Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Country Music Hall Of Fame and the Bakersfield Sound

The Country Music Hall Of Fame held a special program yesterday to coincide with the closing of their Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the end of the year.  My friend Carco Clave got my daughter and I passes to the show! And we loved it!

Chuck Mead and his Grassy Knoll Boys played
and hosted several special guests.  Guests included Suzy Bogguss, Deke Dickerson and James Burton.

If you don't know who these folks are click on their names to learn more they are all awesome!

I asked Aly what her favorite part of the show was and she said "the end."  "No no dad I didn't mean it like that..."

What she meant was the finale was spectacular after 90 minutes of great music.  All of the performers on one stage was pretty awesome.

An added bonus got to catch up with Nic Abston front man for Hillbilly Casino who also brought his daughter to the show.  Great minds think alike.

To top it off today, my heart melted while driving around Nashville Aly asked me if I could turn on some Merle Haggard music.

Thanks Carco Clave for the passes and thanks Country Music HOF for putting on this event. We have to continue to let people know this music is still around and still loved by all.

-Honky Tonk Dave

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lee Ann Womack Nominated For Grammy. Good For Country!

Lee Ann Womack has just been nominated by the Grammy's for best Country Album.  So glad to see an actual country record getting some recognition. Oh and I think I inspired her album cover :)

The music is great and here's a Spotify link to her nominated album.
Lee Ann Womack – The Way I'm Livin'

Friday, December 5, 2014

I Love Country Music Or Do I?

I read an article from that was very interesting and I agree with the writer. First of all the music is not that good but even if it was good just stop calling it Country.

Listen to the tunes for yourself. Sam Hunt is a very successful artist.  I have no problem with that.  I have a problem that Country Radio plays his music.
-Honky Tonk Dave

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Loretta Lynn's Ranch Is A Great Place To Play Music

OK so I forgot to take pictures so here is my only proof that I played at Loretta Lynn's Ranch on Friday for the campers.  It is such a great gig!  The wind howled the whole time and only half the crowd left.  NO!  I'm kidding.  Everybody stayed, even my new friends from Oskaloosa KS!  Thanks Gary and fam for hangin' out.  We will have us party in NE Kansas soon!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Honky Tonk Dave's Online Store

Since the release of my record "Song From Yesterday" I have been very please with my online retailer Bandcamp. is a great way to discover new music as well. Very cool web site and a great way to get merchandise to my fans.  I am looking to add t-shirts and hats soon.

I'll be sharing other places my music is online in the coming days!

Please check it out!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sturgill Simpson Not Your Typical Classic Country Artist

Found this video a couple nights ago.  Again a great live band playing great country music.
This video was from about a year ago.  He has since released another album called Metamodern Sounds In Country Music.  Great original record.  It's not for everyone but I would recommend it!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Great Interview and Live Music From Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives
On Saturday before my show at the Fillin' Station I found a link off Facebook.  It was to a radio show on NPR called World Cafe.  It is worth a listen!  Marty and the boys knock it out live!  They sing several tunes including a few gospel tunes.  All of the songs are great and Marty's stories are always great.

It's 30 minutes long.  Take a break, listen and learn what great roots music can sound like.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nominate Honky Tonk Dave for the Ameripolitan Music Awards

Last January I learned about the first ever Ameripolitan Music Awards. What’s Ameripolitan? More on that later. But I made it a goal to become nominated for Male Vocalist in the Honky Tonk Category for 2015. Well the time has come!

All you have to do is email: and it would be nice if you emailed me at the same time. It would be cool to see how many emails are sent as I need as many fans as possible to email ensuring a nomination spot.

In the email please say something like:
I would like to nominate Honky Tonk Dave for Male Vocalist in the Honky Tonk Category.

And that’s it. You nominated me! Thanks!
If I’m nominated for the Awards:
1.  I’m going to Austin Texas!!!
2.  I’ll be asking for your vote to win the award!

Now more about Ameripolitan music.

I was so excited to learn that Dale Watson was behind the creation of this group dedicated to the preservation of roots music.

Here is an excerpt from their web site explaining why they exist.

“The Ameripolitan Music Awards have been established to give like-minded individuals an opportunity to come together to celebrate and promote the music we all love. It serves as an event to rally around and we hope that it will be a source of inspiration for artists and fans alike.

This music will always survive, but for it to thrive, Artists need to continue to delight their fans with new, exciting music that honors tradition while striving to be original and fans need to make the effort to encourage these artists with their support. If The Ameripolitan Music Awards can help further this relationship, then it will be a success and continue to grow in stature to everyone’s benefit.

These awards are presented in the spirit of camaraderie and friendly competition, knowing that success for one of us helps all of us. On behalf of the Ameripolitan Music Awards organization, we thank everyone who has helped make this event possible.”

Thanks for coming along on this journey with me.

5 Quotes That Show Jason Aldean Does Not Sing Country Music

Country music should never be given a strict definition. Country music has been and always will be accepting of other genres.  Country music is as wide as the oceans.  But at some point enough is enough.  Country radio should not be called "Country Radio."

Honky Tonk Dave exists for the preservation of the country music of our fore-father and mothers. This is why I write this post.

I want to make sure everyone reading this article knows I love all kinds of music including some "Bro Country."  Whew, I can't believe I just wrote that in public... Don't hate me.   But I do feel Country Music has no voice left.  I hold no ill will toward any artist.  They are trying to make a living. Many, are making a good living.  I just want to start a discussion for the defense of Country Music.  

My problem is not with Jason Aldean's music.  He makes great music!  I listen and enjoy many of his tunes. My problem is the genre where they put this music.  It's not country.  A couple weeks ago a friend of mine reminded me of a split that occurred in another genre.  Jazz and Smooth Jazz.  They both have charts on Billboard. Typically lovers of Jazz are not crazy about Smooth Jazz. Great! That means there is more room for more people :)  Why can't country do the same.

The following are quotes from 1 (ONE) article.  The current Billboard cover story located here.

1. "In my case, when 'Hicktown' [his 2005 debut single] came out, there was really nothing like that out there. People saw a hat act that comes out and looks like a country singer, but it's straight rock stuff -- well, then there's a wave of that stuff. If the people that run the record business in Nashville find something that works, they will run it into the ground." -Jason Aldean

2. "I grew up on Guns N' Roses and those guys who were really badass when they played a show," he recalls. "They were stoned or drunk out of their minds onstage, but still just killing it. I remember seeing [GNR] at the American Music Awards drunk out of their minds, accepting an award, cussing all over the place because they were destroyed. I'm not saying that those were the guys that I strived to be, but those were the guys that I grew up watching." -Jason Aldean

3. "Aldean made good use of the hard-rock sound that Big & Rich had introduced to country radio..." -Billboard Magazine

4. "R&B, baby-making music," -Jason Aldean referring to his new single Burnin' It Down

5. Of course, his new album does cover some familiar ground, from the rock'n'roll-all-night opener,  "Just Gettin' Started,"  -Billboard Magazine

The words speak for themselves.  Long live country music.  Support Ameripolitan music at
-Honky Tonk Dave

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alan Jackson: 25 Years Of Keepin’ It Country

The good folks over at the Country Music Hall of Fame have a new exhibit.  They are recognizing one of the few artists to stick with traditional sounds in the past 25 years.  And funny thing, he's sold 60 million records!

I plan to go see this exhibit.  They have a list of some of the items that will be on display and definitely want to see his hand written notes on some of the songs he wrote.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fulfilling Pledges From Kickstarter

Greetings to all!  

Notice how we had to barricade ourselves on the porch.
The fans were just going crazy.
First I want to apologize to my Kickstarter "Backers" I have missed a couple birthday tunes for folks who pledged for that reward.  I swore I had put it in my calendar to post on that date but alas I fell short. (Organized Musician = Oxymoron).
But I have fulfilled a concert!  We did it a couple weeks ago out at Jody Barrett's house.  It was a blast!

Also here are a few short clips from a show we did a couple weeks ago at the Fillin' Station in Kingston Springs.  I do not forget that my Kickstarter family got this thing rollin'.  It is so much fun singing this music. Thank you.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Another reunion! This time at the Fillin' Staiton

Got to pick and grin with Jason Jordan, Carco Clave, Will Mandell and Brian Foti last night.  Such a great band!

