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 people with our playing. We're truly excited by all the possibility this tour promises, and we're amazed at how much we've been greeted with open arms to undertake this tour."
The thirty day concert tour to North Korea is one the band has been working on for a while.
"It's taken a lot of time and a lot of difficult logistics to make this happen, but with the guiding hands and knowledge of Dennis Rodman, this tour has been made a reality," drummer Kurt Weber explained.
Although the tour will include many days and nights of performing, it's also a chance for the country of North Korea to display its own commerce and craftsmanship to the band and the world.
"I've got five guitars that were made there and they all play great!" Bruce Dean commented. "I can't wait to shake the shackled hands of the political prisoners who made them under threat of torture. Those guys really know their stuff!"
The band provided their schedule of camp tours and performances for their thirty days in North Korea.
"This is not only good for the band and North Korea, but also a good representation to the world of America's honky tonk, no matter what the critics, the local fans, the United States government, and every other government on this planet other than North Korea may say," fiddle player Larry Gääärd explained, "plus, we're looking forward to meeting a lot of hot, desperate North Korean chicks."
"We want to show North Korea what we've got, Maplewood continued. "We've been practicing like crazy for this tour. We will have a captive audience."
"And the rifles held by soldiers surrounding that audience can only help reinforce that," accordionist Don Turner added.
An enthusiastic North Korean honky tonk crowd. And Dennis Rodman.