Too often, music that has the power to soothe a savage toddler meltdown is tooth-achingly sweet; downright intolerable for adults. Not so with the new release by Portland-based musician Laura Veirs.
Her new kids’ album, Tumble Bee, is filled with spirited American folk classics, charming lullabies that meander into minor keys and a even a yodel or two. Tumble Bee is proof that good music is always cool, even if it’s a few centuries old.
With guest appearances by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, Jim James from My Morning Jacket and Bela Fleck, and featuring songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, and Harry Belafonte, this album will take up permanent occupancy in the CD player of many a parent—even when the kids aren’t around.
Available at Raven Marching Band Records (ravenmarchingband.com).