The band is comprised of two core players, one from Brooklyn via Belgium (Danny) and the other from the Bronx by way of Puerto Rico (Frank). It's no surprise then that the Hot Peas 'N Butter sound is as culturally rich and musically diverse as their own geographical paths.
Hot Peas 'N Butter deftly mix grown-up music with child-friendly lyrics as a means of creating an authentic Latin-blues-rock sound that the entire family can enjoy together. The music is high quality studio work without ever feeling slick. There is an honest, organic feel to the production of Hot Peas 'N Butter Volume 4.
What I love most about good kid's music is the ability for it to transcend age and place. A quality kiddie record will sound as good at home during dinner as it will in the car on a road trip. Hot Peas 'N Butter Volume 4 is so enjoyable musically that you can pop it in at any moment and make whoever is within earshot instantly happy.
Listening to bilingual cuts like "Somos Familia" and "Ocho Candelikas" will transport your family to a Carribean island but then expect to be whisked away to Beale St. in Memphis for "Jam House Blues". Hot Peas 'N Butter are capable of some soothing and beautiful lullaby-ish melodies as well, as evident on the sweet "Beautiful Dream", the touching "Time to Fly" and the smokey "In Belgian Rain" - a solo guitar piece sung by Michael Lapidus. The family affair continues on my favorite track "Peggy-O", a traditional tune sung by Susan Lapidus.
Watch the video for "Different Spokes for Different Folks" and sample all the cuts from the new disc.