The Last Honky Tonk Music Series is dedicated to bringing live roots music to every state in America. Louisville plays host to the series for the first time on Monday, Sept. 15, at the Rudyard Kipling.

Last Honkytonk PosterThe Last Honky Tonk kicked off in March and was created in honor of Nashville singer-songwriter Wayne Mills, who was shot and killed by a club owner in Nashville last year. Mills was shot in the back of the head after an argument with Chris Ferell, owner of Pit & Barrel Bar.

The series bears this slogan: “Sustaining the artists. Sustaining the venues. Sustaining the community.”

The first event in Louisville features Dallas Moore with opener C.J. Cumberland, host of “Cumberland Country” on Crescent Hill Radio.

“Venues are selected carefully, by recommendation of how they treat musicians and their commitment to the series,” says organizer Brigitte London. “This is about passion, heart and community. Our artists are unique, expressive and high caliber. We are changing the landscape of live music, bringing original, authentic music to small towns across America as well as larger cities.”

No corporate sponsors, no pointless hype, just original roots music in local venues. The series will be ongoing, with some venues presenting music weekly, others monthly or bi-monthly, featuring some of the top local and regional acts in the genre, London says. Chris Moondawg Hall, along with Cumberland, are two of the core members and artists representing Louisville.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Don’t forget to wear your cowboy boots and bring your best yee-haw.

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