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Navigating The Spectrum

by The Conductors

"TRAIN-ROCK FOR TOTS." Sensory & Autism Approved. THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE meets John Lennon & Buddy Holly. "Every kid likes trains. Every kid LOVES the Conductors." A train load of memorable songs, gentle enough for kids with AUTISM, ADHD & Sensory Issues.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Great Freight Train
2:14 $0.99
2. Won't You Be My Friend?
1:37 $0.99
3. My Backyard
2:26 $0.99
4. Twelve (12 Kisses for My Baby)
2:17 $0.99
5. The Sun Comes Up, the Moon Goes Down
1:06 $0.99
6. I've Been Working On the Railroad
1:49 $0.99
7. It's Fun to Be a Kid
2:24 $0.99
8. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
1:29 $0.99
9. Hush-a-bye Darling
1:53 $0.99
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The Conductors (AUTISM AWARE!)*

Respected singer-songwriter Joe Hutchinson, ("Smokestack Joe"), is a dedicated and proud parent of a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Autism).

He started The Conductors as a way to celebrate the joys of parenthood and to deliver a fun, positive message to families worldwide while raising support and awareness for the Autism community.

When Smokestack Joe of The Conductors exclaims, "ALL ABOARD," he means EVERYONE…

Kids and parents alike can expect a train-load of fun and catchy melodies as The Conductors deliver some of the COOLEST original children’s songs we’ve heard in a LONG time. They’ve also put that all-important new spin on the classics each of us grew up on, playfully delivering unique twists at every turn of the tracks!

Together with such cartoon-ish group members as Smokestack Joe, Rosie The RailBender, H.T. Backbeater, and Red Line Ian, Joe and The Conductors are a cartoon-style band come to life.

The Conductors are driven to simultaneously reach parents with something of musical substance while their kids are happily bouncing and singing along to a gondola of great songs that appeal to the very young and kids of every age. This is truly music the whole family can enjoy.

Believing in the magic of music to heal and bring people together for the greater good, Joe hopes The Conductors’ music will continue to inspire families for generations to come.


EVERY kid loves The Conductors, yet this music is especially appealing to kids on "The Spectrum" and those with Attention Deficit Disorders. The simple arrangements and sparse musical instrumentation are easy on the ears of the hyper-sensitive, and because of the subtle approach taken in recording these songs, they actually draw the listener in.

Because of the shortness of each song and over-all brevity of the CD, attention-challenged children find it easy to digest the whole CD in one listen, making for repeated plays and immediate sing-a-longs.

And finally, PARENTS, we predict that this will be the one kids CD that you will truly enjoy sharing with your youngsters without getting super annoyed! After all, it was written and sung out of pure love by a real parent, just like you...

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*Smokestack Joe is also known as JOE NORMAL, an indie folk-pop n' rock artist in his own right. He has released several CD's of original music with a Classic Rock influence. These CD's are also available through CD Baby at:

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Joseph F Hutchinson

"This Sunny, Charming Disc Is A Fun Listen..."
CD Review: This sunny, charming disc is a fun listen, and it is dedicated to a cause close to my heart. The Conductors play punchy, ‘70s-style folk-rock to bring awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorders and the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

Navigating the Spectrum is family music of the best kind – catchy and breezy songs that send positive messages for kids, and the grown-ups will find themselves bopping along too. “Great Freight Train” chugs along like a good ol’ Steve Miller-style rocker; “Twelve (Kisses For My Baby)” and “Won’t You Be My Friend?” groove like the great Scooby Doo theme song.

“My Backyard” is a fun, loping tune filled with vivid lyrical imagery – it boasts fine harmonies and a couple of nifty musical twists, too. I dig the off-kilter chord changes in “Twelve” as well. This is in no way dumbed-down kids’ music.

The old favorite “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad” is rockabilly/power pop fresh, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is joyfully remade as a propulsive, hand-clapping number.

“Hush-A-Bye Darling” is a simple and beautiful, fitting conclusion – just acoustic strumming and Joe Hutchinson’s warm, rich, just-a-touch-raspy voice. Hutchinson also wrote or co-wrote all the original songs on the set.

There’s no way to get bored with these nine short and snappy cuts. The Conductors have created a wonderfully rocking family listen - I can think of may uses for it with my six-year-old (car rides and clean-up time, to name a couple), and here I am digging it by myself.

Porter Family

The Conductors
We saw them perform and the kids immediately started to sing along. Now this CD is our family's choice for drives everywhere. Our favorites include "Twelve" "It's fun to be a kid" and "Great Freight Train" Whoo whoo, the Conductors are cool!