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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Daddy A Go-Go

John Boydston is a stay-at-home dad who knows how to rock. He's been performing under the name Daddy A Go-Go since 1998, and has six CDs of rock 'n' roll music for kids in release. His latest, Rock Of All Ages, has just hit the stores. It's another lively collection of family-friendly songs that mix humor, learning, and good times.

The Daddy A Go-Go sound can best be described as classic rock meets garage band meets campfire sing-along. Boydston always mixes in a few cover songs with his originals. On past CDs, he's put his personal stamp on such classics as "Go Speed Racer Go," "Linus and Lucy," "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," and "Blitzkrieg Bop." This time around he covers "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" (one of my own childhood favorites) and "What A Wonderful World."

But it's the high-energy originals that will really make your kids get up and dance around. There are songs about school buses, root beer (my son's fave), and yo-yo's, but the one song that jumped out at me was what should be the new Official Rock Anthem for the State of Idaho...

Listen: Daddy A Go-Go - "Idaho!" 55 second clip

Like the CD title says, this is music for all ages, especially elementary school kids who want to rock out and play some air guitar while you're driving around town in the mini-van. Rock Of All Ages gets a big thumbs-up from my family!

Be sure to visit Daddy A Go-Go's website, where you can sample all of his songs and lyrics. You can buy CDs through his site, or through Amazon and iTunes.

Boydston's passion for music has been passed on to his own kids. His sons Jake, 16, and Max, 13, have become good enough players to perform with their dad on stage. They recently played together at several prestigious festivals, including Austin City Limits and South By Southwest.

Check out this photo of the proud Daddy and the rest of his Daddy A Go-Go band. By the way, Max, my Beatlemaniac daughter loves your t-shirt!

Photo by Caitlin Gal



Blogger Jeff - OWTK said...

Hi Phil, I'm listening to "Rock of all Ages" now and I is very cool upbeat stuff. It's awesome that his sons are involved. Another example of music bringing family/people together.

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