the Honky Tonk Sweethearts
Starting in 2003 Marc Bristol's wife Gaby began sitting in with Okie Doke on bass, and we began playing as a duo called The Honky Tonk Sweethearts. That first year Gaby toured with Marc in Germany and Holland sitting in with a European version of Okie Doke. Over the years we've decided to use the Honky Tonk Sweethearts name for the band as well. We've been getting very popular with the dance crowd in the Seattle area, and play frequently at retirement homes and assisted living facilities as the duo or a trio version mostly. We've also played nightclubs like Slim's Last Chance BBQ (opened there for Don Maddox - last surviving Maddox Brother), Darrell's, and the Shanty Tavern, as well as concert situations at Crossroads Market Stage and Third Place Books. We play festivals as well! Our music is the REAL Country music, from folks like Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Buck Owens & The Buckaroos, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and others, plus some Marc Bristol original songs that are in the vintage styles. The band can be anything from the duo up to a 5 piece, with instruments like lead guitar, steel guitar, accordion, piano and fiddle. We also play in Gaby's home country of Germany, and around Europe!