December 8, 2003 |
With his whiskey rasp, whippet-thin frame and wild shock of gravity-defying hair, stone rock 'n' roller Dan Zanes, former frontman for the 1980s alt-rock band the Del Fuegos, would seem an unlikely candidate for Raffi territory.
April 19, 2007 |
DAN ZANES' idea of a good time is hanging out with family and friends old and new, making music, swapping stories or just grooving to the rhythm of the day. That casual approach and an all-inclusive spirit have fueled Zanes' plunge into the growing family music pool. And it's paid off for the former frontman of the alt-rock band Del Fuegos.
December 5, 2002 |
Waylon Jennings and Collin Raye did it. Keb' Mo, Harry Connick Jr. and Dom DeLuise have done it. John Lithgow has made it a part-time occupation. It seems to have become almost obligatory for artists to make at least one kids' album. Dan Zanes, former lead singer of the high-profile, gritty 1980s Del Fuegos rock band, however, crossed over and stayed. "I feel like I found my calling," the raspy-voiced rocker said, "but it found me, really."
April 12, 1987 |
OK, OK, so the faces we used in Record Rack last week to rate albums were stupid. While we launch a study to come up with a better symbol for rating the records, we'll go with the old standby of 1 to 4 checks. Translation: = "Great Balls of Fire" = "Good Vibrations" = "Maybe Baby" = "Running on Empty" "STAND UP." Del Fuegos. Slash.
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December 12, 2004 |
The four little 5-year-olds were adamant. They had come to the library to hear a story, and "L'il Red Riding Hood" would not do. They also rejected "The Three Little Pigs." Way too boring. Jackie Torrence, assigned to pinch-hit for the absent children's department story lady, was getting desperate when she remembered a tale from her own Appalachian childhood. "How about Sody Salleradus?" she said, and the preschoolers were hooked.
December 12, 2003 |
Here's a roundup of recent audio releases aimed at children. Dan Zanes and Friends, House Party Festival Five Records. For the family. CD: $15.(800) 448-6369.www.cdbaby.com; www.festivalfive.com.