Jason has been out on the road with the country group Love and Theft.  Luckily he had the night off and was willing to come out and play some REAL country music!

Carco plays for Chuck Meade (of BR549 fame) and again we were so lucky to have him.

I have Will and Brian signed to an exclusive contract so they can't play for anyone else ;)
Seriously I am so blessed to play with so many great musicians.

Check out some of the pickin' here!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oxford High All Classes Reunion

 So much fun re-connecting with everyone in Winfield for the re-union!  Thanks to everyone who came out and to those that help make it possible.  We also raised money for scholarships that go to Oxford High grads!

Got to sing with one of my favorite singin' partners ever!  THE Kevin Price.  Thanks Kev for sharin' the stage with me.

We had several more share the stage with me.  Check 'em out!

Barry Patton and my dad Randy Parks.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Interview and singin' with Marty from KSOK

Thank you guys so much for letting me come by and share what I have been up to. Can't wait to see everyone 7pm Sat. Aug 9 at the American Legion in Winfield.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jason Jordan Artist Of The Month For McPherson Guitars

I am so proud to share my friend Jason Jordan is the artist of the month for McPherson Guitars.  Jason played all the electric guitar parts on my new record!  You can learn more about Jason here... and I hope he lets me sing a tune on a new record he might be working soon! click here to check out their amazing guitars

Here's the interview with Jason and he picks a little too!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Reviewed By Duncan Warwick In July Issue Of Country Music People

I thought my fans would have fun reading an honest review of my music.  Duncan Warwick is a CMA award winning journalist and works for the British publication Country Music People.  I am truly honored that Duncan took the time to give my music a review and that he gave constructive criticism to what I'm doing as an artist.  Honesty is an amazing thing! And yes I'm featured in a magazine with Dolly on the cover!!! So here ya go....

Review by Duncan Warwick--
I guess you could argue that the name ‘Honky Tonk Dave’ tells you all you need to know.  His name is Dave and he sings honky tonk. More accurately, he likes to write and sing new songs in the classic honky tonk style, and he does so brilliantly. Think Tom Armstrong meets Dave Cox and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. The trouble is, there’s another singer called Honky Tonk Dave already out there, but he seems to sing in a ruba-dub-dub in Enfield, plays the old Joanna (cor blimey!), and is the epitome of a pub singer, which just goes to make it all the more difficult to find out much about the Nashville based singer responsible for this terrific CD.

‘Dave’ refers to himself as ‘HTD’, and I’ve still no idea of his real name, but most of the songs are credited as HTD cowrites with various people with the surname Parks.

Willie Nelson said that “If a song was ever good, it’s still good” and that’s kind of the theme of Song From Yesterday. Dave wants to go back to a time when “every jukebox knew the sound that twin fiddles made” and does so brilliantly on this Crazy Armsesque opener that will have you hooked after about three seconds.

The whole album has a retro feel, whether it’s the Buck-ish Love, Love, Love, the wonderful old-style waltz of Fanny, the swing of May Take All Night Long, or the Haggard inspired Merle, My Hats Off To You.

Another highlight is The Ballad Of Honky Tonk Dave in which he extols the virtues of four chords and his rusty old Ford, and how he was raised on Faron Young and George Jones while his friend’s rock and rolled through school. Drag Strip Boy meanwhile has a truckin’ feel, and really the only track that didn’t completely work for me was the Willie Mack song Cool Sunglasses, which I realize was supposed to be fun but came out way too cheesy. 

