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Saturday, May 25 2013 00:01

FREE DOWNLOAD: Summer 2013 Road Trip Playlist for Families...

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Memorial Day Weekend: For many, it's the official start of the Summer Season. It's a big travel weekend, and as some families pile into the car for their first major road trip of the year, the soundtrack for adventure can be called into question. For those looking for some fresh, family-friendly jams, The Rock Father has you covered with a jumping off point to explore some of the finest music that the Kindie world has to offer. 13 Top Kindie Artists have contributed to this limited-time FREE DOWNLOAD - a Summer Music Playlist to help you rock the ride. It's available until June 1 (after which it will become "streaming-only"), so grab these tracks now before you head out on the highway...

Dig what you hear? Support these artists by visiting their official sites and experiencing more great music:

  1. Key Wilde and Mr Clarke - "Wander Round the World" www.keywildeandmrclarke.com
  2. Charlie Hope - "Train Song" www.charliehope.com
  3. Dean Jones - "Outshining Nomads" www.dogonfleas.com
  4. Trout Fishing in America -"Slow" www.troutmusic.com
  5. Alastair Moock - "Hard Travelin" www.moockmusic.com
  6. Putumayo Kids - "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" by Johnny Bregar www.putumayokids.com
  7. The Monkey Bunch - "Honk Honk" www.themonkeybunch.com/
  8. Peter Himmelman - "My Green Kite" www.peterhimmelman.com 
  9. The Not-Its! - "Let's Skateboard" www.wearethenot-its.com
  10. Shine and the Moonbeams - "Kilimanjaro" shineandthemoonbeams.com/
  11. Cat Doorman - "Turn Around" www.catdoorman.com
  12. Justin Roberts - "Fruit Jar" www.justinrobertsmusic.com
  13. The Secret Mountain - "Down At the Sea Hotel" www.thesecretmountain.com

BONUS! No, it's not a "Kindie" track, but when it comes to Road Trip music, I always like to include THE AQUABATS' cover of Lindsey Buckingham's 1983 classic, "Holiday Road" from NATIONAL LAMPOONS VACATION. Grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of that cut from THE AQUABATS' official website.

Pssst! You might have noticed that this compilation wasn't filed under "Kids & Family Music," but under a new section called "Rock Father Rides." For the families that like to rock AND roll, there's some killer content on the way... and it all gets started this June. Stay tuned...

For more rock delivered daily, including the latest in great music, cool toys, and fun for the whole family - "like" The Rock Father on Facebook.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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