Honky Tonkitis

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Come out and join us this Friday, December 14th, at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall.  This will be my last show with the band that has redefined Honky Tonk music in Milwaukee. 

It’s been a great ride, working with Honky Tonkitis these last five years.  Together, John, Kurt, Tommy, Don, Jason and I have played countless shows to wonderful audiences throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.  We’ve had the great pleasure of sharing shows with some of the best up and coming Country and Rockabilly bands in the Midwest, and I have cemented numerous friendships and relationships which I know will last a lifetime. 

Honkytonkitis has also had our music played on local, regional and international radio and webcast services.  The trajectory for the band is clearly on the rise, and that’s what has made my decision to leave so heart wrenching. 

As most of you know, I have been involved in a long term project involving a Land Speed Record on the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It’s been a dream of mine for years – to build a competitive race car and put it in the record books.



In order to do this and do it right, I need to dedicate more of my time to promotion and sponsorship of the project.  It is going to take long evenings and weekends of persistent work, and that time is in direct conflict with the path being followed by Honkytonkitis.

What I think is the big upside for the band is that Bruce Dean is stepping in.  Bruce brings to the table not only solid guitar AND baritone guitar chops, but also a great voice, and mandolin and banjo abilities.  Bruce will unquestioningly bring a dynamic to the band that few other musicians could match.   

 So if you’re free this Friday, stop out to Kochanski’s.  We’ll be hitting the stage at about 9:00 PM.  I’d love to see you before I trade my Nudie suit and cowboy hat in for a fire suit and helmet.

Chris Conrad

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