Rock'n Polka

Rock'n Polka

by Jimmy Sturr
     
 
Learning that Jimmy Sturr watched Lawrence Welk as a child offers the central clue to understanding and appreciating his popular style of polka. While many might question the coupling of rock and polka, this is the type of schmaltz that Welk pulled off week after week on his television program (and reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show still run on PBS). Sturr, in

Overview

Learning that Jimmy Sturr watched Lawrence Welk as a child offers the central clue to understanding and appreciating his popular style of polka. While many might question the coupling of rock and polka, this is the type of schmaltz that Welk pulled off week after week on his television program (and reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show still run on PBS). Sturr, in fact, has more or less taken Welk's place, and has even received a modicum of respect from those outside his field. This respect can be measured on Rock 'N Polka by the presence of several high-profile guests including Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss. Nelson, in fact, is something of a co-star here, delivering versions of "Since I Met You Baby," "Singing the Blues," and "Bye Bye Love." Still, this is an album for Sturr fans, not country and bluegrass fans. It's difficult to imagine Lee Greenwood's version of "Personality" reviving his career, or Duane Eddy's new version of "Rebel Rouser" impressing rock critics. For those who like their polka without any artistic embellishments, Rock 'N Polka will be the best thing since Pat Boone recorded heavy metal. Now all Sturr needs is his own TV program.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0682161610924
catalogNumber:
6109

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Sturr   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Guest Appearance
Lee Greenwood   Guest Appearance
Willie Nelson   Guest Appearance
Duane Eddy   Guest Appearance
Ray Barno Orchestra   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Coyman   Drums
Wally Czerniawski   Accordion
Nick Devito   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Allen Henson   Background Vocals
Johnny Karas   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Joe Magnuszewski   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Noble   Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Eric Parks   Trumpet
Carmella Ramsey   Background Vocals
Tim Stafford   Guest Appearance,Group Member
Wayne Taylor   Guest Appearance,Group Member
Frank Urbanovitch   Fiddle,Vocals
Cheryl White   Background Vocals
Ken Harbus   Trumpet
Larry Chance   Guest Appearance
Keith Slattery   Piano
Forest Borders   Background Vocals
Piatkowski   Accordion
Dave Grego   Bass
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Duane Eddy   Composer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Ernie Maresca   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Mark Capps   Engineer
Ray DeBrown   Arranger
Richard Harrington   Liner Notes
Ken Irwin   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Pick   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike Stoller   Composer
Henry Will   Arranger
Harold Logan   Composer
Cayet Mangiaracina   Composer
Joe Donofrio   Producer,Audio Production
Murray "The K" Kaufman   Composer

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