A honky tonk is a type of bar with musical entertainment common in the Southwestern and Southern United States, also called honkatonks, honkey-tonks, tonks or tunks. A bar (also called a Pub or Tavern) is a business that serves drinks especially Alcoholic beverages such as beer liquor and mixed drinks for consumption The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The term has also been attached to various styles of 20th-century American music. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Music is an Art form in which the medium is Sound organized in Time. As of 2008, honky tonk music seems to be the most recognized and mainstream subgenre of country music. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Honky-tonk is a term has also been attached to various styles of 20th-century American Music. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains.
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) states that the origin of the word honky tonk is unknown. The Oxford English Dictionary ( OED) published by the Oxford University Press (OUP is a comprehensive Dictionary of the English However, the earliest source explaining the derivation of the term (spelled honkatonk) was an article published by the New York Sun in 1900 and widely reprinted in other newspapers.  It states uncategorically that the term came from the sound of geese which led an unsuspecting group of cowboys to the flock instead of to the variety show they expected. Also, the OED states that the first use in print was in 1894 in the Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) newspaper where it was honk-a-tonk. Ardmore is a business cultural and tourism city in and the County seat of Carter County, Oklahoma, United States. However, honkatonk has been cited from at least 1892 in the Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) where it referred to an adult establishment in Ft. "Galveston" redirects here For the town in the US state of Indiana see Galveston Indiana. Worth.
Other sources speculate that the "tonk" portion of the name may well have come from a brand name of piano. One American manufacturer of large upright pianos was the firm of William Tonk & Bros. (established 1889), which made a piano with the decal "Ernest A. Tonk". These upright grand pianos were made in Chicago and New York and were called Tonk pianos. Some found their way to Tin Pan Alley and may have given rise to the expression of "honky tonk bars". Tin Pan Alley is the name given to the collection of New York City -centered music publishers and Songwriters who dominated the popular It is unlikely, however, that a Tin Pan Alley piano manufactured in 1889 would influence the vocabulary in either Texas or Indian Territory by 1892 or 1894. The Indian Territory, also known as The Indian Country, The Indian territory or the Indian territories, was land set aside within the United States
There are no reliable sources stating that "Tonks" were originally specifically African American institutions; similar establishments that catered to Whites acquired the name Honky Tonk, from the slang honky, referring to a white person. Although there may be multiple examples of oral history and writings by African Americans born in the 19th century referring to African American establishments as "honkey tonks" or "honk-a-tonks", none were written contemporary to the events.
It is a fact that the term "honky" was, as a term for whites, derived from bohunk and hunky. In the early 1900's, these were derogatory terms for Bohemian, Hungarian, and Polish immigrants. According to Robert Hendrickson, author of the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Black workers in Chicago meat-packing plants picked up the term from white workers and began applying it indiscriminately to all Caucasians.
Honky tonks were rough establishments, mostly in the Deep South and Southwest, that served alcoholic beverages to working class clientele. The Deep South is a descriptive category of cultural and geographic subregions in the American South. The Southwestern area of the United States could be defined as the states west of the Mississippi River, with the qualification of a certain northern limit such as the 37 Working class is a term used in academic Sociology and in ordinary conversation to describe depending on context and speaker those employed in specific fields or types Honky tonks sometimes also offered dancing to piano players or small bands, and sometimes were also centers of prostitution. Prostitution is the act of performing Sexual activity in exchange for Money. As Chris Smith and Charles McCarron noted in their 1916 hit song "Down in Honky Tonk Town", "It's underneath the ground, where all the fun is found. Chris Smith ( October 12, 1879 &ndash October 4, 1949) was a United States composer and performer Charles McCarron (1891-1919 was a United States Tin Pan Alley composer & lyricist Year 1916 ( MCMXVI) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year "
Although the derivation of the term is unknown, honky tonk originally referred to bawdy variety shows in the West (Oklahoma and Indian Territories and Texas) and to the theaters housing them. The Western United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American West or simply the West &mdashtraditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost Oklahoma Territory was an Organized territory of the United States from May 2, 1890 until November 16, 1907, when The Indian Territory, also known as The Indian Country, The Indian territory or the Indian territories, was land set aside within the United States Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. In fact, the earliest mention of them in print refers to them as variety theaters and describe the entertainment as variety shows. The theaters often had an attached gambling house and always a bar.
In recollections long after the frontiers closed, writers such as Wyatt Earp and E. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp ( March 19, 1848 &ndash January 13, 1929) was an American farmer Teamster, sometime buffalo C. Abbott referred often to honky tonks in the cowtowns of Kansas, Nebraska, Montana, etc. of the 1870s and 80s. Their recollections contain lurid accounts of the women and violence accompanying the shows. However, in contemporary accounts these were nearly always called hurdy gurdy shows, possibly derived from the term hurdy gurdy that was sometimes mistakenly applied to a small, portable barrel organ that was frequently played by organ grinders and buskers (street musicians). A hurdy gurdy (also known as a wheel fiddle) is a stringed Musical instrument in which the strings are sounded by means of a Rosined wheel which the strings Busking is the practice of performing in Public places for Tips and Gratuities.
As late as 1913, Col. Edwin Emerson, a former Rough Rider commander, hosted a honky-tonk party in New York ("COL. The Rough Riders was the name bestowed by the American press on the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War EMERSON'S NOVEL PARTY; Rough Rider Veteran Gives 'Old Forty-niners’ Honky-Tonk Fandango'. " New York Times, New York, N. Y. , February 23, 1913. pg. C7). The Rough Riders were recruited from the ranches of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Indian Territories, so the term was still in popular use during the Spanish American War.
The distinction between honky tonks, saloons and dancehalls was often blurred, especially in cowtowns, mining districts, military forts and oilfields of the West. Eventually, as variety theaters and dancehalls disappeared, honky tonk became associated mainly with lower class bars catering to men. Synonymous with beer joint and like terms, honky tonks usually serve beer or hard liquor and may have had a bandstand and dance floor. Many may have furnished only a juke box. jukebox is a partially automated music-playing device usually a Coin -operated machine that can play specially selected songs from self-contained media In the Southeastern US, honky tonk gradually replaced the term juke joint for bars primarily orientated towards blues and jazz. Juke joint (or jook joint) is the Vernacular term for an informal establishment featuring music dancing gambling and drinking primarily operated by As Western swing slowly became accepted in Nashville, Southeastern bars playing Western swing and Western swing influenced country music, were also called honky tonks. This article is about the Musical genre. For the popular western swing Steel guitar tuning see E9 tuning.