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Deep Woods Music from Red Yarn

deep woodsWhat could be sweeter than a daddy singing ‘Little Baby Born Today’ about his own child? Portland’s Andy Furgeson does this in his new collection, Born in the Deep Woods. He describes how the ‘birds all hushed’ and the ‘mama jay spread the word through the woods today’.
Then the tempo picks up in Mockingbird when big brother joins in on a few of the lyrics with his sweet, yet excited voice. The young tyke expertly repeats his daddy’s lyrics like, “Baby, howdy-do!”
This is a family affair designed to invite all other young families to join in song, dance, and lots of fun!
Born in the Deep Woods is available now and you can win it by entering my giveaway!
Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copies in exchange for this review and giveaway. We love sharing music with our friends!

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Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Portland, February 28, 2017 ~ Red Yarn, Portland’s acclaimed family folksinger and puppeteer, releases a new album called Born in the Deep Woods on March 10. The album completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music. With his full band and puppet troupe, Red Yarn will celebrate the release with shows around the Pacific Northwest this spring, at SXSW in March, and on an east coast tour this summer.

Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Furgeson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn. He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found. He created a cast of “critter” puppets to bring the characters to life. His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families. Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet.

Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer, Born in the Deep Woods explores the genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to heartland rock, the album traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.

At the heart of the album are Furgeson’s harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs. Recorded while she was expecting their second child, many songs channel the joys and fears of bringing new life into the world.”

Learn more about Born in the Deep Woods and Red Yarn at www.redyarnproductions.com, and at this link.

See Red Yarn, Ms. Jessie, their full band and critter pals LIVE:

SXSW Week: March 14 – 18 – various performances (with LiveMom, Do512, Children’s Cancer Association, and Spare the Rock Radio) in Austin, TX 

Saturday,  April 22 – The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest two-time Grammy Award nominee Justin Roberts, at Mission Theater and Pub, Portland, OR

wake up

Wake Up and Sing!

Wake up and sing with Red Yarn!

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Maybe my daughter can now be an honorary member of the ‘Yarnies”. We love Red Yarn’s music and will continue to stomp our feet and clap our hands right along with Andy! Our favorites are I Had a Rooster and Clap Your Hands. We can’t wait to share Molly Cottontail with our 2 year old friend, Molly. We know she will love it too!
Be sure to check out his latest music video of Beautiful Day on YouTube. It reminds my daughter of her morning song at pre-school and it is adorable!
 Here is more information for you from Sugar Mountain PR:
Red Yarn recently launched the popular Family Ramble concert series in Portland. At the Ramble in April, he’ll debut Wake Up & Sing, an album of sunny songs about childhood play, animal adventures, and parenting.

Wake Up & Sing is an homage to Furgeson’s favorite old children’s records and songbooks, as well as to the great American folk canon championed by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and other bards.

In March 2015, Furgeson made a pilgrimage to the Hudson River Valley to see the environments that inspired some of his musical heroes, from Seeger’s Clearwater to The Band’s Big Pink house in Woodstock. Furgeson spent two days at GRAMMY Award winning producer Dean Jones’ No Parking Studio (in Rosendale, NY), intending to record a six-song EP. Jones coaxed out 12 songs, as Furgeson dug deep into his notebooks of folksong adaptations and rhymes he’d written for his young son. Over the next year, Furgeson and Jones bounced tracks back and forth, crafting 11 of them into a full-length album.

Wake Up & Sing refines the lush and lively folk-rock sound Red Yarn established with his two earlier Deep Woods albums. Furgeson’s rootsy vocals, driving guitar and banjo work, and tight harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs, are still on display, but each song is reframed within Jones’ strange and whimsical sonic palette. The sound is rounded out by Jones’ drumming, Jed Greenberg’s bass and fiddle, as well as guest appearances by 2016 GRAMMY Award nominee Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold), Portland kindie mainstay Mo Phillips, and Jane Scarpantoni on cello (REM, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen). Furgeson’s longtime collaborator Ryan Bruce created bright linocut prints for the album artwork, echoing the simple designs of old Folkways records by Seeger and Guthrie.

Dedicated to his “little Yarnies” – the Portland preschoolers for whom he has performed on an almost daily basis for the last four years – Wake Up & Sing shows a bright and kind-hearted side of this rising family music star.