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Driftless Dreamers

In Cuca Country

Home to Cuca Records and hundreds of Nashville-fantasizing pluckers and singers, Wisconsin’s Driftless region was a hotbed of country music in the 1960s. Influenced by old-timey ethnic songs, Bakersfield outlaws, countrypolitan rainbows, and the lonesome twang of every rural route roadhouse, these 17 Driftless Dreamers washed up at Jim Kirchstein’s Sauk City record plant with little more than $100 and a longing. Collected here are the fruits of Cuca’s documentary approach to record making, capturing the voices and stories of a culture and glacier in abatement.


Track List

  1. Unknown Artist When She Finds The Way Back Home
  2. The Lavenders Wanderer
  3. Nancy Lee Jordan Happy Don’t Last Forever
  4. Artie Minz, Ellie Shepherd & The Countrymen Just Another Name
  5. Curley Fields & The Kentuckians Frisco Flower Tale
  6. Dave Davis Kentucky Sunshine
  7. Patti Whipp It’s Gone
  8. John D. Curnow Cardinal
  9. Gene Ski & The Troubadours Six Foot Down
  10. Dixie Drifter Little Hero
  11. Larry Phillipson Challenge
  12. Harrison Two Run Little Girl (Harrison)
  13. Johnny Madrid Hello Houston (Goodbye Ol’ L.A.)
  14. Duane & The Drifters Tell Me
  15. Sam Podany There’s A River
  16. John D. Curnow Yellow-Throated Vireo
  17. Shunka Wa Kaon Legend Of The White Buffalo
  18. Frank Gay & The Gayblades Down Bound Train
  19. Unknown Artist Now They’re Gone
  20. Rog Winters & The Plainsmen When I See You
  21. Harrison Two La Fraja
  22. The Chieftones The Sun Is Shining
  23. Patti Whipp Walkin’
  24. John D. Curnow Hermit Thrush
  25. Gary Chamberlain & The Country Cats Muleskinner Blues
  26. Rod & Terry I Still Love You
  27. Janet Kaye Heaven Help The Working Girl
  28. Curley Fields & The Kentuckians Trouble Sweet Trouble (Just A Barstool Away)
  29. Georgette Beltran This Lovely Day Is Mine
  30. Tom Sheehan God Help The World
  31. Sam Podany Highway
  32. John D. Curnow Brown Thrasher