FARMER JASON HARVESTS CRITICAL ACCLAIM
From the American press -
Music critic Ann Powers names ‘Rockin’ In The Forest’ to 2006 “Best Of” list.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Rousing songs about forest critters, by a former rock singer, encourage tykes to exercise their muscles and educate their minds.”
“Each song is different and has a captivating story to keep children’s attention and educate at the same time. The introductions to the songs add some insight, too. It’s catchy, clever, funny, musically interesting, and definitely danceworthy.”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE (Rating 10 out of 10)
“Between toe-tappin’ tunes, Jason’s immensely cheerful, eco-friendly chats (‘Wow, what a cool word that is — marsupial!!’) will make parents feel quite virtuous about cranking up the volume.”
“…Rockin’ In The Forest is smart, energetic, musically distinct, and surprisingly instructive. It strikes a balance in its appeal to both children and parents, and the grown-ups can also take pleasure in knowing Farmer Jason‘s punk rock alter-ego.”
THE LOVELY MRS. DAVIS (Parents Blog)
“Incorporating jazz, bluegrass, Burt Bacharach-style horns, ouds, and fiddles, Farmer Jason scatters country across his disc like seeds — and there’s never a shortage of sunshine.”
“Children and adults enjoy this punk rock preschool music, which has gained Farmer Jason even more international acclaim than his adult music!”
“The man’s the real deal, and his music will make anyone grin from ear to ear…The ode to a favorite bottom dweller, ‘Catfish Song,’ is an instant classic.”
LA DAILY NEWS
“…Ringenberg has a knack for getting kids’ attention with tunes such as ‘Punk Rock Skunk’ and ‘Opossum In A Pocket’…highly entertaining and even educational for citybound kids.”
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
“Sounding as excited as a Captain Crunched 6-year-old on Saturday morning, Farmer Jason dares you not to sing along…resistance is utterly futile whether you are 7 or 70.”
“He stocked his album with delightfully humorous barnyard ditties…with little lessons about farming, responsibility, and life. Its all part of his goal of making Farmer Jason albums an entertaining experience that leaves kids ‘a little better people for it.’”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
A DAY AT THE FARM WITH FARMER JASON is Number 3 on the TOP 5 Best CDs of the Year!”
FAMILY FUN (Disney Magazine)
“A GUITAR PICKIN’ CHICKEN and I’M JUST AN OLD COW are perfectly fun moments that probably have animators already sketching.”
NEW YORK PRESS
“…his ace musicianship gives this album an air of expertise that balances the kid-friendly goofiness.”
NICK JR FAMILY MAGAZINE
“One of those magical albums that kids and parents will enjoy listening to- and singing along with-together. Yee-haw!”
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“This may be an unexpected turn for a club-rock veteran, but he pulls it off with conviction, spirit, terrific music, and a big heart.”
BARNES AND NOBLE.com
“This album drops the saccharine overtone of most children’s albums in favor of a hootenanny for young people that speaks to its audience on their own level.”
ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“Farmer Jason, who is one of the genuinely nicest guys you could ever meet, deserves a lot of credit for making a record that’s fun, educational, and capable of entertaining kids and their parents. If you have kids, you should check this one out. Grade: A”
RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH
From the International press -
Celebrating a return to our arboreal roots, it is hard not to shed a tear at the doleful Ode To A Toad, and songs such as Moose On The Loose and Punk Rock Skunk will have toddlers burning down Parliament before they reach puberty.
BIG ISSUE CYMRU (4/5)
Songs that should be played to get any party going, whether it’s a six year olds Saturday afternoon party or a Friday night get together of sixty year olds. Just try to sit still to this collection, or try not to raise a smile at the lyrics. It is simply irresistible.
Jason has an educational impetus – he often takes his show into primary schools – but that doesn’t stop his Farmer Jason songs being great fun. So if you are a parent or grandparent of anyone under, say seven, you would do well to invest in Rockin’ In The Forest.
COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE (4/5)
Whilst the record is aimed at the younger market there is plenty here to enjoy for all.
Children are just like any other listener, serve them up patronising rubbish and they’ll smell it a mile away. But, as Rockin’ In The Forest shows, the reverse is also true. Not only is Rockin’ In The Forest hugely entertaining, it’s the best musical start in life you can offer. What parent wouldn’t want to do that.
It would be entirely feasible for Jason to release this same album with exactly the same musical tracks and to redo the lyrics to suit an adult audience. It is that good. Fair play then to Farmer Jason for giving the young and young-at-heart something positive and potent to play and learn (in many ways) from.