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The Mississippi Polka


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jgurner

 Genre: Polka

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This is a rough rehearsal recording of the polka band I'm in, The Polka Medicine Show. We're just a three piece now, but looking to expand, but, surprisingly, Polka isn't very big here in Mississippi. Hope you enjoy!

Accordion - Dick Hagen
Bass - Joseph Gurner
Drums - Clay Ashford

* NOTE: Unfortunately, Dick passed away in November of 2006 and The Polka Medicine Show is no more. But, as short a time as we all spent together, it sure was a blast and I'm glad I had the opportunity to be a part of it.
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Uploaded: Mar 27, 2006 - 07:02:20 AM
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012 - 01:24:04 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 08:34:58 AM
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selters said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Cool!
A refreshing little tune this one!! It sounds like you are having a lot of fun! This was pure fun listening to Mr. Gurner!
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Cool!
Thanks for listening and commenting, Selters! Glad you enjoyed it. It was lots of
fun playing as well.

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Macaudion said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Well, now I've arrived...
I wondered how long it would be before I finally heard a polka on here
- Except, I didn't expect that it would come frome you JG, and I don't
know why... This us fun - And at the same time, quite honestly, I never
would have thought that I would ever be listenting to polka and w/ a
serious look on my face, one that's accompanied w/ sincere interest - I
love this place! Thansk JG
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Well, now I've arrived...
You just never know what I'm going to do next.... :D

Like you, I've never taken polkas very seriously until I joined up with this group.
Playing bass in a polka band can be a little boring, but the music is just so
darned happy.

Thanks for listening Dion. I appreciate it.

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rtcooper said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
A Total Boost
The piece is a Blast. I don't know Polka from the Dots, but this is just a
Plus deal, here.

Something intimate about the Record quality, being very Close, but not at
all Loud or Biased.

Compliments to All at the, improbable, Polka Medicine Show - From
Mississippi.

Best,
Coop
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
A Total Boost
A polka band here in the Magnolia state at one time would have seemed as
improbable to me as the though of hooking up with a musician way off on the
east coast and making some great music. But it's worked great in both cases.
Thanks for the comments, Coop, and thanks for giving it an advanced listen.

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TheReverendAG said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Coolest thing I have ever heard.
FELLOW ACCORDIONISTS UNITE!!!

That was all sorts of awesome. But I could be a little partial to this style...

You'd think accordion tunes would be poopular in Mississippi...cajun
squeezbox, Zydeco, etc.

Guess not.

BUT KEEP ON PLAYING. That is awesome.
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Coolest thing I have ever heard.
Thanks, Rev. The accordion player decided a few years ago, at the age of 60-
something to take up the accordion. And he does a really good job of it.

We actually plan to do some more zydeco style stuff, but we're still getting used
to the whole thing. Who knows what we'll end up doing.

Appreciate you listening and commenting.

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Sista Mac said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Who Stole the Keishka?
A great song and production! You guys sound tight!

It takes me back to when I was a little girl and went to family weddings - My father is Polish so everyone was dancing whether you knew how to Polka or not!

SM
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Who Stole the Keishka?
Ah! Now there we go. We could corner the market in playing weddings around
here. That would be something to see.

Thanks for the listen and the comment, Sista Mac!

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Monkaton said 4195 days ago (March 27th, 2006)
Roll Out the Barrel
Just don't fall over it.

With a little tweaking you could turn your polkas into Zydeco music and that would have the Mississips hoping all over the place.
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jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Roll Out the Barrel
Yeah, I can't wait until our first performance around here this summer. Folks
aren't going to know what hit 'em.

Appreciate you taking the time to listen.

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said 4194 days ago (March 28th, 2006)
Ah, but if you called add some
Zydeco numbers you might expand your audience. ;)
(After I typed this I saw that the Reverand had noted something similar ...
I'll keep it in.)
This was enjoyable. This performance has a raw, enthusiastic feel.
But my familiarity with polka ends with the basic 2/4 rhythm and the
trivia that Frank Yankovic was not related to Weird Al.
jgurner said 4193 days ago (March 29th, 2006)
Ah, but if you called add some
Oddly enough, the accordion player is a big fan of both Frank and Al, which I
though was odd. But he says Al is one heck of an accordion player (which he is.)
Right now you have two of the three members of the band who basically know
nothing about polkas. We've both played in too many bar bands, but we're
learning.

