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Labor of Love –

More about Labor songs from folk-poet Bucky Halker. This clip features Halker's tune "In Union Lies Our Strength/Good News," which features the lyrics of labor poet William Creech.

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Songs of the Ranch and Range –

Listen to Shady Mix open Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006 with their original tune, "Pokeberry Jam."

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Listen to Ashley Lewis sing "Sterret's Last Run," a song she wrote after witnessing a boat accident on the Ohio River. Lewis is backed up by teacher Jeff Midkiff on violin, Don Stiernberg on guitar and Jim Cox on bass.

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Sweet Song – Getting Hammered, or Dulcet Dulcimer

Hear the sweet sounds of the dulcimer as played by the agile hands of Bill Robinson and his students.

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Blackboard Broadsides – If I Were the President

Michael Miles explains how he engages students and helps them compose "If I Were the President," a song they'd sing and send to President Bush.

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Modern Troubadour – Joni and her Band Perform

Watch Joni Laurence and her band play the title track from her latest album, Trashbag Birdie, on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Bluegrass Bonanza – Localized Lyrics

Watch Special Consensus play for the community of Shipman, IL, where local residents are living the lyrics of the song, Our Little Town.

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Labor of Love – Music with a Message

Learn more about Bucky Halker's music and the passion for politics that drives his music.

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Blackboard Broadsides – Of Thee I Sing

Watch Michael Miles strike a chord with Chicago public school students as he leads them on a songwriting journey.

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Straight Outta Appalachia – Old Joe Clark

See Jeff Midkiff, Ashley Lewis and friends jam on "Old Joe Clark" during 2005's Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage .

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River Stories – Old-Time Poetry

Listen to Erwin Thompson as he reads his poem Water Under the Bridge and reflects upon the sometimes bittersweet but inevitable passing of time.

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Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms – Steam-Powered Bluegrass Boys

Sit back and listen to these members of the Western Illinois Bluegrass Association pick on their mandolin, banjo, double bass and guitar. Who knows if the late Bill Monroe, founding father of bluegrass, could have kept up with these quick fingers?

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Story Time – Telling Tales

Let the music and the tales of Chris and Tom Kastle, Dan Keding, and Mama Edie Armstrong carry you to places where imagination is king and the worries of everyday life melt away at the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.

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Turbo-Charged Folk – The Right Tune

Watch Sons of the Never Wrong perform on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Roots Music – Uniquely American

Learn more about Jim Kanas' uniquely "American" style of music.

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The Yodeling Cowboy – Yee-haw!

Randy Erwin Performs "Cowboy Rhythm" in this music video from Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage 2005.

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