If you and the kids caught the most recent Peanut Butter & Jams session at World Cafe Live in Wilmington, Delaware, then you'll remember Barry G and the Dream Jam Band. Founding member Barry G, whose musical influences include The Beatles, B.B King, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Eric Clapton and James Burton, played the guitar with various rock bands and composed original songs before discovering his love of playing guitar for kids. He said that, "I can't imagine a more meaningful call to action than hearing kids ask me to play my guitar for them". Barry G has toured the country to perform at festivals like Kidzapalooza, Taste of Chicago. Your kids might remember him as a guest performer for PBS TV's Sprout, "Chica's Big Birthday Surprise".
My two monsters ML and AJ spent the afternoon previewing the new solo release Huh-uh.
I personally loved the folksy and traditional elements. Hubby and I
could easily listen to this in the car with the kids in tow, without
losing our minds. The lyrics are intelligent and accessible, never over
the top and many tracks are both lively and soothing. The musicianship
is superb and I appreciated that Barry G understands that kids deserve
good, intelligent music, too. Tracks range from folksy to country to
blues and more.
Our all-around favorite track was "Captain Was A Monkey", which pulled
from traditional sea shanties in melody and rhythm. I couldn't help but
sing along to that track and the kids giggled at the storyline, a monkey
captaining a ship at sea, who doesn't really know where he's going or
how to get there. While the first half of the album had the kids up off
the couch and dancing, the last few tracks like "Just Chillin" and
"Hello Hello" toned things down and ended with "Are You Sleepy", putting
them both in the perfect mood for nap time.
Definitely check out Barry G and the Dream Jam Kids, Huh-uh!
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