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Andrew Queen - Too Tall

Andrew Queen - Too Tall

Spring 2010 Music
Ages: 4 - 10 yrs.
Producer: Andrew Queen
CD Price: $14.95
The highly elevated Andrew Queen plays acoustic guitar, sings in an expressive, rich voice, and composes songs that have kid-appeal written all over them.

Expertly backed by the Crocodaddies, which includes Luke Mercier on fiddle & banjo, Tim Hadley on the doghouse (upright) bass, Dan Ouellette on harmonicas and Nik Tjelios on mandolin, the album begins with "Big Troubles for Little Red," a jazzy bluegrass twist on an old fairy tale. Other highlights include the western swing of "I Love Boating," a lively nonsense song "Hi De Ho," which uses the kind of scat singing that Cab Calloway pioneered, and Queen's wonderfully silly tale "Hello, My Name of Joe," where the song's button factory working protagonist takes multi-tasking to new extremes. Queen and company also put some fresh spins on traditional tunes, with great participatory choruses on "Glug Glug/Hello My Baby" "Comin' Round the Mountain," and "The Other Day." Cajun and French sung treatments of "La Bastringue" and "Alouette," adds a continental flavor.

Lahri Bond   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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