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The Midwesterners "Get Rhythm" Willy St. Fair 2011
Director: video by Ken Sabroff/R. Wiegel
Description: Published on Jun 25, 2016
"Get Rhythm" by Johnny Cash. Willy St. Fair 2011. We were almost cancelled by the rain. The second stage, which wasn't covered, was combined with our covered stage so all the bands could play. We played a shortened set to a bunch of die-hards who could care less about a little rain. I could have doctored this video, made the sound a little better, combined it with some still photos, but this just says it all. Unvarnished rock n' roll!
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"Crazy Things" Kristy & The Wild Blue Yonder Boys-Potts Inn 1985
Director: video by R. Wiegel
Description: Published on Jun 19, 2016
Kristy & The Wild Blue Yonder Boys was a band I played in from 1984 to 1985. The members were Kristy Larson vocals, Richard Wiegel guitar, John Hauser bass, and Kenny Koeppler drums in 1984 and Rick Becker drums in 1985. John Hauser brought two great Pat MAcdonald songs to the band, this one and "One Room Flat". John had worked with Pat in the past and knew they would fit us perfectly. The video was shot on VHS by Warren Knaub (Potts half-brother) who along with Potts (Dennis Prochaska RIP ) ran Potts Inn in Cross Plains WI. It was converted to digital, and I just happened to be recording that night on my Sony Walkman Pro (cassette), so that was married to the video by Kenny Koeppler at Sound Garden and all put together in imovie. Many thanks to Warren Knaub, Pat MAcdonald for allowing us to use his song, Randy Schmelzer, Kenny Koeppler, Kristy & the WBYBs, and especially to Potts, who we dedicate this video to. Thanks for all the great music.
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The Winter Of '96
Director: R. Wiegel
Credits: photos and video by R. Wiegel
Description: The Winter Of '96 (The Story Of The Song) by R. Wiegel
In 1996 I came off the road after doing 300+ shows a year with The Swing Crew and The Wisconsin Opry, for the previous six years. Even before that it had been 200+ shows a year. By now I had been performing in bands for around 30 years and my hearing was not in good shape. In fact, I even wondered if my playing days were done. So in the winter of 1996-97 I was hunkered down and reinventing my career when I wrote this song. I was also learning fingerstyle guitar, in hopes that I could play solo or duo and make more of my income in quieter venues.
I think us Wisconsinites can relate to a sinking feeling in the dead of winter and wondering if spring will ever come, and holding close that hope that it actually will. So I tried to capture that feeling when I wrote this song.
This video has come later, around 20 years later, and 15 years after I recorded the song. I always thought it was a good song to play around this time of year (February) but it never really got any airplay. I'm hoping the video breaths some new life into it.
This was off of the second CD by The Midwesterners called 'Pretty Little Town', released in 2001. The first self-titled Midwesterner CD was released in 1991. (This is the 25 year anniversary of that CD.) Mark Haines and Dennis Reifsteck (The Swing Crew) played on both CDs, (Tom McCarty and Ernie Conner came on board a little later in 2002.) Mark and I 'hunkered' down at Coney Island Studios, recorded on 16 track analog tape, and mixed it at Smart Studios. Mark has drummed, collaborated, engineered or co-produced all 4 Midwesterners CDs but this one has his favorite sound.
Spring did arrive that year, and with rest my hearing recovered some too, enough to afford me 20 more years of full-time performing.
A Midwesterners Rockin' Christmas
Credits: Compiled in imovie by Richard Wiegel. My camera was handed to Rouser Ron (I think) and he was asked to snap some shots. The recording was made on my tascam DR-1 and edited in Protools.
Description: This video was done from photos taken this evening and put together with a live recording also recorded this evening. A Rockin' Christmas Party happened in December 2011 at the Harmony Bar in Madison WI. The Rousers were also on the bill but there were not enough photos to use of them. We had no idea of eventually putting it together in a video. Created December 2015.
Ridin With Chuck
Director: Ken LaBarre
Credits: Rollittakeit.com Currently Ken LaBarre is the lead director for the Cochella and Stagecoach Festivals, as well as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, and Summerfest. He has also worked for ABC News, ABC Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, MTV Networks.
Description: The Midwesterners opened the show at the 2007 Madison Area Music Awards at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison with an extended version of Ridin With Chuck off their latest CD. Thats John Urban of Urban Theatre introducing the band. The Capital Times called it a "blistering performance that threatened to turn the whole evening into a rave-up."
Carolina
Director: Frank Anderson
Credits: Purple Onion Productions, Milwaukee WI. Barry Polterman, Steve Farr, Dave Dahlman, Frank Anderson. www.onionfilms.com The Life Of Reilly is their lastes film.
Description: Shot in 1991 at Art Altenbergs Concertina bar in Milwaukee. Those were regular attendees to Concertina dances at Arts, and happily agreed to be in our video. The bass drum was not rigged like that for our video, theyve hoisted that up in the air for years to make room for bands. This was Purple Onions first video and since went onto make videos for The Spanic Boys, Ernies other band The Rousers, and many others.
Keep It Alive
Director: Ken LaBarre
Description: Recorded at Full Compass for their grand opening Oct. 23 and 24, 209. Video direction by Ken LaBarre, sound by Buzz Kemperer of Audio for the Arts, Lights by Ken Ferencek, monitors by Lonya Nenashev. Im playing my 1953 Gibson J-45 guitar, and the song is by Richard Wiegel and is on the self-titled debut by The Midwesterners, 2000
Dark Tavern Blues
Director: Ken LaBarre
Description: Recorded at Full Compass for their grand opening Oct. 23 and 24, 209. Video direction by Ken LaBarre, sound by Buzz Kemperer of Audio for the Arts, Lights by Ken Ferencek, monitors by Lonya Nenashev. Im playing my early nineties Continental resonator guitar, and the song is by Richard Wiegel and is on Pretty Little Town by The Midwesterners, 2000.
Guitar Problem
Director: Ken LaBarre
Description: Recorded at Full Compass for their grand opening Oct. 23 and 24, 209. Video direction by Ken LaBarre, sound by Buzz Kemperer of Audio for the Arts, Lights by Ken Ferencek, monitors by Lonya Nenashev. Im playing my 1953 Gibson J-45, the song is by Richard Wiegel, and is on Pretty Little Town by The Midwesterners, 2000
Guitar Rag
Director: Ken LaBarre
Description: Recorded at Full Compass for their grand opening Oct. 23 and 24, 209. Video direction by Ken LaBarre, sound by Buzz Kemperer of Audio for the Arts, Lights by Ken Ferencek, monitors by Lonya Nenashev. Im playing my 1959 Gibson SJ, and the song is by Sylvester Weaver. This song was the first song recording by an African-American country blues guitarist in 1923. It was later recorded by Bob Wills and went on to become a country music standard called Steel Guitar Rag.
Ridin With Chuck Solo version
Director: Ken LaBarre
Description: Recorded at Full Compass for their grand opening Oct. 23 and 24, 209. Video direction by Ken LaBarre, sound by Buzz Kemperer of Audio for the Arts, Lights by Ken Ferencek, monitors by Lonya Nenashev. Im playing my 1953 Gibson J-45 on a song by Richard Wiegel and Mike Forkal, from the album Ridin With Chuck by The Midwesterners, 2006.