honky Tonkitis, announced his plans to return to the world of Lucha Libre.

"It's time for El Violinista to come back and fight his greatest foe. I am not saying that I am El Violinista, only that he has

Bob Morris - I Tried to Make You Over

Fiddle player Larry Gääärd of local band Honky Tonkitis, announced Thursday that he believes the time is right for the band.

"Things are really coming together for us," Gääärd summarized. "Since joining the group in May, I've been really excited with the way things have moved. The music is really good, the performances get

Carol Stephenson's got a great honky tonk voice. We love posting her

Local honky tonk singer Johnny Maplewood was taken into custody Tuesday for violating the terms of his parole.

"No one was injured. No one was harmed. The only person violated was me," Maplewood argued while being

We know nothing about Gracie Dee, but she's got some great honky tonk songs. Anybody got some

Quick update. The recording of the first eleven tracks has moved past the bed tracks (drums, bass, and scratch vocals and guitars and accordion, basically). Lead and backing vocals have been added, along with accordion. Some experimentation with

Skeets McDonald is one of those lesser-known honky tonk masters. But he's one in a short list of artists who had a long track record of releases that never sucked. He stayed honky tonk from beginning to end, with a little rockabilly mixed in

Larry Gääärd, the fiddle player for local band Honky Tonkitis, has something to smile about.

"My solo release is finally out," he says with a grin.

Although he plays in a band that's released three albums over four years and is

Our buddies, Doghouse Flowers, have just released their debut album, Chasing the Sun, and we highly recommend you get yourself a copy. Click on this link to go take a listen to samples of all the tracks off the album. They're also playing a CD release show today in Milwaukee at

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Local drummer Kurt Weber of the band Honky Tonkitis held a press conference Tuesday to make a startling revelation.

"There's a secret I've been hiding for a long time, but I feel it's time to throw that door open and

There's a great live Willie Nelson from the late sixties released a number of different times under different names on vinyl but basically known as Live at Panther Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. It's pre-Outlaw Willie and is just him playing live with a small combo in front of an obnoxious crowd and it's

We saw this for the first time the other day. It's probably been around for forever, but this is truly hilarious. The best moment is at

You can never get enough of this Cal Smith song. Yet another tune that it's hard to believe was released at that time without getting up the back of

You just can't beat Carl Smith for great Honky Tonk from beginning to end of his career. Here's another great live one with some awesome pedal steel work by

Local group Honky Tonkitis announced Monday that they are to appear on the upcoming Downton Abbey soundtrack.

"We're pleased and honored to have one of our songs representing the music of such an esteemed and popular BBC television show," the statement read, "We can only hope that new listeners come to enjoy and associate our music with

Connie Smith's right up there with the best female honky tonk singers like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Tammy Wynette. She's definitely got her own distinct style. We recommend her greatest hits CD, the Essential Connie Smith, as a

Congrats to our former guitarist, Chris Conrad, who built his own midget racer and now runs it on the Salt Flats in pursuit of the record top speed. Which would you rather do? Play guitars in basements and bars or build and race your own

If you're Facebook friends with the band, you know that the band started recording our next album this past weekend. We ended up recording bed tracks for a dozen tunes. Things ran great. It still requires us to go in for one more session, since we usually record around

Local honky tonk group, Honky Tonkitis, today announced the upcoming release of a book about the band.

Local writer and illustrator Rebecca Bay, who has published more than forty books in this format, had this to say about the band: "I really respect

The Catholic Church's Pope Francis, infamous for making statements that have shaken up the church and laety, has once again sent shockwaves through the culture with his most recent statement:

 

Ah, the truck song. A whole great genre that spun off Country and Honky Tonk. Red Simpson was one of the leaders of this movement and had a long stream of truck driver songs. It's definitely worth your while to check out

We're too poor and have too little time on our hands to create a YouTube video for this, so instead, we thought we'd just compile the list here. This is our list of Schlitz Girls Say to Honky Tonk Bands:

Do you

What is it about so many Sun Records artists that started out in Rock 'n Roll and then successfully moved on to a career in Country music? Jerry Lee Lewis is near the top of that success list, even though he torpedoed his own early success by

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Friday that they will soon depart for a national tour.

"This is something we've been working on a long time, and it's taken a lot of coordinating with different people to make a reality," singer Johnny Maplewood announced, "but we really think that it's going to be a success and that we're going to impact a lot of 

It's a George Jones weekend. How could that ever be 

You can't go wrong on a Saturday with a little George Jo

In shocking news today, local accordion player Don Turner of the group Honky Tonkitis was arrested on federal racketeering charges. FBI agents led a pre-dawn raid of Turner's small apartment, arresting Turner, four unnamed scantily-clad females and

Happy New Year one day late! The boys here in Honky Tonkitis are back, looking forward to a hangover-inducing 2014. Weehoo! Lots of good things planned for this year. We're hoping to take it as far as we can and take you along with us kicking and screaming. Grab hold and

You might recognize Rose Maddox from the Maddox Brothers or some of the duets she did with Buck Owens. She's also got some great tunes she put out as a solo artist, like this

Bruce Dean, guitarist for Milwaukee group Honky Tonkitis, was severely beaten by members of his own band Monday when he announced at practice that he was betting against the Packers in

        Something tells us that this is a tune that wouldn't pass current muster on the radio. It little bit un-PC in today's world. Additionally, notice how much O'Gwynn seems to be channeling early George Jones in his

Yesterday, out of the blue, James O'Gwynn came up in our heads, so we thought we'd post another tune of his. This one precedes the twangy guitar honky tonk era, but is still a great example of the down-on-your-luck loser profile that fits the honky tonk genre. Listen to how close O'Gwynn's vocal style is to

Honky Tonkitis accordionist, Don Turner, announced Thursday that he has signed a long-term contract with Paul McCartney. In a surprising move, McCartney personally attended the contract signing alongside Turner and his now-former band.

