Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Some Monkeytonk songs are stripped bare and straight to the point, others are rambling stream of consciousness character studies but they all have deep roots in the American music tradition. We've been around the sun a time or two and we've got some things we need to get off our chests.


Monkeytonk plays American roots rock and roll laced with slide guitar and mandolin. Influences range from Ry Cooder to Talking Heads.... from Levon to Zevon. The current lineup debuted in the Fall of 2010 and it's been a great fit. We are currently working on our first studio CD and hope to release in early Fall 2011. Our self-produced EP "Lookout" is getting regular airplay on WNKU.

"MonkeyTonk is a group of obvious Rock & Roll journeymen of a certain age, they’ve clearly paid their dues and now they’re making some fairly glorious Americana that gene splices the swampy electric slink of Sonny Landreth and the balls-out Midwestern chug of John Hiatt, with flecks of Warren Zevon and Little Feat tossed in for good measure. .... MonkeyTonk is the name to watch in the coming year."

- Brian Baker, CityBeat (review of Midpoint Music Fest 2010)


self distributed EP