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Crazy Zoo- Cassette

by Joe Ross

A playful folk and bluegrass animal songfest for frolicking, fun-filled families with children. With Bryan Bowers, Peter Ostroushko, Dean Magraw, Radim Zenkl, and others. A perfect tape for your next car trip with the kids. NOW ON SALE FOR $5
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1. The Cat Came Back
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2. The Crazy Zoo
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3. Six Little Ducks
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4. The Unicorn
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5. Twin Peaks
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6. The Sow Took the Measles
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7. Puff the Magic Dragon
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8. Opera Reel
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9. Tennessee Stud
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10. Old Rattler
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11. Baby Beluga
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12. Crawdad
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13. Turkey in the Straw
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14. Last Call
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15. Goober Peas/Year of the Jubilo
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16. The Fox
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17. The Tale of a Bear
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19. Joy to the World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In his liner notes, Joe Ross says, "Musicians should periodically think about how they hear and feel music, and we must also be able to help others feel it. Thus, my personal reflection on this concluded that my own music is fun, playful, and even silly at times." On "The Crazy Zoo: an Animal Songfest," Ross' goals are to both entertain and educate, by getting audience members to interact, clap or sing along on a number of songs from the genres of bluegrass, folk, campfire songs, Celtic, children's music, and original music. "I've always tried to have fun with music, and this is what this album tries to convey. Everyone should experience the joy and unity that playing and singing together bring." Ross is a member of the Northwest on Tour juried artist roster and frequently performs for family shows and festivals throughout the region.

"We think that folks of all ages should like these frolicking, fun-filled family songs that will have you singing, smiling and tapping your toes from the first verse of 'The Cat Came Back' on." Besides cats, the album offers tunes about bears, unicorns, dragons, ducks, horses, dogs, whales, crawdads, turkeys, and foxes. Ross' original title cut, "The Crazy Zoo" tells of other interesting animals, like the zepotamus, hippoingo, elezelle, pypard, goraffe, osthon, flammel, kangarich, and babkey. The album's cover has whimsical depictions of these imaginary animal species.

On a more serious note, Ross' other original on the album is "Touch the Earth" which speaks to the frustration, desperation and despair experienced by Native Americans as they saw their resources exploited by the pioneer emigrants. The song, written from an Indian's perspective, encourages us to "Arise now and touch the earth, before your day is done!" The 19-track album is targeted "for families from 3 to 93," and includes all the lyrics for nearly an hour's worth of music.

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Ross plays guitar, upright bass, and synthesizer on the project. Vocals and harmonies are handled by Ross and Bob Evoniuk. Artists collaborating with Ross on the project include: Bryan Bowers on autoharp & mandocello Linda Danielson on fiddle Bob Evoniuk on resonator guitar Dean Magraw on guitar Dan Mazer on banjo Janet Naylor on celtic harp Peter Ostroushko on mandolin Radim Zenkl on mandolin, bouzouki, low whistle.

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Kathy Boyd of Portland, Oregon comments, "It's one of the most professionally packaged products I've seen in a long time. We listened to "Zoo" last evening while eating dinner....By the time the banjo was introduced, it was quite a pleasant surprise! We were all dancing around the house snapping our fingers in a Stray-cattish sort of way to the very first song on the album, and that was just the beginning of the fun we had. Tom's daughter got excited everytime you sang a song she was familiar with. The adults had an unexpected trip down memory lane when we got to sing-a-long with songs such as "The Unicorn" and "Joy to the World (Jeramiah Was A Bullfrog)."

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Here's a review from Two Louies Magazine:
"Adult musicians have the perfect forum...the perfect disguise. Posing as grown-ups, they can casually walk into a studio under the guise that they 're recording a children's CD. But we know it's more than that, don't we? Deep down we're all in the same boat.... just children in a crazy zoo wanting to jump on the bed, wanting to play in the woods and climb the trees. You remember those trouble free days don't you? So here we have it; a group of hard core, adult, professional studio musicians and songwriters together "playing" (get it... playing... get it?) with Joe Ross on his CD, The Crazy Zoo.

The Crazy Zoo is a hilarious, artistic, bonanza of zoological zest....a savanna of silly-ness. And like some of those great cartoons of the past, the Jetsons, the Flintstones etc...the Crazy Zoo has that grasp-able, frivolous flavor in the outer layers that children attach themselves to, but will only fully understand the depth of years later.

The Crazy Zoo is a bluegrass production with scads of musical influences laced throughout as well as some well-known, national folk and bluegrass names such as Bryan Bowers.

Ross' songwriting is an embrace-able treasure that has found not only publishing, but an audience. The kid within him has found the ultimate playground. --- Two Louies Magazine, Portland, OR.


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Bob Mitchell

A delightful release !
Review By Bob Mitchell (Reviewer for "Bluegrass Now" and "Louisville Music News.") -- "Zoo" is a delightful release that allows an adult listener to make friends with his or her inner child and it allows the young listener to giggle and have fun. The musicians are first rate and they handle each track with skill and love. Bryan Bowers, Janet Naylor, Peter Ostroushko, and Radim Zenkl are especially noteworthy. Two of my favorites selections are "Puff The Magic Dragon" and "The Unicorn."

Jim Kanas

A hoot!
the kids think it is a hoot!

