Honky-Tonk is the most familiar style in country music for many listeners. Driven by acousic guitars, fiddles, steel guitars, and high vocals. Honky-tonk has stayed relatively the same in style over the years.
The only notable change occurred with the evolution of the “Bakersfield Sound.” This style of honky-tonk featured the addition of telecaster guitars, and a change in singing style. The vocals became clean and ringing – different from the traditional Nashville sound. The Bakersfield sound became the most influential country style of the ‘60s.