Country Music

Arty Hill: Baltimore Honky-Tonker Hits Blanco's Tonight

Being a honky-tonker in Baltimore seems as unlikely as finding a communist cell in River Oaks, but Arty Hill is living proof that honky-tonk exists on the Eastern seaboard.

With five albums in his briefcase, the most recent 2011's Another Lost Highway, Hill has been making some inroads in Austin and Dallas the past couple of years, but Houston has been a hard nut for the moonlighting criminal attorney to crack.

And while many Texans may not have heard of Hill, Jason and the Scorchers have cut some of Hill's songs and he's managed to place his songs on other artists' albums and in films.

A stone cold two-step honky-tonk band, Hill and his Pearl Dusters drop into recently spruced-up Blanco's -- there's an all-new wooden dance floor waiting to be boot-scuffed -- this evening for the second time this year. We caught up with him via cell phone between court dates.

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William Michael Smith