"We'll be sorry to

Our favorite tune by the late, great Ray Price. If you want to know why he was a legend of Country Music and Honky Tonk, this is one song that goes a

Court papers have been filed by Johnny Maplewood, lead singer of local band Honky Tonkitis, against his own band.

According to court documents, Maplewood is suing his own band after

We were sad to hear of Ray Price's passing the other day. He was one of the last living honky tonk greats with one of the sweetest voices out there. And this guy was still touring in 2013! Buddies of ours who had seen him say he still had a great set of pipes and was still hitting the notes like he was in his prime. Ray,

In stunning news coming out of Milwaukee, lead singer Johnny Maplewood of local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis announced Sunday that he was immediately replacing the other members of his band with

Why ask why

After the Eddie Bond we added here on Tuesday, we thought we'd look up some more of his stuff. This one's obviously a lot more rockabilly, yet a really

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced today the release of new material. Surprisingly, this was not a new CD or T-shirt or sticker, but rather a collection of scented candles.

"We wanted to go in a more ephemeral and spiritual direction," singer Johnny Maplewood said. "We want the Honky Tonkitis customer to actually feel like they are in a honky tonk while listening to our music in a home setting. Or just transforming their local bar into one with more of a honky tonk mood. A lot of that can be established just through smell. Or getting some drunk guy to sit next to you and talk drunken nonsense to you."

"I can tell you from personal experience that these scented candles really do the job, literally," guitarist Bruce Dean noted. "I haven't left my house for the last five days, my drinking's way up, my wife won't talk to me, and my job is in jeopardy. I've never felt more like I'm in a honky tonk."

The scented candles will be available in the following aromas: Pabst, urinal, cigarette butts, Johnny Walker, Regret, Loneliness, Shame and Gonorrhea.

"My personal fave is the Gonorrhea," accordion player Don Turner remarked. "Boy, does that one bring back old times. Whoo! Better to smell it than to feel it!"

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The temperature outside it below zero. Here's some classic honky tonk to warm you up until you can get to the

Local musical group Honky Tonkitis announced Thursday that they had been surprised by an extremely large pre-Christmas order of their CD's.

"I still can't believe it. This was a massive order by one purchaser," lead singer Johnny

The latest weapon in the fight against Asian carp doesn't look much like a weapon at all: It's the album Alcohol & Heartbreak by Honky Tonkitis. The music is blasted through underwater speakers in a 13-mile section between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal as they meander through

Here's a taste of what you'll get this Saturday night at Kochanski's. Vid taken of us at a show a year ago. We need more new vids! Bring your

In shocking news today, local band Honky Tonkitis announced that it has replaced its long-time singer, songwriter and upright bass player.

"Johnny Maplewood is effectively gone," guitarist Bruce Dean stated, "from this point forward, he is not a

Honkytonkitis considers new musical direction, further committing to the task of paying tribute to old beer commercials. Nobody puts Swayze in a

Fiddle player Larry Gaääärd of local group Honky Tonkitis has a new reason to smile this week: He's going home with a lot of fans.

"Well, my action figure is, at least," Gaääärd says with a grin.

In fact, Gaääärd's action figure has been

Time for some vintage George Jones to get us through Thanksgiving weekend. Remember: Honky Tonkitis will be performing at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall next

For one day only, this Black Friday, Bruce Dean is available for a shocking 58% off.

"This is a special like you never thought you'd see," Dean was quoted as saying, "For one day only, I

Happy Thanksgiving! Nothing like a little Wanda Jackson for your turkey day! This tune reminds us of our tune, You're Making Love While I'm Making Whine. Enjoy your day. See you back here tomorrow for our

Local band, Honky Tonkitis, announced Tuesday that they will be presenting and starring in a new cable television show beginning next month.

"We're very excited about this show. It's really a powerful way to showcase an artistic format near and dear to our hearts," lead singer Johnny Maplewood

We need a rip-roariin' song to start off this Tuesday, so let's go with Jimmy and Johnny. These guys really cranked it out for a honky tonk duet. You could even say that they bordered on rockabilly. Whatever the case, they had a number of great singles and played a bunch of great tunes live on the country TV shows you can find on

In surprising news today, Kurt Weber, drummer for Honky Tonkitis, is out as official spokesmodel for Suave Shampoo for

Since opening for Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours last weekend, we got to listen to his album, Damn the Luck. All we can say is GO OUT AND BUY THIS ALBUM! Just a great, great album from beginning to end. We can't say

We were talking the other day about how great James O'Gwynn was and how he had a number of songs that we thought were better than his hit, My Name Is Mud. Well, here's just one more example. Definitely a great drinking honky tonk song. Songwriters take note: this is how it's done.

Local musician Larry Gääärd, of the band Honky Tonkitis, is recovering after receiving a rare black widow spider bite Tuesday at a local food store.

"All of a sudden I felt this pinprick on my hand. I thought I got a sharp piece of the banana I was holding. Or that someone had buried a needle in my fruit. And then I saw that big black sucker, and I was like...waaaagh!" Gääärd reported.

"When I heard, of course I was very concerned," singer Johnny Maplewood commented. "I mean, those are very rare spiders. I was afraid maybe the spider was killed or badly injured. After Gääärd told me, I immediately contacted the store where the incident took place and asked them to make sure the spider was okay."

"I'd have to say, the Latrodectus is one of my favorite spiders in all of North America," drummer Kurt Weber added, "No matter what particular genus bit Gääärd, I'm sure he had it coming. That jerk's been pissing off spiders, not to mention me, ever since he joined the band. He got what he deserved."

"We're working on setting up a special fund for that particular spider," guitarist Bruce Dean noted. "I've already got three bands willing to do a benefit with us, as well as a couple bars that offered to supply their location, beer, and food. I've also gotten a number of calls from random people who just want to punch Gääärd. This is really bringing the local community together."

"I mean, hey, the females eat the heads off their partners after they mate," accordionist Don Turner enthused. "That's just sexy, no matter how you slice it. I've had a couple girlfriends like that. Rowr!"

