WINNER OF PARENTS CHOICE AWARD in 2007 COMPETITION
WINNER OF NAPPA HONORS AWARD 2007
WINNER OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM CATEGORY
Grace’s Bell will get you singing!
Ben Rudnick and Friends are proud to announce the release of Grace’s Bell, their latest recording for humans young and old. With more Parenting and Family Awards than they can remember and a four star review from Downbeat Magazine for the last recording, Blast Off, Ben Rudnick and Friends forge ahead, ringing the bell for all to hear.
With their trademark mix of crackling energy, adventurous musicianship and warm humor, Ben Rudnick and Friends welcome you into their musical world. Whether extolling the virtues of Vowels, imagining a world enamored with tubas in Tuba Tune or celebrating the spirit in the title song, Grace’s Bell, Ben Rudnick and Friends will energize your whole family in a singing and dancing celebration.
The band continues to mix originals with well-chosen classics. Live set staples Route 66, When the Saint’s Go Marching In and Mama Don’t ‘Low jump off the record. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World invites you into candyland in a song. With special guests Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage), Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) and the Tuba Tune Horn Section, Grace’s Bell takes Ben Rudnick and Friends unique sound to all new levels.
To their delighted amusement, Ben Rudnick and Friends concerts turn into celebratory community events. Pick up Grace’s Bell and join the party!
1 – My Name Is Ben – (2:01) A musical introduction to Ben, his friends and the instruments they play.
2 – Mama Don’t ‘Low – (3:09) The classic song with the band in full flight. Recorded as an ensemble, live in the studio.
3 – Vowels – (3:24) Ben and his friends love all the letters but they need Vowels to sing! A vowel-celebration. Even “Y” gets a mention.
4. Tuba Tune – (3:48) What if Ben played the tuba instead of the guitar? A full horn section helps supply the answer. Here’s a hint… dancing is involved!
5. Cowgirl Song – (5:04) A fresh take on a Ben Rudnick and Friends classic featuring Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) on pedal steel guitar.
6. Grace’s Bell – (3:57) When two-year old Grace gazed at Ben and rang her tricycle bell, Ben heard her spirit ring loud and clear.
7. Coming of Spring – (2:26) An instrumental written in the dead of winter celebrating and eagerly anticipating the coming of spring. With Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) on the bodhran.
8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – (5:18) A beautiful rendition of the segue made famous by Hawaiian singer “Iz,” Israel Ka'ano'i Kamakawiwo'ole. This is musical candy!
9. Route 66 – (2:03) A concert staple from their earliest live shows, this is a snippet of Ben Rudnick and Friends as you might hear them playing live on a warm summer evening. Recorded as an ensemble live in the studio.
10. Merry Go Round – (3:17) RIDE! Merry-go-rounds date back to Arthurian times of knights and maidens and hold a unique place in just about everyone’s memory. Hold on as sights and sounds bring you along on the ride.
11. Chet’s Fabulous Diner – (5:20) An “Americana” look at Ben’s stop into Chet’s Diner in Framingham, Massachusetts. With Buddy Cage (New Riders of the Purple Sage) supplying the pedal steel guitar, this song is road ready inflected country.
12. Hava Nagila – (3:55) Another live show staple, the band puts their twist on this traditional song they consider “older than dirt.” Recorded live as an ensemble in the studio.
13. When the Saint’s Go Marching In – (3:59) Ben Rudnick and Friends nod toward New Orleans and close the party, or at least the disc, with a celebration. The Saint’s are smiling! Recorded live as an ensemble in the studio.