Watch the Tonky Honk online guitar lesson by Adam Levy from 50 Low-Down Rhythms You MUST Know
In the mid 1950s, organist Bill Doggett had an instrumental hit called "Honky Tonk, Pt. 1." It had a particularly deep and infectious blues groove - thanks largely to guitarist Billy Butler. This lick was inspired by Butler’s rhythm work on the original record. The root of each chord is on the upbeat, not the usual downbeat. That gives the whole progression a nice bounce.