Joey Miskulin

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Joey Miskulin
Joey Miskulin performing as "Joey the CowPolka King"
Joey Miskulin performing as "Joey the CowPolka King"
Background information
Birth nameJoseph M. Miskulin
Also known asJoey the CowPolka King
Born (1949-01-06) January 6, 1949 (age 71)
GenresWestern swing
Occupation(s)Composer, vocalist
InstrumentsVocals, accordion
Associated actsRiders in the Sky

Joseph M. Miskulin (born January 6, 1949) is a hall of fame accordionist and producer. In a music career spanning more than four decades, Joey Miskulin has collaborated with a range of artists including Paul McCartney, John Denver, Ricky Skaggs, Andy Williams, Ricky Van Shelton, Emmylou Harris, Frankie Yankovic, and many others. He is a performer, studio musician, producer and pedagogue.

Early life[edit]

As a child in Chicago, Miskulin displayed early signs of musical prodigy, spontaneously showing an interest in the accordion by the time he was four.[1] Beginning music training a year later, Joey was performing professionally by age eleven with the Ronnie Lee Band, and had his first recording produced by Roman Possedi at age twelve.[1] A year later, the boy would meet Frankie Yankovic, forming a personal and professional relationship with the man known as "America's Polka King" that would last a lifetime.

Performing career[edit]

Miskulin toured the United States with Yankovic as his featured accordionist for six years, writing and arranging songs between performances.[2]

In the 1990s he rejoined Riders In The Sky, and with them is billed as "Joey the Cowpolka King".

Further reading[edit]

Dolgan, Bob (2006). America's Polka King: The Real Story of Frankie Yankovic. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59851-026-3


  1. ^ a b "Joey Miskulin". Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  2. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Miskulin, Joey". Retrieved 2009-01-14.