In the 1920’s, the lumbering era in the Upper Midwest was drawing to a close. Most of the original northern pine forest in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota had been clear cut, and the logging camps and river drivers moved westward, in search of virgin timber. Behind them, the loggers left a legacy of on one hand, environmental devastation that resulted in the birth of Wisconsin’s conservation movement, and on the other hand, a rich culture of music and storytelling from the lumber camps. Interest grew in preserving the scraps of stories and songs that remained behind. Franz Rickaby, a young Wisconsin fiddler and “songcatcher”, traveled on foot throughout the Upper Midwest, capturing, as best he could, the music of the era. Rickaby died before his definitive book “Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy” was published by Harvard University in 1926. Now, Rickaby’s granddaughter, Gretchen Dykstra and University of Wisconsin musicologist James Leary have sought to put Rickaby’s life and work into context, in their new book Pinery Boys. James C. Leary joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing, once again in the studio.