Let’s just go ahead and admit it…Grandparents rock! My son is blessed with some awesome grandparents, and he knows it. And Daddy A Go Go aka John Boydston, a father himself, realizes how great grandparents are and created a special Grandkid Rock album to help honor them. The songs in Grandkid Rock are fun and entertaining. They are perfect for young children, like mine.
A little more about Daddy A Go Go and his latest Grandkid Rock:
ATLANTA, GA (March 14, 2011) – Multi-award-winning children’s rock and roll recording artist Daddy A Go Go, a.k.a. Atlanta stay-at-home dad John Boydston, enthusiastically announces the April 19 release of his eighth CD, Grandkid Rock (Boyd’s Tone Records, $11.99, run time 40 minutes, for ages 3 – 10).
A leading advocate for rock and roll in kids’ music, former CNN producer John Boydston has been “rocking out and raving on” for families since 1998. The acclaim has been tremendous. Five Daddy A Go Go CDs have made Amazon.com’s “Best of the Year” critics’ list. Come on, Get Happy (The Best of Daddy A Go Go, Volume I) was included this past November on the AOL ParentDish “Top 25 Albums for Kids” list. Monkey in the Middle and Mojo AGo Go were honored with the prestigious Parents’ Choice® Award. The Washington Post credited Daddy A Go Go with helping change the face of kids’ music by moving “playroom tunes into the pop-rock era.” Kids’ music authority Warren Truitt (About.com/Children’s Music) characterized Boydston’s albums as “full of puns, parental pop music winks, and headbanging riffs … John Boydston lets the jokes fly and the rock and roll thunder.” Daily Candy Kids declared, “Not some watered-down musician for wee ones, Boydston isn’t afraid to shred some serious guitar riffs.”
A “greatest hits” album comprised of 16 remixed tunes that John Boydston considers his “rockingest rockers” from six previous Daddy A Go Go CDs, Grandkid Rock cheerfully continues the Daddy A Go Go alterna-rock tradition of what Stomp & Stammer described as “upbeat, wildly entertaining rave-ups, sing-alongs and silly puns that have endeared the group to kids (and their parents) nationwide.” While Boydston’s most recent release, Come On, Get Happy, focused on softer songs for younger children, Grandkid Rock goes the other direction, rocking out for the bigger kids with lots of electric guitars, drums, driving rhythms and power chords.
Why Grandkid Rock? John Boydston explains, “Grandparents are cool, beloved, and cherished, which is why on each of my CDs there are a couple of songs with shout-outs to them. I thought why not put some of those tunes together and share a little grandparental love? I even re-tracked the lyrics on ‘I Caught My Daddy Watching Cartoons,’ making the old guy even older yet.”
Boydston continues, “There are two themes that meet on this CD. The first is the grandparent theme, and when I first envisioned the album’s cover art, I considered a rocking chair, a grandfather clock, something like that. But I quickly realized those are clichés of another era and do not represent today’s grandparents at all/ But how about a cool looking guitar that’s slightly aged, worn, and actually better looking for the wear and tear? Perfect, ‘cause it dovetails with the other theme, and that is the rockingest rock and roll guitar songs I’ve done.”
Born in Oklahoma, John Boydston graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters in Journalism. He spent ten years working as a television news producer, making stops at CNN, WSVN, and WSB before leaving the news biz in the mid-’90s to become a stay-at-home dad, a move that set the scene for his rebirth as Daddy A Go Go. All this happened when his sons were young, with the boys providing inspiration for many of the earliest Daddy A Go Go songs. Boydston has never looked back.
With songs like “I Wanna Be An Action Figure” and “Ants In My Pants” your kids will definitely be entertained with this album. Daddy A Go Go has quite the sense of humor and he knows just how to use it with young kids.
My 5 year old son immediately loved the Daddy A Go Go “Grandkid Rock” CD. He listened to it over and over and laughed and loved listening to the songs. Unfortunately his CD met an untimely death. It was left on the floor and he stepped on it and broke it in half. He was pretty disappointed that the fun, new CD was ruined. This is a CD that I’ll have to replace. The music is great, and I love that my kid loves it. Plus it’s something that he can enjoy with his grandparents too.
You can learn more about Daddy A Go Go (John Boydston) on his website- http://daddyagogo.com/. You can also keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook. The Grandkid Rock CD is available online at www.daddyagogo.com, cdbaby.com, amazon.com, iTunes, and at local specialty toy and bookstores. This is an album that your kids will enjoy having!
It doesn't take an early childhood education degree to see why this generational-bonding CD is a hit. But you might need a a PhD in psychology to figure out why "Ants in my Pants" resonates so wildly popular with kids.
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