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I can’t believe I’m already writing about June releases (Finn will be a year old already), but JOANIE LEEDS & THE NIGHTLIGHTS have staked June 25 for the release of their new album, BANDWAGON. Produced by Dean Jones, the 1990s Puff Daddy of the kids music scene these days (all up on everyone’s album and/or track), BANDWAGON will also feature appearances by Justin Lansing of recent GRAMMY winners, THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS, Rachel Loshak of the GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD crew, and folkster Jonatha Brooke.
About the new record, Leeds said the following:
“One of the coolest things that happened was being allowed to use Stevie Wonder’s song, ‘Superstition.’ In order to re-write lyrics to a song, you need to gain permission from the publishing company or the artist himself. Stevie Wonder’s record label sent him my lyrics [for ‘Nutrition’], and he gave the OK! I was also thrilled to be able to work with one of my idols, Jonatha Brooke. I reached out to Jonatha to record ‘Family Tree,’ not expecting a reply, but she wrote back saying that she’d love to hear the song, and we were soon in the studio together. Aside from my recent wedding, it was one of the best moments of my life!” Joanie Leeds
For news on what Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights are up to, check out her official website.