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Watch the full interview with festival organizer Lawrence Peters to learn how it all got started, and more about the man’s love for country music in general.

This was a great summer for honky-tonk—and the best day of all was A Day in the Country.

It had just a little of everything that makes honky-tonking in Chicago great. Lawerence Peters did a bang-up job booking some of the finest bands around so we could hear songs that made us cry into our beer and then dance to forget.

The 10th Day in the Country at the Hideout was probably the best one we’ve ever been to. This time, Lawrence invited the big name, beloved, national act and recording star Jim Lauderdale to join the lineup of our own beloved, local, Chicago honky-tonk bands.

When Jim walked onstage, it was like being in honky-tonk church. He sang his heart out and was as gracious as can be, just him and his guitar. His songs made a magical summer day shine even that much better.

Besides the music, there were a ton of other good things going on that we have Lawrence to thank for. Plates of steaming barbecue, damn good pie, and a reason to get together with some of the finest honky-tonkers in Chicago. We call that time well spent.

Goodbye for now, summer. But you bet we’ll be back for A Day in the Country next year.

 

 

 



This one’s a treat, folks. Join us and the fine folks at Fitzgerald’s for an evening of toe-tapping American music, starring Minnesota’s own Jack Klatt backed by a band of special guests. You also won’t want to miss Chris Casello & The Corsairs’ white-hot rockabilly stylings with a hillbilly twist. Come early for the outlaw sounds of Joe Wortell & The Western Stars — and a free dance lesson with Louie Stallone. Can’t wait to see y’all there.

Doors open at 7 pm. Free dance lesson with Louis Stallone at 8 pm.
Fri, Oct 13 2017, 8:30pm – $10 – Tickets

JACK KLATT: Part balladeer and part bluesman, Jack is a dedicated songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis, MN. His unique sound defies genre with influences that pull from a wide range of American music. From Rhythm and Blues and early Rock N’ Roll, to country and folk music Jack brings his unique voice to all of his songs. In the word of Americana Roots UK “Jack doesn’t rely on other writers for his diversity, he can write in pretty much any musical style of his choosing.”  He’s won recognition from the MN state arts board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release “Shadows in the Sunset” has been praised as “an eminently satisfying, slow rolling, Country/Blues album” by No Depression and made it onto Saving Country Music’s list of 2016 essential albums.

THE CORSAIRS featuring CHRIS CASELLO: We are a burning hot rockabilly band from Chicago. Mixing hillbilly music with rhythm and blues, we create new fangeled music everybody is dancing to. https://www.facebook.com/chriscasellocorsairs/

JOE WORTELL & THE WESTERN STARS: Joe Wortell and the western stars are a Four-piece Classic Outlaw country band from Chicago and Nashville that play clever and inspired arrangements that fuse subtle hints of Blues, Surf, R&B and Pop with the great songs of Hank, Waylon, Merle, Cash and beyond. These along with their fine crafted originals can veer into spirited improvisational jams but never stray too far from the essence of a great song. https://www.facebook.com/joewortandthewesternstars/

Upcoming Events

Dec
14
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6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.
7:30 pm Michaela Anne w/ Glass Mountain ...
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Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Michaela Anne w/ Glass Mountain @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery @ Haymarket Pub & Brewery
See Michaela Anne live on stage at Haymarket’s Americana Concert Series! Glass Mountain opens. Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 – Show starts at 7:30 pm – NO COVER! Haymarket Pub & Brewery proudly presents our on-going Americana Concert Series. Hear Americana’s hottest artists every Thursday night on the stage in our Drinking and Writing Theater in Chicago’s West[...]
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Country & Roots Night at Smoke Daddy 8-10:30, free admission and great BBQ https://www.facebook.com/cropduster4/
Dec
15
Fri
5:30 pm The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle @ Empty Bottle
  First, it’d be a sin if you love country music, you’re in Chicago, and you don’t spend the nub of your Friday evening enjoying The Hoyle Brothers’ weekly dose of free Chicago country music at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)! Ya gotta catch what has become a weekly “kick off yer weekend” tradition of drinkin’,[...]
9:30 pm Phyllis’ Honky Tonk Night: Tagle...
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Dec
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1:30 pm Chicago Honky Tonk Presents The ...
Chicago Honky Tonk Presents The ...
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Chicago Honky Tonk Presents The Western Elston, A FREE Sunday Matinee @ Empty Bottle @ The Empty Bottle
1:30PM // FREE // 21+ CHICAGO HONKY TONK continues its popular Sunday matinee series with a Holiday Special show featuring Chicago favorites THE WESTERN ELSTONS! THE WESTERN ELSTONS are a classic honky tonk and rockabilly band with strong roots in 50’s to 60’s country and western swing. Holiday Pop Up Shop featuring Dethrose Vintage and more! https://www.etsy.com/shop/dethrosevintage Free Two Step[...]
11:00 pm The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chr...
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 2:00 am
The Joel Paterson Trio feat. Chris Foreman @ The Green Mill @ The Green Mill
  The Joel Paterson Trio, Featuring Chris Foreman, performs every Sunday night at the famous Green Mill cocktail Lounge, playing a late night organ trio set behind the bar from 11pm to 2am.
Dec
20
Wed
8:30 pm Western Elstons @ Simon’s Tavern
Western Elstons @ Simon’s Tavern
Dec 20 @ 8:30 pm
Western Elstons @ Simon's Tavern @ Simon's Tavern
The Western Elstons music mixes classic country, honky tonk, and western swing. The band features Scott Ligon, (guitar and lead vocals), Casey McDonough, (bass and vocals), Joel Paterson, (pedal steel guitar),  and Alex Hall, (drums). You can find them at their residency at Simon’s Tavern playing the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Music starts at[...]
9:30 pm The Lawrence Peters Outfit @ The...
The Lawrence Peters Outfit @ The...
Dec 20 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:30 am
The Lawrence Peters Outfit @ The California Clipper @ The California Clipper
Join The Lawrence Peters Outfit for two stompin’ sets of un-ruined country music, at local gem The California Clipper. Get some drinks in you, and find a partner for some two-stepping, waltzing, swing dancing, etc, or just grab a seat, and enjoy the sounds. Two time Chicago Music Award winners, and 2018 Ameripolitan Award nominees, The Lawrence[...]
Dec
21
Thu
6:00 pm Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Devil in a Woodpile @ Hideout @ The Hideout
Devil in a Woodpile, they play blues. They also play country. Ragtime. Hot Jazz. Hillbilly. It’s all the same to them. It’s all taken from the same deep, muddy well called American Music that existed long before wise guy marketing goons and interweb algorithms decided to categorize and sub-categorize the whole mess.