Gääärd pointed out that he was, in fact, injured by the bite. "My hand's turned deep red around the bite, it's swollen up considerably, and there's pus weeping from the bite holes. I've been vomiting for the last couple hours and I can't stand for any length of time."

"Gääärd's always complaining about something," Maplewood concluded. "He showed me the bite mark, but I wasn't able to see anything. I mean, that guy's lumpy all over. This didn't seem like anything special. I think he's just a big baby."

Turns out James O'Gwynn's got a bunch of great tunes. He started out sounding a lot like early George Jones. Not surp

Local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis is facing down indecision in its immediate future.

"Honestly, we're not sure how things are going to turn out," singer Johnny Maplewood stated.

The whole issue came about as the band headed

Tonight at Kochanski's, 9pm. Don't miss

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Thursday that effective immediately, Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of Kiss, will be replacing Bruce Dean on guitar.

"We are so stoked, we can barely hold our urine!" drummer Kurt Weber exclaimed. "This is

Only two days till Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours hit Milwaukee! Here's a great live vid of the band performing at an outdoor venue in Amsterdam this past summer. Just a taste of what you'll get to see when they arrive here this Saturday. Don't miss your chance to

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Tuesday that their customer service phone line was up and running.

"This customer service line will allow fans to get answers they need to know about the

Four days from today and counting! Your chance to catch Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours along with Honky Tonkitis at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, this Saturday, November 16th. Don't argue, just

Local honky tonk drummer Kurt Weber announced Friday that international rock band U2 had contacted him about posing for another album cover.

"It's been years since I posed for the covers of their albums, Boy and War, but U2 has let me know that they're interested in

A great Johnny Paycheck song we never heard before. Can life get any

Here's a great promo poster for next week's show. Obviously, we didn't make it. We don't have that kind of talent. This is going to be one hell of a great show. Mark your calendar now.

On our end, we're going to presenting a couple

Ha ha! More Lucky Tubb for you! We'll keep pushing Lucky on you until you just give in and come see his show with us on the 16th at Kochanski's. Just give in now and surrender and show up and we'll stop bugging you. In the

Yep, we're just reminding you that we'll be opening for Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadors on Saturday, Nov. 16th at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall. Here's what you'll be seeing and hearing if

A potentially deadly home invasion was indirectly averted last Wednesday by local band Honky Tonkitis.

Kohlsville resident Rebecca Bay was home alone when multiple gunmen burst into her home.

"I was just putting the

Bruce Dean dug this one out for us. Great performance by Marty and

Members of Honky Tonkitis reported Saturday that effective immediately, singer Johnny Maplewood was leaving the band and being replaced by former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung.

"Things between Maplewood and the rest of the band just weren't

Who knew they made songs about honky tonk AND Halloween? Well, I guess these guys figured it out and capitalized on it! Maybe Hanukkah's not taken

Local drummer Kurt Weber of the band Honky Tonkitis held a press conference Tuesday to make a startling revelation.

"There's a secret I've been hiding for a long time, but I feel it's time to throw that door open and reveal the

Lucky Tubb will be coming to Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall on Saturday, Nov. 16th, and Honky Tonkitis will be opening the show for him. Here's a nice little tune to prep you for

Tonight, Monday, Oct. 28th:

Accordion-sanity!

Don Turner takes over the band and shows

According to the info at YouTube:

From Patsy's album "Chip Chip", 1974. The background singers on this album are the famous "Jordanaires".

Patsy Sledd was a very underrated artist

Another great honky tonk tune by a female singer that kicks ass over three-quarters of the stuff that men put out. Wish we knew when this one was recorded. Based on the subject matter, probably not until

Coming Monday night, Oct. 28th:

Accordion-sanity!

Don Turner takes over

More Betty Amos! This one's even better than the one we shared on Tuesday. She's starting to grow on us. Gotta go all

June Maplewood, mother of local singer and bassist Johnny Maplewood, reported she needed to purchase five more copies of Honky Tonkitis' Alcohol & Heartbreak CD yesterday.

"You look like you're not eating. Do you need

We don't know much about Betty Amos. Anyone who's got some info on her, please enlighten us in the comments section. Great singing,

By all appearances, hit pop singer, Lionel Richie, has severed his relationship with local band Honky Tonkitis.

The band itself refused to admit as much.

"Look, things are a bit, I dunno, strained, I

Let's put the focus on Jean Shepard's great vocal talent for one more day. Yesterday was

Jean Shepard gets ignored by the mainstream media, whereas someone like Patsy Cline does not, even though Jean has an incredible voice and track record of great songs. Just goes to show that people would rather focus on tragedy rather than actual talent. It's not to say Patsy Cline wasn't

This is one we hadn't ever heard before. We stumbled across a live performance of this when Red was performing on an episode of Porter Wagoner's show. What a great tune. To hell with Red's

Local singer and bassist Johnny Maplewood of the band Honky Tonkitis, announced he was upset by the sentence he received from his recent court appearance.

"Honestly, if I had to do it over again, I would have pled 'not guilty' and

Watch some of this 1965 show and try to deny these guys were talented! A live TV show that basically ran from beginning to end with very little in the way of breaks or edits. Red Sovine comes on with Why Baby Why at 3:19. Norma Jean comes on at 7:30 and plays I Don't Love You Any More. Porter performs the Bride's Bouquet at 9:52. Red Sovine comes back and performs Little Rosa at 16:25. Norma Jean returns at 20:10 to perform Foggy Mountain Top. If you watch

Local accordion player, Don Turner, of the band Honky Tonkitis is being blamed for the break-up of one of the most famous groups of the 21st century.

The famous "alternative" artistic collaboration of Yoko

This is an example of a classic Country/Honky Tonk tool: put out a tune with a controversial title that ends up having a trick effect to it. That's primarily where our band chooses the title to our tunes as well. Get people to pay attention to the title and

A great little tune that got some attention in the movie, Walk the Line. It took a while to find the song, but it finally got

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced this week the impending release of a new Christmas album by the group.

