Folksongs of Illinois 3 / Various
Bucky Halker has now completed four CDs in this critically acclaimed series, 'Folksongs of Illinois.' Any journalist, scholar, or folk music fan who still thinks that American folk music is only Southern white or African-American music has clearly been missing out on some great American music and wearing musical blinders of the most narrow sort as well. On volume 3, Halker presents tracks from Mahalia Jackson, Ella Jenkins, Lee Murdock, Burl Ives, Big Bill Broonzy, and Chris Vallillo, as well as great recordings by Swiss, Serbian, Polish, Finnish, Czech, and others, to name a few. If ever there were an argument for the notion that Americans are multi-cultural and always have been, this recording is it and it's a very convincing one too. If you have eclectic tastes and broad musical horizons, get this CD and the others in the series. You'll have fun! 'a vibrant musical portrait of the state's musical culture, interestingly situated in sociohistorical context, and it merits repeated listenings.' Western Folklore (Gregory Hansen) 'showcasing the state's musical traditions brilliantly' A TOP REISSUE Stylus Magazine (Justin Cober-Lake) 'I wish every state in the country would take their lead' SING OUT! 'ambitious and informative' Chicago Free Press The 'Folksongs of Illinois' CD series was started by Bucky Halker and the Illinois Humanities Council. Bucky Halker and Company of Folk now direct the series.