HONKYTONK COUNTRYBLUESPRESS KIT
Based in Tucson, AZ, country blues singer / songwriter Hank Topless has shared stages with and / or provided support for: Les Paul, Junior Brown, Kinky Friedman, Joe Ely, The Outlaws, Pete Anderson, Al Perry, Skip Heller, Robbie Fulks, Jim Goad, Tom Walbank, Jim Bachmann, Scott Biram, Jesse Dayton, Split Livers, Al Foul, Gary Stockdale, Whitney Rose, Kevin Daly, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Calexico, and many more. Finalist in multiple iterations of yearly “Best Of Tucson,” in the country music category.
Growing up on a ranch in central Arizona, there was a lot of country music on the radio. This took awhile to sink in. After quite a few years dicking around with obscenely ridiculous underground extreme rock ‘n roll / noise, Topless “went country” around 1990. He masterminded the essentially invisible “all-star” Tucson underground-country group Topless Opry (2000-2004)- their never-to-be-remembered album “No Phoenix Blues” (2002) achieved minimal notoriety / radio play, based on the merits of its bold, honkytonk-style cover of Lou Reed’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” Hank’s more recent solo albums “It’s So December” (2011) and “Big Black Heart” (2017) have received critical, if minimal, acclaim.
New studio set “Songs I Hate To Sing” (co-produced by Jim Waters, and featuring a crack team of studio players), and “Hank Me Crank Me I’m Dead” (live solo 2018) were digitally released in October, 2019. Complete discography available for digital download/ streaming. Links below.
LOSERS’ LOUNGEFall 2019 / Spring 2020
Episode 15 (November 13) will feature electric country blues from Austin Counts.