A Frog Named SamFall 2009 Music
Ages: 3 & Up
Producer: Bartlett Ave. Records
CD Price: $15.00
Review:Quirky lyrics and the swing and bounce of American roots music are singer-songwriter Ben Rudnick's trademark and he combines them to winning effect in his latest musical potpourri. The title track traces the saga of a water-loathing frog whose move to the big city leads to the conclusion that there's no place like home. "Race Car" is an exhilarating ride and "Drink It Up" is a sunny celebration ("It's like a milkshake when I see your face, I wanna drink it up and take it with me"). A couple of exuberant instrumentals, "Ben's Jig" (by Rudnick) and "John's Jig" (by mandolin master John Zevos) nearly steal the show, featuring Mark Yacovone's gorgeous accordion work. Enjoyable versions of some traditional tunes-- "Erie Canal," "Old Joe Clark," "Greensleeves"--make the mix, too. Among Rudnick's other terrific string band mates are Cowboy Junkies' Jeff Bird on harmonica and bass player Johnny Sciascia of indie country band The Coachmen.
Lynne Heffley ©2009 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.
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