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  • n. Plural form of tonk.


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  • Living in his mother's house on Perdido Street in the black section of the Storyville neighbourhood, making a living by delivering coal, milk and newspapers, he would have heard the bands playing the new form of music – a bouillabaisse of ragtime, French quadrilles, work songs, hymns and marches – in the local "tonks", which merged the functions of bars, dancehalls, grocery stalls and bordellos.

    Louis Armstrong buys a cornet

  • He sang about the people I knew and the life we were all living between visits to the tiny honky tonks.

    Suzanne O'Keeffe: Too Real to Be on Radio -- Roots Music Rescues Los Angeles

  • If anyone had told me before I moved to Los Angeles over a decade ago that I'd be spending my nights and days here holed up in tiny bars and honky tonks listening to country music I would've been ROFLMAO before the acronym existed.

    Suzanne O'Keeffe: Too Real to Be on Radio -- Roots Music Rescues Los Angeles

  • So, too, is Archer Island, and the honky tonks and towns out in the basin.

    In the Delta, a new flood brings back old fears

  • A downbeat portrait of a once-great country singer dragging his sorry ass through a string of bars, honky-tonks and bowling alleys, the film looks at times like Tender Mercies-lite – a comparison heightened by the cameo appearance of an ageless Robert Duvall.

    Edge of Darkness; Crazy Heart; Invictus; Exam; The Wolfman

  • And this thing we call country music kind of came out of those honky tonks, you know, and some of the same area that a lot of other things came out of.

    Merle Haggard Reflects On His Outlaw Country Past

  • BAMcin matek's 33-film series sweeps a long, black cloak across the history of vampire cinema: From primal iterations in F.W. Murnau's neo-expressionist "Nosferatu" (1922) and Carl Theodor Dreyer's austere and minimalist "Vampyr" (1932), to the latter-day incarnations of Nicolas Cage's cockroach-chewing bite victim in "Vampire's Kiss" (1988) and Bill Paxton as the leader of a gang of biker vampires, bleeding dry the Texas honky-tonks in Kathryn Bigelow's "Near Dark" (1987).

    Psychos and Suckers

  • When my parents were divorced - my mom left when I was eight, my dad raised my brothers and I back at the family ranch, and we sang in bars and honky-tonks and thats sort of how we made our living.

    The Two Sides Of Jewel: 'Sweet And Wild'

  • While stationed at Bolling Air Force Base, he played accordion with Dub Howington and the Tennessee Haymakers at local honky-tonks.

    TV personality, country singer and sausage-maker Jimmy Dean dies at 81

  • When he's not bending the rules as the Leverage team's resident enforcer Eliot Spencer, Christian Kane can often be found bending guitar strings in honky-tonks around the country.

    Leverage Star Goes Country


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