Personally, I feel that if you call yourself Honky Tonk Dave it cheapens your product in the minds of prospective purchasers, and might even suggest to them that as an artist you are not taking this very seriously. I had some fun thinking up names for some other artists that would describe their sound – like Bad Rock Jason, Gone Completely Pop Taylor, Precocious Little Hunter… you get the idea and I’m betting you could come up with some of your own. However, what matters is what’s in the grooves, and I like that very much. So much so that this is already a contender for the best of the year list. Bad name, really great record.
4 1/2 Stars
Duncan Warwick

Monday, June 30, 2014

Honky Tonk Dave Announces Show on Saturday August 9th in Winfield Kansas

We are please to announce that Honky Tonk Dave and his Ameripolitan All-Star band will play at the American Legion in Winfield KS on Aug 9th!  Doors open at 7pm and the show will start around 7:30pm.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Introducing Ameripolitan Music To My Friends

I want to introduce you guys a new genre of music.  And I play this genre!  Ameripolitan Music.  OK maybe it's not a NEW genre but if you care about traditional country music this web site should interest you.  And I would like to be associated with these guys and can't wait to network all the good folks in Ameripolitan.
Here's a blurb from the web site.  But click on the link to read more.
Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan”, our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Get To Know Honky Tonk Dave

So many of my friends want to let others know about Honky Tonk Dave.  Well here is an easy way to do it.  Tell them to go to and click on the bio link and they will see this video.  Thanks so much!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Real Deal Country Show Today At 3pm CDT

I am so proud to announce that today at 3pm CDT HTD will be featured on The Real Deal Country Show with Woody Adkins! Woody is an Ameripolitan Music Awards DJ of the Year nominee!  He is the REAL DEAL!  He'll play a few tunes from the record during the 3pm hour and we will do a live interview during the 4pm hour.  You can tune in online via the web or your smart phone through the TuneIn App.  Here's the web link
Or just open up your TuneIn app and search KOPN
If you love classic traditional country you will love this show so add him to your favorites!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

From The Mountains To The Sea!

Wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to the past couple weeks.  I mailed out the last Kickstarter CD a couple days before I left for the Smoky Mountains and the Blueridge Parkway.  My Uncle JP and I spent 6 days riding my bicycle with a tour group from Adventure Cycling on 310 miles of the Blueridge Parkway.  We rode from Cherokee North Carolina to Fancy Gap Virginia.  It was a blast!  Check out Adventure Cycling.  They are an advocacy group supporting commuting and long distance bike travel.


The day after I got back from my bike ride I took the family to Destin/Ft. Walton Florida.  We spent 3 days on the beach and had a great time relaxing and enjoying some waves and great sea food.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Online Store Is Up And Runnin

I want to thank everyone who has made the release of my record "Song From Yesterday" possible.  Too many folks to mention here but you know who you are.

Very excited about my online sales so far.  The store has only been up for 2 days but we have made several sales already and reached folks all over the world!

Now begins the process of letting folks at radio know about this record.  I have several DJ's that are playing "Song From Yesterday" and plan to reach out to many more that play traditional country and western music.

Also please help me get the word out to folks who you might know that love traditional honky-tonk music!
let them know about :)

Hope your summer is Honky Tonkin' right along!  As I type this post out I'm watching the kids swim at a friends house while I relax in the shade.  Life is good.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Liner Notes for the Album Song From Yesterday

If you would like a jewel case insert and the liner notes for your CD click on this link and then click download on the next page :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

44 Backers! 4 Days to Go!

These last few days are gonna be fun!  I really think we can make this goal!

Last night was fun playing live on the internets ;)  Hope everyone enjoyed it.

A big thanks to all those who have got us this far.  If you have been wanting to make a pledge now is the time!

Please remember a pledge is NOT a donation.  You get a REWARD for your pledge.  Which is typically a CD, custom printed CD or a digital copy of the album when it's finished.  But there are other rewards too so go check them out!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Great day for vocals! Don't like computers? Send me a check!

Wanted to share with everyone that today has been an AWESOME day for vocals!  I record vocals at my house so thankfully this doesn't cost me anything but time. :)
Very excited about the tunes I'm working on and I seriously can't wait to share them with everyone.  Still have lots of work to do and this is why I'm doing a Kickstarter campaign.
Thanks to those who have "backed" my project. It means a lot.  I'm gonna ask that if you can please share this link on your favorite social network.
This will take folks directly to my Kickstarter page where they can watch my video, listen to music and read these updates. Oh ya... AND MAKE A PLEDGE!
Also if you run into folks who say "I'd back HTD's project but I'm not very computer literate."  1) Call Honky Tonk Dave at 65 RING DAVE -- 657 464 3283 -- and leave a message about how they would like to help. 2) Several friends have asked to send a check directly to me.  This is fine too.  
Honky Tonk Dave Box 1 Kingston Springs TN 37082
REMINDER!  We will broadcast live this coming Tuesday night from 8-9pm.  This will again be an opportunity to let people know about my Kickstarter campaign so please send folks to 
I have been overwhelmed by all the support so far. It means a lot but we do have a ways to go with a little more than a week left. No pledge is too small or too large ;)
Honky Tonk Dave

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kickstarter Update #1 Lot's of exciting news!

