Take It From Me: Raise a Ruckus CD Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

September 7, 2012

Raise a Ruckus CD Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

If you come visit our house, one thing is for sure...at one point in your visit you will probably hear music.  We are a music-loving household!  We listen to music when we get ready, we listen to music when we drive, we listen to music when we clean and play.  We just love listening to music!  Our latest music adventure came from the acclaimed kid-folk duo Hullabaloo with their newly released Raise a Ruckus CD.
The album embodies that down-home, good-times feel with their upbeat jams and kick-up-your-heels rhythms.  Sometimes I think my 2-year-old son should have been named "Ruckus" because he seems to fit the definition "to a T."  He is a true boy at heart and loves making a commotion and he sure enjoyed making noise and cutting loose to this album.  In fact, couldn't help notice that with every track on Raise a Ruckus, you just felt like you had to move.  It surely was a Hullabaloo and we enjoyed raising a ruckus the whole way through.
A Little More About the Raise a Ruckus Album:
The album's title song — in the old days, a real "get down and boogie" staple on Louisiana Hayride and The Grand Ole Opry — has been given new, kid-friendly lyrics and up-to-date energy, while other songs, like "Trash is My Treasure" (the triumphant anthem of a food-recycling seagull) have a more contemporary slant.   One of the most evocatively colorful songs on Raise a Ruckus, "Favorite Day," calls upon Molly Ledford to combine her vocal and xylophone talents with those of Dennis Caplinger on ukulele and dobro, along with the great sound of Gunnar Biggs' slap bass. Buck Howdy really shines on a "Song About Nothing," which proves that if a song has a great shape and energy, syntax takes a back seat.
About the Hullabaloo duo:
Steve Denyes and Brendan Kremer met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since.  They started playing music together in the 5th grade band, where they vigorously showed off their developing talents on "Old MacDonald" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."  Little did they know that, decades later, these songs would still be among their biggest hits!   Steve grew up to be an elementary school music teacher, folksinger, and songwriter, while Brendan became a rock 'n' roll drummer.  Hullabaloo officially began when Steve and Brendan teamed up to play a few songs at Brendan's twin daughters' first birthday party.  Fast-forward eight years to find that Hullabaloo has performed more than 1,500 shows throughout the country at venues ranging from birthday parties to fancy concert halls.  Along the way they've released nine award-winning albums (at last count, with more than 20,000 sold) and developed a loyal following nationwide.
Raise a Ruckus can be purchased by visiting http://hullabalooband.com

Hullabaloo is giving away A COPY OF THEIR RAISE A RUCKUS CD to one of our lucky readers!!
Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. For info on how to use the Rafflecopter form, check out this video tutorial HERE.

A big THANK YOU to Hullabaloo for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.


  1. they were featured in people magazine

  2. I'd love the Santa Songs CD as well! The music is great!

  3. I liked being able to listen to the sound tracks before you buy them! Typically they are so short but it was long enough where I could really get a feel for the songs. Wish they had this type of music when I was a kid. I'm glad my kids were able to experience fun music like this. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. their santa songs album is cute, id like to get that as stocking stuffer for my boys

  5. Dad Upside Down!

  6. I learned that they were featured in Parenting magazine. jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

  7. love love love that they have santa songs too!
    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  8. A mighty Good day looks like a good cd to try

  9. I would like to listen to "Sing along Sam"

  10. I'd like the dad upside down one.

  11. raise a ruckus sounds awesome

    tuckersaver at hotmail dot com

  12. kemberley crosswhiteSep 14, 2012, 2:21:00 PM

    i think i would go with raise the ruckus!

  13. We love christmas songs so Santa songs sounds like one we would like

    mama2kaylabug at gmail dot com

  14. I learned that they have earned a boatload of awards including Parents Magazine "10 Best Children's CDs of 2010", 2011 - Parents Choice Award for "Road Trip" and 2011 - "Best Children's Music of 2011" -- Education.com. Good job! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  15. This is the type of music I grew up on, I adore it!!! I didn't realize it was still so alive today!

  16. I think my kids would like hearing Ana and the Cupcakes the most!

  17. I learned that they were discussed in Parenting Magazine!


  18. I also like music, like to go mad, and music can let me be agitated mood calm down.

  19. Yes,you are bravo.I understand how you feel, I also like music, like to go mad, and I believe that we can become friends!!


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