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HONKYTONK COUNTRYBLUES

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Based in Tucson, AZ, singer / songwriter Hank Topless delivers a honkytonk countryblues sound unlike any other. Drawing unpredictable energy from the razor’s edge between tragedy and triumph, the battle between right and wrong, he’s lived out many a hard country song – and, somehow, survived to tell the tales.

Four albums’ worth of dark, soulful, weird, humorously twisted, even tender tales – if you wanna get specific – and, with a relentless fifth album on the way. Whether alone with his guitar, or fronting a rocking band – in a local dive or on theater boards, Hank Topless never does the same show twice.

Along the road, he’s shared stages with and / or provided support for:

Les Paul, Junior Brown, Kinky Friedman, Scott Biram, Jesse Dayton, Joe Ely, Robbie Fulks, The Outlaws, Whitney Rose, Pete Anderson, Skip Heller, Mack Stevens, Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band, Kevin Daly, Kaci Bays, Al Perry, Jim Goad, Tom Walbank, Split Livers, Al Foul, Gary Stockdale, Calexico, and many more.

2020 winner of “Best Of Tucson,” country music category.

Mr. Topless also co-produces music and vlogs with partner Suzi Gardner (L7).

“It’s So December” (2011) and “Big Black Heart” (2017) showcase songs written largely in the early to mid 2000’s, prior to and during a stay in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

“Songs I Hate To Sing” (co-produced by Jim Waters, and featuring a cherrypicked team of Arizona studio players),  and “Hank Me Crank Me I’m Dead” (live solo / acoustic, recorded 2018) were digitally released in October, 2019.                                      

Single / music video  “300 Roses” released on 6/25/21.

       Single / music video “I Can’t Tell The Boys From The Girls” released on 1/1/21. 

                                Studio album #5 is in mixing stages, as of July 2021.

Complete discography available for digital download/ streaming. Links below. 

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Albums

Songs I Hate To Sing (2019)

Stream the full album.

Hank Me Crank Me I’m Dead (2018)

Stream the full album.

Big Black Heart (2017)

Stream the full album.

Skeleton’s Blues 7″ (2012)

Stream the single.

Download the track (from Bandcamp) here.

If you’d like to order the 7” vinyl click here (secure PayPal).
$13 including shipping.

Take Their Time (2012)

Stream the single.

It’s So December (2011)

Stream the full album.

STYLE / INFLUENCES / PERSONNEL

WHAT?: Sad songs, bad songs, death songs, love songs, get-lost songs, come-back songs, weird songs. 

In addition to 4 albums’ worth of original material, lots of covers: 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)- a sort of mashup of these styles, with something broken thrown in.

 

WHERE /WHEN? Solo show will play whenever and wherever there’s fair pay. 

Band books out four months in advance.

Email for event rates.

HANK TOPLESS & THE DEAD HORSEMEN:

J Claymore Koweek on guitar and vocals.

R. Swelling on electric bass. 

Junk on drums. 

HANK ME CRANK ME I'M LIVE

Upcoming performances

Hank Topless  

Date City Venue Country
12/03/21 Sonoita, AZ Tia Nita’s Cantina United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3119 Arizona 83. Venue phone: 520-455-0500. Solo; plus, Roger Clyne.
12/05/21 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Get the jump on your week while slamming down some select craft beers. Solo, 7-9pm.
12/09/21 Phoenix, AZ Carly’s Bistro United States
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 128 E. Roosevelt St.. Country blues on Roosevelt Row! Solo, 7:30-9:30pm.
12/10/21 Tucson, AZ Moto Sonora Brewing United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1015 S. Park Ave.. 6-8pm, solo.
12/11/21 Phoenix, AZ Chopper John’s United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2547 E. Indian School Rd.. Solo; plus, Jim Bachmann & The Day Drinkers.
12/17/21 Tucson, AZ Copper Mine Brewing United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3455 S. Palo Verde Rd.. Solo, 6-8pm. Get hammered!
12/30/21 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Solo, 6:30-9pm.
12/31/21 Tucson, AZ Moto Sonora Brewing United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1015 S. Park Ave.. 6-8pm.
01/07/22 Phoenix, AZ Grand Avenue Brewing United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1205 W. Pierce St.. Solo, 8-10pm. Cool little brew garage with nice beers and food.
01/09/22 Mesa, AZ Apache Wells United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Your Cheatin’ Heart. Possible 3pm matinee.
01/12/22 Green Valley, AZ CPAC Green Valley United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1250 W. Continental Rd.. Your Cheatin’ Heart. 3pm / 7pm.
01/13/22 Green Valley, AZ CPAC Green Valley United States
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1250 W. Continental Rd.. Your Cheatin’ Heart.
01/14/22 Tucson, AZ John Henry’s United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 117 N. 6th Ave.. Monthly “second Fridays” residency begins. 8-10pm, solo. It’s high time for some freakin’ booze.
01/22/22 Pinos Altos, NM Buckhorn Saloon And Opera House United States
Time: 6:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 32 Main Street. Solo, 6:30-9:30pm.
01/25/22 Yuma, AZ Historic Yuma Theatre United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Your Cheatin’ Heart.
01/27/22 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. Sin for your supper. Solo, 6-9pm.
02/11/22 Tucson, AZ John Henry’s United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 117 N. 6th Ave.. 8-10pm, solo. Escape the chill with a tumbler full of raw spirits!
02/18/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. Rustic saloon on south end of Bisbee. Solo, 7-9pm.
02/25/22 Tucson, AZ Surly Wench Pub United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 424 N. 4th Ave.. Plus, Michael & The Pentecost.
02/26/22 Phoenix, AZ 85016 Rips Bar United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3045 N. 16th Street. Plus, Michael & The Pentecost.
03/11/22 Tucson, AZ John Henry’s United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 117 N. 6th Ave.. “Second Fridays” residency at this cool little downtown bar. Solo, 8-10pm.
06/12/22 Oro Valley, AZ Gaslight Music Hall United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 13005 N. Oracle Rd.. Your Cheatin’ Heart.
10/24/22 Tucson, AZ Gaslight Theatre United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 7010 E. Broadway. Your Cheatin’Heart!
10/24/22 Tucson, AZ Gaslight Theatre United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 7010 E. Broadway. Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Hank Topless Band  

Date City Venue Country
12/02/21 Tucson, AZ Tap & Bottle United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 403 N. Sixth Avenue. Hank Topless & The Dead Horsemen. Get polluted!
01/21/22 Phoenix, AZ The Dirty Drummer United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2303 N. 44th St.. HT & The Dead Horsemen; guest TBA.

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HUH?

Proof that I exist outside of my own mind.

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