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The Ditty Bops — Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett — manage to be both quaint and hip, sounding both instantly familiar and startlingly new. Clearly fond of the parlor songs, folk ditties, and light, jazzy swing of the early 20th Century, the duo’s organic, mostly acoustic instrumentation and old-school vibe belie the music’s edginess and eccentricity. On the irresistibly bright and consistently charming Moon Over the Freeway, Mitchell Froom is at the production helm and he augments DeWald’s acoustic guitar and Barrett’s mandolin with just the right touches of piano, accordion, violin, lap steel, and organ. “Let’s go get pierogies at my favorite café, the waitresses are grumpy and their English ain’t so great,” they sing on “Waking Up in the City.” Their fairly straight reading of the Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love” is a perfect showcase for their breezy harmonies and joyful approach. Throughout, their deftly written lyrics are noticeably quirky and stimulating, and they seem just as concerned with the flow and sound of the words strung together as they are with their meaning. “I got a chip on my shoulder and a halo on my head,” they tell us on “Angel with an Attitude.” That’s a pretty apt description for these sunny but sly songsters.

Customer Reviews

Another Amazing Album from the Bops!

I've been a fan ever since I happened about these great lil' gals a couple years ago. Their unique, plucky style is refreshing and fun. I didn't really fully "get" them or fully appreciate how fantastic they are until I saw them perform live. It is a pure treat to see their vaudeville-esque show and too meet them. This new album has their usual peppy zippiness and is just as great as their first album (which I would have never thought was possible). My favorites are "It's a Shame" and "Your Head's too big."

Enjoy your Bike Ride!

So Abby and Amanda are taking off on a bike ride on the 25th promoting this album and fans are invited to ride with them. How cool is that? I wish I lived closer to join them. I too, got to meet them at SXSW in Austin and they so down-to-earth as it is reflected in their music. I do not see them ever selling out and going "mainstream", but keeping their fanbase and being the BOPS. Old Man Houston will stand by you forever!

Moon Over the Freeway

I am fairly new to iTunes and I am really enjoying being able to shop for music in the comfort of my own home -- it's great! At any rate, I am so happy I discovered the Ditty Bops! I first heard and bought "There's A Girl" from a Grey's Anatomy iMix. Then, I saw that they had released a new album and I had to check it out. This music is so refreshingly different but yet has a kind of warm familiarity about it. Some of the lyrics are profound and some are downright funny! My favorites are "Angel with an Attitude", "Fish to Fry", and "You're Head's Too Big". I highly recommend this album.


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Purveying an utterly charming sound that borrows from folk, pop, Western swing, and early vocal jazz, Los Angeles' fancifully named Ditty Bops feature the tightly woven harmonies of Amanda Barrett (who also handles mandolin and dulcimer duties) and Abby DeWald (who also plays guitar). Though Barrett and DeWald met in New York City in the late '90s, they didn't begin playing music until they moved back to California. Barrett spent her childhood in Topanga and learned to play fretted dulcimer when...
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