Rolie Polie Guacamole probably made their own fireworks in concert this year on Independence Day! Wow, these guys are a hoot! This CD, full of the classics and recorded live, takes on its own quirky twists with Frank and Andrew. They sing fast and slow. They get loud, they whisper. They even growl like bears. You name it, they do it.
Our favorites are Row Your Boat and Upside Down. My daughter just started flipping upside down on the monkey bars at the playground. She thinks it’s pretty cool. She’s happy that Rolie Polie Guacamole thinks it’s cool too.
Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. And thank you to Elizabeth Waldman for her patience while I took a break from doing reviews to publish my book. It’s nice to be back!
Lots more from Waldmania PR:
BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole! Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music are back, bringing a taste of July to this Christmas! Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to warm up the season for families everywhere with the December 23 release of their sixth studio album, Live on the Fourth of July.
Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has, through the years, developed a smart musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers that sparkle with a kid-and-parent-friendlhy vibe.
In addition to bringing their rocking, upbeat, high-energy shows to music festivals and performing arts centers, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin take special joy in the informality and “up close and personal” feel of the numerous sing-along preschool and library shows they perform that have a focus on familiar children’s songs.
On July 4, 2016, responding to ongoing requests from families for a recording of Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-along favorites, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin headed to Rutherford, New Jersey to make a live acoustic album with longtime friend, engineer/producer Max Caselnova. Celebrating an unforgettable Fourth of July, they laid down fourteen classic children’s songs that revel in a true-to-life setting with very few overdubs or added tracks. The result: Live on the Fourth of July!
Live on the Fourth of July speaks to younger Rolie Polie Guacamole fans with sing-along gems like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Mr. Sun,” and “Muffin Man/Pizza Man,” while offering older kids some of the band’s signature cover songs, such as “Fire Truck,” “Subway Train,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
Enthuses Frank Gallo, “After years of being urged by our fans to record our sing-along set, I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it! It was a blast to spend last Fourth of July going back to our acoustic duo roots and working with our good friend Max! We hope to bring some of that summertime warmth to the colder months of the year with Live on the Fourth of July.”
Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true. They’ve released five albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.
To herald the release of Live on the Fourth of July, Rolie PolieGuacamole has launched an animated sing-along video series on YouTube, kicking off with “Mr. Sun,” illustrated by Alexandra Narvaez and animated by Teddy Gage, HERE.
Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Chips and Salsa (2015, Parents’ Choice® Recommended Award), Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice® Fun Stuff Award), Houses of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).
Live on the Fourth of July will be available on the Rolie PolieGuacamole website and iTunes. Pre-orders may be placed now at both sites.
CD Details: Live on the Fourth of July
Release Date: December 23, 2016
For ages 0 – 4
Label: RPG Records
SRP: $15.00 for CD. $10.00 for digital download.
Running time: 34 minutes
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Rolie Polie Guacamole Performance Highlights
Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017
Dec. 29 – Jamtime, Natick, MA – New Year’s Eve Bash!
Dec. 29 – Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA
Dec. 30 – Groton Public Library, Groton, MA
Dec. 30 – E. Longmeadow Library, E. Longmeadow, MA – Family Dance Party!
Jan. 14 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY – Album Release Party!
Jan. 27 – Gullford Free Library, Guilford, CT
Jan. 29 – Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
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Rolie Polie Guacamole on Twitter.
Rolie Polie Guacamole on YouTube.