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The State Songs, Vol. 2

by Rick Pickren

Vol. 2 includes 12 more of America's beloved State Songs 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
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1. Arizona March Song
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2. O, Fair New Mexico
3:35 $0.99
3. Hail! Minnesota
2:31 $0.99
4. Where the Columbines Grow
3:04 $0.99
5. Alabama
3:06 $0.99
6. The Song of Iowa
2:19 $0.99
7. North Dakota
2:36 $0.99
8. Arkansas
2:49 $0.99
9. All Hail To Massachusetts
2:59 $0.99
10. Montana
3:32 $0.99
11. Texas, Our Texas
2:28 $0.99
12. Go, Mississippi
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Album Notes
The State Songs Vol. 2 continues Rick's ambitious project of arranging and recording the 50 official state songs in four volumes.
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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Rick Huff

Downright enjoyable!
Take one part "banners unfurled," two parts "sons and daughters proudly stand," add a dash of "bounteous yields o'erflowing" and what have you cooked up? Your standard batch of Official State Songs. And, likely for most, a not hugely palatable prospect for a CD collection. At least it might be the case for artists possessing less moxie than Rick Pickren. He's back for Round Two!

If you have ever been curious about America's often-tucked-away State Songs, these CDs are certainly the means through which they can be not only tolerable for you but downright enjoyable! The songs given the spruce up in Volume 2 are those of Arizona ("Arizona March Song"), New Mexico ("O Fair New Mexico"), Minnesota ("Hail! Minnesota"), Colorado ("Where The Columbines Grow"), Alabama ("Alabama"), Iowa ("Song Of Iowa"), North Dakota ("North Dakota Hymn"), Arkansas ("Arkansas"), Massachusetts ("All Hail To Massachusetts"), Montana ("Montana"), Texas ("Texas, Our Texas") and Mississippi ("Go, Mississippi"). Chart busters all! But Pickren treats each with earnest conviction and feeling, and in the arrangements he has some fun. For my own state of New Mexico, the 1912 song "O Fair New Mexico" was written by Elizabeth Garrett, the heralded "Songbird Of The Southwest" and daughter of Sheriff Pat Garrett. I'm a New Mexico native and I've only heard the stodgy thing perhaps twice before. Rick Pickren's take on it converts it to a subtle, sultry cha-cha!! I love it!

My one regret is that the songs don't come with notes as to their origins. Wait a minute! Considering politics...maybe those sleeping dogs should lie...

Rick Huff, The Western Way, Best of The West

Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico

"Incredible...you did a fantastic job. I truly enjoyed listening to your CD."
Governor Bill Richardson, New Mexico

Glenn Swanson

I finally got a chance to listen to both volumes on our flight to Boston.
All I can say is WOW. These should go platinum.

Tom Bingham, WCVF-FM

"Even when the songs themselves are institutionally mediocre, Pickren's folk/bluegrass-tinged interpretations enliven them. Entertaining."
Tom Bingham, General Eclectic, WCVF-FM