Giddyup!

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Rowdy cowboy fun for little kids.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

There's a very funny song about dead bugs.

Sexy Stuff
Language

One song is about flatulence, but cleverly never actually says any of the key words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is a hilarious song on one subject that kids find endlessly fascinating -- flatulence. There is also a funny song about dead bugs.

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Yay!

I do not have this cd But i listen to cowpie radio on XM KIds (xm satilite Radio)!

What's the story?

On GIDDYUP! Buck Howdy performs perfectly authentic cowboy music with kid-friendly lyrics, delivered with a toothy grin and a mischievous wink. High points are a hoedown-style Hokey Pokey (with some killer banjo, mandolin, and fiddle playing), \"Baked Beans\" (a song that discusses the sad and smelly consequences of eating nothing but you-know-what), and \"My Favorite Kind of Bugs\" (dead ones, it turns out). He reveals a tender side with beautifully understated versions of \"This Little Light of Mine\" and \"Almost Home\" -- without ever getting syrupy. A lovely performance of \"Happy Trails,\" sung as duet with Laurie Berkner, gives Roy Rogers and Dale Evans a run for their money.

Is it any good?

A combination of originals and cover tunes, Giddyup! is an engaging, funny, and musically authentic collection of songs-without-attitude. Howdy isn't hitting you over the head with educational value or obtuse sincerity. He's having fun and wants kids to join in, and if in the process they end up laughing about flatulence, singing about dead bugs, or even adding a few new words to their vocabularies, it's no skin off his nose. He's just happy to be there.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the clever lyrics and sophisticated rhymes and come up with some verses of their own.

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