(Photo by Jimi Giannatti<\i>) Just had a great time opening for former Dwight Yoakam guitarist Pete Anderson. Others with whom I’ve shared stages or for whom I’ve provided support include Junior Brown, Kinky Friedman, Joe Ely, Al Perry, Skip Heller, Robbie Fulks, Tom Walbank, Scott Biram, Jesse Dayton, Split Livers, Al Foul, Gary Stockdale, Kevin Daly, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, and Calexico. The high point for me was when I sat in with the great Les Paul (Iridium club, October, 2005), in New York City. Finalist in multiple iterations of yearly “Best Of Tucson,” in the country music category.

HONKYTONK COUNTRYBLUES: sad songs, bad songs, death songs, love songs, get-lost songs, come-back songs, weird songs- I sing them all, on lots of acoustic solo gigs, and with my twangfastic electric band.

SOLO SHOW (voice and guitar): I like a lot of songs, so I sing covers in addition to my own stuff. I like 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 me thrown in. In addition to bars, festivals, clubs, theaters, cafes, and restaurants, I work weddings / funerals / memorials / parties. Special playlists tailored for your event.

HANK TOPLESS BAND: full-service hardcore electric honkytonk countryblues featuring Loren Dircks on guitar. Current rhythm section is Clay Koweek on bass and Ben Schneider on drums. Hire this band. We’ll split your audience up into little pieces.

New solo acoustic album “Big Black Heart” was released 2/10/17, on Lonesome Desert Records. The track “No Phoenix Blues” is featured on Zia Records’ 2017 compilation “This One Goes To Eleven!” Also, 2 songs featured on Lonesome Desert release “Tucson Country Blues Vol. 1.” Both Lonesome Desert releases are available now on iTunes. Additional releases include the 7″ vinyl “Skeletons’ Blues / Take Their Time” (CD, 2012, Y’Know Co.) and the 9-song album “It’s So December” (2011, Y’Know Co.). Also available is the 10-song album which amounted to a maiden voyage in the Topless canon, “No Phoenix Blues” by Topless Opry (CD, 2002, Y’Know Co.).

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