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Red Yarn in the Media
About "The Get-Together" (2023)
Anytime I hear a new Red Yarn album, I feel hopeful for how the youngest generation of Portlanders will turn out. Yes, Red Yarn serves up danceable, catchy tunes kids adore, but his lyrics drive home all the qualities that I hope my kids show to the world now and after they have grown up: compassion, inclusivity, creativity and imagination. And beyond the lyrics, Red Yarn’s magic trick is taking old-fashioned American musical genres and making them fresh and relevant for young listeners.
About "Smith & Yarn" (2022)
Aaron Nigel Smith and Andy Furgeson make music for kids – but not just for kids. They call their genre family music and say they write their songs for all generations. So far, the two artists have had separate careers, Aaron Nigel Smith making music under his own name, and Andy Furgeson under the moniker Red Yarn. Now they’ve teamed up on a new album that blends their independent sounds of reggae, funk, folk and country.
About “Backyard Bop” (2020)
Heartfelt and handcrafted … an exuberant, uplifting album for these unsettled times (or any time at all, for that matter).
About “Red Yarn’s Old Barn” (2018)
A rousing family celebration of Americana… with beguiling puppets.
The New York Times
About “Born in the Deep Woods” (2017)
It’s a testament to Furgeson’s songwriting skills and his production work alongside co-producer Adam Selzer that it can be hard to tell his takes on songs sung for generations apart from the ones written for and inspired by Furgeson’s two kids. Highly recommended.
About “Wake Up & Sing” (2016)
Nobody’s doing a better job of bringing the true folk music of America to kids of the modern era than Red Yarn. It’s soulful and genuine.
Bill Childs, KUTX/PRX Radio - Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
About “Deep Woods Revival” (2015)
A children’s album that easily doubles as an old-time folk anthology… [it] overflows with such creativity that it’s easy for adults to get swept up in it.