"We're really excited about this one. It's not crappy like those last three albums we put out," stated singer Johnny Maplewood.

The album, tentatively titled, Let's Have A Children's Honky Tonk Christmas, will be available

We discovered just the other day the story that after Patsy Cline was killed in the tragic plane crash that her husband, Charlie Dick, later remarried to a woman named Jamey Ryan, who, surprisingly...sang a lot like Patsy Cline. She even sang one of the songs, Blue Christmas, in the Patsy biopic, 

The Milwaukee District Attorney's office dropped multiple murder charges against local fiddle player, Larry Gääärd, after it was determined that the search warrant was incorrectly served. Gääärd plays with local group, Honky Tonkitis.

"This is a miscarriage of justice," Police Department chief Ed Flynn declared

We don't know much about this song, whether Loretta wrote it herself or not, but this is just a small sample of the quality music Loretta was putting out in 1965. Here's our Tuesday sample of what makes Loretta a

Local honky tonk group Honky Tonkitis today announced that they've been tapped to record a movie soundtrack.

Drummer Kurt Weber had this statement: "We're very pleased with this announcement. Due to the late notice of having our music added to the film, we're immediately setting to work composing pieces. The entire band is reviewing

Here's the Patsy Cline tune we were talking about yesterday. It took a little bit of searching, but we found it. Again, if you ever have the money, we highly recommend getting the Patsy Cline box set. It includes 120 songs she recorded. There are other releases not covered by

Saturdays in October are going to be all about great female honky tonk singers here at Honky Tonkitis headquarters. Hands down our favorite is Patsy Cline. She just had great delivery of any tune she played. Here's a great example of how talented she was performing live. We'll try to find her live version of

Local fiddle player Larry Gääärd, of the band Honky Tonkitis, has announced that he is closer to dating actress Salma Hayek.

"With the report this week of the dissolution of her marriage, l am now 1,247th in line to date Salma Hayek," Gääärd revealed.

"This is a huge step forward for me, and the

Here's one more of Three Bad Jacks, the California group we're playing with tonight at Kochanski's. We'll be opening the show, starting at

The US Government shutdown that went into place Tuesday has now had an impact locally. Local band, Honky Tonkitis, has found itself affected by the funding shutdown.

"I don't know how

We'll be playing with the Three Bad Jacks this Thursday night at

On Friday a new Gallup poll found Congress began 2013 with a 14% approval rating, now polling below local group Honky Tonkitis with the American people.

"Yes! In your face, Congress!" Maplewood exclaimed, while high-fiving fellow band member Don Turner.

"Now you know how it feels, suckas," Turner 

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Charlie Walker embodies everything that is honky tonk music. You can never go wrong when you pick a Charlie Walker song. This guy never lost it throughout his entire career. Go check out his 

Johnny Cash Saturday! And this is the last Johnny Cash Saturday, at least for a while. But this is a great tune to send it out on! Live Johnny with the entire family and band backing him

Honky Tonkitis violin player, Larry Gääärd, announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the group for the winter season to embark on a tour with the legendary rock group, Kiss.

“I received a last-minute call from Kiss’ management. They reported to me that 

We got offered a show at Kochanski's at the last minute for Thursday, Oct. 3rd. Since that's a common night for us to practice anyway, we figured, no problem. We'll be sharing the stages with Three Bad Jacks, a band out of Texas that'll be in town visiting and performing. Here's one of the many videos you can 

Accordion player Don Turner of local band Honky Tonkitis was arrested at a local tavern Thursday night, charged with assault.

"He had it coming," Turner said as he was escorted into the back of the police car by police.

According to statements taken by police later, 

As always, we'll tell you that 60's-era Conway Twitty was the shizz. Here's a perfect example. And, according to the anonymous commenters at YouTube, that girl in the picture (also the album cover) was Conway's daughter, fifteen years old at the

Fiddle player Larry Gääärd of local group Honky Tonkitis has a new reason to smile this week: He's going home with a lot of fans.

"Well, my action figure is, at least," Gääärd says with a grin.

In fact, Gääärd's action figure has been 

Johnny Cash Saturday! Awesome! Wonderful! Yeaaaah. Okay, Johnny Cash Saturday is going to be discontinued because we've used just above every vid of live Johnny Cash we can find. Think we're wrong? Send us the links and straighten us out! Otherwise, we're going to move to some other idea for Saturday morning broadcasts. Maybe old episodes of

The band is thinking of selling t-shirts. We have our own ideas on the design, but we thought we'd throw it open to the drinking public and see: what exactly would you want on our shirts? What images? What wording? What colors for the shirt? What size would fit you and your family? Now's your chance to stand up and be counted. That'll prevent you from complaining later that you don't like the shirts we got.

Here's something completely different. It's amazing that we live in an age where a legend such as Hank Williams can be analyzed by so many people. We're not stuck with just a few biographers writing books that compile old articles or interview people who were friends of friends. Here's a forty minute interview with Don Helms, Hank's best steel player, by a fan who

On Tuesday of this week, local honky tonk guitarist Bruce Dean of the group Honky Tonkitis, declared his status in the band as "token white" member."

"That's just like that cracker," accordionist Don Turner remarked, "always lording it over us. 'Don, do this, Don, do that, Don, go get me a beer.' Well, I've had it!"

New fiddle player Larry Gaaard had this to say: "I've been with these guys like

We've decided to make October the month we feature female honky tonk singers. They're no small part of honky tonk music. From Kitty Wells (who probably started it all) to Loretta Lynn to Patsy Cline to Dottie West, many female singers have had a strong impact on honky tonk music. To prime the pump, we're starting with a little tune by Alice Joy, along with

Local band Honky Tonkitis was in mourning Thursday after their lead singer, Johnny Maplewood, was declared brain dead. 

