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Episode #196 – Matt Heaton

Episode #196 – Matt Heaton

Do you know what Toddlerbilly is?  You’re about to, Matt Heaton is on the show and he’s got some great music to share with you and your family.  Matt believes that “Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents. This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a serious sense of fun.”  You can hear Matt’s song ‘Hop, Wiggle, Waddle’ at the end of the show.  It gives you a real sense of what Toddlerbilly is.  You’ll be so glad to have Matt and his music as part of your life!

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Episode #188 – Roland Stringer (The Secret Mountain)

“The Secret Mountain, is a Montréal based, multilingual international publisher of high-quality award-winning books for children, has also published The Hummingbird Sings and Dances and We Were Made for Each Other this fall.”  I got a chance to talk to Roland Stringer, the Publisher of the Secret Mountain company, about two new book/music projects from the Classic Folk Sing-Along Songs series that include beautiful illustrations and equally great sounding music by artists like Sin and Swoon.  Stay tuned all the way until the end to hear ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’.

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Episode #187 – Danny Weinkauf

Let’s get into it with Danny Weinkauf!  We talked a ton of tunes, especially about his new record ‘Inside I Shine’.  We talked about Danny’s ongoing time as a member of They Might Be Giants as well as what it’s like to strike out on his own with Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band to make music for kids and families!  You can hear the whole title track from the album, ‘Inside I Shine’, at the end of the episode.”Grammy Award-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants Danny Weinkauf is back with his 4th album for children and families, Inside I Shine. Like the previous critically acclaimed albums from Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, there is something on this album for everyone in the family. This time around, the tunes are focused on the interest of the band’s smallest fans.”

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Episode #186 – Hopalong Andrew

Yee haw!  It’s rodeo time here at the Good Stuff Kids Podcast.  Hopalong Andrew, the urban cowpoke, stopped by to talk all things New York City and his new album ‘Howdy Do! Songs of the Urban Cowpoke’.  We talked about why Cowboys talk the way they do, where does the language of yee haw come from?  Where are the best spots in New York to do your wrangling, and if Hopalong Andrew is any good with a lasso.  Yipee aye oh!  Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear Hopalong Andrew’s song ‘Howdy Do!’

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Episode #185 – Mr Ben Bowen

Mr. Ben Bowen is a prolific (4 records last year!) and very well rounded musician.  His records sound unique and appeal to music fans of all ages (even the music snobbiest Dads).  He runs his own music school for families too!  What doesn’t he do?  Play in an instrumental Post-Rock Trio?  Nope, he does that too.”Mr. Ben has been working with children for over 25 years, and since 2011 has been sharing music and songs with little ones of preschool age as both an early childhood music educator and an engaging children’s entertainer.”

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Episode #184 – The Not-Its!

I had a blast talking to Danny and Sarah from The Not-Its!  My family has been listening to their music ever since we desperately needed songs about taking a bath or helicopters.  The Not-Its had us covered.

We talked about the formation of the band as well as their brand new record ‘Ready or Not’.  We also touched on why the Pacific Northwest is such a hot spot for kindie acts.  Stay tuned all the way until the end of the show to hear their new song ‘The Battle of Curriculum Night’.

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Episode #183 – Martin and the Green Guitar

Environmental issues are at the forefront of a lot of parents list of concerns.  Martin and the Green Guitar is making music for families that will educate us on what we can do to lessen our environmental impact.  Martin and I had a great talk, I learned a lot.  Especially about the impact that plastic straws are having on our oceans.  Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear Martin’s song ‘Where Does Garbage Go’ from his new album ‘We Are All Connected’.  

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Episode #182 – Evan and Vanessa

Prepare yourself for some sweet and soulful sounds.  Evan and Vanessa join me to talk all about their new album ‘In Our World There Are No Strangers’.  This was a great talk and you’ll want to hear a very beautiful and emotional (in a good way) story from Evan about how they believe in and are inspired by the those in their lives.  Be sure to listen all the way until the end to hear the song ‘Sun Sun Sun’.  It’s a beauty.

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Episode #181 – Tim Kubart Returns / Frank & Deane

This one’s a double whammy!  It was a pleasure to welcome grammy nominee and returning guest Tim Kubart and new favorites, and also grammy nominees, Frank & Deane to a very special pre-grammy edition of the Good Stuff Kids Podcast.  Be sure to listen to Tim’s full song ‘Oopsie-Do’ and Frank and Deane’s ‘I Blew My Kazoo At The Zoo’ after their respective interviews.  Good luck to all of the nominees!  Be sure to check out my conversations with other nominees Lucy Kalantari and Falu.  And check out the ‘Pop Ups’.  Future guests of the Good Stuff Kids Podcast.

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Episode #180 – Sukey Molloy

Sukey Molloy is here for episode #180!  We talked a lot about child development, particularly brain development, and her brand new record ‘Five Little Oysters.”  It was fascinating to hear how Sukey uses different artistic mediums and her knowledge on other subjects to enhance her music.  “Sukey Molloy puts a big smile on traditional favorites and mixes them with original songs, poetry, and a story for the release of her fifth album, Five Little Oysters! Listeners are invited into a personal, intimate world of familiar old time favorites as Molloy changes up the lyrics with lots of special effects, creative rhythmic nuances, and colorful percussive textures, and highlights educational, learning fun with counting, farm animals, and cozy family listening for children of all ages!”

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