I've gushed about this Portland, OR pirate rock band before — when I published a friend's recommendation and again after my kids and I saw a show. But the biggest pleasure I've gotten from Captain Bogg & Salty is the repeated listenings of their albums in the car. This is one of only two kids' musical acts I can tolerate on auto-repeat (the other is Justin Roberts).
I recently got their newest album for review, Emphatical Piratical. I've stopped reviewing a lot of kids' music because, frankly, I can't stand most of it, but this CD went straight into the car stereo. In 48 hours, we're all singing, tapping and humming along. The drive home from school, which can be fraught with angst if my son has had a bad day, has been talk-free and cheerful. And, to my delight, this album contains all the things I love about CB&S: clever lyrics; diverse musical styles; engaging storytelling; multi-layered melodies; and funny dialog tucked here and there in and between the songs.
These guys are great character actors, skilled comedians, smart writers, and fantastic musicians. Each song tells a story not only about the band of pirates, but, if one listens to all of their albums, one gets to know the individual characters, the story of their ship The Pollywog, and a bit about life at sea. So much more to enjoy than a catchy tune.
If you live in Portland, you're lucky enough to catch their shows around town — in fact, they have a big one coming up this Saturday: Curious Comedy Theater. Future shows are scheduled for Eugene, OR and New York, NY, with many more (I'm sure) throughout the summer. If you have a chance, come — the live shows are so much fun that you, too, may become a Bogghead.
Win it! Help me get over my prejudice against kids' music. Is there a must-hear band you'd like to see featured on Parent Hacks? Tell us about them in the comments, and you'll be entered in my random drawing for one of two copies of Emphatical Piratical! I'll choose the winners tomorrow at 5pm PST. Good luck!