40 Years of Tex-Czech Gems


The year was 1978. Gasoline was $0.63 per gallon. "Grease" was the top grossing film at the box office and Jimmy Carter was the president. That was also the year The Czech Harvesters were formed. Their newest CD, 40 Years Down the Road, commemorates their 40th anniversary in the polka music world.

This album is full of classic Czech Harvesters recordings as well as some rare live performances, which makes you feel like "you are right there" listening to the band at one of their dances. One of those live recordings that sticks out to me is Red Wine Polka. I liked how the band played this song with speediness and accuracy all at the same time without losing their beats.

Another thing that makes this recording very enjoyable is that a steel guitar is used on almost every track. That steel guitar sounds prettier than a choir singing in a cathedral. On the song, Fire Brigade Polka, the saxophone, button accordion, and steel guitar all flow together better than a river. Then, when that key change comes in at the end of the song, you get polka gold.


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