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Born to Run – Bucky Halker, vocals and guitar, Don Stiernberg, mandolin and John Abbey, bass, at Fitzgerald’s Sidebar, 9/27/14, the bruce Springsteen 65th birthday tribute.

“Woody Guthrie’s Union” recorded live in studio at Chicago’s WLUW, 88.7, with Tom Jackson, July 12, 2014, in commemoration of Woody Guthrie’s 102nd Birthday. Featuring Bucky Halker on vocals and guitar and Don Stiernberg on mandolin. This song is featured on the album entitled “The Ghost of Woody Guthrie” (Bucky Halker with Andy Dee) recorded live in 2012 as a centennial tribute to Woody Guthrie. This song and the others on the album are a result of Bucky’s first hand research of Woody’s diaries and papers in the Woody Guthrie Archives. The album contains 18 original tunes and four Woody Guthrie covers. Purchase the entire double album at or

Booth Shot Lincoln – The Johnsburg 3 perform the traditional folksong “Booth Shot Lincoln” from their CD “Caskets in the Cornfields.” That CD features a host of ballads and songs about disaster and death that date back to the early 19th century and which enjoyed wide popularity and broad circulation in Illinois.

The Johnsburg 3 includes Bucky Halker on guitar and vocal, “Don Stiernberg on fiddle and guitar, and the late Tom “Pickles” Piekarksi (d. 2013) on bass. Halker located these songs and did the liner notes for the project. The trio came together one afternoon and ran through the songs and then recorded them in two afternoon recording sessions.

The Illinois Arts Council provided partial funding for the CD. The CD is available at The CD was recorded at Steve Yates Recording, Morton Grove, Illinois, USA.

Bucky Halker performs “40 Hours to A Kiss” with help from Rich Parenti on background vocals, Dan Polonsky on bass, Brian Wilkie on pedal steel guitar, and Drew Enselman on drums.
“I wrote this back in the early 1980s when I was still making regular trips between the Upper Midwest and Idaho. It’s a road song with some of my favorite points of interest along my route and the hope of romance at the end of the ride.”

Photos here come from Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Teddy Roosevelt Park, Glacier National Park, the Idaho Panhandle, the Grand Tetons area, and the area around Burley, Rupert, Paul, and Twin Falls, Idaho.

Studs Terkel Birthday Celebration 100: Newberry Library – Chicago

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