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Backyard Garden

by Earthworm Ensemble

Country folk rock for the whole family, sophisticated songs about ladybugs, dinosaurs, backyard gardening, moles, coyotes, fish consciousness, composting, recycling, and never giving up! Rockin' drums, guitars, jaw harps, dobro, sweet rich harmonies.
Genre: Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ladybug
4:14 $0.99
2. Backyard Garden
2:36 $0.99
3. Sparko Stegosaurus
4:03 $0.99
4. Bees Make Honey
4:00 $0.99
5. Invisible Wind
4:29 $0.99
6. I Didn't Give Up
2:24 $0.99
7. Compost
3:08 $0.99
8. I Like You
3:22 $0.99
9. Chicken Coop
3:42 $0.99
10. Mole vs. Coyote
3:06 $0.99
11. Coyote vs. Mole
2:22 $0.99
12. Picture This You're a Fish
3:56 $0.99
13. Reduce Reuse Recycle
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Children's music for the whole family! With roots and members from country rockers I See Hawks In L.A. and Dwight Yoakam, expect down home rocking folk meets R.E.M. and the B-52s. Songs with sophisticated lyrics and arrangements, and upbeat messages about ways to keep our planet green.

” . . . the sort of raw, homespun feel that’s been all too absent from kids’ music since Garcia and Grisman were in the studio recording Not for Kids Only. And for families interested in teaching their children about things like composting and gardening. Children’s records don’t get much timelier, or more well-meaning, than this.”
 — Jeff Giles, Dadnabbit

Adults will appreciate that the music and lyrics are witty and fun, but never dumbed down. Earthworm Ensemble employs big words and concepts, hoping to engage the whole family in talking about backyard gardening, dinosaurs, ladybugs, coyotes and moles, composting, the mind of a fish, the jet stream, bees and honey.

Earthworm Ensemble features the best in Southern California musicianship and songwriting: members of I See Hawks In L.A., Dwight Yoakam, Aman Folk Ensemble, King Kukule & the Friki Tikis, the Bonedaddys, and Double Naught Spy Car.
Earthworm Ensemble are featured performers at Stagecoach, Kidspace, The Skirball Center, McCabes, and many outdoor festivals throughout the year. Their engaging live show features top notch playing and singing, and lively interaction and eco discussion with kids and parents.

Band bio, full reviews:


"A welcome exception whose humor, intelligence and really ace musicianship mean you ain't gotta have a rug rat to appreciate it: presenting Earthworm Ensemble, a sterling bunch of real rock & roots musicians such as country renegades I See Hawks In L.A., the Chapin Sisters, progressive C&W boys Mike Stinson, Brantley Kearns and David Jackson, and, dig it, Sly Stone bassist Jimi Hawes. Great players and their kidz singing their li'l hearts out in imaginatively arranged tunes dealing with good stuff about taking care of the planet and being nice and fair to other people, and there's no skimping on tunes about train riding or the timeless joy of pizza. Bring the babies and dig on in."
-- John Payne, L.A. Weekly

"Earthworm Ensemble toes the line between traditional children’s music with all the simplicities and rhymes that define that genre. What I found most interesting about the band however, was that the other side of that line is a folk band full of depth. They run the gamut of bluegrass, folk and some new age elements while reinforcing a very eco-friendly message. The eco-friendly message is very indirect in some parts, but quite clear in other parts such as the song “Bear and Dog” where they exclaim 'we’ve come to help you save your little planet... we’re going to clean this planet up!' I especially like the old timey feel to some of the tracks, similar to the songs from O Brother, Where Art Thou? The band is a combination of several California artists, including I See Hawks In L.A., The Chapin Sisters and Mike Stinson. The song composition is heartfelt and earthy. Each track feels like the musicians put a great deal of effort and thought into the project, which is probably true since the project started out as a collection of songs for their own children. If you like folk music with a positive message and that doesn’t sound like a dysfunctional clown with a studio backing band, then you and your kids should enjoy this album."
-- Curtis Silver, Wired Magazine

"Earthworm Ensemble is a quirky, humorous, unique collection of songs. Featuring some of Southern California’s best folk/country artists. Playful, imaginative and refreshing."
— Charlotte Bohn, AOL PARENT DISH

OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO Best Audio Award, Gold Seal 4 1⁄2 of 5 stars

"Are worms the new penguins? If these new music releases are any indication, maybe. The self-titled CD from Los Angeles mega-group Earthworm Ensemble— 22 people are listed in the album credits—presents families with a plucky alt- Americana listening experience that occasionally veers off into psychedelia. The vibe is much more La. (as in Louisiana) than L.A., as the majority of the songs could be lost tracks from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? It’s an adventurous, and ultimately successful, musical experiment."
-- Christopher Healey, Time Out New York

"Earthworm Ensemble is a hip children's CD featuring rock and roots artists I See Hawks In LA, The Chaplin Sisters, Mike Stinson, David Jackson, Brantley Kearns and Sly Stone bassist Jimi Hawes. The CD features the musicians and some of their children singing clever lyrics urging young and old listeners to think about their place on the planet and how they can insure its survival. There are also just plain fun songs. As any adult who listens to children's music knows, it is always a bonus if the music can entertain adults, too. This is true because it is almost a guarantee that any adult who lives with children will be listening to their music. One such album that comes to my mind is the 1993 release by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman titled Not For Kids Only. Musically, every song on this disc does that. The musicians here are masters of their craft. Seasoned performers and songwriters all, they utilize a myriad of genres in this catchy collection. Country-rock a la the Byrds to jaunty hip- hop; folly styling to rock and roll. Like their parent group I See Hawks In LA, the Earthworm Ensemble project describes joyfulness. When the kids aren't singing along, you can be sure they'll be dancing."
– Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch




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