Mike's Polka Recordings
Click on some of the CD's below to sample and order recordings online via CD Baby! You can also order them by mail by sending your $17 check directly to Mike Matousek, 8372 Williamstowne Drive, Millersville, MD 21108-1066.
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Discover “Where The Boys Are”
The Boys are proud to announce the release of their brand new CD, “Where The Boys Are,” as of January 1, 2016. The 15 tracks on this album include a new, original composition, eight innovative arrangements, and six classic polka selections that exemplify the high-energy, signature sound of The Boys. Polka Hall of Famer Frank Liszka composed and sings his original: Mary Jane, a catchy, exuberant polka that instantly grabs the listener. He also rearranged and sings the powerful classics of Blue Ohio Dreamer, Uphill Climb, I’m Gonna Live It Up, Love Of A Lifetime, and Stop The World and Let Me Off. Frank’s duet with Stacey Morris, the USPA’s Female Vocalist of the Year, on Love Makes the World Go Around is really something special. The Boys’ renditions of the My Girl/Modern Girls Polka Medley, Where Did The Boys Go Oberek, Mr. Pan Polka (featuring reed work by guest artist Eddie Siwiec), Mom and Dad Know Best Waltz, and Flirting Polka would have made Eddie Blazonczyk Sr., Li’l Wally, and Frank Wojnarowsk mutually proud! Al Puwalski is featured on his arrangement of I Don’t Believe I’ll Fall In Love Today; while Mike Matousek sings his arrangement of I’ll Never Find Another You. Last but not least, Dave Morris is featured on the fun and lively: I Wish I Was A Millionaire Polka. Throughout the album you’ll hear harmonies sung by Frank, Al, Mike Evan, and Mike Matousek.
Polka fans can order the CD by sending an $18 check, payable to “Mike Matousek”
at 8372 Williamstowne Dr., Millersville, MD 21108.
DJs and IJs interested in receiving a promotional copy of Where The Boys
Are should send an email request to mike@TheBoysBand.com
that provides their polka show name, call letters/Internet network, and mailing
address. Discover Where The
The Boys' CD, "Boysterous!" is still available! Recorded by Hank Guzevich (Wizzears Studios) and mixed at Crowne Stone Studios, LLC, the recording boasts 3 new original compositions, 11 innovative arrangements, and 3 classic polka selections - 17 tracks in all! The United States Polka Association's 2012 Favorite Male and Female Vocalists, Frank Liszka and Stacey Morris, are even featured singing a duet. As a follow-up to The Boys' award-winning "A New Day" CD, "Boysterous" captures the energetic, signature style of band and showcases their vocal abilities like never before. "Boysterous" can be ordered by sending a $17 check payable to Mike Matousek, 8372 Williamstowne Drive, Millersville, MD, 21108. Online orders and digital download purchases can also be made via CD Baby. Fine polka CD vendors like Jimmy K Polkas also carry The Boys' recordings. Contact mike@TheBoysBand.com for more information.
"A New Day"
The Boys released their award-winning CD, "A New Day!" in 2011. This is the first recording produced by the group in over 22 years! The album features five new original tunes, some great covers, and a few classic Polish-style selections - 16 tracks in all. To get your copy of "A New Day," just send your $15 check payable to Mike Matousek to the address below. For digital purchases, click here. The Boys also released an award-winning single entitled "Polish Youngstown" for digital download. Click here for more information.
Charm City Sound
"Christmas Lights" is like no other holiday CD you've ever heard!
