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Bucky Halker | Joe Hill:  A Sampling of Songs By the Wobbly Bard (Ep)

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Joe Hill: A Sampling of Songs By the Wobbly Bard (Ep)

by Bucky Halker

An eclectic mix of blues, vaudeville, tin pan alley, brass band and acoustic instruments celebrating the life and legacy of labor bard, Joe Hill, (1879-1915). Seven songs appear on this sampler EP.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Casey Jones, The Union Scab
Bucky Halker, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar; Don Stiernberg, Mandolin; Tom "Pickles" Piekarski, Bass
3:33 $0.99
2. Stung Right
Bucky Halker, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele; C. Lanialoha Lee Sumberg, Lead Ukulele; John Abbey, Upright Bass
4:33 $0.99
3. Der Chief, Of Fresno
Bucky Halker, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar; Steve Yates, Hammond Organ and Baritone Electric Guitar; John Abbey, Upright Bass; the Whispering Wobblies, Background Vocals (Sue Demel, Steve Yates, C. Lanialoha Lee Sumberg and Toni Wright)
3:28 $0.99
4. Come and Take a Joy-Ride in My Aeroplane
Bucky Halker, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar; Andy Dee, Lap Steel; John Abbey, Upright Bass
4:05 $0.99
5. The Tramp
Bucky Halker, Vocals and National Steel Guitar; Sue Demel, Vocals; John Kattke, Piano
6:21 $0.99
6. It's a Long Way Down to the Soupline
Bucky Halker, Vocals; Big Shoulders Brass Band, Music and Gang Vocals
5:56 $0.99
7. My Last Will (Joe Hill)
Rick Kogan, Spoken Word (Recorded At Wgn Radio, Chicago)
0:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bucky Halker, labor historian, activist, musician and songwriter, has spent the past 35+ years, researching, writing and proselytizing the history and legacy of labor songwriters and unions. His seminal book "For Democracy, Workers and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-95" is the most comprehensive study on labor music, lyrics and song poems in the United States. Halker holds a Ph.D. in American History (Univ. of Minnesota), with an emphasis in the history of U.S. American labor. He has travelled and lectured all over the United States and Europe on the subject and released two other CDs of labor music ("Don't Want Your Millions" [1999] and "Welcome to Labor Land" [2002]) as well as his 2012 centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie ("The Ghost of Woody Guthrie"). Halker is the go-to guy for labor protest music. Halker was inducted into the Illinois Labor History Society Union Hall of Honor (2009) and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woody Guthrie Archives and Foundation for 15 years. He played guitar and sang with Ella Jenkins on the Grammy finalist collection "Ella Jenkins and a Union of Friends Pulling Together" (Smithsonian, 1999). He is also the voice of John Steinbeck in the 2014 release "My Name is New York: Rambin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town".

The Joe Hill collection marks the 100th anniversary of the illegal execution of labor songwriter, Joe Hill, a Swedish immigrant, who arrived to the U.S. in 1902. Hill worked as an itinerant laborer, learned English and joined the newly formed Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, found in Chicago 1905). He became an organizer, cartoonist, and journalist for the IWW, but workers particularly enjoyed singing his clever and often acerbic labor songs. This album also includes a handful of unrecorded romantic lyrics set to music by Halker. This EP is part of a larger album to be released later in 2015. Halker is joined by great musicians such as Don Sternberg, Andy Dee (Molly and the Heymakers), Sue Demel (Sons of the Never Wrong), Brother John Kattke, the Big Shoulders Brass Band and Rick Kogan of WGN Radio Chicago fame. The styles range from straight up Chicago blues to vaudeville inspired tin pan alley to punk (Jon Langford and his pals appear on the extended disc). It's an eclectic mix to be sure.

Halker also has a fine collection of original recordings available on CD Baby and also produced and researched a five volume CD series on the "Folksongs of Illinois".



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