Sing, play, and clap along to Bregar's bluesy, Cajun-flavored Americana tunes for the whole family.
Hootenanny opens with a rambunctious version of "Old Dan Tucker" that, dare I say it? surpasses Springsteen's on The Seeger Sessions album. Bregar covers more classic cuts: dig the rowdy "Wishy Washy Washer Woman," a Stray Cats-like "Five Little Monkeys," the tender "Eastbound Freight Train," and a version of "Miss Mary Mack" that would make Little Feat proud.
Bregar's been doin' his homework, too: originals like "Blue Dog," "Blackberry Pie," and "Owl" are wonderfully authentic, to the point where you would think they're Americana relics. Bregar has a knack, as well, for super catchy country pop: listen to the shimmery "Airplane" and the awesome choruses of "Best Friend" and "Summertime."
Other Hootenanny highlights include a warm, strummy cover of Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In," the Stax/Volt groove of "Today," and the gentle ode to agriculture, "Hey All You Farmers." You could pair this tune with the post-Civil War song "The Farmer is the Man," raucously covered by Dog On Fleas on their 2003 kids' album Cranberry Sauce Flotilla.
Johnny Bregar's Hootenanny is a great set of smoky, bluesy Americana songs for kids and their families.
Released 2006; Brickyard Music