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Ridin' With Chuck

by The Midwesterners

All the stops are out on this one, 12 tracks of dancin', drivin', backyard barbecuin' music. It's a party from beginning to end.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Keep the Dance Floor Full
3:24 $0.99
2. Best Years
4:20 $0.99
3. Rusted Custom Ford
3:02 $0.99
4. Ridin' With Chuck
3:48 $0.99
5. I Know Where It's At
2:24 $0.99
6. If It's Bad Why Does It Feel So Good
3:23 $0.99
7. Roll With the Punches
2:41 $0.99
8. Studebaker
2:55 $0.99
9. Waitin' For Somethin' to Break
3:09 $0.99
10. You Never Can Tell
2:46 $0.99
11. I'm Your Daddy's Worst Nightmare
2:14 $0.99
12. Keep Your Motor Oiled
2:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Madison, Wisconsin, May 2, 2006—The Midwesterners, long-haul roots rockers from Madison, are celebrating the release of their third CD, Ridin’ With Chuck. A performance at The Harmony Bar on May 13th will mark the official release of this 12-song CD, and the satisfying completion of a musical project that almost died. Literally!
Almost one year ago, just after basic tracks had been laid down, but with dubbing and mixing still ahead, songwriter and band leader Richard Wiegel suffered a severe heart attack. Thanks to great medical care, Richard survived. And thanks to the help of family and friends, plus the support of the Madison musical community, he has been able to recover and put the finishing touches to Ridin’ With Chuck.
Call it “Americana” if you need to put a handle on the music, because the songs are certainly steeped in American musical traditions. The Midwesterners have earned a reputation for rollicking, twangy performances, but on this latest album, they pull out all the stops, from the opening manifesto, Keep The Dance Floor Full, to the full-throttle closer, Keep Your Motor Oiled. This is definitely NOT background music.
When Richard sat down to write some new songs, “the first one that came out was Ridin’ With Chuck. There were these other ‘Ridin’ With…’ tributes to B.B. King and Bob Wills, and I thought it was time for an homage to Chuck Berry. He’s been a huge influence on me and a lot of other guitar players. Then I realized that I had all these ideas for songs about cars and guitars. I added some newer songs and the pieces started to fall into place.” All songs on the CD are originals, except for a cover of the Chuck Berry classic, You Never Can Tell.
Given the special circumstances, completion of this musical project is especially satisfying for The Midwesterners. “It feels great to get back to these songs and get them out,” says Wiegel. “You sort of expect to find some things standing in your way when you’re trying to get a record out, but not a heart attack. It’s still just a small victory, but now feels a little bigger.”
Rockzilla World has described Wiegel as “one of the best songwriters in this genre.” Vintage Guitar says “fans of roots rock, Americana, country/hillbilly/rockabilly and cool guitar tones will find plenty to enjoy,” on Pretty Little Town, second CD from The Midwesterners.

For more information contact Richard Wiegel at 608-255-0554, by e-mail at or visit
The Midwesterners are: Richard Wiegel (guitars, vocals), Mark Haines (drums),
Ernie Conner (guitars, vocals) Tom McCarty (upright bass).
Special guest on Ridin’ With Chuck: John Chimes (piano).



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mike eden

Ridin' With Chuck
It is close but this might be my favorite CD by The Midwesterners.


good tunes
Great music but I feel that the recording does not fully capture the stage presence you feel when you see them in concert. Excellent music from excellent musicians none the less.