LATIN GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER MISTER G COMES HOME TO HIS MUSICAL ROOTS WITH HIS LATEST ALBUM, FIREFLIES.
Special Guests Charmaine Neville, Lucy Kalantari & Ruth Unger
“Latin GRAMMY Award winner and four-time Parents’ Choice® Gold Award recipient Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer) calls upon his musical roots to celebrate children’s wonder for the natural world with the release of his ninth album for families, Fireflies, was released on September 28, 2018.”
We love this new album by Mister G because in our family the topics are dear to our hearts. One of my daughters was born on the 4th of July and we love being outdoors. Our summers are filled with exploring the outdoors and enjoying a BBQ with family and friends. We love catching fireflies on summer nights and seeing fireworks in the sky.
“Fireflies marks a return to Mister G’s beginnings as a songwriter and musician. Quintessentially American, the album draws from a rich tapestry of roots influences including folk, bluegrass, soul, and vintage country. The music reflects the freedom and excitement of exploring the outdoors in summer, celebrating such iconic pleasures as eating s’mores by the campfire, 4th of July fireworks, paddling a canoe, and family cookouts. The songs also encourage children to see themselves as budding eco-activists who are connected to all beings on the planet.
Co-produced, recorded, and mixed with Grammy-winner Dean Jones, Fireflies recalls a simpler, more optimistic era when children spent hours of unstructured time playing outdoors. Recorded with a small group of friends and collaborators, the album is a testament to the organic beauty of hand-played instruments, including fiddle, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. One would be hard pressed to say whether this masterful collection of exquisitely rendered songs will be cherished more by kids or their parents.”
“Fireflies kicks off with the album’s title track, a folk ballad that captures the graceful magic of woodlands, with Guy Fischetti providing ethereal pedal steel guitar. “Sweet Summertime” is an ode to the delights of steamy weather, featuring soulful Hammond organ by Rodney Alejandro, who has performed with Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. On “Me and You,” Mister G exhibits a few of his multi-instrumental talents (National Steel guitar, banjo, guitar, and percussion), while inspiring children to take action and “fix the world, together me and you.”
“S’mores” plunges into a wild-in-the-woods feel, with funky horns by Dean Jones and Charles Frommer and an array of atmospheric percussion by William Johnson Garcia. A foot-stomping, string band instant classic, “Big Old World” has an unforgettable catchy chorus that encapsulates the themes of the album: “Looking up, blue sky above/We share this big old world that we love.” “Four-Footed Friend” is an homage to canine companions which reflects Mister G’s lifelong love of dogs.
The witty lyrics of “Crawl” align perfectly with the loping Motown feel, while the modern folk anthem, “Together as One,” is reminiscent of rallying songs of the ’60s that brought a generation together. “Perfect Day” revels in the gentle warmth of idyllic summertime and quiet moments to commune with nature. Fireflies comes to a peaceful conclusion with the gorgeous lullaby, “Moonbeams,” featuring Mister G’s spare and evocative electric guitar.”
Get your hands on the latest album by Mister G, you will be so happy you did.
Fireflies is available at iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and the Mister G website.
Album Details: Fireflies
Label: Coil Records
Release Date: September 28, 2018
For all ages, and especially enjoyed by ages 3 – 8
SRP: $14.99 CD; $9.99 digital download
Run Time: 28 minutes
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