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Live in Lexington Reviews
If you are not familiar with Ben Rudnick and Friends, get familiar. This five-time Parent's Choice award-winning band has a true musical depth that few “kids” bands have these days. I would argue that they are in no way kids' musicians, at all. The album Live in Lexington has a seasoned feel like that of a lively Louisiana Jam Band, and features all kinds of instruments that kids can learn from and identify later (mandolin, accordion, and tenor sax, to name a few.) Affectionately dubbed the “Grateful Dead for Kids”...
Lille Punkin Reviews, Nov. 6, 2011
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KidTunes: An Open Letter to Ben Rudnick & Friends
By Bob Etier
November 09, 2011
Ben Mr. Rudnick, Sir:
am so sorry deserve to be flogged. Your fun fabulous new album, Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech, has been in my possession for months, and each time I try to listen to it that little alien on the back absconds with it I find it is again misplaced. I swore I would review it in time for its August 30, 2011, release date, but… well, you know what they say about good intentions.
Please extend my apologies to your friends: John Zevos (mandolin, vocals), Arnie Ashford (bass, vocals), Jared Steer (drum kit, percussion), Mark Yacovone (accordion), Robert M. Lee (baritone, tenor saxophone), and backup vocalists Kirsten Gronlund, Gabriella Hakim, and Emily Rudnick, whose contributions to Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech distinguish it from the current flock of KidTunes as fun for every generation—the perfect album for family get-togethers, whether it’s just suppertime or a multi-generational family reunion.
In addition to the collection of new songs for kids, Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech includes enduring classics “Skip to My Lou,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Hava Nagila,” and songs that even the great-grandparents can sing along with: “Jambalaya,” “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Oh Boy!,” “Big River,” “Mama Don’t ‘Low,” and “Walk of Life.” They even sneak a little “Iko Iko” into the kids’ colors song “I Like Silver, I Like Gold.” This is music that is just plain fun to listen to and defies you to stay in your chair—you’ve got to get up and dance.
Kids are bound to enjoy songs about colors, aliens, animals, dancing, being a kid, space travel, and “Macaroni & Cheese,” all performed with an infectious happiness that being “live” amplifies. Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech is high-energy entertainment that overflows with joy.
Employing musical styles that range from zydeco to klezmer to rock to country, Ben Rudnick & Friends provide a winning listening experience; with 25 cuts on the album, there is a satisfying variety of joyful tunes that do not allow boredom to show its dour face. It may be impossible to choose one favorite cut—the Hank Williams tunes are sentimental favorites infused with vigor and there is so much to like on Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech--but put a gun to my head and I’d have to go with the liveliest, most joyful “Hava Nagila” I’ve ever heard.
Mr. Rudnick, Sir, more than hoping that you will accept my apologies, I hope my readers will forgive me for my tardiness in sharing the news about how much fun Live in Lexington Under the Copper Beech is.
Sincerely Your fan forever,
Bob “Am I Blushing?” Etier
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