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REVIEW: Bucky Halker & Andy Dee – The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (The Shepherd/July 10, 2012)

Political activist, musician and music scholar Bucky Halker is a Wisconsin native back now in Racine. Working with another Badger musician, Andy Dee (formerly of the country band Molly & the Heymakers), Halker recorded a two-disc set in a marathon … Continue reading

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Folk Festival “Faves of 2015”

Folk Festival “Faves of 2015” Lilli Kuzma WDCB Radio Bucky Halker’s latest release Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill was included on the year end “Faves of 2015” on Lilli Kuzma’s ever-popular Folk Festival show on WDCB radio. Bucky … Continue reading

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Bucky Halker Interview with Dave Cochran for Salt Lake City Weekly

September 2, 1015 Bucky Halker resurrects Joe Hill’s songs and ideas, a century after Hill’s execution By David Cochran Read the interview at: Salt Lake City Weekly

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Anywhere But Utah: Song of Joe Hill – Grand Prairie Union News

Mike Matejka Grand Prairie Union News (October 2015) Bloomington IL “Joe Hill has never died” — if you are of a certain generation, you remember Woodstock and Joan Baez singing an “organizing song” about some guy named Joe Hill. Joe … Continue reading

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Review: Bucky Halker, Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s Living Legacy (review) Bucky Halker, Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill. Revolting Records, (2015) Alexis Buss and Philip Foner, eds., The Letters of Joe Hill. Haymarket Books, (2015) John McCutcheon, Joe Hill’s Last Will. Appalsongs, (2015) November marked … Continue reading

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Anywhere But Utah: Songs of Joe Hill CD Review (Germany)

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Bucky Halker Channeling Woody Guthrie in Latest CD

The Ghost of Woody Guthrie
CD by Bucky Halker & Andy Dee
www.buckyhalker.com

Reviewed by Mike Matejka, Grand Prairie Union News, Bloomington, Illinois
Also appears in Fox Valley Labor News, August 9, 2012

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-1967) is an American musical genius few people know, outside of leftists and folkies, but we sing his songs.

Yet just gather some Americans and start to sing “This Land is Your Land” and everyone knows to join in, “this land was made for you and me.” But few people know the itinerant Oklahoman who wrote that patriotic anthem that celebrated the land and the people, not armies or “bombs bursting in air.”

A second grader in Ashland, Wisconsin, Clark Halker, learned “This Land.” It stuck with him; Clark Halker eventually became “Bucky” Halker, a talented musician, comfortable with folk, country, rock and roll or the blues. No matter where Bucky traveled musically, scrawny old Woody kept showing up. Halker learned he and Woody had a lot in common: working class politics, music, women and the open road. Continue reading

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Library of Congress Award to Bucky Halker

May 11, 2011 News from the Library of Congress Archie Green Fellowship Recipients The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (AFC) has awarded its 2011 fellowships. Receiving Archie Green Fellowships, which are reserved for prominent scholars with a … Continue reading

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Review: Wisconsin, 2-13-63, Vol. 2 at allmusic.com (2009)

Although Bucky Halker is probably more likely to be filed under the folk section than any other, much of the music on Wisconsin 2-13-63, Vol. 2 actually fits better into the folk-rock, roots rock, or Americana categories. On a set … Continue reading

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Review: Wisconsin, 2-13-63, Vol. 1 at CDUniverse.com (2007)

Bucky Halker has nothing like the public profile of Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, or Bob Dylan, but some fans of those artists will probably find much to enjoy in Wisconsin 2.13.63. Certainly his likably straining vocals can’t help but inspire … Continue reading

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