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Country Goes Raffi

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
The good folks at Rounder records have assembled a remarkable cast of A-list country performers to pay tribute to the king of playschool pop -- Raffi. It's a given that Raffi's funny and heartfelt songs will connect with kids, so the big news here is that this truly happy hoedown features so many adult-friendly performances. Of course, twang-lovin' toddlers come first here, and a gentle romp through the Raffi anthem "Baby Beluga" by underage sensation Billy Gilman will be a surefire hit on the sandbox hit parade. But there are plenty of other gems from slightly older stars, most notably a soothing turn from the brilliant Alison Krauss on "Blessed Be," an organically ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
The good folks at Rounder records have assembled a remarkable cast of A-list country performers to pay tribute to the king of playschool pop -- Raffi. It's a given that Raffi's funny and heartfelt songs will connect with kids, so the big news here is that this truly happy hoedown features so many adult-friendly performances. Of course, twang-lovin' toddlers come first here, and a gentle romp through the Raffi anthem "Baby Beluga" by underage sensation Billy Gilman will be a surefire hit on the sandbox hit parade. But there are plenty of other gems from slightly older stars, most notably a soothing turn from the brilliant Alison Krauss on "Blessed Be," an organically rockin' "Naturally" from Marty Stuart, and, best of all, a delightful, swinging version of Raffi's "Bannaphone" by the bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent. Raffi himself gives a fiddle-flavored effort with the new "Blue White Planet" -- a song whose environmentally aware spirit is, like the rest of this collection, hard to beat.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Long respected as a children's music singer/songwriter, Raffi's work is celebrated and interpreted by adults and one kid on Country Goes Raffi, a collection featuring the Wilkinsons, Rhonda Vincent, and Eric Heatherly's performances of their favorite Raffi songs. Asleep at the Wheel takes "The Bowling Song" in a mellow, Western swing direction that manages to be fun and sophisticated at the same time; Raul Malo's version of "Thanks a Lot" is equally playful, in a quietly Latin-tinged way; and Marty Stuart adds a twangy bluegrass tinge to "Naturally." The collection also features traditional children's songs that also happen to be Raffi favorites, such as "Apples and Bananas" performed here by Keith Urban and "This Little Light of Mine" sung with a playful twist by Elizabeth Cook, as well as two of his new compositions: "Blessed Be," a touching lullaby sung by Alison Krauss, and the eco-friendly "Blue White Planet," performed by Raffi himself. Lee Roy Parnell's poignant "Rise and Shine" and Lari White's appropriately goofy "Shake My Sillies Out" are some of the tribute's other highlights, along with Billy Gillman's cute rendition of "Baby Beluga"; it seems apt that a country music tribute to one of children's music's leading lights features a country music star who's also young enough to be a Raffi fan. Charming and surprisingly eclectic, Country Goes Raffi should please kids and parents alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661809024
  • Catalog Number: 618090
  • Sales rank: 132,463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bowling Song (2:29)
  2. 2 Down by the Bay (2:51)
  3. 3 Baby Beluga - Billy Gilman (2:43)
  4. 4 Blessed Be - Alison Krauss (3:26)
  5. 5 Blue White Planet - Raffi (3:11)
  6. 6 Apples and Bananas - Keith Urban (2:46)
  7. 7 Naturally (3:04)
  8. 8 All I Really Need (2:53)
  9. 9 Rise and Shine (2:57)
  10. 10 Bananaphone (3:01)
  11. 11 Shake My Sillies Out (2:18)
  12. 12 Thanks a Lot (2:40)
  13. 13 This Little Light of Mine - Elizabeth Cook (2:54)
  14. 14 One Light One Sun (2:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Krauss Viola, Vocals
Marty Stuart Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Vocals
Asleep at the Wheel Track Performer
Sam Bush Mandolin
Kathy Mattea Vocals
Lee Roy Parnell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Al Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Brock Percussion
Raffi Vocals
Tom Adams Banjo
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Lari White Vocals, Multi Instruments
Sam Bacco Percussion
Barry Bales Acoustic Bass
Ray Benson Guitar, Vocals
Ron Block Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Buckins Percussion
Monty Byrom Background Vocals
Cindy Cashdollar Steel Guitar
Bill Cooley Guitar
Michael Creber Piano
Nick Destefano Background Vocals
Steve Fishell Dobro
Michael Francis Clarinet, Saxophone
John Gardner Drums
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Gerry Gillespie Bass
Doyle Grisham Steel Guitar
Miles Hill Bass
David Hood Bass
Byron House Acoustic Bass
David Hungate Bass Guitar
John Jarvis Keyboards
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Raul Malo Vocals, Multi Instruments
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Kevin McKendree Organ, Piano
Dave Miller Bass
Greg Morrow Drums
Billy Panda Acoustic Guitar
James Pennebaker Acoustic Guitar
Jason Roberts Fiddle, Electric Guitar
Phil Robertson Drums
Brent Rowan Electric Guitar
David Sanger Drums
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Harry Stinson Drums
Robby Turner Dobro
Carson Whitsett Piano
Lynn Williams Drums
Terry Wilson Background Vocals
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
W.S. Holland Drums
Cameron Wilson Violin
Jimmy Nichols Keyboards
Jack Pearson Electric Guitar
Darrin Vincent Vocals
Chris Carmichael Strings
Buddy Connolly Accordion
Keith Urban Multi Instruments
Bryan Sutton Guitar
The Wilkinsons Vocals
Tania Hancheroff Vocals
Eric Heatherly Guitar, Vocals
Billy Gilman Vocals, Background Vocals
Art Bordeaux Overdubs
Gary "Bud" Smith Piano
Elizabeth Cook Vocals, Background Vocals
David Smith Acoustic Bass
Steve Mackey Bass
Technical Credits
Alison Krauss Producer
Marty Stuart Producer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
Kathy Mattea Producer
Lee Roy Parnell Producer
Raffi Composer, Producer, Adaptation
Lari White Arranger, Programming
Abbey Lincoln Composer
Derek Bason Engineer
Ray Benson Producer
Keni Burke Engineer
Blake Chancey Producer
Don Cobb Digital Editing
Mick Conley Engineer
Michael Creber Producer
Steve Fishell Producer
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Ronnie Light Engineer
Mac McAnally Producer
Raul Malo Producer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Mike Poole Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ed Seay Engineer
Chris Stone Engineer
Jason Lehning Engineer
King Williams Engineer
Keith Urban Producer
John Kuntz Producer, Engineer
Eric Legg Engineer
Alan Schulman Remixing
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Eric Heatherly Producer
Traditional Composer
Chris Scherbak Engineer
Chris Burns Engineer
Verolja Nix Composer
John Hurley Engineer
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