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Honky Tonk

In music, “honky tonk” is a term that has been attached to various styles of 20th century American music. These genres are named for the honky tonk, a type of bar with musical entertainment common in the south-western and south-eastern United States. The first genre of music to be commonly known as honky tonk music was a style of piano playing related to ragtime, but emphasizing rhythm more than melody or harmony.

In the 1950s, honky tonk entered its golden age with the massive popularity of Webb Pierce, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones and Hank Williams. In the mid to late 1950s, rockabilly, which melded honky tonk country to rhythm and blues, and the slick country music of the Nashville sound ended honky tonk's initial period of dominance.

During the 1980s, a revival of slicker honky tonk took over the charts. Beginning with Dwight Yoakam and George Strait in the middle of the decade, a more pop-oriented version of honky tonk became massively popular. It crossed over into the mainstream in the early 1990s with singers like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Clint Black.

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Hi I am at present converting a lot of my vinyl onto disc and i came across this LP in my collections but the one i have is on the top spin label and signed by Hank it was recorded at the Big Tom Studios in Castleblayney in Ireland,and the producer was Basil Hendricks it has the same tracks as ... read more
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