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Rick Pickren | The State Songs Vol. 1

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The State Songs Vol. 1

by Rick Pickren

Authentic Americana. Captivating and unique arrangements of 12 of our nations most beloved state songs with traditional instrumentation.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Are My Sunshine
3:17 $0.99
2. Illinois
3:11 $0.99
3. Michigan, My Michigan
2:53 $0.99
4. On the Banks of the Wabash
3:31 $0.99
5. Old Folks At Home
2:36 $0.99
6. Home On the Range
3:29 $0.99
7. Hawaii Ponoi
1:31 $0.99
8. Yankee Doodle
2:56 $0.99
9. Beautiful Ohio
3:36 $0.99
10. The West Virginia Hills
2:47 $0.99
11. My Old Kentucky Home
3:19 $0.99
12. Roll On Columbia
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rick Pickren, a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody, is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He has a Bachelors degree of Music in Musicology and a Masters in Acting/Directing.

A member of the Illinois Arts Council Artstour and an emeritus member of the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars program, he travels the Midwest performing his critically acclaimed programs “Illinois: Gateway To The American West”, “Songs From The Steel Rails”, "Songs of The Civil War", and "The State Songs".

He is a two-time winner of the Marlboro Country Music Round Up and has shared the stage with George Strait, Merle Haggard, The Judds, Dolly Parton, Alabama, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, B.J. Thomas and cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell.

As an actor, he portrayed the role of Jim in the original Chicago production of Pump Boys & Dinettes at the Apollo Theater. Recently, Rick portrayed producer Norman Petty in the Chicago production of "Buddy".

He is featured in the films, Major League, While You Were Sleeping, Soul Survivors and U.S. Marshals. He has also guest starred on many TV shows including The Untouchables, ER, Early Edition, Missing Persons and Turks.

This CD was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.



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Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

Your Wonderful CD
"Thank you for the gift of your wonderful CD. I particularly enjoyed "Michigan, My Michigan". I am adding The State Songs Volume One to my personal lending library at the office."
Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan

The Free Country Eagle Terneuzen FM The Netherlands

Super Collection
Rick Pickren is a man of my heart who don't throw al the traditions away like some other country artists. I listen to all his cd previews and I must say each cd give you a view on those days we like to go back to the good old days when country was country music and was been played for the pleasure and entertainmend for the people. Today most of the country artists make music only for the profit of selling it. When I hear Rick's music than become I a tear in my eye because he brings me back to the old barns in the early day's where mostly local artists were performed on a Saturday evening. Rick I see you as a example for you beginning coutry musicians they should listen to you and than think over what kind of country music I will bring on stage the old fashion one or that music were I can earn the most with it. Than I will give them a good advice chose for the first one.
The Free Country Eagle ( Rudy Minnaert )

Barb Richhart, KJSD

Love this new CD, as usual Outstanding!! “My Old Kentucy Home" I love it as this is my birth state it is the first song I ever learned and sang every day of my school years, until we moved to Colorado. Keep up the great work Rick!

Barbara Richhart
Western Belle of KSJD
CowTrails Show


Totally Relevant
The phones were active for Rick Pickren's version of "Beautiful Ohio." I first heard that song on an ancient 78 by Henry Burr and Albert Campbell, which makes the production on Pickren's version - the intro imitating the sound of an old acoustical recording - totally relevant in my book. Tom Bingham, "General Eclectic", WCVF-FM

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Frankly it takes a performer with...creative resources to pull this off
Pickren has breathed not only creativity, but real life and affection into even the most leaden relics!

Barbara Murphy

The State Songs
I really like the music of this CD. I am a fourth grade teacher and I play the CD as we learn about the regions of the United States. The students like to guess which state the music comes from.