My wife and I first discovered the Putumayo World Music label back in 2003 when they released their FRENCH CAFE compilation. I was still working for the Musicland Group at the time, and I grabbed her a copy to feed into her obsession with all things France. We'd later pick up their ITALIAN MUSICAL ODYSSEY, ITALIAN CAFE, and GREECE: A MUSICAL ODYSSEY collections. Like their tagline states, they're ''Guaranteed to make you feel good" in their upbeat presentation of selections from around the Globe. Fast-forward nearly a decade, and we've got kids, and Putumayo has a Kids label.
Putumayo Kids has announced a May 22, 2012 release date for the latest entry in their acclaimed 'Playground' series. COWBOY PLAYGROUND is a collection of a dozen western-flavored favorites from an assortment of artists, packaged with a 24-page booklet featuring archival photos from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. The Rock Father has the tracklisting and cover art below, along with a preview of the full album via Bandcamp!
It's been a little while since I've done a Random Rock column, so we're more than overdue. The drill is simple - I offer random-fire updates on a few dozen artists along with links to dig deeper, should you choose. From here on out, I'm adding 'N' MORE' to the title so that I can include some non-rock stuff on occasion. With a current total of 7,943 unread emails sitting in my inbox (no joke!) I sometimes wonder if the bands, artists, labels, managers, and publicists appreciate my taking the time to do this... but I do love spreading the rock. Here's updates on 31 Artists for Thursday, March 15, 2012!
They won't be Corona bottles you'll be icing while listening to this one, but country-minded parents have something soothing coming their way. The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have just issued LULLABY VERSIONS OF KENNY CHESNEY, a twelve-track collection of the singer's greatest hits, reworked into lush, instrumental versions perfect for any nursery. The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting and cover art below.