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honky-tonk

1. a style of ragtime piano-playing, esp on a tinny-sounding piano
2. a type of country music, usually performed by a small band with electric and steel guitars
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Like much of the music associated with the Bakersfield sound, an unvarnished form of country that thrived in honky-tonks here in the 1950s and '60s, Haggard's is rooted in the making-do values of the Dust Bowl.
The band plays high-octane rockabilly around Portland's honky-tonks bars and hot spots, rocking classic songs from the catalogs of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Carl Perkins, a press release says.
Following the dinner, everyone hit Broadway, enjoying the local honky-tonks and the couple's favorite, Layla's Bluegrass Inn.
A rarity in the pop and rock word: a Brooklyn band fronted by an Asian-American lesbian who boldly performed tunes from their latest album, The Beginning, at local honky-tonks and country saloons, just to prove they could.
After five years in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he began his singing career in honky-tonks and nightclubs around St Louis and later in the Bakersfield area of California.
After all, didn't it start in the honky-tonks of New Orleans?
He has spent a lifetime playing honky-tonks and bars and it is only within the last few years that he has started touring the wider US, Europe and the UK.
But preservationists say it could destroy the character of the area, which is sprinkled with honky-tonks and restaurants.
The Hall of Fame opened a new $37 million museum in 2001, near the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks district of Lower Broadway, in Nashville.
At 16, Anneth compulsively sneaks out at night to flirt and drink at honky-tonks, dancing to the latest songs by Elvis, Patsy Cline, and Sam Cooke.
At the Broken Spoken, the last of the old-time Texas honky-tonks, everyone becomes Texan when two-stepping across the dance floor.
The Pink Pony Cafe, the Freedom Village Juke, Booba Burn's Place and the Evening Star Lounge may not come to mind as the hot spot of choice, but these juke joints--and not just any juke joint, mind you, but the edgy, nitty-gritty, unpretentious, ramshackle honky-tonks where blues and booze are essentials--are places that somehow seem familiar beyond their "thrilling otherness," as writer Richard Ford describes them.