2012 release that features Randy Kaplan's child-friendly versions of Country Blues and Ragtime numbers from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Kaplan is a nationally acclaimed artist that Time Out New York Kids magazine recently named as one of the top children's performers in the nation. More than two years in the making, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie includes 17 songs first performed by the likes of legendary blues musicians Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Jimmie Rodgers, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb, Pink Anderson, Mississippi John Hurt, Hambone Willie Newbern, the Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, Dave Van Ronk, Jim Jackson and Charlie Patton.
What's old is new again with Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. This is offbeat, smart and funny, funny, funny! --Mindy Thomas- Program Director, Kids Place Live SiriusXM Radio
Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie... is more powerful than a locomotive in the way it drives kids through a range of blues sounds - hearkening back to the '20s, '30s, and '40s - while it entertains them with (Randy's) trademark lyrical wit... Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie is ambitious in its effort to educate young listeners about some of the most significant indigenous music America has produced. It's also funny, insightful, and loving. Who would want to miss out on all of that? --Gregory Keer, Family Man Online
It's been more than a few years since Dan Zanes helped shake up the family music scene with his lively renditions of traditional tunes. Randy Kaplan has done his own take on this concept, and the result is just as wonderful. --Michael Berick, L.A. Parent