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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 dirty, 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
02/21/19 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Sin for your supper.
02/27/19 Tucson, AZ Royal Sun Bar United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1015 N. Stone Ave.. Unhappy hour.
02/28/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Sin for your supper.
03/02/19 Bisbee, AZ St. Elmo Bar United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 36 Brewery Ave.. Party.
03/07/19 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Sin for your supper.
03/16/19 Tucson, AZ Tucson Hop Shop United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.. Unhappy hour, 6-8pm.
03/17/19 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. St. Patrick’s Day party, 9-11:30pm.
03/21/19 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Sin for your supper.
03/23/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. 9-11pn, solo.
03/28/19 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Birthday show.
04/04/19 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Sin for your supper.
04/13/19 Miami, AZ Miami Art Works United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 509 Sullivan St.. Back to Loco for 2019. Solo.
04/18/19 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Sin for your supper.
04/20/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Monthly residency continues.
05/11/19 Tucson, AZ Dusty Monk Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Monthly residency continues.

Hank Topless Band  

Date City Venue Country
03/09/19 Phoenix, AZ 85016 Rips Bar United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3045 N. 16th Street. This one’s been a long time coming.
03/29/19 Tucson, AZ Saint Charles Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1632 S. 4th Ave.. Lineup TBA.
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.

Losers’ Lounge  

Date City Venue Country
03/13/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Guest stars Kaci Bays / Adara Rae- more TBA.
04/10/19 Tucson, AZ Owls Club United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 236 S. Scott. Guest stars Jimmy Pines & Washboard Jere.

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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