FREE // Doors 1 PM // 21+ Nov. 19th

Chicago Honky-Tonk continues its popular Sunday matinee series with Chicago favorites the Lawrence Peters Outfit headlining and opener Barbara Clifford and The Shakin’ Tailfeathers.


Lawrence Peter Outfit @ The Hideout

The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, boasting a mutt pedigree as long as any you’ll find in the city’s country music scene. The group’s sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition, with debts owed to Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed. Lawrence Peters sings and plays snare drum, leading the band through his finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The Outfit includes Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar, and Josh Piet on upright bass. Their debut album What You Been Missin’ was released nationally on January 17th, 2012, and the Lawrence Peters Songbook was released a month later.

Barbara Clifford & The Shakin’ Tailfeathers @ FitzGerald’s

Born and bred in Chicago, Barbara is a 4ft, 11inch singer performing rockin’ blues, rockabilly, & soul around Chicago with the help of The Shakin Tailfeathers. For the majority of her adult life, she’s been singing all kinds of styles, but her passion has always been Roots-Americana music. Most notable for being 1/2 vocals in THE HONEYBEES, she decided to pursue a solo career. Her first solo album Introducing Barbara Clifford is made up of mostly original songs. It was recorded on Blue Lake Records (Switzerland) with the band The Rhythm Storms. Since then, she’s performed worldwide and stateside.


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


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.

The Hoyle Brothers are going strong as ever in their residency at The Empty Bottle. This particular Friday, as on any given Friday, we were treated with great tunes and killer licks. Brian, Steve, Josh, Lance & Myles are Chicago favorites. Make sure to get out and see them soon 5:30-7:30 each Friday at Empty Bottle.




A clip of Waylon’s Dreaming My Dreams by the Hoyles:

It was a great night of honky tonk music in Chicago last night at The Beat Kitchen. The Family Gold opened the night with some great original songs and some old chestnuts.

Check out their album at bandcamp.







Wayne and his band blew everyone’s minds. Here’s a clip from the night:







Check out Wayne’s latest album:

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