Les Honky More Tonkies

Artist / Band / Musician
Rock / Southern Rock / Concrete
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Having more in common with the Drive By Truckers than Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nashville’s Les Honky More Tonkies have been beating out their brand of southern rock for a decade.

Born as a backing band for a local singer/songwriter in 1998, when Johnny Pyro (aka Johnny Mark Miller) left his home town of Kingsport TN to join former Kingsport native and band mate Joey Lonzo (aka Joie Todd Kerns), who had migrated to Nashville a couple of years earlier, it wasn’t long before they began playing their own shows at the now defunct ‘Sutler’.

After hiring (and firing) some fine (and not so fine) musicians, they enlisted Big Sammy Bravo (aka Big Rob Ogles) and Levi Gunn ( aka Jason Graumlich) in 2006 to round out the line up

While mulling over possible band names, the answer came in the form of a drunken hillbilly prophet on a higher plane one night in late 1998 at a Junior Brown concert. For no particular reason, a friend began shouting the nonsensical phrase “Less Honky, More Tonky” at the stage, and after a hearty laugh, a change in spelling, and some confusion, the name just stuck.

The boys released their debut CD, entitled “Greatest Hits” in early 2001 to rave reviews, and landed opening slots for Hank Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, and David Allen Coe. They followed with their second full length, “The Fabled Catbird Seat” in early 2005, and 2007 saw the release of the EP “76”.

From high energy rock and roll with a deliciously gritty southern flare, to distinctively melancholy themes of Dixie's dark underbelly that would make Tennessee Williams proud. Les Honky More Tonkies are not your papa's southern rock band. Unrefined, unpretentious, and just a plain ol good time.

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