While others affect retro-country, Tonk hauntingly serves up tunes with an “an unadorned honky-tonk echo.” Tonk plays country - not alt.country - not country folk. In the current state of things, they are firmly in the realm of outliers. All the better to savor their unpretentious sound.
They evoke bittersweet memories of 4 a.m. heartaches - choices made without do-overs - stale beer - and (almost) drying tears.
The lyrics are “Merle-worthy” (The INDY). One song, "I see lots of wine and beer in my impending atmosphere." Lead singer Jay Brown is deft: his pacing making the sad songs anthems, words twisting and tumbling out. His croon is as smooth as Shep Lane's steel guitar - yet his voice hits the percussion beats with Greg Readling's upright piano. Every member is fully delivering the nursing-a-heartache-feeling.
Tonk’s opened for Steep Canyon Rangers and frequently work with Dave Wilson of Chatham County Line.
Come and listen close. They’re the real-deal in a world of wannabees.