Thanks for listening, Mungo.

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jiguma said 4190 days ago (April 1st, 2006)
Zydeco seems just a stone's throw away.
Reminds me of my days playing bass in a "Bush Band", with lots of
polkas, jigs and reels - not the biggest challenge for a bass player (and
my 100 watt Fender Bassman amp and it's huge cabinet brought fear
to the faces of my fellow players!). Much kudos for your accordionist -
learning to play in such a short time is impressive. Zydeco seems just
a stone's throw away. Neil
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jgurner said 4185 days ago (April 6th, 2006)
Zydeco seems just a stone's throw away.
We've been talking about arranging a trip down to Southern Louisiana and trying
to hook up with some Zydeco musicians and maybe learning a few tricks. That
may come in time. We definitely want to work in the sound at some point.

Your "Bush Band" days sound like they may have produced some interesting
stories (or possibly some inspiration for some tunes.) And, yes, polkas aren't the
most challenging tunes for a bass player by any means, but it's lots of fun. I just
compare it to all the time spent playing the French horn on Sousa marches. Talk
about boring....

Thanks for listening Neil.

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bronco said 4188 days ago (April 3rd, 2006)
Vunderful!!!
Okay now boys, a vun, a two ,a tree , , ,
Yes, it is true the spirit of Lawrence Welk has entered and possesed the
body of Joseph Gurner!
Seriously, nice playing guys! Practice, learn a few more tunes and then
you will be ready for Wurstfest. Wurstfest is a celebration that is held
every year in the German town of New Braunfels which is just south of
Austin. In my younger days I would never miss it! Go down and drink
dark German beer, eat German food and dance the polka to a never
ending stream of bands until the night became long!
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jgurner said 4185 days ago (April 6th, 2006)
Vunderful!!!
I grew up watching Lawrence Welk every Saturday night on Public Television.
In fact, the Mississippi PBS still shows the reruns in the same time slot as 30
years ago. Scary.

A festival like the one you talked about sounds like it would be fun. For now,
however, we're having to settle for our annual Watermelon Carnival this
summer. It's a lot like a German type October fest except with no beer, no
dancing, smothering heat and humidity, and lots of small town beauty queens
running around. Okay, so maybe they're not so much alike. :D

Our accordion player actually has his eye on making it to the Big Joe Polka
Show one day. Talk about all the polka you can eat.....

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment, Bronco!

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JOAN said 4186 days ago (April 5th, 2006)
holy cow
the joan camp loves a good polka.... how can you go wrong..... you bet your dupa we're dancing!!!!
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jgurner said 4185 days ago (April 6th, 2006)
holy cow
Very cool, guys. Consider this a challenge then. I'd love to hear a JOAN polka.
Come on! A one-a and a two-a and a three-a.....

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jim mason said 4169 days ago (April 22nd, 2006)
i needed that !!
i sure did !!
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MarkHolbrook said 3106 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
Hey JG
Very very cool! Something about polkas makes them fun. I don't care how much people laugh about polka but the music is fun.

I'm so sorry to hear about Dick. I know it's been a few years but still the loss of a musician is hard.

Enjoyed this.
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davisamerica said 3106 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
bitter sweet
than this is eh? Wow Joe ... lucky you. This just sounds like a whole barrel of fun and you got to experience it. BTW ... I love this track. Gotta make you smile.
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saymme said 3106 days ago (March 20th, 2009)
The Mississippi Polka
Music makes me smile...I bet You'd love the swedish accordianmusic/folkplayers !(!) Its so different this instrument : )
Thx much enjoyed !
Relic67 said 2933 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
polka-tastic
I was searching through the different genres in search of buried treasure at macJams... I had heard that polka was under-represented on the site.
anyway, I'm glad I found this! Real good-time music. Put a smile on my face. thanks for posting!
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tim_the_troubadour said 2933 days ago (September 9th, 2009)
?
i really like your sound. also wouldn't a "Mississioi polka" closer to being more Cajun or zydeco(due to the fact it is Mississippi) or is it in between all of them?
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tim_the_troubadour said 2933 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
sorry
I didn't read the previous threads(already been discussed) sorry
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