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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.

2021 /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

Thank Your Dirty Stars (2022)

Stream the full album.

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
07/01/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency.
07/03/22 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. First-Sundays residency continues! 7-9pm, solo.
07/07/22 Mesa, AZ Roosters Country United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3731 E. Main St.. Solo.
07/08/22 Phoenix, AZ Trans Am Cafe United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1506 Grand Ave.. Family-friendly art gallery / restaurant, now serving alcohol! Solo, 7-9pm.
07/15/22 Phoenix, AZ Grand Avenue Brewing United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1205 W. Pierce St.. Solo, 8-11pm.
07/30/22 Miami, AZ Miami Art Works United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 509 Sullivan St.. Solo, 7-?pm.
08/04/22 Mesa, AZ Roosters Country United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3731 E. Main St.. Solo.
08/05/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency. Solo, 8-10pm.
08/10/22 Tucson, AZ Cowpony United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 6510 E. Tanque Verde. Solo, 8-11pm.
08/12/22 Phoenix, AZ Trans Am Cafe United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 1506 Grand Ave.. Family-friendly art gallery / restaurant, in the heart of the Grand Avenue district …. now serving alcohol! Solo, 7-9pm.
09/01/22 Mesa, AZ Roosters Country United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 3731 E. Main St.. First Thursdays residency. 7-10pm, solo.
09/02/22 Bisbee, AZ Hitching Post Saloon United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 316 Pirrung Ave.. First Fridays residency. 8-10pm, solo.
09/03/22 Tucson, AZ Habitation Speakeasy United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 641 N. 10th Ave.. Private event.
09/04/22 Tucson, AZ Arizona Beer House United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 150 S. Kolb Rd.. First Sundays residency. Solo, 7-9pm
09/10/22 Tombstone, AZ Tombstone Brewing Company United States
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages/Licensed. Address: 107 E. Toughnut. Solo, 3-6pm. Get tanked, in the town too tough to die.
09/22/22 Tucson, AZ La Cocina United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 201 N. Court Ave.. “Fourth Thursdays” residency resumes. 6-8:30pm, solo.
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
09/17/22 Phoenix, AZ The Dirty Drummer United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2303 N. 44th St.. “Tucson Takeover” at The Drummer!
09/24/22 Tucson, AZ Che’s Lounge United States
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 350 N. Fourth Avenue. Come see why. Full band, 10pm.
10/22/22 Tucson, AZ Moto Sonora Brewing United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1015 S. Park Ave.. Beer.

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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