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HONKYTONK COUNTRYBLUES

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Based in Tucson, AZ, country blues singer / songwriter Hank Topless has shared stages with and / or provided support for: Junior Brown, Kinky Friedman, Joe Ely, Pete Anderson, Al Perry, Skip Heller, Robbie Fulks, Jim Goad, Tom Walbank, Scott Biram, Jesse Dayton, Split Livers, Al Foul, Gary Stockdale, Whitney Rose, Kevin Daly, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Calexico, Les Paul, 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. After quite a few years playing obscenely obscure underground rock ‘n roll, Topless “went country” around 1990. He masterminded the obscure, “all-star” Tucson underground-country group Topless Opry (2000-2004)- their album “No Phoenix Blues” (2002) achieved minimal notoriety for its bold, honkytonk-style cover of Lou Reed’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” His solo albums “It’s So December” (2011) and “Big Black Heart” (2017) have received critical acclaim. Upcoming albums “Easy Listening For The Hard-Hearted” and “Hank Me Crank Me I’m Dead” (live solo) are slated for release in Fall 2019.

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Albums

Big Black Heart (2017)

“Hank Topless’ current album is a brilliant summation of American roots music…”- Joshua Levine, Tucson Weekly

It’s So December (2011)

“…a stunning debut disc from a singer who should have been doing this decades ago…I’d be very surprised if this isn’t one of my CD’s of the year.” – Paul Riley, Country Music PeopleBuy the full album here.

Skeleton's Blues 7" (2012)

Hank Topless Skeleton’s Blues 7″ vinyl with b-side track “Take Their Time”. Recorded at Tarantula Tucson 2012. You can order one here (button coming soon that will totally make this dream come true for you).

STYLE and INFLUENCES

WHAT?: Sad songs, bad songs, death songs, love songs, get-lost songs, come-back songs, weird songs- he sings them all. In addition to bars, festivals, clubs, theaters, cafes, and restaurants, he works weddings / funerals / memorials / parties. Special playlists tailored for your event.

WHY? Topless does lots of covers in addition to his own stuff: old honkytonk and hard country (Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Conway Twitty), old country blues (Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton), 60’s / ’70’s pop songs (Leon Russell, Fleetwood Mac, Doors, Beatles, Dylan),and outlaw country (Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson)- so, you’ll hear a sort of mashup of these styles, with something broken thrown in.

HANK TOPLESS BAND: full-service hardcore electric honkytonk countryblues featuring either J Claymore Koweek (Loveland, Kevin Pakulis) Damon Barnaby (Rich Hopkins, Amy Munoz, Muffeletas, Mark Insley, Loveland), Loren Dircks (Gila Bend, Eric Schaffer, Van Christian, Texas Trash) on guitar. Current rhythm section is Brian Green on bass and Dani Ponce on drums. Hire this band. We’ll split your audience up into little pieces, whomever happens to be in the lineup that night! 🤪 Because we can.

BARELY ALIVE

Upcoming performances

Hank Topless  

Date City Venue Country
08/22/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Sin for your supper.
08/24/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Monthly residency continues.
08/29/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Sin for your supper.
09/06/19 Tucson, AZ Hotel McCoy United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 720 W. Silverlake Rd.. Solo at Tucson’s newest boutique hotel! 8-10pm.
09/07/19 Tucson, AZ Fred’s Arena Bar United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 9650 S. Avra Rd.. First time at this local institution! Solo, 6-10pm.
09/13/19 Pinos Altos, NM Buckhorn Saloon And Opera House United States
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 32 Main Street. First time to play Pinos Altos!
09/21/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Monthly residency continues.
09/26/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina (cantina) United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Sin for your supper.
09/28/19 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Oktoberfest.
10/12/19 Tucson, AZ Borderlands Brewery United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 119 E. Toole. Back to the tracks.
10/13/19 Tucson, AZ Tucson Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show United States
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 2419 E Broadway. Location TBA.
10/14/19 Tucson, AZ Tucson Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show United States
Time: 9:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 2419 E Broadway. Location TBA.
10/19/19 Tucson, AZ Sand-Reckoner Tasting Room United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 510 N. 7th Ave., #170. 6-9pm.
10/31/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina (cantina) United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Sin for your supper.
12/10/19 Yuma, AZ Historic Yuma Theatre United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. “Honky Tonk Christmas” (Lonely Street Productions).
12/14/19 Oro Valley, AZ Gaslight Music Hall United States
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 13005 N. Oracle Rd.. “Honky Tonk Christmas” (Lonely Street Productions).
12/14/19 Oro Valley, AZ Gaslight Music Hall United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 13005 N. Oracle Rd.. “Honky Tonk Christmas” (Lonely Street Productions).
12/16/19 Yuma, AZ Country Roads RV United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. “Honky Tonk Christmas” (Lonely Street Productions).

Hank Topless Band  

Date City Venue Country
09/14/19 Tucson Private party United States
Time: 6:00pm. Loren Dircks joins us on guitar!
10/05/19 Phoenix, AZ The Dirty Drummer United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2303 N. 44th St.. Plus: The Wilt Family (Phoenix).
11/08/19 Tucson, AZ Club Congress United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. “Easy Listening For The Hard-Hearted” album release party. Full lineup TBA.
12/05/19 Tucson, AZ Tap & Bottle United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 403 N. Sixth Avenue. Been awhile.

Losers’ Lounge  

Date City Venue Country
09/11/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Episode 13. Guest star Eugene Boronow.
10/09/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Episode 14. Guest star Marta DeLeon.
11/13/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Episode 15. Guest star Austin Counts.
12/11/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Episode 16. Guest star: Louise LeHir.

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Who? What?

Kind words from strangers and friends.

Hank has a heartfelt, throat-aching voice that brings #GeorgeJones and #WillieNelson to mind. Big Black Heart is a fantastic group of stripped down, lonesome songs and not one of them is filler. An extremely underrated musician. “#BigBlackHeart” displays his talent as a storyteller just as much as a singer, writer, and guitarist. His heartfelt music is worth checking out and I suggest anyone into country blues, #honkytonk, #RealCountryMusic, and #folkmusic to give this guy a listen, and a follow! 10/10 for this motherfucker!”

Wesley “The Gunslinger” Gray, Instagram post

Classic covers and damn-well written originals, too…one of the sweetest country voices in Arizona, possibly the Southwest.”

Kris Kerry, Rialto Theatre

“Topless plays classic country, with some blues around the edges, with skilled guitar playing and a rich voice that rings with a bit of Willie Nelson.”

Eric Swedlund, Zocalo