Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Bubble Wrap" by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies

Beloved by families nationwide, Eric Herman's warm and witty music videos have received over 50 million views on YouTube; his body of work also includes seven award-winning albums plus an award-winning DVD. With the June 10 release of Bubble Wrap, a hard poppin' new family music album by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies -- Eric's first album backed by the full compliment of his band -- Eric Herman is poised to take his place in the pantheon of today's kindie music luminaries.

At once memorable, meaningful, and masterful, Bubble Wrap's hook-filled songs hit on a variety of issues and experiences portrayed in the life of its kid protagonist -- obsessions with bubble wrap and cell phones, hilarious tactical retreats to avoid bath time, the blues of a Monday morning at school, and the supreme joy of an exhilarating theme park excursion, paired with songs about more weighty matters like stage fright, a best friend moving away, and even the death of a parent.

Musically vibrant and diverse, with the inclusion of guest spots by Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of Trout Fishing in America, Mister G, Children's Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, Roger Day, and more, Bubble Wrap will inspire repeated pops (into the CD player), much like its eponymous namesake.

Eric Herman's wife, longtime co-producer, and co-writer, Roseann Endres, died during the creation of Bubble Wrap. The song "Okay" was being written in the days before she died and finished the day after, and the recording includes the couple's daughters, Becca and Evee, in the outro. "Okay," sung from the perspective of a child whose parent is ill or dying, holds deep resonance with Eric's family. The indomitable nature of the human spirit also plays a role in the album's closing song, "Hello."

Bubble Wrap kicks off with the album's title track, a driving rock song with an Elvis Costello-type groove that describes a kid's addiction to bubble wrap popping. Other highlights include "You Are What You Eat," a very catchy Latin-influenced number celebrating a variety of foods, and "Take A Bath," a reggae-flavored ditty about the comical avoidance of bath time that even extends to outer space, graced by contributions from Keith & Ezra of Trout Fishing in America, Kenn Nesbitt, Mister G, Roger Day, and more.

Eric Herman's songs and videos have been featured nationally on PBS KIDS, SiriusXM, The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and in the Warner Bros. film, Life As We Know It. A version of "The Elephant Song" was even covered for a multi-platinum release by Brazilian superstar Xuxa.

Previous releases by Eric Herman include his comedy sketch album, The Incredibly Spaced Out Adventures of Jupiter Jackson (2014, Parents' Choice Award), Party Animal (2014, NAPPA Award), What a Ride! (2009, Parents' Choice Award, NAPPA Award), Snail's Pace (2007, Pearl Award), Snow Day! (2006), Monkey Business (2005), and The Kid in the Mirror (2003). Eric's 2011 DVD The Elephant was honored with a Dove Foundation Award. He was a John Lennon Songwriting Competiton finalist in 2007 and won the Just Plain Folks Award for Best Children's Song in 2006.

WHERE TO BUY?  Bubble Wrap will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and on erichermanmusic.com

Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies
Performance Highlights - June/July 2016

June 11 - Kennewick Main Library, Kennewick, WA
June 14 - Richland Library, Richland, WA
June 24 - Auburn Kids' Summerstage, Auburn, WA
June 28 - Kelsey Creek Park, Bellevue, WA
July 7 - Clinton Street Theater, Portland, OR
July 14 - Silver Lake Concert Series, Everett, WA
July 19 - Juanita Beach Park, Everett, WA

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