Personnel: Joel Paterson (vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, kazoo, drums); Jon Langford "Cyril The Karaoke Squirrel" (vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion); Rick "Cookin'" Sherry (vocals, harmonica, kazoo, clarinet, drums, washboard); Ava, Sophie, Kelly Hogan (vocals); Sally Timms "Monkey Double Dippey" (drums).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Neuschafer.
Recording information: North Branch Studios, Chicago, IL.
Arranger: Wee Hairy Beasties.
Formed from an all-star cast of Chicago musicians, including the Mekons' Jon Langford and Sally Timms, as well as chanteuse Kelly Hogan, this kid-friendly bunch perform wildlife-related songs to a rich, traditional-flavored musical backing laid down by washboard, National steel guitar, and standup bass. Songs include a reworking of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy," titled "I'm an A.N.T.," the delightful "Cyril the Karaoke Squirrel," and Sally Timms' beautiful lullaby, "Toenail Moon." Suitable for kids and parents alike, songs like "Flies on My Taters" and the "Road Safety Song" are both instructional and wonderful entertainment.
Dirty Linen (p.60) - "Langford and Timms reach out to a much younger audience with a fun-filled, family-oriented romp through the animal kingdom."
No Depression (p.93) - "They make it sound fun instead of overly cutesy or sentimental..."