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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.

Topless is one of Tucson’s most tenacious entertainers, having worked its downtown bars since the late 1980’s. 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, Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts, 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.

“Thank Your Dirty Stars” (with The Dead Horsemen) was digitally released on January 14, 2022.                                     

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. 

       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. 

Dani Ponce on drums. 

HANK ME CRANK ME I'M LIVE

Upcoming performances

Hank Topless  

Date City Venue Country
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.
01/27/22 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.
01/31/22 Tucson, AZ The Coronet United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 198 W. Cushing St.. Solo, 6-8pm.
02/02/22 Tucson, AZ Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 228 E. Sixth Street. 6-8pm, solo.
02/06/22 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Get beered! Monthly solo residency continues, 7-9pm.
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!
02/19/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. Unhappy hour; solo, 3:30-6:30pm.
02/24/22 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.
03/04/22 Phoenix, AZ Grand Avenue Brewing United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1205 W. Pierce St.. Solo, 8-10pm.
03/06/22 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Time to beer it up! 7-9pm, solo.
03/07/22 Tucson, AZ The Coronet United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 198 W. Cushing St.. 6-8pm, solo.
03/10/22 Phoenix, AZ Carly’s Bistro United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 128 E. Roosevelt St.. Solo on Roosevelt Row! Solo, 7:30-9:30pm.
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.
03/12/22 Yucca Valley, CA Giant Rock Meeting Room United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1141 Old Woman Springs Rd, Unit A. High desert shenanigans!
03/31/22 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.
04/01/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. Solo “first Fridays” residency begins.
04/03/22 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. Monthly residency. 7-9pm, solo.
04/05/22 Tucson, AZ The Coronet United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 198 W. Cushing St.. 6-8pm, solo.
04/08/22 Tucson, AZ John Henry’s United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 117 N. 6th Ave.. Monthly residency continues. Solo, 8-10pm.
04/22/22 Bisbee, AZ Bisbee Grand Saloon United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 61 Main St.. Solo.
04/23/22 Miami, AZ Miami LOCO Festival United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Back to Miami! Solo; set time TBA.
04/28/22 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.
05/06/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency.
06/03/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency.
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.
07/01/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency.
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 & The Dead Horsemen  

Date City Venue Country
03/18/22 Bisbee, AZ The Quarry United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 40 Brewery Ave.. Full band hits Bisbee; plus, special guest Katie Mae (Phx).
03/25/22 Tucson, AZ Saint Charles Tavern United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1632 S. 4th Ave.. 2 hours of Hank Topless & The Dead Horsemen.
03/26/22 Tucson, AZ Moto Sonora Brewing United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1015 S. Park Ave.. Make the big beer run, and party with us! 7-9pm.
04/15/22 Phoenix, AZ Chopper John’s United States
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2547 E. Indian School Rd.. 2.5 hours of Hank & The Dead Horsemen; support from Katie Mae & The Lubrication.

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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