"A brilliant kids record that anyone who loves good music will appreciate." - James Mercer (The Shins)
"I love this record! It proves that the best children's songs never get old." - Sufjan Stevens
Tumble Bee, the first children’s record from the prolific Laura Veirs, inspires listeners to lean in close and hit replay. The youthful innocence in Veirs’ voice lends itself well to the jaunty spirit of the album, a collection of American folk songs. She and renown record-producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan Stevens), her long-time collaborator on seven of her eight records, have created a piece of art that is sure to appeal to children as well as adult fans of Veirs’ previous work. As Smithsonian Folkways recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell says, "This is a luminous, smart, essential and truly extraordinary album."
1. Little Lap Dog Lullaby (Traditional)
2. Prairie Lullaby (Billy Hill)
3. Jack Can I Ride? (Traditional)
4. Tumblebee (Karl Blau)
5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O (Traditional)
6. All the Pretty Little Horses (Traditional)
7. The Fox (Traditional)
8. Jump Down Spin Around (Harry Belafonte)
9. Why Oh Why (Woody Guthrie)
10. Down in the Medder (Laura Veirs/Karl Blau)
11. Soldier's Joy (Jimmy Driftwood)
12. Jamaica Farewell (Lord Burgess)
13. Prairie Dream (Rob Burger)
Inspired by the birth of her son and by countless fans who’ve told her over the years how much their kids love her records, Veirs became curious about the history of American children’s music. She and Martine listened to hundreds of songs from the past several centuries, including Harry Smith’s famous Anthology of American Folk Music. They selected what Veirs calls, “a sampling that reflects our richness as a people.” Tumble Bee was recorded at home in the Spring of 2011.
“Many of these songs have been forgotten throughout the years,” says Martine. “We wanted to bring these beloved songs to a new generation with an instrumentation that both honors their traditions and creates something unique.”
A joyous testament to this collective history, Tumble Bee embodies both the uplifting and fearful moments of childhood. Listeners of all ages will revel in Veirs in her prime.
Cat. No. RMB007