read a few reviews that liken Ben Rudnick & Friends’ new CD, A Frog Named Sam, to a kid-friendly Grateful Dead or Phish
album which I guess could be a real plus for a lot of people. For me,
though, who spent one blurry weekend at a Phish show and then moved on, I feel the need
to assure you that this CD does not have a single 25-minute
Instead, you’ll hear some amazing
guitar, banjo and other strings paired with smooth harmonies from this group of
Boston-area musicians. Set squarely in the “American Roots” style, I
hear a lot of folksy, bluegrassy sounds mixed with a few toe-tapping,
fast-moving jigs. It took me only a few minutes to be hooked.
A Frog Named Sam is about evenly split
between original songs like Race Car, a speedy ode to my son’s latest
obsession, to classics like a rousing version of Old Joe Clark.
They even somehow cover Three Little Fishies with enough cool harmonization and funky saxophone
to make up for the cutesy lyrics, and that’s saying something. -Christina
Ben Rudnick & Friends new CD, A Frog Named Sam, can be found at CD Baby.
Congratulations to lucky CD winners Carrie A and Christine W!