"We still can't believe it," guitarist Bruce Dean announced, shaking his head. "One minute, he's talking to us, plucking his

Written by Kris Kristofferson. Watch this first video. And then watch the second one attached which has Kris explaining how he wrote the song, followed by him performing it with Willie Nelson and

We've had complaints that some people are just not satisfied with our website. They feel that we just don't speak their language, that w'ere just not pimped-out enough for their tastes. Well, for those of you who feel that way, we offer

You can never go wrong with Johnny Paycheck. This guy's ratio of good songs over bad is so high that it's almost impossible to find a bad song. Other than George Jones, he has the best vocal delivery of just about any song he sings. Even the "talk" songs like Colorado Kool-Aid have distinction. And let's

Court papers have been filed by Johnny Maplewood, lead singer of local band Honky Tonkitis, against his own band.

According to court documents, Maplewood is suing his own band after they refused to allow him to let half of their upcoming album be comprised of ballads.

"What can I say?" Maplewood replied when contacted about the

Deke Dickerson is a guitar pickin' tour de force who travels the country playing all sorts of classic honky tonk, rockabilly, R&B, rock 'n roll, and everything in-between. He has a ton of great records as well. Check him out. This vid is a great

Fiddle player Larry Gääärd of local band Honky Tonkitis, announced Thursday that he believes the time is right for the band.

"Things are really coming together for us," Gääärd summarized. "Since joining the group in May, I've been really excited with the way things have moved. The music is really good, the performances get better and better, and the musical

Here's a great early Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two vid. Love the way these early JC vids are so distinctive. Why can't we have this kind of thing still today? Luther looks like he's either gonna crack or kill the

Head over to our Jukebox and you can hear a live recording of us playing, Hey Baby Que Paso. Let us know what you think.

By the way, check out the pic below that was taken at a recent Kochanski's show. You can see part of

Nothing beats live Roger Miller. Go check out his version of "King of the Road" with Dean Martin. Or find his appearance on the Johnny Cash Show where they goof off before performing "King of the Road." This guy wrote some great, great songs and

Bruce Dean, guitarist for local band Honky Tonkitis made this announcement Thursday:

"I've been living with a secret these past three years that I must now reveal: I'm haunted by the ghost of Kenny Loggins."

When it was reported to Dean that

This one isn't so much a honky tonk classic as a rockabilly classic, but still falls in the range of great tunes that get you moving, due to that great lead guitar and a driving rhythm section. About the only info we could find on Wayne Walker was info for a Mike Ness album of covers:  


Wayne Walker is one of

Get your motor runnin'! Head out to Kochanski's!

The Harleys are a-roarin' into town and Honky Tonkitis is a-honky-in' away at Kochanski's this Thursday night! Buy Bruce a birthday drink! It's not like you're

If you click on this link, it will take you to all of the photos that were taken at Symco Shakedown this year, including ours'. Just scroll down till you find us. Really a great job by the photographers at

We recently gave Why Baby Why a spin at our show, ready or not, so we thought we'd post George Jones' version here. We've posted a different version of this song before, but thought we'd put the original up for

What started as Bruce trying to post a pic to Facebook ended with our friend Rosie Hartman snapping a bunch of pics of us at our Saturday show at

Who knew Johnny Cash sang in German? Here's a few examples. Just like the Beatles did a few of their songs in German for the German-speaking market, so did Johnny. Heck, Wanda Jackson even sang a few singles in Japanese.

By the way, thanks to everyone who came out and saw us at Kochanski's last night. We'll be there again on

Time for another show at our home office. Nothing better than Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall. We'll begin around 9pm tonight. Will we be on the big stage or the small stage? It's anyone's

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced today that hits on their website have exploded.

"It's so weird," singer Johnny Maplewood commented. "I skip updating our news page for three days and our hits jumped up fivefold."

Experts disagreed on the reasons for the

We've talked before about how great Conway Twitty's 60's stuff was and how much it fit into the honky tonk music world. Here's another great example. Because all honky tonk music is better when

Johnny Cash Saturday! A two-fer combo! Johnny Cash covers Hank Williams' Cold Cold Heart. Nothing better than early Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two. Enjoy.

Next Friday: Honky Tonkitis at

Drummer Kurt Weber of local band Honky Tonkitis announced today that Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is now returning his calls.

"It just kinda came out of the blue. After all those messages I've left for him on his voice mail the past year-and-a-half, and suddenly, today, my phone rings and it's, 'Hi. It's Ryan Braun. I'm returning your call."

Weber isn't sure why Braun finally

At long last! A picture of Larry Gaaard has been taken!

As a result of local band Honky Tonkitis' performance at Symco Shakedown, a picture has finally been snapped of the long-hidden fiddle player, Larry Gaaard.

"It's right up there with trying to snap a pic of the yellow-bellied

Now that the newest Mavericks album has been out a while and we've had time to digest it, the conclusion we've reached is that this is by far the best tune off it. This song totally grooves, something that shows through even more when they play it live. Just a hell of a great song. The Mavericks are

Honky Tonkitis would like to offer a huge thanks to Mike Rosenow and all the people who made last Saturday's Symco Shakedown such a great event. We were treated like kings at this event and had a blast performing in the Dance Hall. We were thrilled by this great gathering. Not only did we have fun playing as a band, we enjoyed the entire event. We met a 

Johnny Cash Saturday. Man, this one is a doozy that we've never seen before. Johnny Cash miming along to Frankie's Man, Johnny in the 1963 movie, Hootananny Hoot. Far out. Love the way every time they show those boppin' college

"I don't know what it is. Maybe a mid-life crisis?" fiddle player Larry Gääärd jokes about his plans to change instruments.

"Seriously, though," he says, losing the smile, "I just found myself losing interest in playing the fiddle. I mean, I still love the music, I still love being a musician, I just don't know if I hold that same kind of love for the fiddle."

