Released in 2006 in the USA (Revolting Records) and Europe (Brambus Records).
Recorded at Woodside Avenue Music, Evanston, IL & Steve Yates Studio, Morton Grove, IL. Artwork and graphic design from Tom Greensfelder Design.
“Lake Superior alt country twanger’s superior CD . . . An exceptional CD!” (Properganda U.K August 2006) At last! After two CDs and a decade of performing worker protest songs, as well as lecturing and writing about the subject, I was aching to get into the studio with my own songs. Late in 2003 I jumped in! I may have been too ambitious for my own good, but I really wanted to do a studio project that covered a lot of stylistic ground, relied on more detailed arrangements, and utilized the skills of several of Chicago’s best musicians.
“Beautiful songs and arrangements. Halker has offered us an especially successful CD.” (Concerto, Austria, August 2006) The songs stylistically range from straight country, to jazz, to jingly-jangly pop rock, to New Orleans R&B, to Tex Mex, to straight-ahead rock. There are string sections on a few tunes and horns galore on others, plus ample doses of vocal harmonies, pedal steel guitars, mandolin, electric guitars, Hammond B-3 organ, and bits of dobro and lap steel.
Very little overt lyrical politics on this one. Guest appearances include legendary jazz violinist Johnny Frigo, mandolin master Don Stiernberg, Pickles Piekarksi (John Prine), Paul Mertens (Poi Dog Pondering & Brian Wilson), Jim Cox (Marian McPartland), Brian Wilke (Hoyle Bros.), Paulinho Garcia, Steve Rashid, James Sanders, Kat Eggleston, and Brother John Kattke (Buddy Guy’s Legends House Band). Of course, my basic core band from 2003-2005 is also here with Drew Enselman, Marshall Dawson, and Dan Polonsky.
“Wisconsin 2-13-63 is a splendid collection of Americana songs. Very agreeable indeed.” (Le Cri Du Coyote, France, November 2006)
Now it’s time to also look for Wisconsin 2-13-62, volume 2