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From Ragtime to Rock and Roll

From Ragtime to Rock and Roll

Fall 2000 Music
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Performed By: Barbara Martin
Producer: Rare Bird Music
CD Price: $15.00
Review:
Something a little different: Barbara Martin takes listeners on a journey through the rhythms of America’s musical past, from 1750 to 1950, performing songs that illustrate the roots of folk, blues and jazz, to early country and rock. Some of her selections: "Motherless Child," "Wild Rover," "It Don’t Mean a Thing" and "Hound Dog." The integrity of the instrumentals and Martin’s warm, clear vocals and brief but informative introductions to each song segment are a graceful blend of education and entertainment. Her historical set piece is the main attraction; Martin also includes a few original message songs. Her "If Smoking’s So Cool" isn’t a great fit with the rest of the history-spanning, larger-themed tone, but "There’s a Rhythm to It All," with tuneful percussion instruments, and the zydeco-flavored "Life Is For Living" are songs to take to heart.
Lynne Heffley   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

Look for this product at:
Rare Bird Music
540-886-2966
http://www.shenandoahacoustics.com/sa/bmartin

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