Come join us for another Sunday matinee with Cropduster & The Amazing Heeby Jeebies! This fine event will be held at The Empty Bottle on Sunday, August 20th from 2pm to 4:15pm. Show up early for a free dance lesson! The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N Western Ave. See you all there!


On July 13th, Chicago Honky Tonk presented Joe Wortell, Hodie Snitch and Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders. Thanks again to Martyrs’ for letting us host such a wonderful event at your fine establishment!

Joe and Jeff show us their sweet western fashions.

Joe Wortell and His Band making their first appearance on stage. Killer set fellas!
 Hodie Snitch keeps the crowd dancing with some energetic outlaw country tunes.

Closing out the night was Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders playing their own brand of country originals.

Thanks dancers and everyone else that came out, we sure had a fun time! See y’all at the next one!

Here’s some photos from FitzGerald’s 36th Annual American Music Festival with The Deslondes, Jack Klatt and a surprise visit from Pat Reedy!

The Deslondes playing some killer tunes from their new record Hurry Home

Jack Klatt played a wonderful solo set in the Sidebar

Jack told us a little about himself and what his inspirations are for the music he writes.

We chatted with The Deslondes’ Sam, John James and Riley about their new album Hurry Home (Interview to come)

Pat Reedy decided to share some stories as well. (Pat on the left)

John James shows us his Pat Reedy tattoo

The DeslondesFacebook  Hurry Home

Jack KlattFacebook

Pat ReedyFacebook

The 10th A Day In The Country was a blast! Here’s some photos we took to document the occasion.

Jess McIntosh’s band played first on the front porch stage


Northside Southpaws on the front porch


The Lint Trappers were the supergroup on the front porch


The Family Gold closed out the front porch stage


Becky Levi & Mike Vanier


The Hoyle Brothers outside their usual Empty Bottle confines


Headliner Jim Lauderdale serenading us solo


Lawrence Peters Outfit played their annual set at Day In The Country


Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys came from Kansas City for their first Chicago visit in 10 years


Dirty Green in the back room


Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders closed out the night


Thanks to Charles Pearson, Scott Judd, and Jay Em for their photos! See ya’ll next year!


It’s that time of the year again, folks. Time to head on down to the Hideout for a full day of country music. The day starts on Hideout’s front porch at 2 pm then moves into the back room at 5 pm.

Featuring beers by Lagunitas, food by Honky Tonk BBQ, and pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop

Headliner- Jim Lauderdale
Second headliner- Rex Hobart And The Misery Boys
Also of special note- The Lint Trappers (Tony Magee, of Lagunitas Brewing)


Front porch:
2- 2:30- Jess McIntosh
2:40- 3:10- Northside Southpaws
3:20 to 4:05- Lint Trappers
4:15 to 4:45- The Family Gold

5 to 5:30- Becky Levi & Mike Vanier
5:45- 6:15- Hoyle Brothers
6:30 to 7:30- Jim Lauderdale
7:45 to 8:15- Lawrence Peters Outfit
8:30 to 9:30- Rex Hobart And The Misery Boys
9:45 to 10:15- Dirty Green
10:30 to 11:00- Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders

Join us for a Sunday matinee with Bailey Dee & her Late Nite Bait along with Gin Palace Jesters. Grab your boots and come on out to the Empty Bottle for some midday scootin’ with us from 2 to 4.

The Empty Bottle


God bless those Hoyle Brothers, weekly delivering us our sermon straight from the good book of hard-hitting honky tonk classics. The Empty Bottle host the Hoyles each week for a Honky Tonk Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30. Here you’ll find one of the best dance scenes that Chicago has to offer, keeping the two-step alive and as vibrant as it ever was.


Last Thursday we presented our first official Chicago Honky Tonk show. Joining us at Martyr’s were The Country Doctors, followed by Lonesome Still and headlined by Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders. Can’t wait to see all you honky-tonkers again at the next one!

Chicago Honky Tonk Presents
The Country Doctors
Lonesome Still 
Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders



A nice crowd turned out for the last date of Al Scorch’s Winter Slumber series this year at The Empty Bottle. Al had several friends join him on stage during the afternoon including Lawrence Peters. Here’s Lawrence with the whole band doing a hot rendition of Handsome Molly.


Al and his band ripping through some tunes and digging in on some jams:

Come on out for our inaugural Chicago Honkytonk Presents show! 

We’re excited to have Martyrs host us for this full night of honkytonk music and dancing.

Country Doctors 8pm – 8:50
Lonesome Still 9:10-10pm
Dan Whitaker & the Shinebenders 10:20-11:10

For tickets visit



Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders

Dan Whitaker leads The Shinebenders on a honkytonk excursion through the past, present and future.  The Chicago band has been forging its own version of country music for over a decade behind Whitaker’s songs and an unwavering desire to perform. Founded in 2002 the group has been entertaining audiences with countless shows in Chicago and the Midwest while supporting their independent releases.

Long-time band mates The Shinebenders have backed Dan since their formative residency at the defunct Hotti Biscotti. The Shinebenders include Earl Power on bass, Belden “Trip” Kimball’s on acoustic guitar and Chase Jackson’s on drums.

Dan Whitaker’s history in Chicago independent music goes back to the late 1980’s with DeKalb punk-funk favorites June Bug Massacre, 1990’s with the Americana-blues-rock band Great Plains Gypsies, and most recently Chicago jam-rockers The Gyps. He also currently plays with Western Grand, featuring Jay Harris.


Lonesome Still

Hipsters, two-steppers, and even grizzled country purists agree Lonesome Still might be the best-kept secret in Chicago’s country music scene. You’ll hear the influence of the band’s blues, rock, and folk roots as they create a unique retro-country sound anchored by lead singer Michael O’Briant’s Johnny Cash-baritone, sweetened by Kary Ream and Emily Albright’s perfect harmonies, not to mention Emily’s fiddling. Add Chicago music scene veterans Tony Wittrock on lead guitar, Michael “Q” Quiroz on bass, Dave Huizenga on rhythm guitar and vocals, plus Theresa Drda on drums, and you’ve got Chicago’s best outlaw country group.



The Country Doctors

The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as an “alt-classic-neo-traditionalist-honkabilly band.” Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music. They’re easy to find as they play many venues and festivals in and around the Chicago area. In 2011 they opened Country Music Day at Taste of Chicago which culminated with a classic performance by Loretta Lynn and her band. They’ve been nominated for a Chicago Music Award as Best Country-Western Entertainer in 2011 and 2012. They have two CDs on the independent Medical Records label. The Docs emphasize vocal harmonies, tight arrangements and hot instrumental solos. A typical Docs performance will include their original songs as well as the genre-defining sound of vintage honky-tonkers such as Hank Williams and Buck Owens, songs by country outlaws like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash and music from contemporary and/or alternative country artists. Most importantly, they like to have fun with their music and their audience.

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