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CD Review: Groovin' in the Garden 

click to enlarge Story Laurie & Friends, Groovin’ in the Garden, 2011, Laurie McIntosh.
  • Story Laurie & Friends, Groovin’ in the Garden, 2011, Laurie McIntosh.
Story Laurie McIntosh will make you hungry. On Groovin’ in the Garden she sings about “Strawberry Pickin’,” “Sandcakes,” “Homegrown Tomatoes,” “Sweet Potatoes,” and “Shoofly Pie”—extolling each with passion and a solid sense of humor. She also sings about all kinds of critters that don’t end up on dinner plates, including “Wonderful Wiggly Worms,” “Five Little Monkeys,” and a litany of creatures great and small in “Animal Song.” Garden is a kids’ record, obviously, but in addition to her own songs and traditional numbers like “The Hokey Pokey” and “All My Pigeons,” the local McIntosh sources material from wonderful artists like Guy Clark, black string-band pioneer Carl Martin, and Capital Region kids’ music legend Lisa Atkinson.

The sound ranges from ragtime, rounds, and rock ’n’ roll, to the Peggy Lee slink of “Apple Tree & the Bee” and the Cajun two-step of “L’alphabet.” Fabulously talented producer Dean Jones handles most of the instrumentation here, with guest spots from Betty Boomer, David Winograd, and various McIntosh clan members (including husband Ira on the gentle ukulele of “Grandma Said”). Those looking for a taste of Garden live have a few opportunities in upcoming weeks; Story Laurie will be appearing at Noon on October 7 as part of the Forsyth Nature Center Fall Festival in Kingston, and at 8pm on October 20 at the Woodstock Community Center. The latter, appropriately enough, is a benefit for the town’s Good Neighbor Food Pantry. Bring some sweet potatoes and shoofly pie. Storylaurie.com.

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