What Earthworm Ensemble says:
Earthworm Ensemble is a music project for kids and parents, with some of Los Angeles’s best folk/country artists — members of I See Hawks In L.A., Mike Stinson, The Chapin Sisters, Zachariah – singing and playing fiddles, mandolins, guitars, horns, and steel.
We’re calling it family music, rather than just children’s music. We hope children and their parents can enjoy the songs together, and talk about some of the ideas in the songs.
We sing about the earthworm’s role in the plant cycle; about buffalo migration as told by a young buffalo; buying fresh corn at the farmer’s market and taking it home to cook; how to make pizza from scratch; trains, birds, walking in the woods, and a superhero team of Bear and Dog who’ve come to save the planet! You can sing along, and there’s a song to drum along with, and two lullabyes.
The songs are folk, old timey, country rock, New Orleans second line, and even some funky beats. Our debut CD is getting a great response –click on the Reviews page above, and you can also order the CD here.
Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3 year old son Nolan (who sings about the bear and dog). Sherri’s a singer songwriter, and Shawn is one of the best drummers in Los Angeles. He played with Dwight Yoakam and plays with I See Hawks In L.A.
The Nourses were soon joined by Paul Lacques of the Hawks and his wife Victoria Jacobs, and then by other Hawks: Paul Marshall, Brantley Kearns, David Jackson, Jr. and Rob Waller.
Then some of our favorite country and folk musicians joined in: Mike Stinson sings about corn, Zachariah does a high speed rap that’s a recipe for making pizza from scratch, The Chapin Sisters add their angelic harmonies, and David Jackson sings about the buffalo family. David has the lowest voice we’ve ever heard–he might even be a buffalo.
You can find us playing school shows, folk clubs, and festivals in Southern California, and someday soon we’ll come to your town too!
What does Crap4MyKid.com think:
Earthworm Ensemble is definitely a unique ensemble of musicians, making for a pleasingly interesting CD. The first track “The Traveling Train” starts with a cool locomotive sound and nice harmonies. Then you hear what I would describe as a voice that is as deep as deep can be. David Jackson’s participation on “Train” makes the song. His voice is so deep, you can’t help but smile when you hear it.
The hip hop inspired “Pizza Moon” is definitely the most fun song on the CD. It is a rap song that raps about making a pizza. What could be more fun than that.
Earthworm Ensemble jumps around from style to style on their self titled CD, which can sometimes make it hard to listen to. For me, I enjoy a consistent theme to a CD. The talent is absolutely shining on Earthworm Ensemble, but the direction is a bit unclear. Although, most little kids won’t care.
I would definitely play this CD for any kid between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. I think they would really enjoy it. They won’t notice the inconsistent themes and will want to hear it again and again.
Crap4MyKid.com thinks that Earthworm Ensemble is Pretty Good CRAP!!
Crap4MyKid.com rating: 3 Dirty Diapers
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