Mama Don't Allow (Book & Cassette)
Though his parents and most of the Swampville animal residents can’t stand Miles’ saxophone playing, he meets up with three like-minded musicians, drummer Al, Bert on guitar, and trumpet playin’ Doc – and they form the Swamp Band. Their first gig is to play for the Alligator Ball aboard the riverboat, Swamp Queen, where they keep the alligators dancin’ to the strains of “Mama Don’t Allow No Music Playin’ Round Here.” But when the band mates discover that they’re on the alligator’s evening menu, it takes some quick thinking and a soft lullaby to keep them out of hot water. Hurd’s colorful tale of bayou music making and the swamp land food chain comes to swinging life with sound effects (like the nighttime sounds of the swamp/bayou, and the sound of a big pot of water bubbling over a fire, just waiting for the Swamp Band!) and the enthusiastic reading and finger-snapping Dixieland jazz performance by veteran children’s singer/songwriter Tom Chapin. The recording, which can be heard with or without page turning sounds, ends with another rousing performance of the song “Mama Don’t Allow,” with several verses and an invitation to make up your own verses to keep the fun going.