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Playlist: Best of Honky Tonk

Compiled By: Live From The Divide

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Enjoy some of the leading artists in the honky-tonk genre. All artists recorded live in front of a studio audience at Live From The Divide in Bozeman, MT.

Live from the Divide - Wayne “The Train” Hancock -EP 504

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:42

Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been the undisputed king of Juke Joint Swing - that alchemist’s dream of honky-tonk, western swing, blues, Texas rockabilly and big band. ""Artists like Wayne “The Train” Hancock aren’t just singing those songs—they’re living them just like many of us."

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Live from the Divide - Whitey Morgan

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 55:04

Outlaw honky tonk from Flint, Michigan -- Whitey Morgan & the 78's hit the boards at Live from the Divide.

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Live from the Divide - Mike and The Moonpies

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 55:06

Austin, Texas' premier honky-tonk band, Mike and The Moonpies on Live from the Divide.

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Live from the Divide - Dale Watson

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 56:47

Texas based artist Dale Watson brings his old-style honky tonk and Bakersfield country sound to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Born in Alabama, raised outside Houston, based in Austin, Dale Watson came to country music early and naturally. With his truck driving father moonlighting as a country singer, and his older brothers playing in bands as well, Dale remembers getting his first guitar at age 7 and starting to write songs shortly after. The kind of country Watson loved had fallen from favor when he moved to Nashville in 1981 to launch his career. Ultimately he decided that Texas was the natural habitat for his brand of music, and he quickly won a popular following, along with a record deal with Hightone Records, after moving to Austin in the mid-‘90s.

Nowadays, without compromising his musical values, he sounds like a singer with nothing to prove and no one to fight. “I let go of the angry young man a good while back,” he says. “When you try to fight something, it’s more of a struggle. I’ve just learned to do what I do. The people that appreciate what we do are out there and multiplying. It’s just gotten bigger and better when I’m spending less time attacking what I don’t like and more embracing what I love.”

Live from the Divide - The Derailers

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 52:26

Austin, Texas based Derailers bring their unmistakable Bakersfield sound to the Live From The Divide stage.

Derailers1-m_small In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, The Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor. Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music.

Live from the Divide - Sturgill Simpson

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:58

Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery, Sturgill Simpson brings his Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Nashville singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson takes the Live From the Divide Stage performing an array of songs ranging from furious honky-tonk and pre-outlaw country-rock to spellbinding bluegrass pickin’ and emotional balladry. Sturgill Simpson evokes the sound of timeless country and brings back the lyrical depth of the music he heard as a boy in Kentucky.

Live from the Divide - Chuck Mead

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 54:58

Songwriter, Director, Producer and band lead Chuck Mead along with his band the Grassy Knoll Boys grace the Live From The Divide stage with their unique mix of rock, rockabilly & traditional country music.

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Live from the Divide - The Sweetback Sisters

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:11

The Sweetback Sisters deliver their own special brand of country swing, rockabilly and honky tonk to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Live from the Divide - Jason Eady

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:10

Texas singer/songwriter Jason Eady brings his special brand of honky tonk and traditional country music to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Live from the Divide - Kelsey Waldon -EP 607

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:41

​When Kelsey Waldon picked up the guitar at13, she never looked back
when I started playing and writing music.
It was something that finally made everything make sense,
and it was a very essential and healthy thing for me
during my younger years, and still
Over the past eight years, Kelsey Waldon’s life has changed drastically. Since
moving to Nashville, she’s found her place in a lush, supportive, and versatile artist
community. She’s released two albums, played with some of music’s biggest names, and toured nationally. She made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry at the
hallowed Ryman Auditorium, and she’s already been bestowed with one of Nashville’s
highest honors: playing the historic Station Inn,, Waldon
remains humbled by her success. “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my
favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding,
“You never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time… all the while
still writing my own story and hopefully becoming an entity in my own right.” If one
thing is set in stone with Kelsey Waldon, it’s that she does have a way — and it’s straight up from here.

20729639_1378734048911257_7632719469929743688_n_small ​When Kelsey Waldon picked up the guitar at13, she never looked back when I started playing and writing music. It was something that finally made everything make sense, and it was a very essential and healthy thing for me during my younger years, and still Over the past eight years, Kelsey Waldon’s life has changed drastically. Since moving to Nashville, she’s found her place in a lush, supportive, and versatile artist community. She’s released two albums, played with some of music’s biggest names, and toured nationally. She made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium, and she’s already been bestowed with one of Nashville’s highest honors: playing the historic Station Inn,, Waldon remains humbled by her success. “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding, “You never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time… all the while still writing my own story and hopefully becoming an entity in my own right.” If one thing is set in stone with Kelsey Waldon, it’s that she does have a way — and it’s straight up from here.