Kenny Blacklock has just released his first children's music CD, This Little Light. This CD features traditional American folk songs that Kenny regularly sings at his Music for Tots class in Sausalito, California along with a variety of other traditional songs that are popular with children everywhere. There are also two original songs by Kenny, Tigers, Tigers and Here Come the Elephants, and the very popular children’s song, Fire Engine, by Harmony Grisman.
The album is all acoustic. Kenny plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin, soprano & alto recorder, and ukulele, and sings lead and harmony vocals. He is supported by some fabulous mandolin playing by his good friend, Steve Goodbar. Kenny's wife and daughter also contribute vocals and fiddle on many of the tunes.
|Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Show starts at: 11:00AM
Bluegrass, old-time string band music and American folk songs popular with children everywhere. This talented and versatile band plays danceable tunes on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, standup bass, guitar, and even musical saw. Featuring Katy Bridges on fiddle, Larry Chung on banjo and Scott Thunes on bass. Show recommended for ages 2-8.
Bay Area Discover Museum Web Site
Many of the songs on the CD are one’s that Kenny regularly performs in his “Music for Tots” class in Sausalito, California. Others are songs that he has performed at school assemblies and other performances for young children. This CD is especially popular with children 8 years old and under.
Kenny’s good friend, Steve Goodbar contributed some fabulous lead and rhythm mandolin tracks to the CD. Kenny's wife and daughter contributed vocal and fiddle tracks to many of the tunes. Stephen Ehret co-produced the CD along with Kenny. Kenny formerly worked with Stephen Ehret in the popular northern California based rock band, The Keepers.
The very popular children's song, Fire Engine, was written by Harmony Grisman of Point Reyes, California.
Kenny Blacklock has been teaching music to kids of all ages for over twenty-five years. He attended Berklee College of Music and has an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from San Francisco State University.
Kenny has played fiddle, keyboards, mandolin, musical saw and other instruments with variety of different groups over the years, including bluegrass bands and rock bands. Kenny currently plays with Keystone Station, Bluegrass Contraption, and Wild Blue.
Kenny is a regular competitor and judge at fiddle contests and has had many top five finishes over the years. He is the grandson of world-renown musical saw player Charlie Blacklock.
Steve Goodbar is an award winning guitarist, mandolinist, and songwriter, Steve has been performing for more than twenty-five years entertaining audiences at County Fairs, folk and bluegrass festivals, pubs, coffeehouses, and charity benefits all over California and the Southwest where he lived for fifteen years. Steve has shared the stage with western swing legend Tiny Moore, Mike Seeger, and the Bluegrass Cardinals’ David Parmley and Randy Graham. Steve is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.
Stephen Ehret was a founding member and songwriter for The Wildflower, one of the original psychedelic 60’s bands, and co-wrote songs with poets, Michael McClure and Michael McCausland. The Wildflower played The Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada in the days before they (the Family Dog) opened the Avalon Ballroom. The Wildflower played opening night at the Avalon with The Grateful Dead and Michael McClure in a benefit for The Straight Theater, which they also opened with The Dead, and later played with Big Brother and the Holding Company. The Wildflower appeared in the first show Bill Graham ever produced at The Fillmore Auditorium in 1966. It was called The Peace Rock and featured The Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish, The Sopwith Camel, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead, and The Wildflower. Later they played with The Birds at the Fillmore and The Youngbloods at the Mountain Theater and toured Canada with them after a Wildflower solo tour back East. Stephen Ehret was also a founding member of the popular northern California based rock band, The Keepers.
Kenny Blacklock’s “Music for Tots” class in Sausalito, California celebrates the wonderful world of songs, rhythm and movement. We sing and clap together, learn fingerplays, play simple percussion instruments, and dance. The songs are all well-known children’s songs, including some by Raffi, Ella Jenkins, and Woody Guthrie, as well as a few originals by the instructor, and a song or two in Spanish. We also introduce the tots to different types of instruments up close.
CD Baby: Kenny Blacklock: This Little Light
Register for Kenny's Music for Tots Class online
City of Sausalito Parks and Recreation Department
Kenny's Music Teaching Bio (California Bluegrass Association website)
Bluegrass Contraption (Wacky bluegrass band. Kenny plays mandolin, fiddle and musical saw with this group.)
The Keepers (Original rock with a classic 60's sound. Kenny played violin and keyboards with them.)
Keystone Station (Traditional bluegrass. Kenny plays fiddle with this group.)
Wild Blue (Traditional bluegrass. Kenny plays fiddle with this group.)
Steve Goodbar's website (Steve played mandolin on This Little Light .)
Stephen Ehret's website (Stephen co-produced This Little Light .)
Paula Goodbar Photography (Paula took the photo of Kenny used for the CD, This Little Light .)
Charlie Blacklock, Musical Saw Player (Kenny's grandfather, the legendary musical saw player.)
Copyright February 12, 2008