Monday, April 9, 2012

Tumble Bee is a sweet treat for the ears

Former punk-band lead vocalist and current indie artist Laura Veirs has released her first album geared toward family listening, and it's a real gem.

Tumble Bee is a collection of traditional and 20th-century folk songs arranged perfectly for Veirs' sweet but never cloying voice by her husband, Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine. Guest artists include banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck chiming in on "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O, " and Colin Meloy from The Decemberists providing the duet for "Soldier's Joy." I defy you not to dance around during those two tunes, along with "Jump Down Spin Around."

Don't miss this catchy, charming treat! The only glitch is that you'll first have to pry it out of the hands of staff members. ;-)

"What do you get when you mix rollicking and soulful folk songs with captivating vocals and a first-rate mix of harmonies, guitars, banjo, piano, percussion, accordion, brass, strings and whistles? A topnotch family folk album, shaped, layered and made shiny new by skilled musicians led by vocalist Laura Veirs, whose voice is graceful, expressive and utterly charming. Each song is a memorable little jewel, from the familiar ''All the Pretty Little Horses'' and a version of ''Froggie Went A-Courtin' '' called ''King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O'' to Woodie Guthrie's ''Why Oh Why,'' Ruth Seeger's arrangement of ''Jack Can I Ride?'' and ''The Fox,'' based on a 15th century poem about a foxy late-night poultry raid. The one new song ''Tumble Bee,'' written by singer and multi-instrumentalist Karl Blau, fits right in." --Parents Choice Award Gold Medal

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