Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"Sun Is A Star" - music wrap


the Debut Album Release from

Real-life Father and Son 
Lou Gallo (Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band) 
 Frank Gallo (Rolie Polie Guacamole) 

plus Grammy winner Dean Jones
with special guests Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and Katie Ha Ha Ha 

*Ages 3-7
*Release date June 8th
*"Sun is a Star" will be available at CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify, and Amazon.  
*Pre-orders may be place now

Celebrating Father's Day with a father-and-son musical bonanza. Both have teamed up with GRAMMY-winning producer/performer Dean Jones of "Dogs on Fleas" to create a bona fide kindie supergroup: "Like Father Like Son."   Mix in splendid contributions from GRAMMY nominee Brady Rymer and Katie Ha Ha Ha, and you have "Sun is a Star", a stellar album for families. 

In His Own Words

Frank Gallo explains, "My dad and I are a father-and-son team who have each had a lot of experience in kindie music. In fact, "Sun is a Star" is the 7th family album for both of us.  Adding Dean Jones to the mix actually bridges the generations.  In our band "Like Father Like Son", we have Baby Boomer Lou Gallo, Generation X-er Dean Jones , and Millenial Frank Gallo!" 

After years of talking about the possibility of working together on an album, in 2017 Frank persuaded his dad that the time was right, proposing that each of them contribute five or six songs  Together they decided to take Dean Jones up on his invitation to record at Dean's storied No Parking Studio in Rosedale, NY.  They welcomed Dean's production artistry and the added bonus of his superb performing skills (bass, drums, marimba, guitar, trombone, vocals).  Indeed, all indications were that the stars were in the right confluence for a solid record. 

"Sun is a Star" includes several tracks that feature songs with a father-and-son theme.  Some are of a general nature while others explore the Gallo family scrapbook. The album features an expanded musical colour palette with styles with rhythmic energy, an instrumental jam, an awesome calypso beat, and a whimsical dance numbers just to name a few. 

Bios of the artists    

Frank Gallo...  The son of actress Kate Vereau and musician Lou Gallo.  He earned his SAG credentials at the ripe age of two by appearing in commercials and, in later years, was seen in Nickelodeon's Pete and Pete, Prince of Tides, Scenes from a Mall, Mighty Aphrodite, House of Buggin, and Six Degrees of Separation.  By the time he reached middle school, Frank had phased out of acting to start his own band. He recorded his first full-length album when he was 15 and has continued to produce records ever since.  In the kindie world, in 2006 Frank co-founded the award-winning band Rolie Polie Guacamole, which has continued to be the consummate showcase for his writing, recording and performing abilities.

Lou Gallo...  In many ways the birth of his son precipitated the birth of his father Lou Gallo as a vital force in the world of children's music.  Fast Folk Music included on their monthly nationwide CD release the song "She's a Dog," a father-son collaboration that dates from the year Frank turned two. In 1995, Lou began teaching a Songwriting for Children workshop at the Children's Museum of the Arts in NYC. As part of the museum's summer outreach programme, musicians Suzi Shelton, Albert Elias Sholomo Pestcoe, and Lou Gallo toured all five NYC boroughs, entertaining children with comedy skits and original music.  As  The Imagination Workshop Band, the ensemble produced two albums.  Subway Train and It's a Kid's Life.  Lou went on to record five more children's albums. He now performs for families throughout the NYC tri-state area with Lou Gallo & The Very Hungry Band (so called because when rehearsing or recording, band members consume copious quantities of food). 

Dean Jones... likes blueberries, avocados, potato chips, chocolate, vegetables and pupusas.  When he's not eating, singing or playing guitar or trombone with renowned family music band Dog on Fleas he's making music with the environmental puppet troupe,  Art-of-the-Sea Theatre, or recording other musicians at his straw bale recording studio.  In fact, he won a GRAMMY Award in 2013 for Best Children's Album with an album he recorded and produced for The Okee Dokee Brothers! 



Lable:  L.F. Gallo Records
Run Time: 41 minutes

"Sun is a Star" Track List

Sun is a Star
Halloween Night
Shake Shake Shake
Shake Your Shaker
Rain Rain Go Away
Little Bit of Time
Sharks and Dinosaurs
Handle with Care
She's a Dog
Tennis Racket Song
I Got a Beard
Like My Dad
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