Honky Tonkin'

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UploadedMay 6, 2008
TakenMay 4, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/4 sec at f/3.5
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Focal Length18 mm
ISO400
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Everybody dances in Texas. Old, young, rough and rouged. The opportunity to two-step to "Fraulein" is never turned down.

Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Saloon in Bandera, TX might be the best place in the world to do just that.

This is real cowboy country. The men have mustaches, jeans are tucked in to boots, the beer comes in cans and the hitching posts out front are actually in use.

Arkey himself has been performing in his own bar every Friday and Saturday night for the past 40 years. Walk down the flight of stairs and onto the sawdust covered dance floor and you may as well be back in 1968 as well. Mostly.

An Arkey set consists of a good smattering of honky tonk hits and his own original songs. "Daddy's Sick Again" appeared in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and you'd be hard pressed to find a Texas music legend that doesn't know Arkey by name. He is, after all, one of them.

While the music is generally enough entertainment for the locals and visitors alike, this cowboy in waiting brought his own, just like you'll have to do if you want to drink anything other than beer.

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  • Stacey Debono

    Stacey Debono gave props (19 May 2008):

    This is so cool!!! I love all the contrasts - young and old, high tech vs. the old way...this rocks! (and so does anything from 1968, hehehe) - got my vote!!

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