The Okee Dokee Brothers have made quite an impact on the world of Kindie music. The duo, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing, have put their down-home style of Bluegrass and Americana on six albums over 10 years. They’ve seen their work nominated for multiple Grammys in the Best Children’s Music category, taking home the trophy in 2013 for Can You Canoe.
Now, 12 years after their debut album, they’re back with album number seven, a massive two-disc collection of songs “to heal the soul during difficult times”. This album is meant as a true family experience. Songs that will make you think about how we see the world and what’s going on around us. Songs For Singin’ has many nods to folk singers of the past, particularly Woody Guthrie. Guthrie’s influence is evident on songs like “Hope Machine”, “Music Train”, and “Hushabye”. Pete Seeger’s influence can be heard in “If You Want a Song”.
Songs For Singin’ has 27 songs between the two discs. Some stand out tracks are “Hope Machine”, “Neighborhood Band”, “Campin'”, and “Let’s Throw a Party”. Of course, these selections only scratch the surface of the brilliance of the album.
The Okee Dokee Brothers have once again produced a real gem with this huge endeavor. These songs will put a smile on your face, make you think, make you laugh, and make you love one another.
Watch the video below for the first single from the album, “Hope Machine”.