Gääärd has made a name for himself over the years performing with

If you dig Charlie Walker, you're a very lucky person. This guy never put out a bum song in his life. He's got a Bear box set that pours out honky tonk from beginning to end. This guy is the real deal. If you can't afford the box set, we recommend you start off with his Greatest Honky Tonk Hits disk. For the voice, the

This Saturday, you'll find the Honky Tonkitis boys at the Symco Shakedown in Symco, Wisconsin (not far from Waupaca). We'll be playing a 7pm-9pm slot this Saturday night. Never been to the Symco Shakedown? You don't know what you're missing!

You've got girls!

We've heard this tune for years and years now and weren't able to pin down who was singing it. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, that problem has been solved. Love this live version. James has a grade-A band in these live vids, and he's posted a bunch of them from the same show. We highly recommend you go hunt them down and watch them.

We've added MadPoleCats, a great Madison band we've had the pleasure of playing with at Kochanski's, to our link page. These guys will also be playing at Symco Shakedown with us this Saturday. Definitely give

What's better for a Sunday than live Loretta Lynn singing classic Hank Williams?

Johnny Cash Saturday! If you've never heard the Cash album Personal File, we highly recommend it. Two CD's worth of Johnny solo, just him and his acoustic guitar. Some musicians need a band to make them great. Johnny's voice and guitar carry him right along. He would've been a great guy to see solo in concert. This is as close as you can get to that.

So last night the Honky Tonkitis Blues Boys Band decided to do an impromptu practice on-stage at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall. Since we're playing the Symco Shakedown next week (check this thing out...it's going to be a great weekend of cars and music), and we have a two-hour set to fill, we wanted to test out a setlist. We also wanted

An age-old honky tonk theme: I'm an idiot. Let me sing about it. Sure beats songs about pickup trucks.

Local honky tonk musical group, Honky Tonkitis, announced today that it had added its newest member, performing on both their upcoming CD of new material, as well as in all upcoming live shows.

According to comments on YouTube, Jim Kandy didn't put out many records, but this one is definitely worth listening to. Great honky tonk from the 60's.

International television celebrity Charlie Sheen announced Sunday on TV news show Sixty Minutes that he had hired local band Honky Tonkitis to play his children's birthday party.

We haven't played any of our bartender cam vids here in a long time, so we thought we'd show you this one to see what our live shows look like.

Melba Montgomery is one of the classic singers of honky tonk, especially well-known for her duets with George Jones.

In a blow to the honky tonk community, it was revealed today that drummer Kurt Weber of local group Honky Tonkitis has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Here's another classic tune we've never heard before...and this was the B-side! Hard to believe. The A-side was "The Trash You Threw Away," which in our opinion, is the weaker of the two. Still, you're never gonna make any chart with a song about hangovers, no matter how well-written they are. Great guitar on this as well. And one of the best lines we've heard: "Cherry vodka and beer don't mix."

At a Honky Tonkitis press conference Friday, Don Turner, accordion player for the group, announced he will be leaving the band for a better opportunity.

Johnny Cash Saturday! Another early classic.

In other news, the band is locked in for playing the Symco Shakedown this August, one of the great classic car festivals of Wisconsin. Click on this link to be filled in on all the info about this great event. We'll also be representing at Kochanski's Harley Davidson anniversary late in August, and we're going to slip in a separate show there just before the anniversary hits. We've got

Local songwriter Johnny Maplewood, lead singer for the group Honky Tonkitis, announced plans to write another song about beer.

There's about a half dozen tunes by Leon Boulanger on YouTube, but not much info. Someone comments that he used to play fiddle for Ernest Tubb and that he also played with Faron Young's band. He also sang The Hurting Song, a tune that was put out by Faron's backing band. If anyone has any more info about Leon, please let us know.

Producers for the upcoming Honky Tonkitis: the Movie have signed Johnny Depp to play the part of Kurt Weber, the drummer for the group.

Some more classic, classic honky tonk. You just gotta love the guitar on this.

This week, Rolling Stone magazine announced that Honky Tonkitis has now unseated singer Morrissey to gain the title for "most depressing songs on the planet."

Great classic honky tonk. Found out some more info about other 45' s he put out at this link. Can't find anything else out about Bill Leatherwood. Anybody know more about him?

This is one of Johnny Cash's best early songs. It's classic production by Sam Phillips, the exact kind of sound that made Elvis' early songs such a big hit. No drums, but a big, slapping bass and Johnny's vocals sitting in the mix like another instrument, rather than pushed too far out front. And that great Sun slapback delay on the vocals.

Monday afternoon, Johnny Maplewood, lead singer and band leader of the group, Honky Tonkitis, announced that the band would be moving in a new direction, starting immediately.

Here's one we should've put up long ago. Claude Gray's early stuff is just great. Expect to see more in the near future.

In an effort to boost interest among younger people, Honky Tonkitis hired a team of popular teenage girls to review their honky tonk website. After much research and discussion, these girls concluded that the Honky Tonkitis website is not even funny.

After Carl's early rockabilly/rock & roll career, he had an excellent later life recording country records. When we get a chance, we'll hunt up a copy of one of his later country tunes. In the meantime, this is one of his great early records. There are some great compilations of Carl's early Sun record stuff out there. Unfortunately, all of his later country stuff only seems available in big expensive box sets without any compilations of the best of it. If anyone out there has any suggestions for a comp of the later country stuff that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, we'd love to hear from you.

Local fiddle player Larry Gääärd is facing possible deportation by the Federal Immigration Service after recent scrutiny of his records.

Check the jukebox for a new song from one of our recent live shows. Bruce sings lead on the 

Johnny Cash Saturday! One of the great tunes from later in Johnny's career. There's a symphonic version of this song, but this solo performance seems to have so much more power. Love it.

Members of local group Honky Tonkitis announced Tuesday that their website had been hacked.

Our good friend Andy Kochanski is going to have Dale Watson and his band at his bar later this month. Alas, we were already booked into other things, so we will not be dueling Dale and the band, but we can always dream. Enjoy this one and then go over to Kochanski's home page to find out more about Dale's appearance there.

