“Plymouth Rockers” by Rocknoceros – sparking new album from DC’s power trio for kids & families







“An outstanding mix of folk and rock … literate songs … poppy approach … multi-generational appeal.” — NPR, “Best Music for Kids and Families”

“Bubblegum Pop.  The harmonies rival those of any killer alt-rock band (assuming they decided to sing about things little kids love).” — Parenting magazine

“Kudos to the great taste of the DC area.  you already know what the rest of the country is starting to find out — that Rocknoceros is a gem of a band.” — Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble

“Love the Unique sound and the songs are a perfect mix of great lyrics that are kid-friendly and a great sound. Young kids will love the CD!”—SoCal City Kids.
Washington, DC’s award-winning power trio for kids and families, Rocknoceros, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a sparkling “state-themed” album, Plymouth Rockers.  Set for release on the 4th of July, Plymouth Rockers features a bevy of high-octane songs about 14 different states, along with a Rocknoceros take on Irving Berlin’s classic anthem, “God Bless America.”

Plymouth Rockers is the first installment of Rocknoceros’ long awaited state song project, which will ultimately include a song for every state in the union.  Notes Rocknoceros’ Boogie Woogie Bennie, “We’ve been talking about a project like this since ‘Virginia’ appeard on our PINK!album in 2008.  Our tenth anniversary year seemed like a great time to roll up our sleeves and deliver!”

Rocknoceros fans will notice that, while maintaining a tradition of covering a dizzying array of musical styles, the power trio actually rocks a wee bit harder on Plymouth Rockers than on previous albums. Plymouth Rockers kicks off with a big slice of Kansas weather seasoned with a dash of Beatles-esque attitude on “Would You Like To Visit Kansas?”  The tasty morsels of cheese known as “Squeakers” are the pièce de résistance at the heart of the Rocknoceros tribute to Wisconsin. Migrating to the east, Rocknoceros takes a sharp right-hand turn and heads for Florida.  “The Sunshine State,” a country-inflected rock number, offers a chance to roll out the clavinet, while “Louisiana” pays tribute to the Pelican State with some dandy double-time funk expressed by fine Hammond B3-type organ licks and a full chorus of swinging, single string guitar improv.  Roots reggae à la Toots and the Maytals gets the spotlight on “Colorado Rockies,” and the Swamp Funk-influenced “Tennessee” includes references to Davy Crockett, Casey Jones, Elvis Presley, and the Tennessee Volunteers, amidst a lively chattter of wah-wah pedal guitar.

Rocknoceros is three guys:  Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie.  The band has been at the forefront of the Washington, DC children’s music scene since its inception, winning a remarkable eight Washington Area Music Awards.  In its first decade Rocknoceroshas entertained tens of thousands of fans throughout the country and has gained significant national recognition with performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wolf Trap, and The Kennedy Center.  In addition toPlymouth Rockers, Rocknoceros albums include Colonel Purple Turtle(2011, with an accompanying picture book), the NAPPA award-winningPINK! (2009), Dark Side of the Moon Bounce (2007), and Rocknoceros(2005).

Plymouth Rockers will be available at rocknoceros.com, amazon.com, CDBaby.com, and iTunes.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post.

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