These 10 new kid-friendly rhythm-and-blues songs will carry the whole family through a fun-filled weekend day, with the help of guest artists Marty Beller, Keller Williams, Trout Fishing in America and other luminaries. As a bonus, the music package includes a CD and full-length Sugar Free Allstars concert DVD, providing the next best thing to being at a live show.
The rock solid grooves on All on a Sunday Afternoon pay a deep tribute to America’s great musical heritage, particularly the golden eras of Motown and Stax Records. The first song, “Gotta Get Up,” will surely raise up the sleepyheads, with power punch vocals by Jack Forman of Recess Monkey and Shawana Kemp of Shine and the Moonbeams. Kids will laugh along with the flat-tire beat of “Hiccup,” and the ‘70s dance party song “Love Train” is enhanced by Keller Willams’ expert guitar and kaosilator tracks. Ezra and Keith from Trout Fishing in America contributed to the title song, which, musically, owes more than a little to Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” and New Orleans funk masters The Meters.
Amidst the high energy vibe of All on a Sunday Afternoon, a sentimental tone recurs, particularly in the send-up of the Talking Heads classic “Stay Up Late,” “99 Questions,” “Very Best Friend” and the wistful, growing-up song “Ready To Give Up Teddy.” Since beginning his career in family music, Chris Wiser has become a parent. “The experience of being a dad has added another layer to my songwriting,” he says. “There’s more sweetness and nostalgia in these songs than in our previous releases,” says the band’s songwriter, Hammond organ wizard and lead singer.