After a year of work, Charm City Sound released their holiday masterpiece, "Christmas Lights" in 2007. "Christmas Lights" is truly a unique collection of works that manages to capture the wide range of emotions stirred by the holiday season. The CD opens with the group's "Christmas card", a lively original tune from which the recording gets its name. In fact, half of the selections are original CCS compositions and the rest include refreshing versions of classics like: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", "Dzisiaj Betlejem", and "Little Drummer Boy". All the cuts are executed with rich arrangements in a superior commercial-quality production. Thanks to the traditional flavor of Little Wally's "Zebym Mi Santa Claus", the contemporary feel of the original rock/oberek, "Tell The World", the sentimental original ballad "Lots of Butterfly Kisses", the festive vibe of "What Christmas Means to Me", and the solemn "Song for a Winter's Night", a wide musical spectrum is covered with a rich holiday flavor. By the time you've heard the last few measures of the band jamming to, "And We Played", you will have experienced the diverse musical joys of the holidays. And, you will have heard the true meaning of Christmas proclaimed as well! Even IPA Polka Hall of Famer Jimmy Weber croons a couple tunes on the album! Other guest artists and surprises are featured as well, so getting your hands on this CD is a must!. Click on the CD cover above, and get yours now!
Charm City Sound
Charmed and Dangerous, Charm City Sound's fifth release, truly breaks new ground.
As with CCS' past recordings, this CD is loaded with new material thats influenced by a variety of musical genres. The seventeen selections featured on the disk are comprised of eight original compositions, three traditional songs, and six exciting arrangements of popular hits. This is definitely Charm City Sounds most ambitious and creative recording effort to date. Charmed and Dangerous is unique in that it was specifically developed to entertain current fans while appealing to new listeners who may never have been exposed to CCSs music before.
The CD takes the listener on an emotional, musical journey as Polish, Latin, Pop, Country, and Rock influences emerge from song to song. Gdzie Ty Idziesz and Na Wawel will particularly connect with those who enjoy a lively, traditional sound with Polish lyrics. Sweet Lullaby, a sentimental original waltz based on a Polish prayer, should warm those same hearts as well. The signature Charm City Sound style is evident in original songs like Everything Is Fine, Do You Believe, Someone Special, and Ill Get By, while Dance With Me and Quando Quando Quando rekindle that Mediterranean sizzle that made CCSs Marina a number one hit. Covers like If You Only Knew, I Think Im Going To Like Loving You, and Coloring Book fit perfectly in the musical mix. Adding an extra dimension to the recording, the rock-infused originals Got To Go and The Game, as well as the moving ballad/oberek In Her Room, project that commercial, contemporary feel that modern listeners expect. For pure extra fun, dynamic arrangements of Mr. Paul and Dance like A Musician (clever parodies of Charlie Brown and Dance Like An Egyptian) were included to complete the diverse musical experience. This is the CD that will excite both current and potential fans.
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Charm City Sound
During the five years prior to the release of this recording, Charm City Sound built a reputation as one of the most original contemporary push bands in the country. Their previous three recordings, loaded with clever, novel, original compositions, helped develop the bands distinctive identity.
Well, CD number four carries on the tradition and even takes it up to a new level! Too Much of a Good Thing? is packed with sixteen songs demonstrating Charm City Sounds infamous diversity of styles. The exciting original polkas include Too Much of a Good Thing?, My Sunshine, and Here We Go Again written and sung by accordionist Nicky DiSebastiano. He also wrote and sings Drink til Im Sober oberek, and is featured on Amanda Oleyars original A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime. Leader and bassist Mike Matousek is featured on the vocals of his powerful original contributions, Livin On Polka Time and Falling Again. Trumpeter Mike Ziemski croons his own tunes that include, From Me to You, and Hearts are Breakin Again co-written with Jerry Adamski. Even concertina player Ted Borzymowski sings a tune co-written by Mike Matousek called, No I Never. Thats nine, new, dynamic tunes!
Are there any traditional favorites on the disk? You bet! Drummer Johnny Pilch Jr. sings his renditions of Cium, Cium and The Boys classic, I Cant Help But Wonder . And trumpeter Randy Cusick gets into the act with his vocals on My Heart Skips a Beat . Even the old New Brass hit, You Turn Me On is featured with Mike Ziemski on the Polish vocal. Throw in the beautiful waltz, Walk Through This World and the fantastic Slovenian-style, Newberry Polka and all the bases are covered!
