The Hoyle Brothers News & Views

Now, here's a taste of the real country buzz The Hoyle Brothers have been generating:

September 2012

Our good friend Lindsey Tanner wrote a piece about country music in Chicago that’s been picked up by many news outlets nationwide.  The Hoyles figure prominently and we certainly appreciate the ink.  Here’s the story in my hometown paper, The Amarillo Globe News!  Or, read it in the New York Times!  Or on Pollstar!  Trev

March 2012

The Chicago Tribune ran a bit about our March 5 date with Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks has had a brilliant residence at the Hideout, one of the best music spots in town. He has visited many different styles, taking advantage of the long-term status of his Hideout occupancy to explore his catalog and give fans a chance to return, time and again, to hear his rock-infused twang. And for this outing, things get a little twangier with the addition of the Hoyle Brothers and their real-as-life honky-tonk stomp.

January 2012

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will join us in celebrating the Old Town School’s new building!  She’s gonna bring along her banjo and we’ll jam.  Brian is planning on getting a few parking tickets revoked afterwards.  Read more here.

CHICAGO – January 5, 2011. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will strum her banjo this weekend on a Chicago stage built, in part, through state grants. Simon will join the Hoyle Brothers on Saturday night during the grand-opening preview of a $16.5 million education and performance venue at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square.

August 2011

Wanna be somewhere other than Lollapalooza? The Chicago Tribune has some suggestions…

The Hoyle Brothers: Yes, Lolla is a rock festival, but that doesn’t mean that the Hoyle Brothers’ brand of hard-hitting honky-tonk doesn’t rock. It’s been fascinating to watch this local ensemble improve over the years, to the point where you go and marvel that you’re at a free show. All of the elements are there: originals and covers, that uptempo honky-tonk beat made to get your boots scootin’ and a pedal steel sound that is downright salacious. Party time!

5:30 p.m. Friday, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. Free; 773-276-3600 or

May 2011

Have a look here ladies & gentlemen… The Chicago Tribune ran a nice piece about “honky tonkin’ in the city.” As you might expect, our Empty Bottle gig was mentioned straight away! Read on for a nice overview of the great country-type music happening in Chicago.

April 2011

Here’s a good one… The students in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at The University of Chicago have a blog. They mentioned the Hoyle Brothers as a good way to kick off the Spring. Check it out:

So I’m not going to be able to hide my weird Texas roots with this one, but nothing says Spring like some good ol’ Western Swing.  Seriously, if you go hear the Hoyle Brothers at the Empty Bottle (they play there every Friday night from 5:30-7:30 pm for FREE) you will begin to understand the inadequacy of country music’s mainstream representatives AND you’ll have a helluva good time in spite of your misgivings AND someone just might teach you to two step, which is pretty much the easiest dance step around.  Go there and smile at a stranger.

March 2011

Our pals at the Chicago Tribune gave us a nice write-up in a bit about “good free stuff.”  Check it out…

Honky-tonk time

It’s difficult to believe that The Hoyle Brothers are still doing the free Friday gig at the Empty Bottle, not because it isn’t a worthy pursuit, but rather because every time the ears fall on these local lions they sound even better, making you wonder why they aren’t off doing this for a real living. Sure. It’s honky-tonk. That’s country music. Why would I go to see that stuff? To shuffle your feet and dance around like a crazy person. Duh! The Hoyles lay down an irresistible beat that swings harder than swollen-necked Sammy Sosa. Yes.

5:30 p.m. Friday, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600 or

— Kevin Williams

February 2011

Check out a nice mention about our Empty Bottle gig in the Chicago Tribune’s piece about the best entertainment values in the city:

Friday 5:30 p.m.: The Hoyle Brothers bring full-on, beautifully played, authentic honky-tonk. They’re local heroes, to boot. Bring your dancing shoes. Free.

January 2011

The Onion’s AV Club is running a promo about our upcoming gig with Commander Cody (Thursday, February 10 at SPACE in Evanston).  Click here. Wait a minute, this reads just like the last thing we posted here by the AV Club!  Those slackers!

December 2010

Happy Holidays Hoyle Fans!

Here’s a blurb from The Onion’s A.V. Club:

The Hoyle Brothers are just another example that Chicago can pull off traditional country just as well as any of those Nashville hot shots. This honky-tonk quintet keeps it real with two-step rhythms and some of the purest lyrics around. The brothers—who aren’t actually related—have been melting hearts with their irresistible wholesomeness by maintaining weekly residences at The Hideout and the Empty Bottle since 2002. That’s eight years of good, clean fun for those who were counting, so they have to be doing something right. Since 1993, The Hoyle Brothers have released three pretty standard country albums: Home For the Holidays, Back to the Door, and Don’t Leave Yet. Heck, looks like the Windy City has got a fair share of country soul after all.


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