Zanes, a former Del Fuego, is perhaps the only rocker making kids albums these days who has the formula exactly right. That's because his albums are for adults, too, but not in that wink-wink way where he's writing on two levels, one for each generation. He's making good music for all ages with interesting arrangements, varied, well-chosen songs (when he doesn't write them himself) and striking harmonies. The albums are tight, but they retain a feeling of spontaneity; a happy hootenanny with guest appearances from musical friends (on this album we get Roseanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III and Sandra Bernhard, along with staple Barbara Brousal). With Mr. Zanes, if a song gets stuck in your head you can be assured that it's a song worth hearing.
By Peter Blackstock on 07.11.12 in Lists
Woody Guthrie isn't just important for his own music, but for the voices he inspired. In this list, Woody's disciples pay him back by covering some of his best-loved songs.
By Karen Schoemer on 04.22.11 in Reviews
With its locomotive artwork and chug-chug sound effects, not to mention a remake of Louis Jordan's 1946 hit "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" enlivened with Jamaican toasting and blurping tuba, Dan Zanes 'fifth...
By Amy Davis on 05.24.07 in Interviews
Exposing young children to rock, punk, and indie sounds has become a hallmark of hipster parents, and the new interest in music for parents and kids to enjoy together has led to a growing number of rockers-turned-kids'-a...
By Madelyn Rosenberg on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Former Del Fuego Dan Zanes has produced some quality kids 'albums over the past few years, but Parades and Panoramas isn't one of them. Not that this isn't a quality record — it is, and one that improve...