Youve got it all; ten contemporary originals, five traditional classics and a button box favorite. Without a doubt, Too Much of a Good Thing? reiterates Charm City Sounds unique polka power and charm. Remember, theres no such thing as too much of a good thing!
"Third Time's A Charm"
Charm City Sound
"Third Times A Charm", Charm City Sound's third release, again features the talents of Mike Matousek, Nick DiSebastiano, Al Puwalski, Dave Jankiewicz, Mike Charney, and Ted Borzymowski. Much like their award-winning "Charmed" CD, this disk "pushes" all the right bottons.
"Third Time's A Charm" is packed with 16 selections representing a variety of styles including Polish, Honky, and Slovenian. Seven original songs, four new contemporary arrangements, three Polish classics, and two "button box tunes" are all featured on this entertaining recording. The voices of Nicky D, Al, Mike and Ted are again cleverly utilized throughout the disk. Even the young and talented female vocalist, Randi Bradley, performs a couple cuts including her exciting rendition of "These Boots Were Made For Walking". Nick's "Those Bitter Sweet Memories", and Mike's "In My Heart You'll Stay" are two of the original hits.
All in all, "Third Times A Charm" is a collection of 16 tunes carefully orchestrated to provide something for everyone who loves push music. The diversity of song selection and styles guarantees this CD to entertain the most discriminating listener.
Charm City Sound
Charm City Sound's second release "Charmed" is the perfect sequel to "Turn On The Charm." Once again the talents of leader, Mike Matousek (bass, banjo, vocals), Mazurka Al Puwalski (trumpet, clarinet, vocals), T, Nicky DiSebastiano (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Dave Jankiewicz (trumpet, accordion), Mike Charney (drums) and Ted Borzymowski (concertina, button box, vocals) combined to give the fans what they asked for; an innovative and diverse "push" CD.
This recording is packed with sixteen cuts that represent Polish, Slovenian, Eastern, Italian, Country and even Cajun musical styles. Als arrangements and vocals on "On The Far Side Of The Lake", "Polish Highlander", and "My Confessor Warned Me", epitomize the classic "push" and "honky" sounds. Nicks renditions of "Marina" and "Cupid" reveal his unique Italian flare and popular style. He also contributes a charming original waltz called Mommas Song. Mike M. adds his own dynamic yet thoughtful tune, "What Kind Of Love" and croons his brother Stephen's original waltz, "Picture On The Wall."
Making her polka debut, the young and exciting female vocalist Randi Bradley, is featured on "Your Good Girls Gonna Go Bad" and sings a duet with Al on "I Wanna Be Yours Forever." Special guest Ryan Ogrodny can be heard fiddling around on this Cajun cut, as well as the country-flavored, "Flowers On The Wall" sung by Al and Mike. Even the one and only IPA Hall of Famer, Lenny Gomulka, makes a cameo appearance on sax playing the Slovenian instrumental, "Windy City". Add in those legendary piano parts played by Randy Koslosky, and you have a mix that made "Charmed" on of the most entertaining CDs of its time. In fact, Nicky's "Marina" was voted the Favorite Song Of 2001 by the United States Polka Association.
"Turn on the Charm"
Charm City Sound
The CD that started it all. Released in 1999, Charm
City Sound's first recording, "Turn on the Charm" instantly established
the group as a major force among the contemporary "Push" bands. By
mixing new original material like "Turn On The Charm", "Cheating Maria",
"There Goes My Baby", and "Schizophrenic Diatribes", with some classics like
"Blonde Bombshell", "High Bounce", and "Leaving For The Front", CCS put together
a recording that celebrated both the legacy and progression of the musical
genre. "Under The Influence", a high-powered rendition of a Blue Grass
tune, really shows what "Push" is all about. All the original CCS members:
Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Nicky DiSebastiano, Dave Jankiewicz, Mike Charney,
and Ted Borzymowski are featured on this disk along with special guests :
IPA Hall of famer, Frankie Liszka, Ryan Ogrodny, Randy Koslosky and Tom