Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Nature Jams by Farmer Jason Review...
"Farmer Jason, an award-winning, internationally acclaimed family music artist, released a new collection of original songs and music videos on a brand new music label myKaZoo Music through Universal Music Enterprises on February 7, 2012. Nature Jams features guest appearances from top artists and will be the debut release from the new label. myKaZootv, a new 24/7 interactive kids’ entertainment channel, will premiere additional music videos based on these songs early this year.
Nature Jams is a high-value, kid-friendly gift package of 16 original songs, 4 music videos and a colorful 20-page booklet created by über designer Brad Talbott. The idea is to get kids excited about the big world around them, observing various animals (“Meadowlark in Central Park,” “Manatee,” and “Dison the Bison”), learning about cool places around the world and simply enjoying nature. “The point is to motivate kids to get outside and excite their curiosity about the world around them,” says Jason.
Farmer Jason raked in an all-star list of guest artists to sing and perform with him on Nature Jams, including Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Mike Mills from R.E.M., Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, Iris DeMent, indie folk darling Brandi Carlile, Grammy®-award winning bassist Vic Wooten, Americana hipster Todd Snider, banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, zydeco star Terrance Simien, platinum-selling vocalist Suzy Bogguss, Celtic rockers The Sawdoctors, humorist-musician Webb Wilder, Hank Williams III and the legendary Tommy Ramone of The Ramones. Other guest artists are Jo Nesbø, the internationally best selling mystery novelist; Kristi Rose, a Nashville chanteuse; and Ruthie Foster, the Blues Music Awards’ Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Even Farmer Jason’s grown-up band Jason and the Scorchers lend energetic, rocking riffs to the song “The Glacier.” With these engaging songs and videos, Farmer Jason and friends hope to motivate children to get outside and experience nature firsthand."
Nature Jams Track listing
1. Nature Jams
2. Can You Canoe (with Alison Brown)
3. Take a Hike (with Mike Mills of R.E.M.)
4. Well Oh Whale (with The Saw Doctors)
5. Meadowlark in Central Park (with Suzy Bogguss)
6. Bayou Boogie (with Terrance Simien)
7. Prairie Riddles (with Iris Dement)
8. Buffalo or Bison (by Webb Wilder)
9. Dison the Bison (with Webb Wilder and Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes)
10. Spelunker (with Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick and Ruthie Foster)
11. The Glacier (withJason and the Scorchers)
12. Manatee (with Hank Williams III and Tommy Ramone)
13. No Place Like the Woods (by Victor Wooten and the Wooten Kids)
14. The Moose Lives Where? (with Todd Snider and Jo Nesbø )
15. Have You Ever (with Brandi Carlile)
16. Skating Along (with Kristi Rose, Addie and Camille Ringenberg)
Bonus: 4 Music videos!
“Take a Hike,” “Spelunker,” “Can You Canoe” and “Dison the Bison”
Upcoming Farmer Jason family concerts
Get updates at http://www.farmerjason.com/
February 15 – Ellis Reference Center, Monroe, MI
February 18 – Uncle Slayton’s, Louisville, KY
March 24 – Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN
March 30 – Milton Rhodes Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC
April 16-17, Alabama public libraries
April 28, The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
May 3, Peterson Auditorium, Kewanee, IL
June 2-3, Art in the Park Festival, Columbia, MO
What we thought: The kiddos really loved this CD and the accompanying music videos. Farmer Jason's music sends a great message to children and their parents alike and his songs are a lot of fun. This is a star-studded CD featuring co-performances with several big names from the music industry and the variety of voices make for a really great compilation. Your kiddos are sure to have fun with this CD that encourages them to get outdoors, get active and become more aware of the world around them. ABCD Diaries gives Nature Jams an A+!
Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given samples for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.