The Putumayo American Playground celebrates all the classic songs our children learn in preschool. It 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.
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.