Tuesday, April 9, 2019

"Shake It and Break It" - a music wrap

Giving you a sampling of Randy Kaplan'a talent from his previous 2017 album - "Trippin' Round the Mitten".  Enjoy! 

The Inimitable Randy Kaplan

Outfits Traditional Delta
Blues Guitar Picking With

Super-Sharp Lyrics For Kids & Families
On His New Solo Album

Launching May 10, 2019
Yellow Thing Records and Books

💛💛"Shake It and Break It" will be available for digital download at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and other digital retailers. CDs will be available through CDBaby and www.randykaplan.com, as well as at Randy Kaplan's live shows.💛💛

Unwrapping Some Reviews

"8 Cool Kid's Albums Now! -Take your kids on a time warp with this collection of blues and ragtime numbers from the early 20th century." 
- People Magazine

"Offbeat, smart, and funny, funny, funny!"
- Mindy Thomas, SiriusXM's Kids Place Live

What's it all about...

Award-winning singer-songwriter Randy Kaplan returns to his musical roots with his 7th not-JUST-for-kids album, Shake It and Break It, a collection of pre-WWII country blues, ragtime, and Delta blues classics retrofitted with lyrics that sing of characters  living in a zany, brainy world of nonstop, rapid-fire comedy.  Shake It and Break It will be released on May 10, 2019.

Showcasing Randy Kaplan's fantastic mastery of old-time guitar playing, Shake It and Break It revisits some of Randy's favorite songwriters -- many featured on his 2012 NAPPA Gold Award-winning album Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie -- and even adds a few more to the list. Blue Barry of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society declared, "Randy is an absolute ace guitarist, picker, and ragtime player ... This is a great place to plant some roots of the blues in your kids' heads and start them out right!"

When the sharp-witted talkin' turns to singin', Randy's voice crackles with personality and wails like Satchmo's trumpet.  He solves the problem of the occasional off-color elements found in the historical versions by blues masters of the past by reworking their lyrics to include more appropriate references for kids.  But kids and parents will discover that Randy's lyrics, in their own way, have as much of an edge to them as the originals. 

About the artist

A three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award, Randy has released six previous family albums (independently and with Universal Music and My KaZoo Music) and eight albums for adults. His work has been awarded top honors by NAPPA (National Parenting Product Awards), been voted a Top Five CD in the Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Awards, been featured prominently in children's magazines and on family websites, and has appeared on the Top Ten lists of NPR, People magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Fids & Kamily, Zooglobble, OWTK, and many others. His recordings have also appeared in compilations such as Putumayo's American Playground and Spare the Rock Records' Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, and his music has been in constant rotation on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live for more than a decade, with hits such as "No Nothing," "Don't Fill Up On Chips," and "Hockey Puck," among many others.

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"Shake It and Break It" Track List

Candy Man Blues
Shake It and Break It
Boogie Chillen
It Hurts Me Too ( Sitting on Top of the World)
Doing a Stretch
Chicken Chump Blues 
Been Your Dog
Roll and Tumble Blues
Crow Jane
From Four Until Late
Swinging on a Star
Little Brown Jug

Unwrapping Album Details

* Shake It and Break It
* For all ages and especially enjoyed by ages 4-12
*Label:  Yellow Thing Records & Books
* Run time: 54 minutes

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Randy Kaplan - Performance Highlights - April - July 2019

April 11 - Live with Mindy on "The Absolutely Mindy Show," SiriusXM's Kids Place Live 
April 23 - West Bloomfield Public Library, West Bloomfield, MI
May 10  - Sycamore School, Bohemia, NY (Long Island)
July 19 - 21 - Hiawatha Festival, Marquette, MI

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