Wonky Tonk

  • Local
  • folk
  • indie
  • americana
  • garage rock
  • lo-fi
  • singer/songwriter

Wonky is so curly it is straight, so wrong it is right ... so bad it is good.Tonk is a twang found in voices and instruments or the sound your head makes after a bourbon filled night of tunes and hootenanny.And Wonky Tonk is a Kentucky girl with a closet full of boots, a heart full of wander and a soul full of songs.Often compared to Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams and Iris Dement, Wonky Tonk has played tunes alongside names like Jessica Lee Mayfield, Langhorne Slim, Joe Fletcher, Paleface, Guy

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Review: Drop The Sun - Wanderlust 

When things start off with trumpets and Central American flair, you know that an album titled Wanderlust is aptly named. A loose narrative combined with a band in search of who, and what, they are, Drop The Sun works their way through a catalog of vibes, sounds, and genres to create an interesting and often ambitious record.

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Spring Music Series at Fountain Square 

Spring has sprung and music is in the air at Fountain Square!

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First Annual ADDA FEST at The Southgate House Revival 

The inaugural ADDA FEST will be taking place at The Southgate House Revival on Saturday, March 26th!

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Editor Year in Review: 2021 

2021 was a weird year. While I was VERY excited to attend live shows again, the pandemic was (is) very much still in affect - so I treaded lightly.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Wonky Tonk - "Offline" 

Award-winning Kentucky songstress Wonky Tonk recently had a dream about using some wonky tunes in the key of love-major to swirl some extra holiday magic, and thus decided it was time to release her new homemade music video for “Offline."

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Celebrate Quantum Foam with Juan Cosby 

Head out to MadTree Brewing on Thursday for a celebration of Quantum Foam, the new full-length album (March 2021) from producer/multi-instrumentalist Juan Cosby!

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Music Resource Center Live Music Series 

The Music Resource Center will be hosting a Live Music Series this fall!

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Spring Music Series at Fountain Square 

Music is BACK at the Square!

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Live Stream to Benefit The Southgate House Revival with CincyMusic LIVE and Cincy Groove 

CincyMusic and Cincy Groove have teamed up for two nights of Live Streaming music from over 20 amazing bands to benefit The Southgate House Revival on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th!

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Wonky Tonk & the High Life: A Journey Through Lessons and Lovers 

Lessons and Lovers is a concise journey through the hardship of life and love, with each song sharing personal narratives of the two. What makes Lessons and Lovers a magical record, is the light at the end of the tunnel of hardship. This is no surprise given Wonky Tonk’s previous work and message.
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Upcoming on CincyMusic LIVE 

In order to help musicians in this tough time, we have created CincyMusic LIVE! Live concerts from the comfort of your home. Tips appreciated to each artist (links will be provided during each set). More artists are being booked daily so check back often so you don't miss out!

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CincyMusic LIVE Coming to Your Living Room 

In order to help musicians in this tough time, we have created CincyMusic LIVE! Live concerts from the comfort of your home.

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Wonky Tonk featuring Anna Applegate - Live at Northside Tavern 

Check out this performance of Wonky Tonk featuring Ann Applegate from Northside Tavern! Wonky Tonk has some super exciting news to share in the very near future, stay tuned!

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Interview: Wonky Tonk 

Wonky Tonk sat down with CincyMusic at BLDG to discuss the release date for Lessons and Lovers, seeing music as movies, and how super cool it is to have so many great music venues in our area.

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Wonky Tonk - "Stock Market" & "Suitors" 

Wonky Tonk sat down with CincyMusic for an intimate performance of her songs "Stock Market" and "Suitors" at BLDG.

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Tiny Desk Showcase at Urban Artifact 

Cincinnati Public Radio and Radio Artifact are teaming up for a Tiny Desk Showcase on July 26th and 27th at Urban Artifact at 8pm.

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Dump Trump Back at SGHR 

Dump Trump IV – The Agony takes place this Saturday at The Southgate House Revival.

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Bend in the River Art & Music Festival to Take Place in Price Hill 

On May 18th from 12pm to 10pm, Community Matters will be hosting the 5th annual Bend in the River Art & Music Festival.

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And The Winners Are... 

Congratulations to everyone that won an award at this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards! Here is a full list of winners.

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Life is a Carnival 

Mark your calendar for Life is a Carnival Music and Arts Fest on Saturday, September 15th at the beautiful Treasure Lake in Petersburg, KY. 

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AYE Initial Lineup Announcement 

Grasshopper Juice Records proudly presents Adjust Your Eyes Music & Art Festival 2017.  This year’s fest will once again take place in Cincinnati, Ohio’s beautiful Northside neighborhood on July 28th through July 30th at Northside Tavern, Chameleon, Urban...

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Indie Music Series Returns to Fountain Square 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mod Sun, Eric Nally (former front man of Foxy Shazam), Delta Rae, and Com Truise are among the headliners performing at Indie Vol 2017. Celebrating its ninth year in 2017, the free weekly concert series will return to the P&G Music Stage every Friday, 7p-11p, June...

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Celebrate Two Years with Urban Artifact 

Urban Artifact will be celebrating their 2 -year anniversary on April 22nd with an all day and night music and beer bash featuring some of the area's best musical acts and plenty of wild craft beer choices. The Urban Artifact brewing team is elated to announce that for their second anniversary...

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Wonky Tonk Releases Video for Four Letter Word 

Wonky Tonk will be releasing a new 7 inch entitled Love Detox and last week premiered a new video for single "Four Letter Word." The honesty in this song will take your breath away. “Love, hate, lost, left, hate, hope, scam, shit, fuck, damn…With you there were two and now...

Get Stuffed on Local Music at The Southgate House Revival 

On Wednesday, 16 acts on 3 stages, including special guests from Nashville, Joshua Black Wilkins and Cincinnati Native, Lee Rolfes.  This is a great opportunity to check out a diverse slice of the local music scene!  We’ve kept the cover very low, $5 and it’s an all-ages...

Musicians Band Together to Raise Money for Melodic Connections 

Melodic Connections is a non-profit community music therapy studio that serves 600 individuals in the community, providing services to all ages and abilities.  They prepare their students for the community and prepare the community for their students. At Melodic...

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NKY Nonprofit Hosts Free Biking and Music Festival 

Dave Huff, Executive Director of grassroots nonprofit Riding Forward, has a lifelong passion for all things bike. In recent years his focus has turned to instilling that same passion in Northern Kentucky’s young people.  That’s what Huff and his team of cycling enthusiasts...

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Birds of a Feather Music & Arts Festival 

On August 19th through 21st, some of the area's best local bands along with some amazing regional acts will be providing the pleasure your ear drums desire at the first annual Birds of a Feather Music & Arts Festival! Located in Morningview, KY, Thornhill Farm features access to the...

Urban Artifact to Host First Annual BEWILDERFEST 

Urban Artifact, one of Cincinnati's most highly touted and up and coming breweries is hosting the first annual BEWILDERFEST (August 26-28, 2016) to celebrate Cincinnati's rising beer and music scene.  The festival's purpose is to inspire the community to adventure outside of their comfort...

OTR Summer Celebration 

The 10th Annual OTR 5k is being held next Saturday, May 21st! Washington Park will feature an all day post-race celebration from 10:45a – 4p with two stages of local, original music as well as Art on Vine and the City Flea! The Summer Celebration includes fun activities for all. The food...

NKY Hates Heroin Benefit at Southgate House Revival 

Local musicians Kevin Schmidt and Jeff Albers (from local, touring-bands Ampline and Knife The Symphony, respectively) have teamed up with independent record label Phratry Records / owner Jerry Dirr to organize a benefit concert to raise funds for NKY Hates Heroin.  The event, which takes...

Benefit to Rebuild Rabbit Hash General Store 

This whole house event, at the beautiful Southgate House Revival, put together by local musician and Rabbit Hash lover, Kelly Thomas (Wilder - and the first lady of Cincinnati Music), to bring the local music community together to help raise funds to rebuild the General Store in Rabbit Hash...

Wonky Tonk Wants to Return to Cincy as an Enamored Stranger 

Wonky Tonk aka Jasmine Poole recently announced that she is playing a farewell show much to her local fans dismay. Keep your heads up though, she is spreading her wings in order to fly.  Go support Wonky Tonk on her journey at Arnold’s on Saturday, March 19th. What prompted your...

New Year’s Eve Manimal Celebration 

Still looking to lock down your New Year’s Eve plans? Go ring in the New Year at the First Annual Columbia Community Center New Year's Eve Manimal Celebration!  Featuring live performances by: Mr. Dibbs : Animal CrackersBilly Catfish : Wonky TonkDJ Bombay : Dan "The Man" BargerSons of...

Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons w/Wonky Tonk at MOTR 

Join the Ladies of Country at MOTR Pub on Saturday, January 2nd!  About Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons:There is something magnetic, vulnerable, dangerous, and electric about Angela Perley that has been causing buzz around the artist and her band The Howlin’ Moons....

And The Nominees Are… 

The nominees for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards have been announced! The 19th annual CEAS’s will be held on Sunday, January 31st at Madison Theater.  The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is THE event to attend to support our local music community. One night of the year that everyone...

Wonky Tonk Tonight at The Southgate House Revival 

Wonky Tonk just released her debut album, Stuff We Leave Behind, on 11/13, and is playing Tonight at The Southgate House Revival!  Check out our recent interview with Wonky Tonk HERE! Blending old-school country with indie/alternative rock, Wonky Tonk's debut reflects her wandering...

IRONFEST VI is Taking Over The Southgate House Revival 

This Friday and Saturday, IRONFEST VI is taking over all three stages at The Southgate House Revival. Friends of “Iron” Mike Davidson have been throwing this festival each year in his honor. Go grab your tickets HERE and check out the schedule below!  Friday, November...

IRONFEST VI Lineup Released! 

The lineup for IRONFEST VI at The Southgate House Revival November 13 & 14 has been released!  Amplinecougar aceSubsetsDandelion DeathhoneyspidersDraculassmoke signals cover fire the dopaminesscissorkick rituals dc planet New Strange crooked rook Hide cadaver dogs the skulx the story...

Royal Holland is Artist in Residency at The Drinkery in August 

Cincinnati based multi-instrumentalist / singer-songwriter Royal Holland has been recording songs over the last month with the venerable Brian Olive at the Diamonds recording studio in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati. Holland will be releasing these songs on his debut EP titled “Volume...

Reality Check with KT: Meet Lonesome Jared 

Meet Lonesome Jared; Old Country with a Modern Appeal Some years back, 5 maybe, there wasn’t all that much country music happening here in town.  We’re always heavy with Indy, Rock and Americana music, but other than Dallas Moore, Straw Boss and a few others, not too many bands were...

One More Girl on a Stage Returns! 

The popular music festival organized by local musician, Kelly Thomas returns, after a one year hiatus this Thursday through Saturday! Bigger and better than ever, the festival will utilize 7 local venues and feature 46 acts! This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 for The American Cancer...

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