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Chris Vallillo and Bucky Halker Talk Folk Music

wgnlogoforsite2013-sizedChris Vallillo and Bucky Halker visited the WGN Radio studio to chat about folk music with Rick Kogan and share some of their favorite tunes off two of their recent albums, “Folk Songs of Illinois No. 5″ and “Midwest Folklife Festival.”
You can listen to that entire chat, here.


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   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.


The Midwest Folklife Festival CD!

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Bishop Hill Gazebo

In 2006, 2009 and 2012 the Illinois Arts Council, along with the Arts Councils of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota combined resources to present the Midwest Folklife Festival. I was given a chance to bring rough recordings from those years together into a CD… and that CD has just arrived.

You can purchase a copy of the CD here.

Enjoy this free download of the Southern Illinois bluegrass band Etherton Switch playing Forked Deer.

 


Hickory Ridge Schedule Updated

If you’re looking for information on the artists performing during the winter/spring 2014 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.

 


The Last Day of Winter

The Last Day of Winter

CD Available Now!

Here are two tracks from my newest CD, The Last Day of Winter.  The Water is Wide is the timeless Americana melody performed bottleneck slide style on a custom 9 string parlor guitar while Tequila is the classic 50′s rocker performed on a National Tri-cone guitar.  Listen or download to the tracks below on me, then you can browse over to SoundCloud to  listen to other select tracks from previous CDs… Or, you can just click the CD cover to the left and order your own copy of The Last Day of Winter.


Reviews are coming in 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

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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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