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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. His solo albums “It’s So December” (2011) and “Big Black Heart” (2017) have received critical acclaim. Live album “Hank Me Crank Me I’m Dead” is slated for release in Spring 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.

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 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.

BARELY ALIVE

Upcoming performances

Hank Topless  

Date City Venue Country
04/25/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Sin for your supper.
05/11/19 Tucson, AZ The Hut United States
Time: 4:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. 420 Show- pedal steel, guest of Top Dead Center.
05/11/19 Phoenix, AZ Chopper John’s United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2547 E. Indian School Rd.. Solo- plus Merle Jagger (Los Angeles), Brea Burns & The Boleros.
05/18/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Monthly residency continues.
05/23/19 Tucson, AZ Thunder Canyon Brewstillery United States
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 220 E. Broadway. Guest of Arizona 411.
06/22/19 Bisbee, AZ The Quarry United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 40 Brewery Ave.. Solo show.
06/23/19 Bisbee, AZ The Quarry United States
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 40 Brewery Ave.. Brunch solo show.
07/28/19 Oro Valley, AZ Gaslight Music Hall United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 13005 N. Oracle Rd.. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” (Lonely Street Productions).
09/28/19 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Oktoberfest.

Hank Topless Band  

Date City Venue Country
05/12/19 Tucson, AZ Che’s Lounge United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 350 N. Fourth Avenue. Gonna thump you good.
07/12/19 Phoenix, AZ Chopper John’s United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2547 E. Indian School Rd.. Plus: Jim Bachmann & The Day Drinkers.

Losers’ Lounge  

Date City Venue Country
05/08/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Guest stars: Gutter Town, Adeena Black.

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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