Golden Kids Rules

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In recent years, songwriter Chip Taylor has been on a tear, releasing a whopping 19 albums not including compilations since he returned to recording in 1996 after a nearly 20-year break. His last few albums -- Yonkers, NY, New Bye & Bye with Carrie Rodriguez, and Rock & Roll Joe: A Tribute To the Unsung Heroes of Rock N' Roll, mostly concerned themselves with rock and country nostalgia, and not in a bad way, either. And while it's true that Taylor has written all kinds of songs in his career: rock, pop, country, blues, ballads, Golden Kids Rules marks new terrain for the grizzled old veteran: an album of children's songs recorded with his three granddaughters, Riley,...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In recent years, songwriter Chip Taylor has been on a tear, releasing a whopping 19 albums not including compilations since he returned to recording in 1996 after a nearly 20-year break. His last few albums -- Yonkers, NY, New Bye & Bye with Carrie Rodriguez, and Rock & Roll Joe: A Tribute To the Unsung Heroes of Rock N' Roll, mostly concerned themselves with rock and country nostalgia, and not in a bad way, either. And while it's true that Taylor has written all kinds of songs in his career: rock, pop, country, blues, ballads, Golden Kids Rules marks new terrain for the grizzled old veteran: an album of children's songs recorded with his three granddaughters, Riley, Kate, ands Samantha, and released on Smithsonian Folkways. According to Taylor and his liner note-writing brother, actor Jon Voight -- also Taylor's real last name, he has a long history of writing songs for family members on special occasions. The last three songs on the album were written for his son Kristian's wedding; Taylor, his daughter, and his granddaughters -- Riley, Kate, and Samantha Ennis ages 12, 10, and 8 at the time of this recording -- went into a studio to record them just for the event. They are among the finest things here especially "The Possum Hunter". The other songs here walk the musical line between shuffling folk, country, and roots rock, backed by a professional studio band. In other words, the the music is vintage Taylor. Topically, these songs deal with the importance of common sense rules "Golden Kids Rules", a very humane and non-scary way of dealing with death "Quarter Moon Shining", the importance of goals "Big Ideas", environmentalism "Kids Save the Planet", and generosity "You Can Come and Play wIth Our Toys". These young women all sing in key mostly and give their all; they actually approach the sublime on "Magical Horse." "Did You Hear What Jennifer Did" would have been best served by just the kids singing. One other cut, "I'm Just Thinking About What I'm Thinking About," is a Hank Williams' derived country number that may have been better suited to one of Taylor's own recordings. This one reservation aside, Golden Kids Rules is a decent choice for the parents of younger children, say between the ages of four and eight which says something about our cynical era more than it does these rather timeless melodies and rhymes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074507124
  • Catalog Number: 745071
  • Sales rank: 131,590

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chip Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Seth Farber Piano, Accordion, Glockenspiel, Hammond B3
Anton Fig Drums
John Platania Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bryan Owings Drums
Tony Mercadante Bass
Tony Leone Drums
Samantha Ennis Vocals
Riley Ennis Flute, Vocals
Kate Ennis Vocals
Technical Credits
Chip Taylor Composer, Producer, Annotation
Richard James Burgess Executive Producer
Jeff Place Liner Notes, Annotation
Huck Bennert Engineer
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Margot Nassau Licensing
Mark Gustafson Marketing
Mark Donahue Mastering
Jon Voight Liner Notes, Annotation
John Smith Marketing
David Horgan Marketing
Daniel E. Sheehy Executive Producer
Andy Taray Art Direction, Layout
Laura Dion Marketing
Kate Ennis Composer
Chip Taylor AKA James Wesley Voight Liner Notes
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