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Hank’s Honky Tonk

Artist:  Zac Kinkade
Painted:  2018
Medium:  Oil on Canvas

Artist’s Notes:

I love music. In fact, while in high school, I used to play bass in a band and now, whether walking, driving or painting, you will most commonly find me with my headphones on listening to one playlist or another, giving soundtrack to my life. Further, I like all manner of music but because of my Texas roots, I was exposed to country and western singing early in my life and have remained a fan ever since. Songs of lost love, whiskied nights, old trucks and good dogs are often bouncing around my thoughts as I hum familiar tunes. Because it is a part of me, I have started a new series of paintings, Musical Moods, honoring music and the artists that create it. In the first of this series, Hank’s Honky Tonk, I pay homage to many of my favorite country and western musicians and songs. A man in black tends bar while the band, “The Lonesome Criers” plays. The Honk Tonk’s namesake plays guitar and sings in lament while a smartly dressed woman leans against the jukebox perhaps considering her potential to feel “crazy” at the dance advertised above her. A gambler deals cards and a woman in a flowing dress is twirled about the dance floor, not being satisfied to simply stand by her man. In the crowd you might find four who should be able to win the a million dollar quartet competition but you should hurry as one of the potential favorites seems to almost have left the building. In total, there are over 50 references to the history of country and western music, the most significant songs, albums and important artists. I invite to you look for them all and to truly enjoy your visit to Hank’s Honky Tonk. And, as always, I want to thank you for sharing my adventures in art.


  • This is the first in a new series, Musical Moods paying homage to different music genres. Future images will feature classic, rock, and blues.
  • There are 11 references to famous people. Can you find them all?
  • Country royalty is about to leave the building.
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