Country Goes Raffi

Composer: 
Raffi
Artist Group: 
Various Artists
Publisher: 
Rounder
UPC: 
01166180902
Publisher Catalog Number: 
1161-8090-2
Length in minutes: 
39

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ISBN: 
1579400760
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ASIN: 
B00005PJBY
List Price: 
17.98
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
2001
Series: 
Raffi

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Short Review: 
By turns heartfelt and downright silly, Raffi’s simple songs are covered with infectious enthusiasm by stars of country music in this irresistible collection you’ll want to play over and over again.
Long Review: 

By turns heartfelt and downright silly (and sometimes both at the same time), some of Raffi’s most popular songs are covered with infectious enthusiasm by stars of country music in this tribute album benefiting the non-profit Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment. The country, honky-tonk, and bluegrass rhythms, and the hum and twang of banjos, steel guitars, dobros, and fiddles make Raffi’s simple songs swing. Highlights include Asleep at the Wheel’s honky-tonk rendition of “The Bowling Song”, “Baby Beluga” sung by 12-year-old country star Billy Gilman, keith urban’s participation-encouraged version of “Apples and Bananas”, the bouncy banjo picking and fiddlin’ on Rhonda Vincent’s “Bananaphone, and Lari White’s catchy “Shake My Sillies Out.” But two new Raffi tunes debuting on this recording steal the show: Raffi’s own renditon of “Blue White Planet”, an earnest, heartfelt tribute to “Our home sweet home…Home for the children you and me, Home for the little ones yet to be”; and “Blessed Be” a gorgeous ode to a newborn baby sung with heartbreaking simplicity and grace by Alison Krauss, the bluegrass sensation featured on the Grammy winning O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. As Kathy Mattea, who sings “One Light One Sun”, says in the liner notes: “It’s good to…remember that an honest rendition of a simple song, written with love, is often enough.” And here, it is MORE than enough – this is an irresistible collection that you’ll want to play over and over again.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer