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Country Blues For Kids

by Victor Johnson

Raffi meets Leadbelly. Kid blues standards and originals that bounce in the country blues style of Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Leadbelly. Parents' Choice Silver award winner
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Frog Went a Courtin'
4:09 $0.75
2. Candyman Blues
1:58 $0.75
3. Mrs. Butterworth
1:30 $0.75
4. Green Corn
2:16 $0.75
5. Fishin' Blues
2:20 $0.75
6. I Love to See You Smile
1:55 $0.75
7. Wheels On the Bus
3:26 $0.75
8. You Are My Sunshine
2:17 $0.75
9. Baby Beluga
2:07 $0.75
10. Old Macdonald
2:36 $0.75
11. Everything Is Gonna Be Allright
2:04 $0.75
12. Tale of the Gingerbread Man
8:01 $0.75
13. Bicycle Built for Two
1:42 $0.75
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Album Notes
Parent's Choice Silver Award Winner Summer 2004
Best new artist and Best Recording ages 3-5 yrs. Children's Music Web 2004
CD Baby Editor's Choice 12-03

Kids who have never heard of Leadbelly or Mississippi John Hurt will be getting thier first taste of an important piece of their musical heritage when they encounter this album. They won't know that, however, because they'll be having too much fun listening and singing along. Many of the thirteen songs in this up-tempo collection of blues tunes will be familliar to most adults and many children. Some are traditional: "Frog Went a Courting," "Wheels on the Bus," and "Old Macdonald." Some notably "Baby Beluga"-are more closely associated with other performers. Two are original: "Mrs. Butterworth," (think syrup) and "Everything is Gonna Be Allright" a lighter-than-air ditty that is as comforting as a blankie at bedtime. Johnson's smoky voice is accompanied by simple strummed, plucked, and patted guitar riffs. In a world of electronically produced music, the sound of fingers on strings makes listening to this album a truly intimate experience.
Kristi Jemtegaard ©2004 Parents' Choice

"Accomplished bluesman Victor Johnson brings an air of authority to a baker's dozen of songs on CBFK... in a rough charming voice, adeptly accompanying himself on acoustic guitar." Nick Jr. Family Magazine

Roots Music For Kids! Can you dig it?

Victor takes traditional roots music, gives it new twists and creates some of the hippest coolest kid's tunes around. Music for kids that the whole family will like in concert or in the car. Victor is not your typical folk guy with a guitar singing simple songs for children. Victor is more like a big kid at heart with some serious guitar chops who loves to make music and share.

Country Blues For Kids is the newest release by Victor and has created international interest. "Country blues is perfect for kids because it grooves and bounces. It will have your feet tapping and your knee bouncing in no time"

Honoring the blues traditions of Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, Victor gives a nod of respect to the old masters and adds some new twists that will have kids singing and dancing along. Country Blues For Kids has been listed on the coveted CD Baby home page and is one of their editor's top picks for childrens music. Country Blues for Kids has been featured in Nick Jr. family magazine, Parenting and Blue Revue magazine. Twelve great songs and a wonderful talking blues version of the tale of the Gingerbread man make country blues available to whole new generations of children and their families.

Victor is an Oregon native hailing from the Columbia River Gorge and is affiliated with Cascade Blues Association' Blues in Schools program. Victor represented the CBA in Memphis for the International Blues Challenge in 2004 in the solo acoustic category. The challenge is put on by the blues foundation who also present the W.C Handy awards. It is known as the most prestigious blues talent search in the world. Victor has appeared with such national acts as Bruce Cockburn, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rory Block, Moe Dixon, Terry Robb and performed at many music festivals in the Pacific Norhwest including the pretigious Waterfront Blues Festival in 2002 and 2003

Article by Mark Gibson "The Dalles Chronicle" 12/10/03
reprinted with permission.

As any parent will testify, really good children books are hard to find. There are plenty of fine books out there for kids, but only a few stand the acid test of endless repetition children books are submitted to. A badly
written one becomes excruciatingly painful to read after it has been requested 10 or 20 times.

Music for children is even harder to find, and even more painful to listen to repeatedly. Most inspire weary parents to purchase headphones and require their use. The rare recording that can be enjoyed wholeheartedly by parents and
children alike is rare and quickly becomes a family treasure.
Victor Johnson's recently released "Country Blues for Kids" is one of those rare jewels.Having previewed most of the CD at work, I snuck it into the home player and pressed play. The bouncy, country blues playing of the first song, "Frog
went a courtin," instantly worked its magic. Within five seconds, my six year old son had abandoned his toys and was hovering over the speaker. The recording features a variety of traditional country blues songs originated by artists like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake and Mississippi John Hurt.

