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Not for Kids Only



Great collection of mellow folk tunes.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As in many folk songs, rotten behavior is tunefully related - and so is its punishment. "The Miller's Will" describes the fate of a greedy miller; in "When First Unto This Country," a horse thief is thrown in jail.

Violence & scariness

No violence, other than (friendly) dueling guitar and mandolin.

Sexy stuff

There are no sexual references.


These folk classics have no objectionable language.


There are no references to brand names in these folk songs.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In "Hot Corn, Cold Corn," the corn refers to corn whiskey, but the drinking references are subtle.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is nothing of concern in this quality collection.

What's the story?

This album sets a high standard for children's music that might be equaled, but never surpassed. Before he died, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia joined the hugely talented David Grisman, whose "dawg music" combines jazz, bluegrass, and klezmer to create this fabulous collection.

Is it any good?


It's a lively album of foot-tapping harmonies that can inspire three generations of listeners to rock to the beat as Garcia's guitar matches Grisman's mandolin. It's all good, but special highlights include "Arkansas Traveler," and maybe the best-ever version of "Teddy Bears' Picnic," where a brass Dixieland-style band backs Garcia's gravelly melody.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about musical collaborations. Talk about the backgrounds of the two artists, and what each brings to the album. What do you think is important to a successful collaboration?

Music details

Artists:David Grisman, Jerry Garcia
Release date:October 13, 1993
Label:Acoustic Disc
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bySharon M December 8, 2009

Just plain great music for all ages.

Fun old-time folk music, beautifully played. Babies react to the music, toddlers dance to the rhythm and mimic the more repetitive choruses, preschoolers start getting the jokes, giggling, and singing along. And most of this is true folk music, too, not folk-influenced acoustic pop. Chords, guitar tab, variant lyrics, and sometimes even full sheet music can be found free online or at the library for many of the songs, so if your family has a musical bent, you can adapt them and sing and play along or even add a few extra verses of your own.
Kid, 9 years old August 11, 2010

Just one obscene word.

"h**l" is used once in There Ain't No Bugs on Me.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byXXWXWXX June 20, 2009

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