Merry Christmas. Here’s some happy entertainment for you on Christmas Day: Dan Zanes, the coolest family entertainer I’ve come across. He’s sort of got the Nick Lowe, power-pop, rockabilly thing going on, matching his grey hair on top of a long, gangly frame. I had no idea Zanes (formerly of the Del Fuegos) was out thereÂ pushing pure-pop for hip families until I spotted his CD in Starbucks. And this is big time stuff — he’s with Disney.
Check out House Party Time and All Around the Kitchen. It’s cool to see all the parents rocking with their kids in this live performance of Polly Wally Doodle. So often, music is segmented between kids and adults, but Zanes has hit on formula for entertaining the whole family.
Just think, there’s a whole segment of the youngest generation getting turned onto rockabilly and roots rock. That’s like a bonus Christmas present for me.