" [Wonky Tonk] comes at you with the directness of Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson while still being fresh like Nikki Lane." - The Fire Note
"This Kentucky Troubadour is guaranteed to steal your heart. Wonky Tonk finds herself in the “Indie-Country” category with this album; she’s the kind of country-star that hipsters wouldn’t be embarrassed to say they like, while still keeping deep rooted country fans happy. " - ELMORE Magazine
Lorraine “Wonky Tonk” Poole grew up in the hard scrabble portion of
the American heartland. Kentucky, to be precise. Her world of loss
and longing is familiar terrain for lovers of country, bluegrass and
folk music but, just as Kentucky can be viewed as a bridge between
north and south, Wonk’s music blends elements of Indie/Alternative
rock with old school country. It’s hard to separate the wonk from the
tonk. Nor should you try.
Wonk’s influences, John Prine, Guy Clark, Modest Mouse and Loretta Lynn among them (especially Loretta), are apparent but her music is not derivative. Loretta, Skeeter Davis, Iris Dement and Jenny Lewis come to mind but none of her comparables quite pin her down. Wonk is her own cowgirl. “Cowgirls get up in the morning, decide what to do and do it”, she was told as a child. Fiercely independent but naturally shy Jasmine uses her alter ego and blue cowgirl boots to deal with the notion of impossibly cruel but equally exhilarating existence.
2008 was a big rookie year for Wonky Tonk, having gained attention at the 2008 Midpoint Music Festival and 2008 Brink Music Festival, the band was nominated for CityBeat's Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best New Artist. The band's debut lo-fi album "Get on the Train" was also recognized by CityBeat as one of the best recordings of the year.
Following the big to-do of 2008 were a few heart breaks and finally a bold move to Denmark where she studied business and boxing with the Danes while also touring Europe. She then returned home to Kentucky and the craft she put on hold; 7 years and 5 sound engineers later, Wonky Tonk finally gave life to a real-true musical sentiment of letting go. For now that she has "left the stuff behind," she is finally ready to pick up where she left off after her bodacious beginning in 2008 - with a fervor to boot.
Wonk's first LP, "Stuff We Leave Behind" has won 2015 Best Country Album by Akademia Music, gotten numerous reviews from the likes of Magnet, Elmore, and Skope Magazine and is being played on over 48 radio stations nationally. The new singles "Bulleit" and "Suitors" got substantial press and were reviewed by the likes of Folk Alley, No Depression and The Fire Note. Her video for "Denmark" premiered on Surviving the Golden Age.
Wonky Tonk was nominated for Best Country Artist, Best Singer Songwriter, Best Music Video and Artist of the Year for the 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Following the ceremony Wonky Tonk has been touring non-stop covering over 80 cities and 6 festivals since January 2016, Wonk is on the road spreadin' the wonky word!
Written By: Wonky Tonk
Well I get up in the morning and I pour myself a glass of orange juice
I read the back of the carton and find out a little bit about Tropicana's heart healthy truth
fish oil and fish gelatin!
So you know, I've already drank half the glass and it's been a bad morning so I guess I will just
Drink up! Drink down! Drink up!
I go to the supermarket and I get myself an organic green tea
I read the back of the label and find out that high fructose corn syrup is affecting my braaaaaain
and I think, even in green tea?!
Well you know, I've been sitting in the parking lot for a while and I'm pretty thirsty, maybe I will recycle the glass as a vase for some pretty flowers some day so I'll just
Drink up! Drink down! Drink Up!
Yea some kids drink milk that's chocolate, others drink uh strawberry..Sarah Palin says "It's a good source of calcium" but that red it don't come from no strawberry!
Drink up! Drink down! Drink Up!
Singles: "Suitors" Premiered on Folk Alley in 5/16 and available through TuneCore
"Bulleit" Premiered on The Fire Note 12/16 and available through TuneCore
Stuff We Leave Behind
Release Date: November 16th, 2015
LaLa, Napster, Amazon, www.wonkytonkmusic.com
Get on the Train.
Full Length; 12 Song Album
Release date: 10/31/08
Available on: Itunes, Rhapsody,
LaLa, Napster, Amazon
Super Holy Fantastic EP
Release Date: January 24, 2009.
Available on: Itunes, Rhapsody, LaLa, Napster, Amazon
The Wonky Tonk set is ever-evolving but usually runs about 45 minutes in length, 99% original material and 1% covers of Leonard Cohen, Cash, Young and Prine...Sometimes the repertoire consists of a few terrible corny jokes and rounds out with a rip raging ho-down Kentucky style!
Original Songs Include:
One For The Juke
Ninjas of Camelot
BBS (Bugs Bunny Smoothie)
Ride with me
Construction of Deconstruction