Today, I was listening to some alt.country. (if you don't know this stuff, check out Boot Liquor and Bloodshot Records.) So this song comes on with this line:
I first met her drinking from a bubbler in the park.Whoa. That ain't country, that's Wisconsin. So, I check it out. It's a band called The Blind Robins, a song called "Miss Limestone County". (See here for lyrics.) Great band, by the way.
You know about blind robins? It's a bar snack (see here), and if I love anything more than bar snacks, it's smoked herring. But to the point: That's a seriously Upper Midwestern item.
Need to buy this album; will try to report on it. Anyway, it's nice confirmation of the presence of this kind of sound in the region.