Andrew Queen - Too TallSpring 2010 Music
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.