Honky Tonkitis | Deep End of the Bottle

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Deep End of the Bottle

by Honky Tonkitis

This is the music that's playing as you walk through the door of the honky tonk, take a seat at the bar and order a drink to raise your spirits.
Genre: Country: Honky Tonk
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1. I'll Be Seeing the Floor Pretty Soon
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2. C'mon, Baby, Get it Off Your Chest
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3. I Hope I Don't Get the Clap Tonight
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4. Half-Ass Heartache
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5. You Will Find Me In the Deep End of the Bottle
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6. I Need More Makeup
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7. If It's Paradise
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8. But Not Me
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9. Jukebox, You Suck
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10. I'm A Maker
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11. Which Are You First: Drunk or Stupid
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12. Beans And Beer for Breakfast
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13. Six Pack Lovers
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14. PBR my ASS
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15. Drinking Beer Leads to Harder Things
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16. I'm Leaving Wisconsin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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Edward O'Connell

You'll Cry In Your Beer (From Laughter)
After their fine debut “You Drink and Drive Me Crazy,” Honky-Tonkitis are back with “Deep End of the Bottle,” a generous 16-song serving of paeans to Pabst and more songs about brews, babes and bars, all served up with a wry wink and a nod to classic C&W roadhouse tunes.

It’s worth spending a few minutes just savoring the hilarious titles alone, which give you a clue as to what you’re in for. Anchored by the sonorous and dulcet baritone of the Bard of Budweiser, songwriter John Steffes, Honky-Tonkitis comes across as a twisted modern version of the Texas Playboys, with Steffes calling out encouragement, Bob Wills-style, as his able bandmates – particularly Chris Conrad on guitars, Gabriel Stutz on pedal steel and Tom Hanson on fiddle – step out for one excellent solo turn after another throughout the disc. (Except Bob Wills probably never called out to Leon McAuliffe with an off-the-wall exhortation like “Tofu Bok Choy!”)

There are lots of standouts, including the swinging “C’Mon Baby Get It Off Your Chest,” the clever “I Need More Makeup,” and the classic country weeper “Jukebox, You Suck.” “But Not Me” features guest Tom Brusky on accordion, creating a rousing norteño-polka fusion, and the record’s droll closer, “I’m Leaving Wisconsin,” name-checks many of the Badger State’s famous (and infamous) native sons and daughters (including Harry Houdini, Wendy O. Williams and Lawrencia Bembenek).

With or without suds, Honky-Tonkitis delivers a fun and engaging record that promises you a hilarious live act if you can catch them in their natural habitat, on stage at a Milwaukee beer hall. Have a round on them!