Various Artists

Deeper Polka: More Dance Music From the Midwest

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

The sequel to the Smithsonian Folkways Deep Polka compilation is -- unusually for sequels -- more interesting than its predecessor, as it contains a broader stylistic and regional diversity of American polka. No recording dates are given, but it seems likely that most or all of it was done very shortly before the collection's 2002 release date. Seven bands get three or four songs apiece, representing various strains of polka: Chicago Polish-American (Stan Golonka & the Chicago Masters), Pittsburgh Croatian-American (Jerry Grcevich), Nebraska Czech-American (the Mark Vhlidal Band), Cleveland Slovenian-American (Nancy Hlad), Minnesota Finnish-American (Al Reko & Oren Tikkanen), Wisconsin concertina (Brian & the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen), and Wisconsin Norwegian "polkabilly" (the Goose Island Ramblers). It does prove the back sleeve's proclamation that not all polka sounds alike, though some of it will please individual tastes more than others. Grcevich's tamburitza music stands out with a flavor that's slower and more melancholy than much polka, and Reko & Tikkanen bring in elements that many wouldn't associate with the style, like banjo, mandolin, spoons, and pronounced minor-key melodies. Other acts are more in line with upbeat dance polka, with the Goose Island Ramblers blending in hillbilly country, yodels, and old-timey American folk sounds on their outings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
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Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters 02:03 SpotifyAmazon
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Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
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Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
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Jerry Grcevich 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
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Jerry Grcevich 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
7 Jerry Grcevich 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
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Mark Vyhlidal Band 01:46 SpotifyAmazon
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Mark Vyhlidal Band 02:39 SpotifyAmazon
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Mark Vyhlidal Band 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
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Mark Vyhlidal Band 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
12 Nany Hlad 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
13 Nany Hlad 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
14 Nany Hlad 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
15 Nany Hlad 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
16
Al Reko / Oren Tikkanen 02:44
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Al Reko / Oren Tikkanen 02:29
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Al Reko / Oren Tikkanen 02:43
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Al Reko / Oren Tikkanen 03:05 SpotifyAmazon
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Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen 02:54 SpotifyAmazon
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Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
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Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen 02:37 SpotifyAmazon
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Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
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Goose Island Ramblers 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
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Goose Island Ramblers 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
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Goose Island Ramblers 01:52 SpotifyAmazon
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Goose Island Ramblers 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
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