Sunday, December 25, 2011

Honky Tonk Christmas

Well - Christmas and Honky Tonkin' normally just don't go hand in hand, sin and salvation just don't mix, it's like water and oil. But the tradition is deep-rooted, and many a Honky Tonk singer, recorded gospel and/or Christmas albums as well. It almost has a catholic feel to it; go confess your sins, mumble some prayers, do some rosaries and you may be forgiven.
Whatever - Michael ONeill posted a great little ditty on my facebook page called "Beer Can Christmas Tree (visit this site for a free download)." What a great idea and concept, and as you can see above it takes quite some work to achieve the task of building (emptying) an aluminum pyramid aka "Beer Can Christmas Tree."
Well Michael allowed me in writing to share his song (with collaboration by Jimmy Baldwin) with y'all.

Well Honky Tonks are normally closed on Christmas Day as the majority of patrons stuff themselves with a 3500 calorie meal containing an amino acid called L-tryptophan and enough booze, wine and beer which puts them to immediate sleep and out of reach of any beer serving joint. The ones which are open may also attract the loners who want to share just one too many tears in their beers. Hank Williams recorded a song with that name in the early 50s but decided to not release it. Son Hank Jr. used  electronic merging technology and it seems as he would be playing with dad. That video was released in 1989 and was awarded the Video of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA), it's Californian counterpart the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and they were able to "share" a Grammy as "Best Country Vocal Collaboration."

Well there is not much of a loner crowd in one of Austin's fav Honky Tonks on Christmas night. For years one of Austin's favorite Honky Tonkers, Dale Watson invites the "aamasses on Christmas into the Continental Club to celebrate, you guessed it a "Honky Tonk Christmas." Well my international readers in Europe should visit his tour page, in early 2012, he has shows coming up in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, The Netherlands and France.

And now please eschcuse me, I gottttaaa wourk on miy Beer Can Chrischmasch tree. Happy Holidays y'all.
Well I had to add one more, I used to play the heck out of that Mickey Gilley song, when I was a DJ at the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Cheers everybody!


  1. Why wouldn't it be possible to mix Christmas and Honkytonks, it is like....balance....
    Honkytonks are like churches, you can listen to music the people who love it respect, and you can go to a church which I do to pay respect for the passed away and still like, love Honkytonk music or enjoy hearing music being performed in a Honkytonk even when they sing about the devil and hell.
    When a Honkytonk music artist passed away, I burn a candle in a church,if it feels OK and feels OK with me...

    1. Balance or as Arty Hill sings, I go to church on Saturday (Grand Ole Opry) and see the Lord on Sunday...
      And oh don't forget the Luke The Drifter singles Hank released - both ways were always inclusive; I hope you didn't get the feeling that I was writing against a Honky Tonk Christmas.