The Salamanders, a Missoula, Montana-based band that creates all-original family friendly rock and roll music, will release their second album Bubbles on Friday, April 28, 2017 with special Family Friendly Friday performance at The Top Hat!
As the title track of the album suggests, Bubbles is about embracing the temporary nature of all things, an important message for children of all ages. The album offers songs about love, growth, unity, and seeing past our differences – all within a good dose of silliness and musical mastery. Songs for children, like “The Cat” which follows the saga of an obese feline too concerned with sunbeams bother with play, are mixed with songs about children, like “Poppy,” a rollicking blue grass jam that follows a two- year old through a typical day. Kids can dance and daydream to the Scott Joplin inspired instrumental “Skeleton Rag,” and then ponder the dangers of brushes with celebrity in “Matt Damon Magnetized Me.”
The album was recorded at Club Shmed Studios with collaboration from Ryan Maynes, a long-time Los Angeles recording engineer and studio musician. Many talented friends stopped by to join The Salamanders including renowned fiddle legend Grace McNamee Decker, Jeff Stickney (horns), Toby Roberts (banjo) and Jill Miles-Davis (piano). Also joining The Salamanders on the lilting lullaby “Lovely Goodbye” was local recording artist and acclaimed performer, Andrea Harsell.
The new album will be available for purchase at the event 10 tracks will be available for download through CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon. Physical copies of the CD are also available for purchase through these online distributors, and independent music stores like Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula.
About The Salamanders
The Salamanders are a group of singers, songwriters, and performers who are united in the vision of bringing empowering, fun, all-original rock and roll music to children. Cowboy Andy, aka Andrew Hunt (guitar, vocals, piano) is the main songwriter for Bubbles, and Matthew Nord (keys, vocals, guitar) also pens tunes for the band. Antonio Alvarez (drums, vocals) is an internationally-known percussionist with a lengthy of resume of bands and tours. Russ Gay (vocals, bass) is a fixture in the local independent film scene.
The Salamanders self-titled first album gained national attention, winning Creative Child’s Album of the Year Award in 2015 and 2016, and numerous positive reviews in children’s music blogs, podcasts, and radio shows. As noted in The Missoula Independent, “There are two kinds of kids’ songs. There’s the kind with cheesy, canned music that panders to some bean counter’s idea of what kids like. The other kind is what The Salamanders play— songs that give even the youngest kids credit for having some sophistication and intelligence when it comes to music.” The Salamanders are also honored to be regular guests on The Pea Green Boat.
About Family Friendly Friday
Every Friday from 6PM to 8PM, the Top Hat presents Family Friendly Friday – a time where parents, and their kids, can socialize, listen to music, eat great food and have fun. Parents can enjoy the company of friends or dance with their kids without worry about their kids making too much noise. This is a time for the whole family, in which the entire family can have a fun, music-filled time.