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Dan Zanes spent much of the early 2000s churning out exciting, theme-based children’s records that introduced the younger set to everything from gospel to salsa to sea shanties. On Little Nut Tree, Zanes & Friends go back to the “anything goes” formula, offering up 16 new songs built on a simple foundation of fun, and to top it all off, Little Nut Tree comes packaged in a colorful, durable (little hands make messes) board book. Recorded in Zanes' native Brooklyn (the better to allow a revolving cast of his famous friends to chime in), the album opens with Zanes and Sharon Jones (of the Dap-Kings) waltzing through an amiable version of the Etta James classic “In the Basement.” Joan Osborne stops by to lend her pipes to the Zanes original “Everybody’s Going to Be Happy,” and Andrew Bird does the same, laying down some predictably solid fiddle work and otherworldly whistling to another Zanes-penned tune, “I Don’t Need No Sunny Skies.” Zanes, resplendent in a pumpkin orange suit and sporting a graying, Lyle Lovett/Kramer-inspired nest of hair, may be an unlikely pied piper, but there’s no denying the gleeful ease with which he summons his wee horde.

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la siren

it stunk

Great album

Once again, Dan Zanes proves that he can continue to make incredible music that is not just for children but great for the whole family. I love his music just as much if not more than my 4 year old. This album is absolutely fantastic from beginning to end and I especially love Salaam and Beautiful Isle of Somewhere. The song selection is wonderfully varied and has great instrumentation and vocals. His guests are also great, can't have an album without Father Goose, it's great to have Barbara Brousal back for a song and Sharon Jones, Joan Osborne etc are fantastic and I love Donald Saaf and the harmonies. Tareq Abboushi in Salaam with his buzuq is such a good song to expose to children and families and it's great to hear another language and you get the message in the song without knowing the words. I think it's one of his best albums and a must buy!


Born: 1961 in Exeter, NH

Genre: Children's Music

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

After years of rocking in the 1980s with the Del Fuegos, singer/songwriter Dan Zanes created his own band, the Dan Zanes Trio, in 1994. The group got started when Zanes was hanging out with producer Mitchell Froom in Lower Manhattan; after adding drummer Jerry Marotta, they began playing their sparse blues and folk-rock to small crowds in clubs like the CBGB Gallery. Produced by Froom, the trio's debut LP, Cool Down Time, a raw rock effort influenced by '60s-era R&B, appeared in 1995. In 2001 Zanes...
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