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The Ghost of Woody Guthrie
CD by Bucky Halker & Andy Dee
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
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
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
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
On the town with Don and Peg: Bucky Halker Ageless Northshore (November 4, 2009) Last Friday night we saw Bucky Halker at the Skokie Theatre – the program was the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Now, … Continue reading
Bucky Halker’s emotionally powerful performance of Woody Guthrie’s, “The Dying Miner,” commemorating the Centralia mine disaster of 1947, includes actual words that miners left behind on scraps of paper as their oxygen was running out; Halker’s rich voice portrays their plight in a compassionate interpretation that is realistic, avoiding maudlin excess. Continue reading
Of all the artists I book here at the Skokie Theatre, Bucky Halker is my personal favorite. His Tribute to Woody Guthrie is something I look forward to every year and Bucky captures Woody’s spirit better than anyone else. Bucky’s … Continue reading
Chi ha apprezzato il Volume 1, vada sul sicuro questo è anche meglio, per gli altri consiglio vivamente di procurarseli entrambi, Wisconsin 2 è un grande disco, in questo caso le US highways 2.13.63 rappresentano le strade che portano agli incroci del cuore.
BIG NEWS: Wisconsin, 2-13-63, volume 2 was released in late 2008-early 2009. To order volume 1 or 2 and Bucky’s other recordings, go to www.cdbaby.com For more info, just check out the reviews below or roam this website! OTHER IMPORTANT … Continue reading