Studio Recordings


  
 "The Holidays In Music"  (PP5038)
 

Released: August 10, 2016
Produced and performed by
: Tom Brusky
Vocalists:
Emma Bee, Abby Broeniman, Steve Brunton, Mollie Busta, Jayme Dawicki,
     Mark Demmin II, Ryan Meagher, Matt Newton, and Gabriel Riccio
Length: 46 minutes


This latest studio recording by Tom Brusky is an emotionally-charged, uplifting, musical journey through our country's most celebrated holidays. Each holiday is represented by its own song.

You all know Tom as a polka musician, but his musical interests cover a much wider spectrum. Tom stepped farther outside of his Polka roots than ever before to create a unique collection of authentic music spanning multiple genres.

The Holidays in Music is nothing like your typical band recording, where all of the songs conform to one genre of music, and the same four or five people play and sing all the parts. For this album, Tom performed and produced all of the music himself and spent a great deal of time seeking out and hiring the most qualified, professional vocalists to give each of his songs the sound he was looking for. In addition to the diversity of genres and incredible vocal performances, two other integral parts of this album are the songwriting and arranging — brand new songs as well as fresh, unique arrangements of old songs are showcased.

This recording, which took an estimated 370 hours to produce, is Tom Brusky's most extensive (and expensive) studio project released to date. After ten months of writing, composing, arranging, and recording, Tom Brusky proudly presents The Holidays In Music!
 
NEW YEAR'S DAY - New Year's Kiss (1940's-Style Ballad)
This original song by Tom Brusky was arranged in the style of a 1940's-era ballad, complete with a lush string ensemble and a vocalist who croons in the vintage style of the era. Many lounge, opera, and Big Band singers answered the call, but Tom didn't find the nostalgic vocal sound he was looking for until he came across Mark Demmin II (Naperville, IL). To hear anyone deliver a ballad as exquisitely and proficiently as Mark, you'd have to go back in time at least seventy years.


VALENTINE'S DAY - Oh Promise Me (1980's-Style Ballad)
Oh Promise Me was written in 1887, but the song takes on new life as Tom advances it one-hundred years with an arrangement that gives it an iconic, 1980's sound. Finding the right vocalist was critical to the success of this arrangement, because many singers today have an edgy, contemporary tone which isn't the best fit for an 80's-style pop ballad. After more than a month of auditioning vocalists, Tom heard a sample of Gabriel Riccio (Chicago, IL) singing, loved the retro vibe, and hired him on the spot. Sit back, relax, and prepare to be transported back to a Valentine's Day some thirty years ago.


ST. PATRICK'S DAY - The Maid Behind the Bar (Irish Folk Song)
What makes traditional folk music so appealing, regardless of the nationality, is that it is often just as upbeat and uplifting as American polka music. In a Dublin pub, surely nothing gets one's foot tapping like a peppy Irish reel. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Tom chose this classic folk song and arranged it with a blend of contemporary and traditional instruments, including the bodhrán, uilleann pipes, and tin whistle.
Sláinte!

EASTER - One Day (Volksmusik Waltz)
Volksmusik from Europe's Alpine regions is one of the most joyful sounds on Earth, and that makes it a perfect fit for the celebration of Easter. Tom arranged this traditional Easter hymn with a sound reminiscent of Slavko Avsenik's Oberkrainer style. The song's four-part vocal harmony is led by two of the Polka genre's most talented, young singers: Abby Broeniman (Hortonville, WI) and Mollie Busta (Ridgeville Corners, OH).


MOTHER'S DAY - For All You've Done for Us (Bluegrass)
Like Polka music, Bluegrass music has always shared that cheerful quality that instantly makes people feel good when they hear it. Tom wrote and composed this song to honor all mothers on their special day. Sung in perfect Bluegrass-style harmony by Emma Bee (Madison, WI), Matt Newton (Nashville, TN), and Ryan Meagher (Milwaukee, WI), this song is all about the gratitude felt by three grown children for their mother's wisdom, patience, and determination over the years.


MEMORIAL DAY - Tribute to the Fallen (Choir, Orchestra & Brass)
T
his emotional piece arranged for boys' choir, orchestra, and brass quintet is dedicated to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the defense of our freedom. It starts with Tom's original composition, "Finest Hour", as an ode to the bravery with which they fought and died. A handbell and choral performance of "America the Beautiful" follows in tribute to the land they so gallantly defended. The song concludes with a solemn rendition of "Taps" to bid our country's heroes a peaceful, eternal rest.

