Thursday, February 7, 2013

"Hootenanny" by Jambo CD Review...

"Los Angeles-based, Parents' Choice award winning independent musician Steve Pierson and his powerhouse band Jamboare on a mission to bring real American roots music to kids.  Jambolooks forward with pride to the February 12 release of their second, roots-based studio CD, Hootenanny.  (Got the Blues Music, $14.95, run time 42 minutes, for ages 4 - 9).

One part Mississippi Delta, one part New Orleans street corner, and one part Chicago juke jointJambo is known for its funky, feel-good grooves, outstanding musicianship, and dynamic, kid-friendly, positive songs.

Co-produced by Jambo's creator (and former Blues Head front man)Steve Pierson and Grammy nominee Tor HyamsHootenannyfeatures fourteen Steve Pierson originals.  Notes Steve, "One of my primary goals has been to give kids, at a very early age, a taste of the 'good stuff' -- the kind of organic, rootsy music that I love. I wrote two kinds of songs for Hootenanny:  full blown band tracks and what I call 'back porch' tracks.  I really wanted to mix up styles and give listeners a sampling of different instruments and different kinds of songs."

Jambo strikes a high profile on the Los Angeles family music scene, performing regularly throughout the region at such venues as the Skirball Center for the Arts, The Grammy Museum, and The Geffen Playhouse.  The band also tours nationally, with recent appearances at the Austin City Limits Festival and the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama."

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What we thought:  We really enjoyed the spunky, funky beats of Jambo on this fun-filled, high-energy CD!  Most tracks are really reminiscent of the South, with bayou roots.  These songs teach important lessons of friendship, being yourself, kindness and more, all of which are great for kiddos and adults alike:)  And of course, there are some just plain silly songs that are fun to sing and move along to.  ABCD Diaries gives "Hootenanny" an A+!

Disclosure:  We were given a copy of this CD for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are ours and ours alone.

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