Parents' Choice Gold Award: "American Playground is a celebration of the music that helped create and distill the American dream, and this fine new CD is a welcomed reminder of simpler times, when America itself was growing up."
Just in time for the 4th of July, summer birthday parties and road trips, Putumayo Kids presents lively and fresh renditions of America’s treasure trove of classic sing-along songs: American Playground. The new, colorfully gift-packaged album is the latest in the acclaimed Playground series of upbeat family music, released as Putumayo World Music begins to celebrate its 20th anniversary. American Playground will be available on June 18th, at children’s and other specialty stores and on www.putumayokids.com. A companion CD, Acoustic America, will be available at record stores and other specialty retailers.
Kicking off the sing-along fun is the traditional “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” from Seattle-based roots artist Johnny Bregar, recorded especially for this album. Texas-based country-Western artist Aaron Watson (with Elizabeth McQueen) delivers a sunny version of the classic “Blue Skies.” Other featured artists are some of the top names in family music: Dan Zanes (with Barbara Brousal) performs the bluegrassy folk tune “Saro Jane,” Elizabeth Mitchell sings “Keep on the Sunny Side,” Buck Howdy delivers a cowboy-style “You Are My Sunshine,” Victor Johnson provides a spare and sweet rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” Randy Kaplan covers Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”(originally written for his own child), and Phil Rosenthal and his band invite everyone to sing along with Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.” Kids and parents alike will also enjoy singing along with tunes like “Oh Susannah” (Diane Taraz) and “We All Need More Kindness in This World” (Guy Davis), an example of an original song that is sure to be a favorite for its singable, positive refrain.
American Playground includes 20 pages of colorful and informative liner notes, historical kid-friendly information about the songs that enhance the great American story, plus details about each featured artist.
Putumayo Kids has been collecting and presenting engaging sing-along songs for the whole family since the release of World Playground in 1999. The kids’ label of Putumayo World Music has released more than 20 colorfully packaged CDs in the Playground series, attracting worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. Last year, Putumayo Kids announced its first-ever digital availability of selected albums, including the upcoming American Playground, available for purchase through the LeapFrog App Center. Additionally, a SiriusXM Satellite Radio show, The World Playground with Putumayo, featuring Putumayo Kids music, is broadcast on Saturdays at 10 am EST on channel 78.
"Putumayo Kids was created to inspire children to learn about the world through fun, upbeat collections of music. After moving to New Orleans in 2004 and raising my own American kid, it’s been fun exploring the broad world of American kid-friendly music," says Dan Storper, founder and CEO of Putumayo Kids. “American Playground is a great addition to our other American-themed releases such as Cowboy Playground, Rock & Roll Playground, New Orleans Playground and Hawaiian Playground. There is a lot of interest internationally in American music, and North American families will enjoy recalling and singing these songs together.”