FATHER'S DAY - The Love of a Father (Contemporary Folk Ballad)
Tom wrote this sentimental song all about a father's love for his daughter. The song is sung from the perspective of the daughter as she fondly reflects on her childhood. Tom's moving arrangement layers traditional folk instruments over an upright piano, but what will propel this song directly to your heart is the delicate, intimate vocal delivery of Jayme Dawicki (New Berlin, WI). Once a student at the grade school where Tom's father, Jim, was the principal, Jayme grew up to achieve national recognition as a singer/songwriter.


INDEPENDENCE DAY - Hail to the Spirit of Liberty (Symphonic Band March)
Perhaps no song is more associated with the 4th of July than John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, but it certainly wasn't his only patriotic song. Tom chose this more obscure but equally inspiring Sousa march to amplify your American pride in celebration of our country's founding.


HALLOWEEN - Halloween Rag Medley (Spooky, Swingin' Ragtime)
Is it a horror movie soundtrack? Is it sinister theater music? Is it piano ragtime? Is it polka band ragtime? Is it swinging jazz? The answer is yes — all of the above! Based around two Ragtime Halloween songs, Harem Scarem Rag and The Greenwich Witch, this compilation arrangement of music by Tom Brusky is as incongruent and bizarre as it is musically entertaining. Happy Halloween! Muahahahahaha!


VETERAN'S DAY - Armed Forces Polka Medley (Cleveland-Style Polka)
To honor all those who have served our country, Tom arranged four military service songs into an instrumental Cleveland-style polka medley. Our veterans are our greatest national treasure. All polka bands are encouraged to take time out of their busy schedules every now and then to provide live music at veterans homes in their area.


THANKSGIVING - Gratitude (Big Band)
The lyrics for this song are adapted
from two poems written by Edgar A. Guest cir. 1917: Gratitude and Thanksgiving. Tom composed the music and arranged it for Big Band. Swingin' the vocal is one of Milwaukee's most unique gems in the entertainment circuit — "Diamond Steve" Brunton from the Brewhaus Polka Kings.

CHRISTMAS - O Holy Night (Contemporary Orchestral Carol)
One of the most iconic and beautiful Christmas songs of all time, O Holy Night is also one of the most challenging songs for even the most professional of vocalists due to its extended range and dynamics. For this song, Tom drove to Nashville, Tennessee to capture the incomparable talent of Matt Newton. Matt's powerful and soaring vocals on this contemporary orchestral arrangement will surely catapult your Christmas spirit to new heights.
 
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Song
Holiday

1. New Year's Kiss
New Year's Day
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2. Oh Promise Me
Valentine's Day
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3. The Maid Behind the Bar
St. Patrick's Day
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4. One Day
Easter
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5. For All You've Done for Us
Mother's Day
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6. Tribute to the Fallen
Memorial Day
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7. The Love of a Father
Father's Day
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8. Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
Independence Day
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9. Halloween Rag Medley
Halloween 99¢ Add to Cart
10. Armed Forces Polka Medley
Veteran's Day
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11. Gratitude
Thanksgiving 99¢ Add to Cart
12. O Holy Night
Christmas 99¢ Add to Cart
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Collection of original music  (PP5039)
 
Released: 1997-2014
Produced by: Tom Brusky
Length: 47 minutes
 
This is a compilation of original songs that Tom Brusky has recorded and released between 1997 and 2014. The music is available for download in high-quality MP3 format. The Sound Cloud music player below has a scroll bar on the right that will allow you to scroll down and select any song to preview.


 
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Song
From the Album...

