Steel Bridge CDs: Volumes 1-13
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 1
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 1
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Songwriting artists, including Jackson Browne and pat mAcdonald, recorded a compilation of music written about a bridge during the first ever Construction Zone songwriting intensive at Steel Bridge Songfest 2. The release date was June 14, 2007 (during Steel Bridge Songfest 3).
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One week in June, 2006, twenty-five songwriters from across the U.S. filled the old Holiday Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin with a purpose in mind: To save an old bridge.
Songwriting teams formed in a game of spin the bottle. Songs were written fast and captured fresh in a makeshift studio in one of the rooms. New groups formed as more flooded the town, and Steel Bridge Songfest 2 culminated in an all-day waterside concert headlined by Jackson Browne.
The 15 selections on this disc bring the message, convey the fun, and immortalize the spirit of Steel Bridge Songfest. The writers and artists all volunteered their time, energy, and creativity to this project. Proceeds and royalties will be donated to the Steel Bridge Fund held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Steel Bridge Songs Vols. 2&3
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vols. 2&3
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This is a Double Album! There were so many great songs from Steel Bridge Songfest Year 3 that we printed two discs. Featuring Jane Wiedlin, James Hall, Victoria Vox, Eric McFadden, Geri X, Blueheels, and many more! Written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel during Steel Bridge Songfest 3 in June 2007.
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The Sturgeon Bay Bridge has long been an object of controversy in Door County, Wisconsin, where folks either love or hate it. Time after time, the 80-year-old monstrosity has had to prove its worth to avoid the wrecking ball. Steel Bridge Songfest started celebrating its existence in 2005, and has rapidly become a new Door County tradition. Now more people seem to be loving that old bridge.
The Construction Zone is a week of collaborative songwriting that coincides with the festival. Writing takes place in motel rooms, coffee shops, down by the waterside, all over town. Writers are asked to write songs using the bridge as inspiration. "The Bridge-with-a-capital-B has long been a potent metaphor in popular song," says CZ founder pat mAcdonald. "The steel drawbridge is a great symbol of strength and of joining together, the melding of diverse cultures, divergent views, the old and the new, the words and the music, the tangible and the intangible..."
Steel Bridge Songfest, with its infusion of new songs written solely for the event, is truly a first-of-its-kind festival, merging forward-thinking with historic preservation. Young and old, tourists and locals, the rich and the struggling, the hip and the conservative, come together in a common cause. New bridges made of music and song save an old one made of steel.
These songs bring the message, convey the fun, and immortalize the spirit of Steel Bridge Songfest. The writers and artists have all volunteered their time, energy, and creativity to this project. Proceeds and royalties will be donated to the Steel Bridge Fund held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Thanks for your support!
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves
Recorded June 11-16, 2007 by Steve Hamilton at the Holiday Motel, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Engineering and technical support: Chris Aaron
Mastered with the generous help of Dick Bond at Toyland Studios, Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Mastering engineers: Travis Kasperbauer, Steve Hamilton, Dick Bond
Illustration by Arketype, Inc.
Design and layout by Greg Welsh and Joe Kaftan
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol.4
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Recorded at Beach Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, WI for Steel Bridge Songfest 4 in June of 2008. Featuring Jane Wiedlin, Lynda Kay, Louise Goffin, Kacy Crowley, and other great women and a bunch of guys too! 
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2008 looked like it might be a tough year for bridge songs. A motel fire moved the Songwriters out to Beach Harbor Resort (Thanks Beach Harbor!) where, though it looked like a toy in the distance, the bridge still managed to inspire. A week of rain brought out images of water and a feeling of wanting to "get across."
Taking inspiration where they could find it, the writers rose once again to the challenge, producing a brilliant rainbow of songs as impressive for its cohesiveness as for its diversity. Selecting only fourteen for this disc wasn't easy! Thanks to the writers and to the volunteers who donated hour upon hour to see this through. This collection would not have been possible without your love and support! Special thanks to Christie Weber for her unwavering vigilance and dedication. And thanks finally to the bridge herself, for bringing us all together! xo, p
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves
Recorded June 9-14, 2008
by Steve Hamilton and Travis Kasperbauer at Beach Harbor Resort
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Engineering and technical support: Steve Hamilton, Travis Kasperbauer, pat mAcdonald, Chris Aaron, Billy Triplett, Kevin Horvath, Dan O Stoffels
Mixed at Makin' Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI)
Mastered by Travis Kasperbauer, Steve Hamilton, and pat mAcdonald at Master Blaster (Madison, WI)
Studio assistance: Mark Addison, Bryan Ciruillo, Ben Dowland, melaniejane, Dan O Stoffels, Shawn Tanimoto
Graphic Design by Joe Kaftan, Greg Welsh
Guitar Illustration by Arketype
Bridge Illustration by Niki Kaftan
Collage Illustration by ADMACK
Dedicated in loving memory to Paulie Rocco (1962-2009)
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 5
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Featuring Geri X, Eric McFadden, Kim Manning, Delaney Davidson, and many more! Recorded at the Holiday Music Motel in 2009.
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The Sturgeon Bay Bridge has long been an object of controversy in Door County, Wisconsin, where folks either love or hate it. Time after time, the 80-year-old monstrosity has had to prove its worth to avoid the wrecking ball. Steel Bridge Songfest started celebrating its existence in 2005, and has rapidly become a new Door County tradition. Now more people seem to be loving that old bridge.


