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Adam Brooks (Dudding) performs folk set for Hamilton College

8 Mar

Adam Brooks covers AARON LEE TASJAN’s “Don’t Overthink It”

18 Feb

WWM Commemorates Anniversay of SPEAKEASY Release (2-5-05) with Slideshow Tribute!

5 Feb

On February 5, 2005 BUCKTOWN KICKBACK hosted a release concert for their debut LP “Speakeasy” at the Columbus Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The rest – as they say – is history. Upon release to good reviews and regional acclaim the band was propelled on a whirlwind tour from local clubs to national stages. Teaming up with Atlanta based Shut Eye Records, “Speakeasy” landed plays on independent radio stations across the United States and Europe helping break the band’s debut into the AMA Charts – Radio Play Top 100 for multiple weeks. This is a video slideshow produced by Whirled Werks Music to commemorate the anniversary of the release date for this excellent collection of original songs recorded by a stellar band on the rise. We hope you’ll enjoy this walk down memory lane featuring excerpts from all 15 tracks!

In loving memory – We love and miss him so much and are forever grateful for the times we shared and memories we made with our dear brother, Drum Dave.

Adam Brooks covers “Morocco” by MOON TAXI

23 Jan

Adam Brooks | The Ramblin’ Brooks | Road To Nowhere (demo) Oct.17.2014

15 Dec

With the purpose in mind to record a demo for future reference, Adam Brooks performed this solo/acoustic rendition of his song “Road To Nowhere” while in Charlottesville, VA on October 17, 2014. The video, recently re-discovered in our archives, gives us a glimpse of an older version of a poignant song slated to appear on an upcoming 2021 release by The Ramblin’ Brooks, so we wanted to share it with you here. We hope you enjoy! -Whirled Werks Music

Western Woods releases Curl…and…Flip featuring Bucktown Kickback founders/producers

8 Dec

Jamie Goodman, Adam Brooks Dudding and David Blankestyn met while attending Bowling Green State University in NW Ohio in the mid-nineties, forming their musical friendship and likely, the beginnings of the Americana band Bucktown Kickback. Now hear them perform together – along with heavy-hitters Jonathan Donaldson and Scott Hunt – on the Jamie Goodman fronted project Western Woods and the new release Curl…and..Flip, a remarkably poinant and inspired walk down memory lane for the folks here at Whirled Werks Music.

Proud to finally release this album. Despite having sat on it for a number of years, it’s now back from mastering and ready to share. This record is dedicated in loving memory of Dave. You are sorely missed and never forgotten.” – Jamie Goodman (Western Woods)

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: 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:

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 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 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