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced Thursday that effective immediately, Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of Kiss, will be replacing Bruce Dean on guitar.

Johnny Cash Saturday! We'd never heard this song before, but more importantly, we'd never seen this ttruly disturbing pic of Johnny eating cake in the

In a shocking announcement Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled the new Honky Tonkitis album, Alcohol & Heartbreak, unconstitutional.

Singer Johnny Maplewood responded with sadness over the decision: "This just went to trial two months ago. I had no idea they would rule so quickly over this album. Last I heard, Milli Vanilli was still waiting for the decision to come down on Girl You Know It's True. I don't know what pushed

This is what we were talking about the other day when we said that Loretta had some of the best song titles and lyrics of any honky tonk musician. We just wanted to get this one in to prove our point.

By the way, we just learned that we'll be playing the Symco Shakedown this

Local band Honky Tonkitis was in mourning Thursday after their lead singer, Johnny Maplewood, was declared brain dead. 

"We still can't believe it," guitarist Bruce Dean announced, shaking his head. "One minute, he's talking to us, plucking his bass, and the next minute, bang,

Hands down, Loretta Lynn had the best song titles and wry lyrics of any performer in her career in honky tonk. Go back and look at a list of her song titles. They were great and really creative. This isn't one of her songs, but her delivery of this standard is great and the era is just so

Local band Honky Tonkitis announced today the release of new material. Surprisingly, this was not a new CD or T-shirt or sticker, but rather a collection of scented candles.

"We wanted to go in a more ephemeral and spiritual direction," singer Johnny Maplewood said. "We want the Honky Tonkitis customer to actually feel like

Thanks again to all of you who came out to see us at the Xaverian Mission festival yesterday. We had a blast. Thank God the weather held. We recorded the show and will probably post a couple songs from the show in days to come.

We'll be playing at Kochanski's Polish Pile-Up this coming Saturday, so

Johnny Cash Saturday! A great light-hearted tune about chaining your trifling woman to the floor. Ah,

We'll be throwing out our best Xaverian-style honky tonk tomorrow afternoon at the Xaverian Mission festival in Franklin. What is Xaverian-style honky tonk? The kind you can plop a Xaverian Missionary down in the middle of and make him want to tap his toe and crack a beer. They'll have plenty of that in the beer tent we're playing in, so bring the family down, buy a long line of ride tickets for the kids, and go sit back and tilt a beer while the kids are screaming on the tilt-a-whirl and Honky

Can't believe that we haven't posted this one before. We've added this one to our show recently with Bruce taking lead vocal. Great tune. Great

At a wedding reception that turned into a reunion for current and former members of local country band Honky Tonkitis, former members were in agreement on one issue, as summed up by guitarist Chris Conrad:

"Boy, am I glad to be out of that band."

Conrad was given nods and handshakes

We don't know much about Carol Stephenson, but this is a great track. How did they settle on the track title? "Number twenty-two? Nah that's not enough. Number one-hundred and two? Too much chance that a venereal disease figures in. Number

Last Saturday night saw us playing at the wedding reception for Jason, our former bassist. It was quite the reunion. Chris Conrad, Jason, and Tom Hansen, our former fiddle player all came and played with the band on a number of tunes. It was great to see all of these guys and catch up with them. The location was great, too. Best Place Tavern at the historic Pabst Brewery in

Great little Carl Belew tune. Love these herky-jerky rhythm tunes. This one's quite rebellious

Johnny Cash Saturday! This is one from a 1970 Johnny Cash album called Hello, I'm Johnny Cash that we hadn't heard before. Quite a good tune. Turns out, this album has yet to be released on CD. Quite a travesty (unless you're a vinyl

A few housecleaning notices today:

We'll be playing the Xaverian Mission Festival a week from Saturday in Franklin, 3:30-6:30 pm. Free to attend, for the entire family, Honky Tonkitis in attendance. A chance to see what a real live honky tonk band sounds like in a non-threatening

Here's a great tune by a guy who keeps cranking out great tunes. From Chuck's website:

Chuck is a country western musician, singer, songwriter, who began his career in Country Music in 1972 after serving four years in the U.S. Navy, and was living for a couple months in Long Beach Ca. To Date Cusimano has written close to a thousand

Local drummer Kurt Weber of the band Honky Tonkitis held a press conference Tuesday to make a startling revelation.

"There's a secret I've been hiding for a long time, but I feel it's time to throw that door open and reveal the truth. I'm a muppet."

It turns out that not only is Weber a

Our old bass player, Jason, is getting married this weekend and we have the pleasure of playing at the reception. He and his lovely bride-to-be picked Waltz Across Texas as their first dance. We'll probably keep this one in future setlists for a

Members of Honky Tonkitis reported Saturday that effective immediately, singer Johnny Maplewood was leaving the band and being replaced by former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung.

"Things between Maplewood and the rest of the band just weren't working. We'd made repeated offers to Dennis DeYoung to take his place, and Dennis finally agreed," drummer Kurt

This Xaverian Mission festival is back again this year! And guess who's

Johnny Cash Saturday!

Here's the original version of Johnny's Delia's Gone. Even though this one had a great amount of impact and a great video when he re-recorded it for American Records in the 90's, we prefer this original version. It also seems like it would

By all appearances, hit pop singer, Lionel Richie, has severed his relationship with local band Honky Tonkitis.

The band itself refused to admit as much.

"Look, things are a bit, I dunno, strained, I guess, between Lionel and the band at this point," singer Johnny Maplewood

Here's a little history about Jimmie Longsdon from the Courier-Journal newspaper of Monday, October 8, 2001:
He was born on April 1, 1922 in Panther, KY. The son of a Methodist minister, he began singing in his father's church choir at the age of 12 and first played clarinet at school before changing to guitar. Between 1944 and 1946, he served in the Air Force and on release opened a record shop in LaGrange, KY. By 1948 he was performing locally and received a break in 1950, when he won his own 15-minute country radio show, first on WLOU but later on WINN Louisville. In October 1952, Decca Records

The issue of the skyrocketing National Debt came into focus Thursday when members of local band, Hanky Tonkitis, made the grand promise of paying off the National Debt.

