One of the most popular kids'/family recording artists on the scene today, Bari Koral, takes an adventurous leap forward with the Bari Koral Family Rock Band's fourth album, The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee, set for release in May.
Over the past seven years, Bari Koral has established herself not only as a beloved performer but also as a leading force in the "yoga for kids" movement. Bari's catchy, pop-friendly tunes and interactive live shows featuring a creative blend of music and movement have gained her legions of fans, while many of her songs are also widely used in kids' yoga classes and preschool classrooms. As a kids' yoga expert, Bari lectures nationally on the subject. Watch for Bari as host of the world's first yoga-based, movement-and-music TV show for kids, coming soon on the Veria Living Network.
For The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee, Bari decided a musical stretch was in order, so she brought her band to Nashville to record the album under the guiding hand of legendary producer Brad Jones.
Brad Jones, described by music journalist Rick Clark as "one of the most self-directed and disciplined guys I know in music," has worked with everyone from Matthew Sweet, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw and Ron Sexsmith to Justin Townes Earle, Yo La Tengo, Over the Rhine, Chuck Prophet, and Josh Rouse. Jones produced Josh Rouse's highly lauded Nashville and 1972.
The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee leads off with "Dancing Bear," a rocking, good-times tune with a great dance beat, which features Bari Koral "trading fours" with Dred Scott's excellent bass guitar work. Bari wrote "Big Truck" à la Johnny Cash, and Dan Cohen's twangy guitars combine with Bari's impressive country vocals to give the song an authentic "on the road" feel. Shifting gears with 18-wheel precision, Bari turns the corner on the next song, "Birthday," a poppy anthem of love and security. Other highlights include the New Orleans flavor of "Roller Coaster," spiced with vocal "whees" that are sure to delight, and the humorous, two-beat "Back to the Farm," which is guaranteed to get kids moving.
WHERE TO BUY: The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee will be available at amazon.com, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and at independent retail outlet throughout the country.
May 2 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans
May 16 The Glitter Bar at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio, NYC
June 21 Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
July 17 Madison Square Kids Series, NYC
July 30 Newport Festival Family Concert, Newport, RI
Sept. 21 Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA