Kid Pan Alley

Kid Pan Alley

by Kid Pan Alley

Kid Pan Alley is a laudable concept that has also yielded a marvelous album of family music. Organized by Nashville musician Paul Reisler in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the album features songs co-written by Nashville songwriters and Nashville school children.…  See more details below


Kid Pan Alley is a laudable concept that has also yielded a marvelous album of family music. Organized by Nashville musician Paul Reisler in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the album features songs co-written by Nashville songwriters and Nashville school children. These collaborative efforts were then recorded by a number of prominent musicians, including Amy Grant, Delbert McClinton and Raul Malo. The results are a surprisingly wide range of musical styles but a consistently high level of musical quality. Several songs, such as "Whispering in Spanish" (sung by Malo) and "Christmas in Tennessee" (sung by Grant), wouldn't seem out of place on an adult album. Others tunes -- like "Cartoons," "No Fair" and "Sleep All Day" (featuring lead vocals by Kix Brooks, Will Hoge, and Kim Richey, respectively) -- so accurately convey a child's eye view of the world that it's no surprise that they were written with kids' participation. While the sounds of country music play a significant role in this disc, there also are excursions into jazz (the delightful "Stinky Socks"), reggae (the joy-filled "Goin' to the Park"), and funk (the slinky "The Cheetah"). The latter two songs form part of the especially strong quintet of tunes that kick off the disc. Also notable among these first tracks is "Little Drop of Water." Sung by Beth Nielsen Chapman in a voice that swings gleefully from childlike to adult, this wonderful tune is an infectious charmer that also nicely utilizes the chamber orchestra in its arrangement. While this song imparts a gentle lesson in water usage, some other numbers hold more overt messages. "Can't Remember What I Forgot" takes a rather grown-up look at aging, while "Download It All for Free" wraps up its PSA-like point about downloading in a twangy ditty. Not every song, however, comes with a moral. "Freaky Friday" and "Scary Things" offer some simple spooky fun, with the latter tune sounding remarkably like an old Disney movie number. Reisler deserves many kudos for putting this project together and creating an upbeat album that provides entertainment for the entire family.

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Release Date:
Compass Records

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Performance Credits

Kid Pan Alley   Primary Artist
Delbert McClinton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Suzy Bogguss   Vocals
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bill Lloyd   Background Vocals
Amy Grant   Vocals
John Jorgenson   Banjo,Clarinet,Guitar,Mandolin
Jimmy Hall   Vocals
Kix Brooks   Vocals
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Lari White   Vocals
Jon Vezner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Bogert   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Kathy Chiavola   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
Dennis Crouch   Bass
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
John Gardner   Drums
George Hawkins   Bass
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Tom Hemby   Acoustic Guitar
David Hobbs   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
David Hungate   Bass
DeMarco Johnson   Keyboards
Angela Kaset   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar
Raul Malo   Vocals
Leon Medica   Bass
Jonell Mosser   Vocals
Gary Nicholson   Background Vocals
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Paul Reisler   Hammered Dulcimer
Kim Richey   Vocals
Darrell Scott   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Sims   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Lynn Williams   Drums
Doug Crider   Background Vocals
Paul Colman   Vocals
Pete Huttlinger   Guitar
Paul Brannon   Guitar
John Lancaster   Keyboards
Shirley Settles   Background Vocals
Marvin Sims   Drums
Mustafa Abdul-Aleem   Vocals,Berimbau,Djembe
Dann Sherrill   Timbales
Georgia Middleman   Background Vocals
Will Hoge   Guitar,Vocals
Dean Tomasek   Bass
Rob McNelley   Guitar
Brian Layson   Guitar
Calvin Settles   Background Vocals
Odessa Settles   Background Vocals
Gilbert Long   Tuba
William Tyler   Choir, Chorus
Todd Suttles   Background Vocals
Paul Gambill   Conductor
"Third Grade Class" Amore   Background Vocals
Laura Benton   Background Vocals
John Bindel   Vocals,Baritone
Jennifer Bulger   Background Vocals
Gabriella Campo   Choir, Chorus
Mackenzie Cantwell   Background Vocals
Anida Chareunsouk   Choir, Chorus
Daniella Colazo   Choir, Chorus
Naomi Craig's Second Grade Class   Background Vocals
Naomi Craig's Third Grade Class   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Songwriter
Bill Lloyd   Songwriter
Matthew Wilder   Engineer
John Knowles   Songwriter
Melissa Javors   Songwriter
Jon Vezner   Songwriter
Fred Bogert   Producer,Engineer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Don Cook   Producer
Connie Ellisor   Arranger
Don Hart   Arranger
Angela Kaset   Songwriter
Chris McDonald   Arranger
Gary Nicholson   Songwriter,Producer
Alan O'Bryant   Producer
Jim Photoglo   Songwriter
Paul Reisler   Songwriter,Producer,Artistic Director
Tim Roberts   Engineer
Pamela Rose   Songwriter
Tommy Sims   Producer,Engineer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Rick Beresford   Songwriter
Jason Blume   Songwriter
Drew Douthit   Vocal Engineer
Paul Gambill   Producer,Music Direction,Artistic Director
James Dean Hicks   Songwriter

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