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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Jimmy Sturr seems to believe that polka is America's pan-roots music, capable of blending in with every other type of roots style. Bluegrass? No problem. He asks Rhonda Vincent to do some singing on a couple of tracks, including surprisingly a version of the Carpenters' song that gives the album its title and "Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair." Then Arlo Guthrie helps blend polka and folk, performing his hit "City of New Orleans" with the band. Things don't work as well on "This Land Is Your Land," which has far more oompah than swing, but a polka version of "Devil Went Down to Georgia," featuring some hot, swinging fiddle from Frank Urbanovitch, is enough to get the...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Jimmy Sturr seems to believe that polka is America's pan-roots music, capable of blending in with every other type of roots style. Bluegrass? No problem. He asks Rhonda Vincent to do some singing on a couple of tracks, including surprisingly a version of the Carpenters' song that gives the album its title and "Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair." Then Arlo Guthrie helps blend polka and folk, performing his hit "City of New Orleans" with the band. Things don't work as well on "This Land Is Your Land," which has far more oompah than swing, but a polka version of "Devil Went Down to Georgia," featuring some hot, swinging fiddle from Frank Urbanovitch, is enough to get the hardest heart beating faster. Closing with "God Bless America" might be a patriotic gesture, but it's played relatively straight, when a twist might have been more pleasing. Sturr continues to explore the possibilities of polka, but at times you have to wonder whether his all-things-to-all-people take on the music doesn't end up stretching it a bit too thin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 682161610429
  • Catalog Number: 6104

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Top of the World (3:27)
  2. 2 City of New Orleans (3:24)
  3. 3 Streamline (3:53)
  4. 4 The Little Shoemaker - Johnny Karas (2:11)
  5. 5 Guacamole - Johnny Karas (2:55)
  6. 6 Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair (3:26)
  7. 7 This Land Is Your Land (2:35)
  8. 8 Metropole - Cathy Rocco (2:11)
  9. 9 No Fun Being Old - Johnny Karas (3:37)
  10. 10 Patriotic Polka - Al Piatkowski (3:12)
  11. 11 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Frank Urbanovitch (3:36)
  12. 12 Polka Paradise - Johnny Karas (1:48)
  13. 13 God Bless America Again (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Sturr Primary Artist, Narrator
Dennis Coyman Drums
Wally Czerniawski Accordion
Nick Devito Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Karas Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Al Noble Trumpet
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Eric Parks Trumpet
Gordon Stoker Background Vocals
Frank Urbanovitch Fiddle, Vocals
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Ken Harbus Trumpet
Keith Slattery Piano
Al Piatkowski Accordion
Gerry Stavisky Clarinet
Mark Bernstein Bass
Technical Credits
John Mayall Composer
Jimmy Sturr Producer
Mark Capps Engineer
Charlie Daniels Composer
Tom Crain Composer
Ray DeBrown Arranger
Fred Edwards Composer
Ken Irwin Producer
James Marshall Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Tom Pick Producer, Engineer
Frank Urbanovitch Arranger
Ken Harbus Arranger
Henry Will Arranger
Charlie Hayward Composer
Keith Slattery Arranger
Taz DeGregorio Composer
David Royko Liner Notes
Jeremy Welch Engineer
Jeremy Welch Engineer
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