So, the New Sarah Lee Guthrie / Johnny Irion Kids' CD Is Pretty Good...

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family Go Waggaloo album cover

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family Go Waggaloo album cover

Aside from a few scattered mentions, there's been relatively little news regarding Go Waggaloo!, the upcoming kids' album from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.

Well, now that the album's got an official cover (there to the left in near thumbnail sizing), a press release, and a release date (October 27), you're probably going to hear quite a bit more about it. Still not impressed (many albums, after all, are released with, you know, an album cover, press release, and on an official date)? Well, it's being released on Smithsonian Folkways (perhaps you've heard her labelmates such as Ella Jenkins, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, or Elizabeth Mitchell?). Oh, did I mention Sarah Lee Guthrie is Woody Guthrie's granddaughter, and she records new music for three of her grandfather's lyrics, a la Mermaid Avenue. Did I mention that Pete Seeger plays on the album?

Well, there's another reason I'm particularly excited...

In a very small way, I'm now forever linked to the Smithsonian Folkways tradition, because the album features some notes from yours truly. OK, in the grand scheme of the album's liner notes, I'm pretty sure I rank a distant third behind Guthrie and Irion's song notes, and Guthrie's dad Arlo's introduction, but I'm there just the same, and I'm pleased as punch to be there.

For obvious reasons, I'm not going to be reviewing the album, but it's a fun album (otherwise I wouldn't have written the notes) and I think families will get a kick out of it. I did.

Note: more details here.