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Oh Freedom!   New Album Available Now

Oh Freedom!

The new CD is here!  Oh Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement, 11 pivotal songs that helped change America.  The “official” release date is January 18th, 2016, Martin Luther King Jr Day, but you can purchase copies or downloads now.

Need convincing? Check out two complete tracks Soundcloud below.


You can learn more about the this project and buy copies on the Music Page.



I’m happy to report that the proposed legislation to keep the Illinois Museum System open has passed with a veto proof majority.  It currently sits on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.  My understanding is that he has 60 days to act or it becomes law.  With that in mind, we hope to be back at the Dickson Mounds Museum in the not too distant future.  Keep an eye on the Hickory Ridge Concerts page for the latest news.



   chicagotribune.com“Staying on the Vanguard of Folk”    3/23/14

Chris and Bucky Halker are performing April 5th at the Pullman Historic Site on the Far South Side Chicago. In advance of that show, Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune wrote a fine article about Chris, Bucky, with a bit of history behind folk music in Chicago and the Pullman Historic Site. Click the picture to the left to read the full article. The show will begin at 3:00pm, April 5th… and you can view more details about the show here.


Hickory Ridge Schedule Updated

If you’re looking for information on the artists performing during the Hickory Ridge Concert Series… This is the place to find it!  Bookmark the Hickory Ridge Concert Series page and keep up to date with every show in the series. That’s also where you’ll find all the information you need in regards to tickets and our venue, The Dickson Mounds Museum.

Reviews for The Last Day of Winter!

Read what Gary Tuber at examiner.com had to say about the album.
Jonathan Aird of Americana UK had that to say about the new CD.
Illinois Entertainer included a review of LDoW in their March 2013 edition of Around Hear.
And here’s one from the March/April 2013 issue of Maverick Magazine.
Tom Irwin at the Illinois Times had some nice words to say about me recently.

Expanded Liner Notes and Guitar Pictures

29-national I have compiled an expanded version of the liner notes for The Last Day of Winter, that include not only notes on the songs themselves… but also notes on the myriad of instruments that were used while recording the CD.  The instrument descriptions   include hi-resolution photos that allow you to get up close and personal with the guitars, mandolins, amplifiers, and other musical tools that were used to craft The Last Day of Winter.  Click the link below to visit the Expanded Liner Notes Page and explore the finer points of The Last Day of Winter.

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