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|After 16 years as host of Ska's the Limit, Grandfather Stark decided it was time for something new. Musical Merry-Go-Round (every Saturday morning on 88.1 FM) is a relatively new show where we share family-friendly music from all genres and time periods. When you get a chance, please visit us at the Musical Merry-Go-Round's other internet home. We're always looking for feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org|
Lots of great releases this year, it was hard to narrow the list down to 10. There are some very clever musicians out there, producing some very smart music for families. Here’s the Best of the Best:
KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round 2009 Top 10 Favorite Family Releases from Grandfather Paul Stark
- They Might Be Giants-Here Comes Science-Disney Sound
- Peter Himmelman-My Trampoline-Minivan Records
- Ziggy Marley- Family Time-Tuff Gong Worldwide
- Los Lobos-Los Lobos Goes Disney-Walt Disney Records
- Recess Monkey-Field Trip-Monkey Mama
- Rocknoceros-Pink-Rockno Records
- Milkshake-Great Day-Milkshake Music
- Dan Zanes & Friends-76 Trombones-Festival Five Rec.
- Various Artists-Putumayo Picnic Playground-Putumayo World Music
- Sippy Cups-Time Machine-Snacker Disc
Next Five 2009 Honorable Mentions
Billy Jonas-Happy Accidents-Bang-A-Bucket Music
Lunch Money-Dizzy-Squirrel Mechanic Records
Ben Rudnick and Friends-A Frog Named Sam-Bartlett Ave. Records
Eric Herman & The Invisible Band-What A Ride-Butter-Dog Records
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family-Go Wagaloo-Smithsonian Folkways
- Grandfather Stark
1/3/09 Miss Jubilee and The Humdingers
1/10/09 Cowboy Randy Erwin
1/17/09 Jim Meyer from St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
1/24/09 Hot Club of Cowtown
1/31/09 Brave Combo
2/7/09 Village Green Preservation Society
2/14/09 Forbidden Fruitsnacks
2/21/09 Bob Case
2/28/09 Choro Guys
See the rest of the list after the jump.
Marshall Crenshaw has been working both on-stage and behind the scenes in the music biz since he was 10. His biggest hit was his classic debut album in 1982, but he’s continued to craft catchy pop for discerning fans ever since. Hear him communicate to a younger generation on Musical Merry-Go-Round on Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 am CST.
Crenshaw has become a “power pop” icon, though he somewhat eschews the term. His career is extensive: He got his start playing John Lennon off-broadway, portrayed Buddy Holly in the film La Bamba, penned the Gin Blossom’s hit “Till I Hear it From You,” and recently was nominated for Grammy for the title track to the film Walk Hard. His sound reflects his past and present, evoking the rhythm structure of Buddy Holly while retaining the storytelling present in “Till I Hear it From You.” Jaggedland, his newest release, offers musings on the state of Crenshaw’s world as it intersects with the world around him. He performed at a house concert in Saint Louis and at Off Broadway on April 2, 2009.
Written by Megan Dougherty for KDHX website
This Saturday (March 28) and next (April 4), in celebration of KDHX Spring Membership Drive,
Grandfather Stark & The Musical Merry-Go-Round will be presenting highlights some of the live musical performances served up every Saturday morning for the past thirty-two weeks on the show.
In the slightly more than six months that this new show has been on the air, MMGR has been introducing families to a variety of styles from performers from the St. Louis area and beyond.
Included in next two weeks are songs recorded in KDHX studio by
Dar Williams, Ellis Paul, Farmer Jason Ringenberg, Brave Combo, Trout Fishing in America, Asylum Street Spankers, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wack-A-Doo, Celia, Jesse Irwin, The Village Green Preservation Society, Bob Case, KDHX’s own Bob Reuter, & many more interesting people.
Tune in Saturday mornings from 8-10 am Central time and take a ride on 88.1 FM KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round.