Let’s Go Honky Tonkin’
Put on your boots, your best jeans and that little lacy shirt over there in your closet. Fluff up your hair and we’ll go honky tonkin’ down in Mingus at the Honky Tonk. The new addition is built so there’s plenty of room and Luther will let us in if we know the password. In case I’m talking to the paparazzi the password tonight is Sourcebooks Casablanca. That will let Luther know you are with me.
Sharlene says she’ll play both juke boxes tonight so we can get a taste of old and new honky tonk songs. And Merle is already at the pool tables so if any of you are feeling spunky, you can strut on back there and try your luck at whipping her in a game of eight ball. Good luck with that.
We’ll start out with the old juke. There’s tight fittin’ Wranglers, Stetsons, cowboy boots and big belt buckles just waiting to dance with all y’all. So take a sip of that beer and I’ll put a quarter in the juke box.
With this jukebox you still get three songs for a quarter just like in the old days. Here we go with “Honky Tonkin’” by Hank Williams. It was one of Ruby’s favorite songs when this was the only juke box in the place. She said a bar didn’t need a live band; that folks came to have a cold beer, shoot some pool and two-step and a juke box would provide all the country artists instead of just one. I think I’ll punch B-16 for Conway Twitty’s “Honky Tonk Angel” next. That’s a good two-steppin’ song. And the last one, “Swingin’ Doors,” by Merle Haggard.
And now we’ll move over to the new juke box for three songs but we don’t get them for a quarter. Rates went up even if nothing else changed in the Honky Tonk. We’ll start with George Strait’s “Honk if you Honky Tonk,” and go right on to Trace Atkins, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” and last, “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” by Travis Tritt.
Y’all have danced through six songs and you’re not ready to go home? You like the Honky Tonk, do you? Okay, I’ve got more quarters. You want to hear Marty Stewart, Garth Brooks and oh, we can’t leave without hearing “I Love This Bar,” by Toby Keith.
And here it is closing time! See the mistletoe that Sharlene put up on the ceiling? Kiss that cowboy goodnight and let’s go home. My feet hurt and I’m plumb out of quarters. Hear that last song playing? It’s the gospel from a juke box with Willie Nelson singing about turning out the lights, the party is over.
Turn ‘em out, Luther, the party really is over.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
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Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 historical and western romance novels for the library market, many of them bestsellers in that market. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. For more information please visit http://www.carolynlbrown.com/