Based in Tucson, AZ, 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, Kaci Bays, Al Perry, Skip Heller, Robbie Fulks, Jim Goad, Tom Walbank, Jim Bachmann, Scott Biram, Miss Lana Rebel, Jesse Dayton, Split Livers, Al Foul, Gary Stockdale, Whitney Rose, Kevin Daly, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Calexico, and many more. 2020 winner of “Best Of Tucson,” country music category.
Received Master’s degree in music (University of Arizona, 2004).
Two-time convicted felon.
Mr. Topless also co-produces music and vlogs with partner Suzi Gardner (L7).
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 banging around with obscenely ridiculous and fun 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.” Solo albums “It’s So December” (2011) and “Big Black Heart” (2017) have each received two or three shots of critical acclaim. “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. The critical acclaim is something else to behold.
Single / music video “I Can’t Tell The Boys From The Girls” blasted forth on 1/1/21.
Studio album #5 is in production, as of January 2021.
Mr. Topless also co-produces music and vlogs with life partner Suzi Gardner (L7).
Complete discography available for digital download/ streaming. Links below.