1. Buttons Up
On the Bright Side
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2. Pssht Waltz
WEAK Polka Pontoon
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3. Wetzerli Polka
Polkas from the Digital Domain 99¢ Add to Cart
4. Let's Go Dancin' Darlin
The First Forty Years
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5. Kittling's Polka
Polkasound Potpourri
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6. Play from Your Heart
The First Forty Years 99¢ Add to Cart
7. Jana's Polka
Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion? 99¢ Add to Cart
8. Andy's Birthday
Polkas from the Digital Domain 99¢ Add to Cart
9. Over and Over
On the Bright Side 99¢ Add to Cart
10. Louis Our Polka King
The First Forty Years 99¢ Add to Cart
11. Let's All Doink Chick-a-Doink
WEAK Polka Pontoon 99¢ Add to Cart
12. My Little Black Kitten
Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion? 99¢ Add to Cart
13. John & Karrie's Polka
Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion? 99¢ Add to Cart
14. Mouse Clicker Polka
On the Bright Side 99¢ Add to Cart
15. Lesbian Polka
Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion?
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     Entire collection (fifteen Songs)

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Polka bands interested in recording covers of these songs may do so without cost or permission, provided Tom Brusky is credited for the song and the total number of CDs manufactured and/or downloads distributed does not exceed one thousand. For larger distribution or sync licensing inquiries, please email Tom Brusky.

 



The recordings below are sold out and will not be reissued.
Some music retailers may still have a few copies remaining in inventory.


"WEAK Polka Pontoon"  2014  (PP5035)
 
Produced and performed by: Tom Brusky
Additional musicians: David Austin, Don Hunjadi, and Dan Tutsch
Additional vocalists: CowboyTheGirl, Matt Newton, Lauryn Noelle, Justin Spanbauer,
and Jake Warne

Additional voice-overs:
Debra Babich, Michelle Blenker, Kj Lyn, Carter Brosowsky,
Janine Herr, Brian Miracle, Rick McKay, and Inna Voloshin
"The First Forty Years"  2009  (PP5028)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, keyboard, and vocals
Dan Tutsch
, Dan Wojtila, and Steve Meisner: Vocals
Eric Noltkamper and Ron VanDenboom: Banjo
Kathy Zamejc Vogt: Button box
Don Hunjadi: Saxophone
"Playing Your Requests - Volume II 2005  (PP5023)
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments
Dan Tutsch, Ron VanDenboom, and the Polkasound Studio Singers
: Vocals
"Playing Your Requests - Volume I"  2005  (PP5022)
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments
Dan Tutsch, Ron VanDenboom, and the Polkasound Studio Singers: Vocals
"On the Bright Side"  2003  (PP5020)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, tuba, baritone, trumpet, keyboards, and vocals
Gary Hendrickson: Banjo and guitar
Don Hunjadi: Tenor sax and clarinet
Jerry Loughney
: Fiddle
Dunonda Keyes: Steel guitar
Dan Tutsch, Ron VanDenboom, Mark Wenzlaff, Jeff Winard, Jay Hoppe, Bill Gempler,
       and the Polkasound Studio Singers
: vocals
"Butt n' Box by Joe LaBotz"  2001  (PP5017)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, keyboards
Don Hunjadi: Sax, clarinet, and flute

Eric Noltkamper: Banjo

"Did You Remember To Pack Your Accordion?"  2000  (PP5016)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, keyboards, tuba, vocals
Gary Hendrickson: Banjo
Don Hunjadi: Tenor sax
Dale Stelzer: Tenor sax and clarinet
Bob Zierer: Banjo
Dan Tutsch, Ron VanDenboom, Karrie Lane, and Nichal Kelsch: Vocals
"Polkas from the Digital Domain1999  (PP5015)
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments
"Polkasound Potpourri"  1997  (PP5012)
 
Tom Brusky / Carol & the Keynotes / Concertina Millie / Gentleman Jim / Ed Hause / Bryan O'Donnell / Mike Schneider / Ron VanDenboom / Jeff Winard
"Tom x 5 But Not Quite Live"  1997  (PP5011)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass, keyboards, and vocals
Ron VanDenboom: Banjo, vocals

"Polkalanis1997  (PP5010)
Promotional single
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments
Nichal Kelsch: Vocals

"Undercover"  1995  (PP5008)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, keyboards, tuba, and vocals
Eric Noltkamper: Banjo
Jay Hoppe: Vocals

"Don't Shoot the Accordion Player1992  (PP5003)
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments and vocals
"Generations Together1990  (PP5002)
 
Tom Brusky: Accordion, drums, bass guitar, keyboards, tuba, and vocals
Ron VanDenboom: Banjo, guitar, and vocals
Jim Brusky: Tuba and keyboards
Mark Truesdell and Kim VanDenboom: Vocals
Ed Hause: Concertina

"Song of Lecco1989  (PP5001)
 
Tom Brusky: All instruments and vocals
  
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