Artist: Alice DiMicele
Album: If I Were An Otter: Songs for Kids of All Ages
Description: An album for you old-school folk music fans. DiMicele, who hails from Medford, Oregon (at the state's southern border), has a slightly raspy voice that serves her well when she gets into bluesy/country territory such as on "Honey Bee Blues" and her duet with Vince Herman, "City Mouse/Country Mouse. DiMicele dips into the folk songbook for well-known tunes as "This Little Light of Mine," "The Garden Song" ("Inch by inch, row by row..."), and "The Monkey and the Engineer." Her originals are just as positive -- "We Can Be Anything" and "Celebrate the Rain" are as optimistic as their titles. Amidst all these good vibes, I liked the title track, silly and playful. The album (funded on Kickstarter, incidentally) will appeal most to kids ages 3 through 7; you can stream the album here. Families looking for an amped-up 21st century sound, this isn't for you, but if you're looking for an a solid album of Americana-tinged folk music suitable for families of all ages, If I Were An Otter will probably hit your sweet spot. Recommended.
Note: I received a copy of this album for possible review.