"It's something we're committed to," singer Johnny Maplewood announced, " But it comes

Bob Gallion is a lesser-known honky tonker, but man, does this guy have some great tunes and a voice built for honky tonk! Recently, his album, Out of A Honky Tonk, came up on the Honky Tonkitis jukebox and all heads turned! "Who is this guy?" was the

In stunning new coming out of Milwaukee, lead singer Johnny Maplewood of local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis announced Sunday that he was immediately replacing the other members of his band with animatronic bears.

"This has been a long time coming," Maplewood declared. "I'm fed up about the arguments over money, venue choice,

Ever get a song running through the back of your head for a couple days? Here's one that's been running around. Thank God for YouTube and Google.

Saturday evening was spent breaking in a replacement drummer for an upcoming show in June. It went really

Johnny Cash Saturday! This is one of our fave JC songs because the Carter sisters support him so brilliantly. Any version they perform this song will send chills down your back, especially the studio version. June Carter knocks her vocal part out of the

Sorry for the late daily update, honky tonk web-itis readers!

The group's been working on some new tunes for our live shows with the material

On Friday a new Gallup poll found Congress began 2013 with a 14% approval rating, now polling below local group Honky Tonkitis with the American people.

"Yes! In your face, Congress!" Maplewood exclaimed, while high-fiving fellow

We're trying a little test here today, by seeing if having a user click to expand to video will help decrease the amount of time it takes to load the whole page.

Today's tune isn't a honky tonk tune, but a great

A potentially deadly home invasion was indirectly averted last Wednesday by local band Honky Tonkitis.

Kohlsville resident Rebecca Bay was home alone when multiple gunmen burst into her home.

"I was just putting the laundry in the drier when I looked out my window and saw four intruders kicking

Happy Memorial Day. This is a great honky tonk tune to liven your day. Nobody ever say that women can't

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Sometimes life gets in the way of website posting!

We're working on whittling down our Bar Talk web page so that it'll load faster. You should see that coming in the next couple days.

Check out this

Local honky tonk singer Johnny Maplewood was taken into custody Tuesday for violating the terms of his parole.

"No one was injured. No one was harmed. The only person violated was me," Maplewood argued

A honky tonk classic. "My drinking friends elected me to the alcohol of fame." This is one of those songs that is a model for all songs written

Fiddle player Larry Gärd of local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis says he sees lots of promise in the band's newest recording.

"It's sounding really good," Gärd commented.

"I know I've been here the least amount

This is a tune we've added to our live show recently with Bruce on lead vocals. A hell of a lot of fun to play and a barn burner. One more reason to come check

Local group Honky Tonkitis announced Monday that they are to appear on the upcoming Downton Abbey soundtrack.

"We're pleased and honored to have one of our songs representing the music of such an esteemed and popular BBC television show," the statement read, "We can only hope that new listeners come to enjoy and associate our music with this wonderful broadcast."

When asked what he thought of the show, accordion

Johnny Cash Saturday! A threesome of tunes by Johnny and the Tennessee Two! This is

Local fiddle player Larry Gard is uncertain about his chances of playing future shows with local honky tonk band Honky Tonkitis.

"These guys are a little strange," Gard says, scratching his head.

"I've enjoyed playing with them, but

Red Sovine is mostly known for shmaltzy voice-over songs like Teddy Bear and Giddy-Up Go from the late 60's. What he's not as well known for are some of these great tunes he sang earlier in his career. He's got a number of them, and he's got a voice built for honky tonk. A good starter for Red Sovine's music is Juke Joint Johnny. No, we're not promoting

The Milwaukee District Attorney's office is reviewing whether to press charges against a local accordion player for the band Honky Tonkitis after a dust-up in a bar last week. Although details of the bar fight are being reviewed, what has been confirmed is that Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher John Axford was

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us last Friday night. You got to see the debut of fiddle player Larry Gard with us. We had a blast. We look forward to seeing everyone again in June, when we'll be playing a number of times. In the

Local honky tonk singer Johnny Maplewood was taken into custody Tuesday for violating the terms of his parole.

"No one was injured. No one was harmed. The only person violated was me," Maplewood argued while being led away by police.

Police made the arrest after

This is Johnny-come-lately, but last Friday night we got paired up at the last minute with the Delaware-based band, Concrete Rivals. Thes guys were fantastic! We were

Johnny Cash Saturday! Thanks to everyone who came out to Kochanski's to see us last night. We had a blast. We'll take a listen to the recordings and see if anything turned out good enough to post. Thanks to Larry Gard

Honky Tonkitis, 9pm tonight at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall.

A chance to see why Milwaukee calls Andy Kochanski "the most

Conway Twitty had a great line of honky tonk albums throughout the 60's. Then he hit 70's and the country music industry changed and he had a hit with some sentimental crap that changed the whole direction of his career. Goodbye cool honky tonk sons, hello

In surprising news today, Kurt Weber, drummer for Honky Tonkitis, is out as official

Time to get a reminder of how great George Jones is. This was one of the tunes that helped inspire our tune,

Hey kids!

Now you too can create your own honky tonk song with a little help from the boys at Honky Tonkitis! Go ahead and fill in the requested words below

Here's a common example of a honky tonk feature: a song about not only how band things are, but about how they're going to get worse. Funny how you don't hear stuff like this on the radio anymore...but that's what you get when you have a genre devoted to drinking in honky tonks. That's why we love it so much.

Merle Haggard also

Johny Cash Saturday!

Wow. Great shirts. Marshall Grant got the

This is just so wrong. We better find out this is just an elaborate joke. Hell, in beer talk, they didn't

Some great 60's George.

Local accordion player Don Turner was fired by his employer Tuesday when he refused to turn over has MySpace ID and password to the company.

"MySpace? Does that site

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