Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Jambo -

Jambo - "Hootenanny"

Spring 2013 Music
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Producer: Jambo
CD Price: $14.95

Just try to resist moving to the tuneful and muscular beat propelling Los Angeles-based indie singer-guitarist Steve Pierson's original brand of roots music. A fine lyricist as well, Pierson layers his appealing original songs with feel-good messages that support his target audience without a hint of preachiness, whether it's a "let's play" frolic done '50s hand jive style ("Come On By"), a bluesy reminder that "You can decide what you think is cool" ("Be Yourself") or encouragement that after a disappointment things are bound to get better ("Brand New Day," with a pitch-perfect "doobie doobie shoo bop bop" chorus.) "Don't Play With Your Food" is a giggle, "Groovy Day" is warmed with sunny brass accompaniment and the last track, "Begin the Day Again," a parent's country lullaby, provides a sweet and tender finish.

Lynne Heffley   ©2013 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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