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Kenny Blacklock | This Little Light: Songs for Children and Everyone Else

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This Little Light: Songs for Children and Everyone Else

by Kenny Blacklock

All acoustic arrangements of American folk songs popular with children everywhere, featuring multi-instrumentalist Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, soprano & alto recorder, ukulele, and vocals.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wheels On the Bus
2:23 album only
2. Who Built the Ark
2:30 album only
3. Say Darlin' Say
3:41 album only
4. Fire Engine
1:54 album only
5. La Bamba
1:52 album only
6. Uncle Joe
2:40 album only
7. Tigers, Tigers
1:22 album only
8. Here Come the Elephants
1:47 album only
9. Free Little Bird
3:43 album only
10. Arkansas Traveler
2:18 album only
11. All the Pretty Little Horses
3:28 album only
12. Jenny Jenkins
4:07 album only
13. Hickory Dickory Dock
1:08 album only
14. Hot Corn, Cold Corn
4:03 album only
15. Itsy Bitsy Spider
1:25 album only
16. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star/Ba Ba Black Sheep/abc Song
3:09 album only
17. This Little Light of Mine
2:36 album only
18. Itsy Bitsy Spider (Reprise)
1:19 album only


Album Notes
This CD contains all acoustic arrangements of American folk songs popular with children everywhere, featuring multi-instrumentalist Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, soprano & alto recorder, ukulele, and vocals. 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.

Many of the songs on the CD are ones 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 with Kenny. Kenny formerly worked with Stephen Ehret in the popular northern California based rock band, The Keepers.

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.



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Sander R Wolff

Full of Light!
This is a surprising gem. The music is gentle and folksy, with each song impeccably arranged, and played with amazing instrumental prowess subdued into service of the song.

Kenny's singing, though, is what really brings this CD home. You can hear the love, but also the respect, that he has for kids. There isn't any falseness, just simple sincerity occasionally augmented by vocals performed by wife Katy, and even an appearance by their daughter.

This is music that just about anyone can enjoy, including children.