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Saddle Up with the Okee Dokee Brothers!

Saddle Up with the Okee Dokee Brothers!
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We received this CD/DVD a few days ago. Guess what my daughter won’t stop asking for? Even when we picked up Gappy (her gramma) at the airport, the Okee Dokee brothers were the first line of business. She adores these guys! I do too.

It’s not just their music that’s tons of fun. It’s their personalities. They are talented, funny, adventurous, and a little bit silly. Their DVD makes you want to jump on one of those horses, ride off into the sunset, and wake up the next morning in your tent for another day of adventuring! Check out the Okee Dokee Brothers and get yourself down on the range!

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From Sugar Mountain PR:

Saddle Up!
A Western adventure album from The Okee Dokee Brothers
The duo’s third and final Adventure Album, out today, features a CD and DVD; an illustrated storybook will be published on Tuesday, and Netflix will stream the “Saddle Up” video beginning in June. Tour continues through August.


Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album


Celebrate the “Good Old Times” the new music video debuting today (click on the image below to view):

Good Old Times with The Okee Dokee Brothers YouTube


Today, the Grammy Award winning duo of Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander trade their paddles (Can You Canoe?) for saddles, and their hiking boots (Through the Woods) for cowboy boots, with their third Adventure Album. By riding horses and writing songs for 30 days along the Continental Divide, they present another album to inspire families get outside and be creative: Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album.

Featuring a diverse collective of musicians – John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Carlos Medina (Norteño accordion), Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Jim Campilongo (The Little Willies), and The Benally Family (Navajo style singing) – Saddle Up melds “musical styles ranging from cowboy folk to Mexicali folk to bluegrass” (No Depression) with stories inspired by exploration through five national parks and camping along the Continental Divide. The melodic tunes cover tales of western wildlife, Navajo stories, Southwest-style Spanglish, the issue of guns in western lore, friendship, and more.
On Tuesday, May 17th,The Okee Dokee Brothers will also publish their very first picture book  with music from all three of their Adventure Albums: Can You Canoe? And Other Adventure Songs (Sterling Publishing).
The full-length “Saddle Up” movie will stream on Netflix starting in June. More information is at www.okeedokee.org .


Saddle Up! with The Okee Dokee Brothers on Tour
Okee Dokee Brothers and band live

Chances are, these dudes will be moseying right on into your town:


Sun., May 15 / Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center / Fayetteville, AR
Thurs., May 19 / WYO Theater at UNPLUG Fest / Sheridan, WY
Sat., May 21 / Fitzgerald Theater ‘Saddle Up’ Album Release Concert / St. Paul, MN
Sat., June 4 / Barnes and Noble In-Store / New York, NY
Wed., June 15 / McCallum Theatre / Palm Desert, CA
Thurs., June 16 / Heart and Soul Concert at Denver University / Denver, CO
Sat., June 18 / Barnes and Noble In-Store / Washington D.C.
Sat., June 18 / SiriusXM Campfire Sing Out / Washington D.C.
Sun., June 19 / AMP by Strathmore / North Bethesda, MD
Sat., July 2 / Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center / Spicer, MN
Sat., July 2 / Minnesota Zoo Overnight Camp Out / Apple Valley, MN
Fri., July 8-Sun., July 10 / Winnipeg Folk Fest / Winnipeg, MB
Sat., July 16 / RiverSong Music Fest / Hutchinson, MN
Sun., July 17 / Hennepin Church / Minneapolis, MN
Fri. and Sat., July 22-23 – Storybook Land – Aberdeen, SD
Sat. and Sun. Aug. 6 – 7 / Big Top Chautauqua / Bayfield, WI (opening for The Nitty GrittyDirt Band)
Fri., Aug. 4 – Meeker County Fair – Litchfield, MN
Sat., Aug. 13 / Richland Library / Columbia, SC
Sat., Aug. 20 / Georgetown Church of Christ / Georgetown, TX




We just met these guys and already love them! We’ve got music, a book, and a DVD from the Okee Dokee Brothers to keep us wandering for a long time! This book/CD combination, Can You Canoe?, is upbeat, colorful, and oh so adventurous. We especially love The Bullfrog Opera, Jamboree, and Black Bear Mama. Most of the songs make us tap our feet and clap our hands, but a few let us slow down and dream about wandering through the wilderness with Joe and Justin. We think we’d be really good friends!

Can You Canoe? comes out today! Get your copy and make two new, really cool friends!




From Sterling Publishing:

The Grammy® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers—Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing—celebrate the beauty of nature and the joys of being outdoors with their family-friendly music in CAN YOU CANOE? AND OTHER ADVENTURE SONGS (Sterling Children’s Books, May 2016).

Aiming to inspire parents and kids to get outside and get creative, the book journeys cross-country in 12 songs, from the rolling hills of Appalachia in the East to the canyons and campfires of the West.  Brandon Reese’s lively illustrations coupled with a 12 song CD to sing along with will make this a children’s classic!

As childhood friends growing up in Denver CO, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Now, as the Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana folk music. They are three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners, and have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered, USA Today, and The Sierra Club. Visit them online at okeedokee.org and on twitter @OkeeDokeeBros!


Family Fun for TBT

Family Fun for TBT


My parents sent me this gem. It is about 1970. We are on our grandparent’s farm in Illinois, which we still enjoy today. From the left…John, Andy, Laura, Bill, and then there’s me. Why do I look so serious?

The slide is rigged so it dumps into the pool. The swing set is set up in the back, I’m sure, so my brothers could jump off the swings into the pool. The chair to the right is probably a make-shift diving board. My brothers were fearless, especially John. Laura was most likely in charge while my parents enjoyed sunning themselves in the distance. It’s a safe bet that one of my brothers splashed me or bothered me in some way. Hence, the look.

We are all (almost) in our 50’s now. We gave our parents seven grandchildren among us. The oldest grandchild is getting married in June. Time marches on. Great memories remain.

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TBT: Splish Splash

Throw Back Thursday…Splish Splash!

We are putting a pool in and it is bringing back fond memories of the fun times we had in our pool in Great Falls, VA growing up. This is one of my favorite all-time photos. Older brothers Bill and Andy probably trying to dunk me. Good times in the late 70’s.

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Late 70’s. Great Falls, VA
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October 2015. Ponte Vedra, FL

The 80’s

“Snapshot Stories
Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo.”

This looks like about 1980 or 1981. Great Falls, VA. I am the squirt in the front with the awesome green velour v-neck. I am the youngest of five. My sis on my left is the oldest. The three boys are in between. My dad is sporting the sideburns and beard. My mom isn’t really smiling. Who would blame her. We were a hand full.

I LOVED that house. I dream about it all the time. We moved there when I was ten in 1977 and I left for college in 1985. My parents moved clear across the country in 1987. And that’s a whole different story.