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Back to Slovenia
March 5, 2021
will confess I rarely
buy polka albums
these days. I'm pretty focused on my own music projects, most of which
are outside the polka genre, plus many of the polka CDs that end up in
are promos or complimentary copies given to me by the recording artists.
Miskulin's new album, Back to Slovenia
One recent day I was listening to the radio and heard Joey
Miskulin's hit song I Wanna Call You
Sweetheart being played by an
Oberkrainer band. "Well that's pretty cool," I thought to myself. "I
wonder what European group recorded that?" Then it was announced that
was a new one by Joey himself. Without hesitating, I went to Polka Connection [if anyone
would have it, they would] found the CD, and bought it.
Back to Slovenia is an album of
Joey's most popular, original songs arranged in the authentic
Oberkrainer style of Slavko Avsenik. All of the lyrics were translated
to Slovenian, and the music was performed by Joey and a group of
talented musicians and vocalists from Slovenia.
In my opinion, what makes
this album so unique is that Joey is kind of like America's Slavko
Avsenik. Slavko is arguably the most renown polka writer and composer
the world has ever known. Likewise, Joey is widely regarded as one of
the best writers and composers in the genre today. Both Slavko's and
Joey's songs are on the playlists of virtually every polka band in the
Polka bands in the United
States have been performing and recording Americanized versions of
Slavko Avsenik's hit songs for decades, but now we get to hear
Slovenianized versions of American polka hits! That in itself is pretty
neat, but what prompted me to buy this album was knowing that Joey was
at the helm of it all, so the quality was guaranteed to be as good as
And it is.
Over the last few years,
I've arranged and recorded a couple of songs with a heavy Oberkrainer
Day and Going
Back to Switzerland] so I know firsthand how
challenging it can be. If anyone could do it extremely well, however,
it would be Joey Miskulin — a musician of such high caliber, he could
throw a fistful of silverware down a flight of stairs and finish
Schubert's symphony. The production quality of this album is superb.
Swiss Glarner Waltz in particular is so fittingly arranged that it's
hard to imagine it having been recorded any other way.
I encourage you to add Back to Slovenia to your polka
collection. It's available on all the major streaming and download services,
but I recommend that you treat yourself to the compact disc, because this
is one album you'll want to own as a keepsake.
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YouTube Video Thumbnails
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