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The Adventures of Stretch McCoy

by The Whizpops!

The Adventures of Stretch McCoy is the debut album by Missoula’s silliest children’s band ‘The Whizpops!.’ Listeners will laugh and learn as The Whizpops! weave bluegrass, jazz, reggae and rock originals while exploring wild and zany characters.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. At the Campfire
0:39 $0.29
2. The Owl Song
2:31 $0.99
3. At the Campfire
0:31 $0.29
4. The Bat Song
3:30 $0.99
5. At the Campfire
0:42 $0.29
6. Dinner Time (Intro)
1:31 $0.99
7. Dinner Time (I'm Not Hungry Again)
3:12 $0.99
8. At the Campfire
0:27 $0.29
9. Mouse in the House
2:04 $0.99
10. At the Campfire
0:36 $0.29
11. Scratch Yer Back
3:20 $0.99
12. At the Campfire
0:14 $0.29
13. Stretch McCoy
1:48 $0.99
14. At the Campfire
0:33 $0.29
15. Forest Communities
5:33 $0.99
16. Campfire Farewell
0:42 $0.29
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The Adventures of Stretch McCoy is the debut album by Missoula, Montana's silliest children’s band "The Whizpops!" Listeners will laugh and learn as The Whizpops! weave bluegrass, jazz, reggae and rock originals while exploring wild and zany characters.

The Whizpops! got their start as two elementary teachers began writing educational songs for kids in their classrooms and playing concerts at local book stores to promote reading. Over the last five years, they have grown to a six piece band with tons of energy to match their fans. Their music covers all genres and speaks to kids of all ages.



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Missoula's "silliest children's band" release bluegrass-flavored debut album gea
The Whizpops! | The Adventures of Stretch McCoy
Published: July 2, 2012

Missoula's "silliest children's band," as they refer to themselves, just released their debut album. It's a country, bluegrass-flavored compilation geared to educate kids about forest creatures, with songs just long enough to hold their attention.

Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Cashman and Casey Schaefer, on vocals, guitars and banjo, are two elementary school teachers who started writing songs to teach their students. The project blossomed to playing concerts at bookstores to promote reading, and for the last five years has mushroomed to a six-piece ball of energy. This CD is a great first effort.

Guitar, bass, mandolin, and some fiddle and flute fuel the original compositions, narrated in-between in an enthusiastic, down-home way by Cashman. Other musicians include Steve Kalling, upright bass, Margie Cates, vocals, Daniel Kiley, drums, and Cameron Wilson on practically everything else. Once in awhile they add a seventh person – harmonica player Michael Manhardt.

Crickets in the evening set the backdrop for tales about the "winged creatures of the night." The up-tempo and shuffly "The Owl Song" tells about the magnificent raptor's hearing, vision, and talons; kids give a cheery background “OK” when asked, "Whoo-o … wants to hear about owls?"

We then segue into a tale about the critter that operates on sound instead of sight in "The Bat Song." The fellas extol the virtues of the much-maligned mammal and its pollinating and mosquito-consuming prowess, set to a jazzy, snappy melody.

A child who tries to get out of eating a fresh garden dinner before a soccer game learns the value of a good meal in "Dinner Time" (even though he starts to see that a potato has eyes and lettuce a head).

The title character, Stretch McCoy, lends his name to the 13th song – a brief, but funny tale. Methinks this is the opening for Stretch to have way more adventures.

Fire gets a well-deserved boost as a valuable forest-cleansing tool in some songs, and each piece is prefaced with Cashman’s entertaining campfire snips.

Good musicianship here, and the songs don't talk down to kids – always a good thing when writing for children.

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– Mariss McTucker, Lively Times