After the success of their first album, "You Drink and Drive Me Crazy," Honky Tonkitis busts out a year and a half later with their second album, "Deep End of the Bottle," a further study in alcohol and heartbreak. The core twang is still there: Chris Conrad on his electric and baritone guitars, Jason Ploetz on the upright bass (if he ever falls down he can't be replaced), Tom Hanson on the crying fiddle, Kurt Weber on the amazingly small but amazingly loud drumset, and John Steffes' baritenor tune crooning. The band's enlisted Gabriel Stutz from beautiful Chicago to add his classic, crying pedal steel tones to this recording.
The songs are once again sad, comical and drunken, yet upbeat: the radio friendly "C'mon, Baby, Get it Off Your Chest," the rockabilly-inspired "Half-Ass Heartache," the generational anthem, "Jukebox, You Suck," and the new bitter classic, "I'm Leaving Wisconsin" propel this 16-song album into memorable, hook-laden areas of your heart yet to be touched by copious amounts of alcohol.
Sit back, pop a top, turn on the tunes, and get ready to salve your aching heart. She ain't left you, she's just looking for the proper moment to come back and get the rest of her stuff. This album will get you through the waiting.