The Construction Zone is a week of collaborative songwriting that coincides with the festival. Writing takes place in motel rooms, coffee shops, down by the waterside, all over town. Writers are asked to write songs using the bridge as inspiration. "The Bridge-with-a-capital-B has long been a potent metaphor in popular song," says CZ founder pat mAcdonald. "The steel drawbridge is a great symbol of strength and of joining together, the melding of diverse cultures, divergent views, the old and the new, the words and the music, the tangible and the intangible..."
Now with its rehab well underway, our bridge faces a more secure future. Thanks to the Wisconsin DOT and all who helped in the struggle to save her, especially to those who continue in the preservation effort!
Recorded June 11-14, 2009 by Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves.
Studio assistance: Kevin Horvath, Paola Villa.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Graphic design by Greg Welsh.
Thanks to all our sponsors, fans, friends, families, and supporters, bridge-huggers one and all!
Proceeds and royalties for this collection go to Citizens For Our Bridge, a non-profit dedicated to preservation and the arts.
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 6
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More great Steel Bridge Songs from 2010, released in 2011. Written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel by Steve Hamilton and Billy Triplett with assistance from Dan O Stoffels (MMI), Steve Smith, and Chris Aaron. 
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"Though the bridge was closed for rehab and out of commission during the writing of these songs, her presence permeated the hallways, penetrated the doorways, and filled all the hearts at The Holiday Music Motel. Fueled by elation, sleep deprivation, and the proximity of respected peers, droves of driven souls churned out yet another year's worth of tributes, tall tales, and ragged anthems. Fortuitous leaps of illogic brought chance continuity, driving this song cycle up into orbit, then gently back down again for its dazed and lovely last hoorah. However inspired the last batch of songs was, I see there's always more where those came from and find myself increasingly looking forward to Volume Seven, Eight, Nine, and TEN!" - p.mAcd.
ENGINEERS: Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, Travis Kasperbauer, Dustin Harmon, Dan O Stoffels, Steve Smith, Chris Aaron
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the writers themselves.
Recorded at The Holiday Music Motel and Beach Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Assistance provided courtesy of Madison Media Institute.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton, Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Graphic Design: Joe Kaftan and Greg Welsh.
SBSF logo art: Arketype
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 7
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Still more bridge songs!!! Written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel by Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels with assistance from Steve Smith and Chris Aaron during the week of Steel Bridge Songfest 2011, with production assistance from melaniejane. 
Packaged in a 4-panel Eco-wallet. 
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What is it about Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin that inspires so many great songs? Some say it's something in the water, something that was planted here long ago, rising high above the surface, holding firm for those crossing over, opening up for those who float on by. What could be more inspirational or set a better example for the struggling artist in all of us than an old steel drawbridge?
Engineers: Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels
Assisted by Steve Smith and Chris Aaron
Production assistance by melaniejane
Written and recorded at The Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin the week of Steel Bridge Songfest, June 5-12, 2011.
Mixed and mastered at The Holiday Music Motel and at Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the songwriters themselves.
Package design by Greg Welsh
Poster art elements by Arketype, Inc.
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol.8
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Even MORE songs inspired by the bridge!!! Written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel during the week of Steel Bridge Songfest 2012. Recorded by Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels with assistance from Steve Smith and Chris Aaron, and production assistance from melaniejane.  
Packaged in a 4-panel Eco-wallet.
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Written and recorded at The Holiday Music Motel, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, during Steel Bridge Songfest, June 3-10, 2012.
Engineers: Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels, assisted by Steve Smith and Chris Aaron with production assistance by melaniejane
Mixed and mastered at The Holiday Music Motel and Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves
Cover art by Arketype, Inc.
Inside photo by Bob MacDonald
CD package design and layout by pat mAcdonald
Deepest thanks to all Steel Bridge musicians, fans, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters - we love you all!!!
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 9: CD
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 9: CD

Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 9: CD

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MORE songs inspired by the bridge!!! Written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel during the week of Steel Bridge Songfest 2013. 
Packaged in a 4-panel Eco-wallet.
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Sturgeon Bay's Michigan Street Bridge was reopened to traffic in 2011. After decades of neglect and a long battle for preservation followed by a complete rehab of its historic structure, it is restored to its original glory. We like to think this ongoing collection of songs helped secure this happy ending. While the victory took many voices inside and outside our community, the music created at The Holiday Music Motel fueled the fight.
But the struggle against the onslaught of vacant, disposable culture goes on. And the steel bridge stands as a living reminder of the importance of resistance--what better symbol of connection, purpose, and permanence exists?
So we who write songs, who are inspired by impressive things both old and new, will continue to raise our voices, to create commotions to honor the bridge and commemorate the fight to save her.
Recorded June 9-16, 2013 by Billy Triplett, Steve Hamilton, and Dan O Stoffels at The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Studio assistance: Steve Smith, Chris Aaron, and Jon Kanis
Air Traffic Control: melaniejane
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Package design by Greg Welsh
Design with artwork by Arketype, Inc.
All proceeds go to Citizens For Our Bridge, a benevolent organization dedicated to the preservation of our Bridge and the historic character of downtown Sturgeon Bay.
Thanks to all our bridge-hugging friends, fans, and families, and special thanks to the bridge herself for hanging in there all these years!
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STEEL BRIDGE SONGS VOL.10: CD
  • STEEL BRIDGE SONGS VOL.10: CD

STEEL BRIDGE SONGS VOL.10: CD

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27 new bridge songs on 2 discs in a double pocket sleeve. Written and recorded at The Holiday Music Motel and The Tambourine Collaboratory during Steel Bridge Songfest 2014.

Recorded June 8-15, 2014 by Steve Hamilton, Chris Aaron, Teve Mith, Dan O Stoffels, and Barrett Tasky in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin at The Holiday Music Motel / Tambourine Collaboratory. Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves. Administrative assistance by melaniejane, our Air Traffic Controller, with help from Teresa Young. Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).


Chris Aaron (1970-2014) was all kinds of bridges. He was the kind that could carry you across tough waters. He was also that anchor that holds the strings, transferring their vibrations to the body, making it resonate. He was love itself, the greatest bridge of all. Hugely involved in Steel Bridge Songfest from the very beginning, he was central to every event, writing, playing, engineering, whatever he could do to make it great. No one suspected that Steel Bridge 2014 would be his last. This 2014 collection is dedicated in loving memory to our dear friend, Chris. We love you, brotherman! <3
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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 11: CD
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 11: CD
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This collection extending over eleven volumes (and counting!) represents a decade-long collective labor of love. What started with the desire to save a bridge from destruction has evolved into an activist art project involving hundreds of creative souls, all paying playful tribute to the mighty Steel Bridge and to the community that lives and works in its historic setting. Never at a loss for new inspiration, Steel Bridge culture and its outpouring continues to flourish year after year—and Vol.11 might be the best batch of bridge songs yet! Deep thanks to all the musicians, volunteers, contributors, and attendees who’ve supported Steel Bridge Songfest and made this work possible!

Recorded June 7-13, 2015 by Steve Hamilton, Dan O Stoffels, Derek Brady, Teve Mith, and Barrett Tasky in Sturgeon Bay, WI at the Holiday Music Motel / Tambourine Collaboratory. Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves. Administrative assistance by melaniejane, our air traffic controller, with help from Teresa Young. Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). For more info about Steel Bridge Songfest, The Holiday Music Motel, and Steel Bridge Radio (where you can hear these songs streaming 24/7), please visit our websites: HolidayMusicMotel.com, SteelBridgeSongfest.org, SteelBridgeRadio.com

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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 12 (double disk): CD
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 12 (double disk): CD
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Recorded at Steel Bridge Songfest June 9-12, 2016 in Sturgeon Bay, WI at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith, Dan O Stoffels and Barrett Tasky. Produced by pat mAcdonald. Administrative assistance by melaniejane, our air traffic controller, with help from Teresa Young. Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). Design by pat mAcdonald. For more info about Steel Bridge Songfest, The Holiday Music Motel, Tambourine Collaboratory and Steel Bridge Radio (where you can hear these songs streaming 24/7), please visit our websites: HolidayMusicMotel.com, SteelBridgeSongfest.org, SteelBridgeRadio.com

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Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 13 (double disk): CD
  • Steel Bridge Songs Vol. 13 (double disk): CD
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Recorded at Steel Bridge Songfest June 2017 in Sturgeon Bay, WI at The Holiday Music Motel and Tambourine Collaboratory by Steve Hamilton, Steve Smith, Dan O Stoffels and Barrett Tasky. Produced by pat mAcdonald. Administrative assistance by melaniejane (air traffic controller) with help from Teresa Young.

Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin’ Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). Cover Art by Tim Cote, Graphics and Design by Greg Welsh. For more info about Steel Bridge Songfest, The Holiday Music Motel, Tambourine Collaboratory and Steel Bridge Radio (where you can hear these songs streaming 24/7), please visit our websites: HolidayMusicMotel.com, SteelBridgeSongfest.org, and SteelBridgeRadio.com

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To order Steel Bridge Songs CD's by mail, send the appropriate amount plus $2.00 shipping per CD to:

Citizens for Our Bridge
30 N. 1st Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

 

Citizens for Our Bridge is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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