Early Morning Knee-Slappin' Tunes
- Artist: Mike Whitla
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/12/2009
This high-energy recording blends Mike's passion for traditional North American music with his commitment to bring the best of music-making to children's music. From R&B to funk, Bluegrass to Reggae, and Rock & Roll, the listener will enjoy Early Morning Knee-Slappin' Tunes again and again. CD recording featuring: Jessica Vigars (vocals), Kevin Cooke (bass), David Monis (drums), Alan Gasser (vocals), Chris Coole (banjo), Hameed Shaq (steel pan), Richard 'Isax' House (alto sax), James Spragg (trumpet), Stuart Elliott (baritone sax), and Gabrielle Roddy (vocals). What the critics are saying: 'Early Morning Knee-Slappin' Tunes is a collection of traditional (and a few new) North American songs arranged with originality and performed with passion. Some tracks - like Woodie Guthrie's 'Baby Washing Song', with it's banjos and harmonized vocals -- sound like they belong on the 'Oh Brother Where Are Thou' soundtrack... ...There is certainly some sweetness to the album; a few lullabies and guitar instrumentals to calm things down, a very funky version of the 'Hokey Pokey' and lots of sing-alongs with actions. But what really makes Early Morning Knee-Slappin' Tunes stand out is it's authenticity. This is a CD made by musicians who really want kids to enjoy this music as much as they do.' Deanne Fisher - Toronto City Parent Magazine 'Fantastic songs for getting the little ones moving their bodies!' Tina Smith - Fresno Family Awards for Early Morning Knee-Slappin' Tunes: 2007 Indie Award for Favourite Children's Artist 2008 NAPPA Children's Music Award 2008 Parent's Choice Award.