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photo by A Shot of Honky Tonk

Horseshoe Bender is a drinkin’-and-dancin’ honky tonk band from Aaron Smith and Jess McIntosh. With a focus on rendering classic duets (think George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, etc.) but the chops to tackle whatever inspires them, these two have cultivated a repertoire that spans all of country music, reimagining these songs in ways that are as fresh as they are timeless. They’ve combined powerful harmonies with a choice ensemble of some of Chicago’s most skilled roots musicians and improvisers in Horseshoe Bender, a pitch-perfect tribute to some of the

best loved country singers of all time.

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