Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Santa Claus! : Ben Rudnick & Friends Music Review & Giveaway

First I want to give you a little background about the band, previous CD releases, and more about It's Santa Claus!  Ben Rudnick & Friends have been bringing families, music and fun together in their own, one-of-a-kind “American Roots” style from their first CD release, Emily Songs, in 2000 to their tremendously acclaimed 2009 album, A Frog Named Sam, to this year’s celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. With countless awards and kudos to their credit, including five Parents’ Choice Awards, Ben Rudnick & Friends focus on providing a common ground where all family members can, without compromise, enjoy a shared musical experience.

Since the band’s creation back in 2000, Ben Rudnick & Friends have wrapped up each busy year by playing December holiday shows -- taking the spirit of the season and turning it into fun energy. And every year they’ve been asked, “Do you guys have a holiday CD?” The answer has always been “no,” until now. Ben and the band have taken their trademark “fun for all” attitude and finally recorded the oft-requested holiday CD.

It’s Santa Claus! —named for the album’s original title track—is full of holiday cheer and stocking-stuffer priced at only $9.95. In addition to “It’s Santa Claus!,” Ben and the band have recorded seven classic holiday tunes enhanced by the charming twists and turns that come from playing holiday shows for nearly a decade. (Think a mariachi saxophone section on “Jingle Bells” ... ) Songs include “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Let It Snow, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Greensleeves.”

Okay, so now that you know more about the band and a little bit more about the CD, what did we really think about it?

I love finding children's music that is fun, has great rhythm, and doesn't sound like everything else out there!  I've also enjoyed listening to the samplers of Ben Rudnick & Friends on their site and can't wait to share additional CDs with my boys because I know they will love songs like Macaroni & Cheese (on The Challenger Baseball CD) and Dads Can Dance (Blast Off CD)!  It's Santa Claus includes classic songs with a new twist and great background music that will definitely have you dancing around the house as you decorate this holiday season and will help keep you in the season all the way until Christmas!  This CD is suitable for anyone, not just kids and we plan to add it to our array of Christmas CDs that will played over and over again this holiday season!

Buy It:
You can purchase It's Santa Claus and the various other recordings from Ben Rudnick & Friends.  Before purchasing, you can sample all the tunes so you know you'll love what you're buying!  Shipping is included in your purchase price too, so there aren't any surprises at checkout!  If you're on the east coast, you may still be able to catch them live!  Check out their show schedule for dates near you!

Win It - Giveaway Details:
One winner will win a copy of It's Santa Claus! by Ben Rudnick & Friends!  This giveaway is open to US & Canada and will end on December 3rd at 10:00PM Central.  I'll email the winner who will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

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Disclosure:  We received a copy of It's Santa Claus & A Frog Named Sam for review in exchange for our honest opinion.  No additional compensation was received.


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Shelley Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM CST  

My kids would love the Challenger Baseball Cd because they played Challenger baseball for years. Thanks

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