Kathy Boyd

Lots of fun!
My first impression is that it's one of the most professionally packaged products I've seen in a long time. We listened to "Zoo" last evening while eating dinner and then working on the CD's. By the time the banjo was introduced, it was quite a pleasant surprise! (We didn't miss it until it was there!) We were all dancing around the house snapping our fingers in a Stray cattish sort of way to the very first song on the album, and that was just the beginning of the fun we had. Tom's daughter got excited every time you sang a song she was familiar with. The adults had an unexpected trip down memory lane when we got to sing a long with songs such as "The Unicorn" and "Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog). Just wanted to let you know how much fun we had with our first listen last evening!

Cathy Levin

It's a treasure!
"The Crazy Zoo" is a CD sure to make everybody smile, from toddlers through grown ups. You will buy it for a child, but find yourself enjoying it just as much they do. The song selection is fresh and interesting, with lyrics sweet and funny for enjoyment at many levels. You can just hear the big smile in Joe Ross' rich baritone voice, and the way he phrases the lyrics guarantees to draw you into the humor or sentiment of every song. The musicianship is outstanding, and contributions by Peter Ostroushko and Radim Zenkl on mandolin, Dean Magraw on guitar, and Bryan Bowers on autoharp really make this project sparkle. The wonderful variety of acoustic instruments gives a full flavored harmony to every song. This will be one of our favorite family CD's, and every child on my Christmas list is getting one too! It is a treasure!

Dave Higgs

Some very fine songs interpreted in an appealing fashion
Young and old alike will find something to tickle their fancy on "The Crazy Zoo." Joe Ross and friends have chosen some fine songs, have interpreted them in an appealing fashion, have utilized the talents of some of the area's finest musicians and definitely have achieved your twin goals of entertaining and educating. Almost all the vocal tunes have little hooks or phrases that will provide immediate accessibility for children. No one under the age of 93 will be able to resist screaming out "quack, quack, quack" on "Six Little Ducks" or "eating goober peas" on the song by the same title. I especially enjoyed hearing all the verses to "The Cat Came Back" although I wasn't surprised to learn he had survived a nuclear holocaust. Thanks for putting fun back into music! And thanks again for the cool tunes!
Dave Higgs, Bluegrass Breakdown, WPLN FM, Nashville

Julie Koehler, Associate Editor, BLUEGRASS NOW magazine

An uncomplicated, fun, sing along album with clearly understandable lyrics
I was delighted to get the new CD, THE CRAZY ZOO. It's just adorable! I've played "The Cat Came Back" for three other people so far and everybody's loving it and going around singing the chorus. "For Families from 3 to 93," says this CD's cover. Tell the store clerk it's for your kids or grandkids, but chances are you'll enjoy it as much as any youngster lucky enough to hear it. Joe Ross is an Oregon musician who has been performing a "Roots of Bluegrass" family show for years. The Crazy Zoo is a collection of 19 animal songs aimed at children and those with youthful souls. Several selections will be delightfully familiar to baby boomers ("The Unicorn,"
"Puff the Magic Dragon," and "Joy to the World"—as in "Jeremiah was a bullfrog"). Some are less common but equally fun ("The Sow Took the Measles," "Baby Beluga," "The Tale of a Bear"). And there's a healthy serving of traditional and bluegrass standards ("Six Little Ducks," "Tennessee Stud," "Old Rattler," "Crawdad," "Turkey in the Straw"), tying past and present together for all listeners.
Helping Joe are several friends, including Bryan Bowers, Peter Ostroushko, Dean Magraw and Radim Zenkl. The result is an uncomplicated, fun, sing along album with clearly understandable lyrics. A Parents' Choice Foundation award nominee and an excellent way to introduce your kids to the joys of music. Some proceeds assist The Humane Society of the U.S. -- Julie Koehler, Associate Editor, BLUEGRASS NOW magazine, Rolla, Mo.

Two Louies Magazine

Hilarious, artistic, bonanza of zoological zest....a savanna of sillyness
Adult musicians have the perfect forum...the perfect disguise. Posing as grown ups, they can casually walk into a studio under the guise that they¡¦re recording a children¡¦s CD. But we know it¡¦s more than that, don¡¦t we? Deep down we¡¦re all in the same boat...just children in a crazy zoo wanting to jump on the bed, wanting to play in the woods and climb the trees. You remember those trouble free days don¡¦t you? So here we have it; a group of hard core, adult, professional studio musicians and songwriters together ¡§playing¡¨ (get it„m playing„m get it?) with Joe Ross on his CD, The Crazy Zoo.

The Crazy Zoo is a hilarious, artistic, bonanza of zoological zest....a savanna of silly ness. And like some of those great cartoons of the past, the Jetsons, the Flintstones etc„mthe Crazy Zoo has that grasp able, frivolous flavor in the outer layers that children attach themselves to, but will only fully understand the depth of years later.

The Crazy Zoo is a bluegrass production with scads of musical influences laced throughout as well as some well known, national folk and bluegrass names such as Bryan Bowers.

Ross¡¦ songwriting is an embraceable treasure that has found not only publishing, but an audience. The kid within him has found the ultimate playground. (Two Louies Magazine)

Kelsey Wood

Crazy Zoo is klang-da-de-klanging fun!
This gets you right in the middle of some toe tapp'n, foot stomp'n klang-da-de-klanging fun. Good wholesome old-fashioned imaginative lyrics, great instrumentation and colorful voices make this CD a fun family favorite of ours.