The CD features a single acoustic guitar and vocal. Nothing more is needed; playing with his fingers and thumb, Johnson's guitar maintains strong, bouncy rhythm accompanied by delicate melodies. Songs like "Green Corn,"
"Candyman blues," "Baby Beluga," "Wheels on the bus" and "You are my Sunshine" blossom with this approach to the guitar. Johnson's rich vocals are cream on a very delightful cake. He has definitely found his voice on
this recording.

Even such a challenging kids song as "Old MacDonald," a song loved by every child and hated by anyone over 11, is worth hearing as it is introduced to yet another generation.
The wonderful song "Fishing blues" is destined to become a personal favorite. Of the thirteen songs on the album, only two, "Old Macdonald" and the talking blues "Tale of the gingerbread man," are in the kids only category. Adults will find plenty of favorites here.
Fans of Victor Johnson, young and old alike, will find another jewel on this album, Johnson's original "Everything is gonna be all right." This one song is well worth purchasing the entire disk: "Go to sleep my little one, your tired, the day is done, everything will be all right. Every little thing is all right.
"Take you on a moonlight ride, I'll show you where the fairies hide, everything will be all right. Every little thing is all right. "Your daddies right here, your momma ain't far, I'll help you find that wishing star..."
Beautifully melodic, lyrically wonderful, this is Johnson's finest work to date as a singer/songwriter.
The album, recorded in Johnson's living room, is nicely packaged as well.The album art, by Brook Burnett and Rory Johnson, is perfectly suited to the album's concept and feel. It features classic, lighthearted country images
in bold, primary colors.
Victor Johnson's "Country Blues for Kids" is a wonderful stocking stuffer for kids on anyone's Christmas list, and will cheer all of us jaded adults suffering from the Winter doldrums.



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Country Blues for Kids is a Hit!!!
I recently purchased Country Blues for Kids, for my classroom. My students love the renditions of songs that are familiar and fun to sing and dance with. This one is a must have for PreK and up.

Andrew Buckley

Great tunes, for young and old.
This CD is great. My 2 1/2 year old loves Frog Went a Courtin'...and so do I!

CD Baby

Looking for something for the kids' stockings that won't come back to haunt you later? Looking for something that you won't be sick of by December 26th? This country and folky blues albums for kids will fit the bill. Just ignore the child-friendly lyrics and it might as well be one of your own albums; it's that good, that mature and "real music"-sounding. With warm but gruff vocals and a light but bluesy delivery, Victor Johnson's "Country Blues For Kids" is a simple, easy click away from shopping list perfection.

Janet H.

Foot stompin', body shakin' and grinnin' ear to ear.
This is a foot stompin', body shakin', singin' your heart out, and grinnin' ear to ear cd. Nothin' more need to be said except, Buy It! You'll sure be glad you did and so will your little ones. :}

Theresa Babcock

fun music for the whole family
Country Blues for Kids is a fun CD that the whole family
will enjoy. it's not just for kids!


Some Fine Playing......Good Variety of Songs
Ok then, this cd has real good guitar playing & a nice song selection. Was a Hit with Cole who will be 3 in April and plays a little guitar himself. So there it is ,, I recommend it..........Becky & Cole


Great for kids and adults alike!
I bought two copies of this CD, kept one (love it!) and sent the other to a couple with a 4 year old. They called to thank me, saying that now they finally have some children's music that adults can listen to as well (apparently all the other kids music they have drives them crazy!) Highly recommended!


Great for kids and adults!
Imagine if Mississippi John Hurt published a bunch of kid songs. Delicious finger picking will keep the adults entertained, and the proven material here will delight the kids too. Very recommended!!


Amazingly cool! The kids love it, good for jam out time, or bedtime.
Local Music heroe does it right. Good tunes, mom and dad dig it also. Weve got a three year old and a nine year old and they both like it.

Kathy Collins

Great for baby and all ages. Unique and special.
The Country Blues For Kids CD is a so fun to sing along to baby or have playing in background. It's very different from any of the other baby CD's I have in his collection which is fun for him and me. It's great to have the kind of music I like to listen to in a kids CD appropriate for all ages to enjoy.
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