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‘On Big Shoulders’: A dive through Chicago’s varied music vault

Back L-R: Matt Brown, Dave Hoesktra, Steve Dawson. Front: Aaron Smith (PHOTO: Tim Brown)

Dave Hoekstra welcomes Matt Brown (producer, fiddle), Aaron Smith (bass), and Steve Dawson (vocals, guitar) of the project ‘On Big Shoulders’: an Americana album featuring 12 local roots artists on 10 tracks that span Chicago’s rich music history from deep cuts by Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs to Chess Records to Wilco.  Brown discusses how learning about the city’s oft-overlooked country recording history helped inspire the project and getting others involved through the Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago’s problem with recognizing its own musical heritage, and more.

For more info and ways to get involved, check out the On Big Shoulders Kickstarter page.