I love Hank Williams. He had a real talent for writing simple songs that weren’t as simple as you think. His songs were his life, the rowdy Saturday night, and the mournful Sunday morning. His catalog is amazing “I’m so lonesome I could cry”, “I saw the light”, “Your cheatin’ heart”, and my personal favorite “Lost Highway” and all from a man who wouldn’t even live to see his thirtieth birthday.
There was a famous piano company called the Ernest Tonk Company whose pianos were often found in bars in the South. Since there were no jukeboxes, a piano player would often be employed to play music. These clubs became known as “Honk a Tonks” due to the raucous music played there. The term was later truncated to “Honkey Tonk”.