Take it Outside kids' music album by The Okee Dokee BrothersIt’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of super-fun kids’ musicians The Okee Dokee Brothers: I gave their debut CD Kids with Beards a gushing review, and it’s still one of my kids’ most-played CDs two years later. 

And now they have a brand new kids’ music CD, and they even put me on it!

[don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!]

Take It Outside features a baker’s dozen of stick-in-your head (in a good way) songs. As with Kids with Beards, I hear loads of banjo and fiddle, playful harmonies that blend together perfectly, and plenty of music that makes my kids want to get up and jump around.

When I heard the first track, Bluegrass for Breakfast, I thought I had a pretty good idea of the direction of this CD. But as Take It Outside rolls along, I’m pleasantly surprised to hear it explore new territory. Neighbors has an upbeat rhythm with a chorus that spins Mr. Rogers’ famous line around a bit. And Hero gets a cool rocking sound with some help from fellow Minnesotan Adam Levy of Bunny Clogs and his electric guitar.

This is all unmistakably The Okee Dokee Brothers, whose sense of humor and ability to speak to kids with understanding and fun comes through loud and clear. One of my favorite things about lead singers Joe and Justin is the way they use words to add another level of musicality to their songs: Tippy Toes tips along at breakneck speed and things certainly don’t slow down for the Auctioneer.
Oh, and where do I come in? On the inside front cover’s liner notes, with some words of praise for this most-excellent kids’ CD. Although if you heard me singing, you’d know why that’s as close to being part of an album that I should get. –Christina

The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Take It Outside is available at CD Baby.

Congratulations to Angela P, lucky winner of a copy of Take It Outside!