15 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adventurers of any age will love The Okee Dokee Brothers' innovative indie-bluegrass music. The plucky banjo of “Thousand Star Hotel,” the Dixieland horns on “The Bullfrog Opera,” and the rollicking knee-slapper “Brother” exemplify the album’s rootsy, retro sound. The duo penned these Americana-influenced tunes for the kid-friendly Can You Canoe? while on a month-long trip down the Mississippi. The approach paid off: The river’s sights and sounds seeped into every song, giving this collection a fun, folky twang.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Adventurers of any age will love The Okee Dokee Brothers' innovative indie-bluegrass music. The plucky banjo of “Thousand Star Hotel,” the Dixieland horns on “The Bullfrog Opera,” and the rollicking knee-slapper “Brother” exemplify the album’s rootsy, retro sound. The duo penned these Americana-influenced tunes for the kid-friendly Can You Canoe? while on a month-long trip down the Mississippi. The approach paid off: The river’s sights and sounds seeped into every song, giving this collection a fun, folky twang.

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About The Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers are a Grammy-winning bluegrass and Appalachian folk duo with a focus on children's music. Featuring Denver natives and childhood friends guitarist/singer Joe Mailander and banjo player/singer Justin Lansing, the Okee Dokee Brothers were born out of the duo's shared love of the outdoors and folk music. While both Mailander and Lansing grew up playing music, they eventually earned degrees in Spanish with Lansing attending Lake Forest College in Illinois and Mailander attending Saint John's University in Minneapolis. After graduating college in 2008, they based themselves in Minneapolis and released the debut Okee Dokee Brothers album, Kids with Beards. Two years later, the duo followed up with Take It Outside and the Spanish-language ¡Excelente Fabuloso! In 2012, they took home their first Grammy Award for their fourth album, Can You Canoe? The following year, Mailander and Lansing embarked on an extended tour of the Appalachian Trail, during which they wrote and recorded new music. The trip resulted in the Okee Dokee Brothers' fifth studio album, 2014's Through the Woods, which also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Children's Album. ~ Matt Collar

ORIGIN
Minneapolis, MN
FORMED
2008

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