This was $1.60 with discount. Being from Texas, I decided it would be worth checking out. German and Czech settlers both of free will and of forced resettlement brought polka to Texas which is a great influence to Tejano music among others.
I could not find much info on either Richard Polasek or the Hub City Dutchmen (which are in none of the pictures) other than that the band was paid $10 per member per gig, Polasek’s mother died in 1976, and the last living member of Joe Patek’s Orchestra, Dan Malik, spent time in the band. Malik would pass away in 2015. I was half tempted to call the number on the back of the album but I am not even sure if the area code(512) is still applicable (it’s not. Yoakum is 361 country)
So really all I know is that this was from a polka band formed in 1965 from Yoakum, Texas, a town of nearly 6,000 on the border of Lavaca and Dewitt counties.It is the type of hill country in Texas that boasts a high number of German and Czech descendants. Oddly enough at the time of this record, Lavaca County was known as the Polka Capital of Texas. Today, that distinction goes to Fredericksburg by way of State Senate Concurrent Resolution No 99, 73rd Legislature, Regular Session (1993).
Not that I was really looking too deep into this anyway. This record, released sometime on Dutch Records, features 12 polka tunes. Not much to say other than that. The albums really delivers on what it promises; polka music.
For a sample, I decided to go with something a bit more contemporary, the band’s cover of good ol’ Hank Williams’ “Your Cheating Heart”. I also went with something a bit more traditional, “Helena Polka”.
Not that I am a huge polka fan or able to really discern good polka from bad, but this is what I expected the album to sound like and it is pretty decent. Satisfactory.