Bucktown Kickback mourn the loss of founding member / drummer-percussionist David Blankestyn – Life Celebration Oct.4th

29 Sep

Obituary: On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, David Scott Blankestyn, the world’s most joyous spirit, a kindred soul to everyone, and a stranger to no one, passed away at the age of 42. David was a loving husband and proud father to two amazing children. David was born on June 4, 1978 in Columbus, Ohio to Gerald and Mary (Veltman) Blankestyn. David grew up in Westerville and Galena, graduating from Big Walnut High School and Bowling Green University. Other than his time in college and some time in Salt Lake City working with the 2002 Olympics, he lived his entire life in the Columbus area. David married Anne Baumann on October 3, 2009 and they have been lovingly raising a son, Max, and daughter, Cora.

David was always a talented musician and artist. He was the drummer/percussionist for Bucktown Kickback, a bluegrass/Americana band that originated in Columbus, recording several albums and touring throughout the Midwest and Southeast. He studied West African drumming, dabbled on the guitar and ukulele, and recently taught himself to play the piano (to keep up with his daughter!). Music held a special spot in Dave’s heart. David was known as the upcoming concert event announcer on WCBE for many years in the 2000’s. Most recently, he worked for WOSU as well as working with a good friend doing carpentry and home repair.

David most enjoyed being a father to Max and Cora, spending as much time with them as he could. David practiced Tae Kwon Do with his son, earning his red belt, participating on the CK Lee Demo Team, developing strong friendships with other students, and gaining a mentor in Master Lee.

David is survived by his wife Anne, his children Max and Cora, his parents Gerald and Mary, his brother Michael, grandfather Cornelius, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation at: https://give.nationwidechildrens.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2291&mfc_pref=T&2291.donation=form1 or mail a check to: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6810.

*Join us with celebrating David Blankestyn on Sunday, October 4th from 1pm – 3pm at Whetstone Park (3293 N. High Street by the shelter house, close to the soccer fields/casting pond/playground in the area with green balloons). Please come to remember and share stories of Dave. Bring a chair or blanket, or just stop by to say hello. Please follow all CDC COVID-19 recommendations.

WWM celebrates BANDCAMP FRIDAY (July 3) with 5 studio recordings available!

3 Jul

Bandcamp Friday (July 3) helps support musicians affected by the pandemic by allowing artists to retain 100% of sales! Great music to choose from on bandcamp including these outstanding WWM releases:

More info from Bandcamp here: https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser

Mail Orders Available!

29 Jun

One of the best ways to support independent artists is by purchasing their music directly. Simply send us an email and receive CD’s at your door in a matter of days! Write to whirledwerksmusic@gmail.com with your request to get started. We accept payment via Paypal, Venmo, Cash or Money Orders. Enjoy for yourself or give the gift of music to friends and family. We’re looking forward to fulfilling your order!

Add the Bucktown Kickback catalog to your collection!

CDs currently in stock:
Flying Blind Under The Willow Tree $20 (1996 – rare, limited supplies)
Adam Brooks Dudding Horizon $20 (2000 – rare, limited supplies)
Bucktown Kickback Speakeasy $15 (2005 – limited supplies)
Bucktown Kickback Lost In Your Own Hometown $12 (2007)
Bucktown Kickback fiction pickin’ $10 (2009)
The Shanghai Newgrass Project In The Moment $10 (2013)

Write to whirledwerksmusic@gmail.com today to get started with your oder!

Friday Night Live!

15 May

We sure do miss gearing up for Friday Nights like these (below) and can’t wait for their triumphant return! Until then, we’re proud to present this little glimpse into what we’ve been re-discovering and dusting off here at the Whirled Werks Music archives recently.

Below: The Ramblin’ Brooks BAND performs the old Osborne Brothers classic “Up This Hill And Down” followed by the original song “You Try (Fake News)” live at Ray Bros. BBQ Yard Amphitheater in Bouckville, NY on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Please Enjoy!!

The song “You Try (Fake News)” appears on The Ramblin’ Brooks BAND’s debut Clear As A Mirror EP and is available everywhere including: Apple Music

The Ramblin’ Brooks helps collect $1,375 in “Tips” during Sunday Serenade livestream for out-of-work RBQ staff!

5 Apr

The Ramblin’ Brooks Livestream Benefit for Ray Bros. BBQ Employees

29 Mar

*Sunday, March 29 – 3PM-4:30PM EST*
Sunday Serenade Livestream for Ray Brothers Barbeque

100% of tips/donations go directly to RBQ staff!
Support accepted here: http://venmo.com/Whirled-Werks

If you ever wanted to leave that big tip for any of the wonderfully kind and helpful staff at RBQ, here’s your chance! They could sure use your support and especially your tips now more than ever.

Watch Live at https://www.facebook.com/TheRamblinBrooks/
Sunday, March 29 (3PM-4PM EST)


The Ramblin’ Brooks performing solo at RBQ’s – The Yard Amphitheater
Photo Credit: Pam Merritt


The Ramblin’ Brooks Band returns to Stowe Cider Feb. 22nd!

12 Feb


The Ramblin’ Brooks BAND @ Woods Valley – Saturday, Feb. 1st!!

30 Jan

FRIDAY, JAN. 10 – The Ramblin’ Brooks BAND supporting Aaron Kamm and the One Drops in Syracuse, NY

3 Jan

The Ramblin’ Brooks BAND to open for Aaron Kamm and the One Drops at Funk ‘n’ Waffles in Syracuse, NY on FRIDAY, JAN. 10th. A don’t miss show indeed!! Click the image above for ticket link.

Tickets now available for Bucktown Kickback’s 2019 Reunion show / Flying Burrito Bros. Tribute at Natalie’s on Dec. 26!!

3 Nov

Natalie’s presents a very special evening featuring the reunion of the original members of the influential Americana/alt-country band Bucktown Kickback. They will be performing and celebrating The Flying Burrito Bros’ 1969 release Gilded Palace of Sin, as well as BTKB fan favorites.

BTKB is one of the premiere bands to come out of Columbus in the early 2000s, and they released three highly acclaimed albums and toured throughout the country. Band members for this show will include founder Adam Brooks Dudding, Gary Puckett, Adam Schlenker, Alex Anest, David Blankestyn, Jamie Goodman and Jay Donovan.

Follow the link for Ticket’s >>> Bucktown Kickback’s 2019 Reunion show at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington, OH.