A brief history of one of our most beloved (and endangered) cultural institutions.
The honky-tonk celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary with two Texas country icons.
When Birney Imes began working on his juke joint series in 1983, the black honky- tonks that nourished the Mississippi Delta’s rich blues tradition were being replaced by discos. “What attracted me,” Imes says, “was the creativity that went into that special atmosphere. The older places have a timeless quality.”