Hullabaloo has made a career out of creating tickle-your-funnybone, laugh-out-loud humor that saturates every song and qualifies them as direct heirs to the likes of Homer & Jethro and the Hoosier Hot-Shots. The clever quality of Hullabaloo's narrations sets the story of each song in a halo of brainy sophistication, while their knockout musicianship and vocal clarity deliver the entire production with a sense of effortless grace. Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer can safely challenge any parent or child to listen to them cut loose on a goofy gem like "Dad Upside Down" without cracking a smile. That kind of infectious humor permeates every track of Raise a Ruckus.
The album's title song — in the old days, a real "get down and boogie" staple on Louisiana Hayride and The Grand Ole Opry — has been given new, kid-friendly lyrics and up-to-date energy, while other songs, like "Trash is My Treasure" (the triumphant anthem of a food-recycling seagull) have a more contemporary slant. One of the most evocatively colorful songs on Raise a Ruckus, "Favorite Day," calls upon Molly Ledford to combine her vocal and xylophone talents with those of Dennis Caplinger on ukulele and dobro, along with the great sound of Gunnar Biggs' slap bass. Buck Howdy really shines on a "Song About Nothing," which proves that if a song has a great shape and energy, syntax takes a back seat.
Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. They started playing music together in the 5th grade band, where they vigorously showed off their developing talents on "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Little did they know that, decades later, these songs would still be among their biggest hits! Steve grew up to be an elementary school music teacher, folksinger, and songwriter, while Brendan became a rock 'n' roll drummer. Hullabaloo officially began when Steve and Brendan teamed up to play a few songs at Brendan's twin daughters' first birthday party. Fast-forward eight years to find that Hullabaloo has performed more than 1,500 shows throughout the country at venues ranging from birthday parties to fancy concert halls. Along the way they've released nine award-winning albums (at last count, with more than 20,000 sold) and developed a loyal following nationwide.
- My Eyes
- Raise a Ruckus
- Look at You
- Dad Upside Down
- Say Yes
- Out Standing
- Favorite Day
- Trash is My Treasure
- Green Beans Everywhere
- Bit Her
- Rocket Shoes
- Song About Nothing
Two songs on this album are already favorites of mine! I just loved Raise A Ruckus and Song About Nothing. I love fiddles and Raise A Ruckus features that instrument. The kids even sang along in no time! It is so important to have fun music to listen too. Great for arts and crafts time or when you need the kids to shake a leg and clean up their toys! The upbeat tempos will keep them moving around. Maybe you want to have some silly dancing time, then this album is perfect!! Get up and do a jig ~ everyone will have a good time!!
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