Rick performs entertaining and enlightening music and history programs

Rick Pickren performs the very finest in music and history programs for Libraries, Seniors, Historical Societies, Schools and Museums.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Official 50 State Songs Project has come to a close with the release of Volume Four.

I am grateful to the Illinois Arts Council for partially funding this project from start to finish. A special thanks to those who have purchased and/or downloaded the previous volumes or individual state songs. The response has been beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you! 
All four volumes are available from iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and from other digital retailers. 
CDs can also be purchased from me directly for $14. Paypal, check or MO accepted. Mail to: Big Strike Music, 122 Ashland Ave., River Forest, Illinois, 60305.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The State Songs Volume Three

              Now available at Amazon.com, iTunes, CDBaby.com and other fine music outlets.

Once again the erstwhile balladeer Rick Pickren tackles some of the tougher tunes to ever tangle the tongue! It’s Volume Three showcasing that treacherous thee-thy-thou laden, bounteous harvest flaying, glory unfurled world of our official State Songs!  Covered (well and respectfully, as always) this time are the songs of Alaska, New Hampshire, Maryland, Wyoming, Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri and Wisconsin. He breaks the straight-faced sincerity only with the addition of a whoopee slide whistle to the “On, Wisconsin” march! But, hey! A guy needs a little R & R.  These albums are fascinating fun and a fine addition to the general library of Americana. The project is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council. Rick tells us the final volume will be out in the spring, and the previous two modestly priced albums in the series remain in print.   Rick Huff/ The Best of the West