Arts and Entertainment
Published: September 19, 2012
Despite Bobby Bare’s country classic “Streets of Baltimore,” the city is not known as a hotbed of country music. The freakier spectrum of the folk scene is flaring up, but solid old honky-tonk can be hard to find in the city limits. What we lack in quantity, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys make up for in quality. His songwriting is more than just clever, it can be downright profound—inspired as much by Homer as by Hank—but the tunes could be straight out of Bakersfield in the 1960s or Austin in ’70s. Arty is as good on record as he is onstage, so even if you don’t make it out to the honky-tonk, you can two-step to the best.