After all these years, I still have a serious soft spot for The Jayhawks’ albums Tomorrow The Green Grass and Hollywood Town Hall. As such, I have a tendency to gravitate positively to any song or album — kindie or otherwise — that manages to capture that same down-home, country-fried, harmonized vibe.
The all-ages Brooklyn bluegrass outfit Astrograss accomplishes exactly this on the title track of their new album (their first in over 4 years!), specifically at the 2:09 mark with the introduction of the lyric “if you try to be kind.” Bam, my knees go weak right then and there. Not to mention my fondness for colored pencils. And A-M-A-Z-I-N-G album art! Golly, there’s no point resisting the charm of this sweet finger-picked banjo & mandolin number.
Enjoy “The Colored Pencil Factory” by Astrograss right now, for free, on the October episode of the OWTK Kid’s Music Monthly Podcast!
And then, buy the thing for yourself to listen to over and over and over again, just like I’ve been doing for months, while keeping your eyes peeled for “pink in a Popsicle sunrise” and living “life where the sparkles in your eyes make every day a birthday surprise.”
Sweet mother of pearl, I love the stuffing out of this song.