Go here today and learn more about Honky Tonk Dave's kickstarter and make a pledge!
Wanted to give everyone an update on my Kickstarter campaign. It’s been a week since we started and I wanted to thank the 18 backers that have jumped on board. Truly you guys are making this happen. And don’t forget this campaign ends on April 27th which is just a couple weeks away.
I was hoping start work on vocals this week but the ‘ole tree pollen got the best of me. But a trip to the doc and some good drugs are doing the trick. So this next week I hope to cut most of the lead vocals for the project.
Also I have found someone to do my background vocals for the project. The harmonies on this project are going to be so much fun.
This leads in to my next topic… I really do need your help to fund this project. We have couple tracks that are not quite done and typically the most expensive part of the process is mixing and mastering.
Update on Song From Yesterday… So my first single from this new project has been played on radio stations in Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Ohio and over 700 plays on SoundCloud!
And finally I want to tell you that we are going to have an online pledge party this coming Tuesday night. Live from the Honky Tonk Dave’s bedroom… I mean living room. Thank you for being a part of the Honky Tonk Dave story to help me produce new original music in the classic country Honky tonk sounds of the 50’s and 60’s.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Help Honky Tonk Dave Finish His New Record

Howdy! My name is Honky Tonk Dave and if ya couldn’t tell already I’m on a mission to share the sounds of Honky Tonk music! I need your help to complete my record of 10 songs and get the word out that Honky Tonk Dave is ready to go!
Honky Tonk Dave exists for the preservation of the country music of our forefathers and mothers. There seems to be no room for NEW classic country sounds. I'm writing and singing NEW original music in the honky-tonk style.  I want to join up with as many folks like you who want to preserve the heritage of great American country music.
Don't know what Kickstarter is? It's a new way to fund creative projects, and it's really simple in how it works. You help Ol' Honky Tonk with a pledge that's in your comfort range, and I send you a “reward” that matches with your level of generosity. And I thank you now for your support.
A little side note: The funds won't come out of your bank account/credit card until April 27...and that’s only if I reach my goal of $3500. If I do not reach my goal, I do not receive any funds. It's ALL or nothing. 
I believe in what we’re doing here. Let's do this thang!
Don’t ever forget - “There’s nothing wrong with a song from yesterday.”

Monday, March 31, 2014

Antique Archaeology

Just wanted to give a quick note that Will Mandell and I had such good time down at Antique Archaeology this past Saturday.  We meet a lot of great people including Honky Tonk Steve from Chicago who said he's ready to move to town and make it big!  Bring it on Steve we need more Honky-Tonkers!

BTW big news coming soon!  CD release announcement.  I need your help!  I need you to preorder my record to help with the cost of production.  Stay tuned for specifics.

Have a good'ern

"There's nothing wrong with a song from yesterday."

Saturday, March 22, 2014

KWLS 107.9 plays Honky Tonk Dave

Wow! Thank you KWLS for playing “Song From Yesterday” this morning. Proud to partner up with a great radio station willing to join the fight to preserve classic country music. Were just getting this thing started. If you want to do your part in this struggle to keep classic country alive, please join our email list.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Song From Yesterday

Here's my new tune! Got it on sound cloud also over on the side of the page.  Feel free to share with others!  Let's let the world know "There's nothing wrong with a song from yesterday!"

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pfft You Were Gone - The Snow Day Song

HONKY TONK DAVE and the kids singin' their own version of "Pfft, You Were Gone" from the greatest TV show ever Hee Haw.

This is what happens when you have too many snow days in the same year.

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