I'm not usually a big fan of the "indie rockers make comp CDs for kids" genre. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of it all. But the execution is usually so-so at best. There is always really cheesy filler, mis-steps that go awry (and not in a good way) and all-around hokey, without the pokey. One of the better ones, I think, is the well-titled, "The Bottle Let Me Down: Songs for Bumpy Wagon Rides" from Bloodshot Records. Don't get me wrong, it's not all good. And even when you think it will be good, because of a particular artist, it can still fail. But we enjoy a handful of these songs often. So I've picked a few of our faves to share. There are more good ones on the CD, so don't hesitate to pick it up if you see it at your local store. (I also have a link to it, as well, at the bottom of this here post.) And I don't care if "I'm My Own Grandpa" is hokey, it makes us all smile big as we sing along.
Asylum Street Spankers, "I'm My Own Grandpa"
Kelly Hogan, "Senor El Gato"
Rex Hobart, "It's Not Easy Being Green"
Devil in a Woodpile, "Funky Butt"
And really, is there a kid on earth who can resist a song called "Funky Butt"? Buy The Bottle Let Me Down if you like your tunes with twang. 26 songs total. You'll find Robbie Fulks, Alejandro Escovdeo, Rosie Flores and more along for the ride.
For more Rex Hobart, click Rex Hobart. Kelly Hogan can be found here. The Asylum Street Spankers hang out here. I like them a lot, I think I will be writing about them more soon. Those Devil in a Woodpile boys are cool too.