The Honky Tonk Chateau

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Springfield, Missouri

HTC is no beginner’s outfit; its two leading lights, singer Sheri Hurst and bassist Matt Netzer, have been crucial participants in Springfield’s scene for nearly a decade. Their former band, The Smarties, gained some Midwest notoriety, and originally featured Mark Bilyeu, now playing with his family in Big Smith. Despite The Smarties’ pop sound, they didn’t hide their love of roots music, covering “Jolene” before The Geraldine Fibbers did.

After The Smarties’ demise, Hurst sang some with beau Brian Capps in The Domino Kings (appearing on “Hillbilly Hell” on The Kings’ debut, Lonesome Highway), and Netzer concentrated on the bar he owns, The Outland, now home of the popular radio show South Avenue Live. Naturally, when the two came back to playing music together, this time in a band that shows their love of country as well as rock and roll, The Outland provided an excellent stage from which to work.

Hurst and Netzer are joined in The Honky Tonk Chateau by drummer Chris Appleby and guitarist Mike Stevens, who moved from El Paso to Springfield to join the band, which began performing less than nine months ago. The recordings which comprise The Honky Tonk Chateau EP were actually two-track demos recorded by Lou Whitney at The Studio in Springfield, but Wire Road President Dale Wiley liked them enough to want to put them out just as they were. “
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SLEW 803, WR203 The Honky Tonk Chateau - The Honky Tonk Chateau album art The Honky Tonk Chateau The Honky Tonk Chateau(CD, MiniAlbum) Slewfoot Records, Wire Road Records SLEW 803, WR203 2002 Sell This Version