SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & FAMILY "GO WAGGALOO"
The Sound: Traditional American Folk from the Guthries, Pete Seeger and Johnny Irion.
In the Cafeteria, They Sit With: Randy Kaplan, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Zanes, Dreyer Family Band
Best Moments: "Take Me to Show-and-Tell" is the favorite of my girls, laughing every time they hear about a turtle and spider being brought into school. My fave comes next, in the form of "Bright Clear Day". The tune is bathed in sunlight - I'm helpless to the song's power to sooth and make happy. I find myself singing the chorus uncontrollably throughout the day.
"If Momma Had Four Hands" is an awesome, more upbeat rock-n-roll song, one that reminds me of the vintage-A.M. radio stylings of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel's project She and Him. Around my house, it's sung as Daddy's Four Hands since I'm the multi-tasking washer of dishes, laundry-doer, chef, vacuum-er, and compulsive email checker.
Bonus Thoughts: "Go Waggaloo" features 3 songs written by Woody Guthrie, including the title track and the aforementioned "Bright Clear Day". Recorded anew ala the Mermaid Avenue discs, Woody's words once again come alive with a modern (yet classic) folk style. Bonus Bonus Thought: Friend of OWTK and all-around great dude Stefan Shepard of Zooglobble wrote a huge chunk of the liner notes for "Go Waggaloo" - how cool is that?
Double Bonus Bonus Thought: Stream the entire "Go Waggaloo" album for free - hurry this ends today!
Okay, Time to Wrap it Up with a Nice Little Bow: "Go Waggaloo" is a fantastic collection of family songs ideal for fans of Guthrie/Seeger folk as well as for parents who 1st think of the movie Toy Story when hearing the name Woody. If you dig Raffi and the Jack Johnson Curious George discs and you're looking for something new to add to your kid's music rotation, you'll positively adore "Go Waggaloo".
"Go Waggaloo" was provided to OWTK for review. The opinions expressed above are unbiased and true - no arm twisting took place in the review process.