I've written quite a bit about Chicago's ELLA JENKINS over these past few years, most recently giving some virtual ink to her January release, 123s & ABCs. Now, on August 5, Jenkins will bring forth MORE MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S SONGS, a sequel to her best-selling 1995 album, MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S SONGS. Smithsonian Folkways will release the album - her 40th title spanning a 57 year career, and coming to retail just a day prior to her 90th birthday.
Florida Kindie Rocker MR. HARLEY has just released his first-ever music video, "These Rhyming Friends of Mine." The song comes from his album, BLUE SHIRT (Amazon | iTunes), and is a part of his "New Music Monday" Series. Every fourth Monday of the month, Mr. Harley will be releasing a brand new song, but for June it's a music video - filmed on-location by students of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.
Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
Last month, I took the girls to see Chicago's SCRIBBLEMONSTER perform for an impressive crowd of tots and up. The kids dug the show a lot, and today I've got some music to share from the SCRIBBLEMONSTER crew. Want to teach the "plight of the bumblebee" to the little ones? Well, "Shakin' Up the Pollen" does just that - and you can grab the song as a FREE DOWNLOAD, along with an activity sheet that teaches just what bees do to help flowers and our environment. Stream the song below, then hit the SCRIBBLEMONSTER website for the download!
Last week, BRADY RYMER was one of the featured fellow "Rock Fathers" in my Father's Day profile series here on the site (read his story here), and today, his latest record, JUST SAY HI! has arrived at retail. As he gears up for a busy summer that includes an appearance on the Kidzapalooza stage of Lollapalooza here in Chicago, Brady and the The Little Band That Could have released a new lyric video for the title track of their new record. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!
When I was interviewing fellow "Rock Fathers" for my Father's Day series this year, I discovered that LEGO is a major hobby for these musically-inclined Dads and their kids. One band, RECESS MONKEY (read their feature here) is so into LEGO that they've recorded an entire ode to the famous bricks, and the music video for "Brick by Brick" has been released today - conveniently-timed to the Blu-ray and DVD release of THE LEGO MOVIE (out now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). Or was it conveniently-timed with the release of the excellent new RECESS MONKEY album, WIRED, which also hit stores today? It's a brick-based conspiracy! Watch the new video below... and answer this question: What would happen if Drew Holloway borrowed an X-Wing Fighter from LEGO Luke Skywalker and flew into a galaxy far, far away? Yep, there's STAR WARS in here...
THE BOO HOO CREW are back again with the follow-up to last month's "Teddy Bear March." For June, this West Coast Kindie Crew is paying tribute to something a little more... rumbly. "Vroom!" is their sonic ode to muscle cars and American-made horsepower, and it's available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon right now. Stream the track below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!