Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Jimmies set to release second full-length album ‘Practically Ridiculous’

The Jimmies set to release new CD

Over the past few years, The Jimmies have leapt to the top of the kindie rock scene with their hilariously infectious music, super-powered live show and impossibly crafted music videos. This fall, The Jimmies will release a second full-length album, Practically Ridiculous (Pluckypea Records, September 20th). Thirteen somewhat practical, mostly ridiculous tracks that rock the gamut from big band to hip hop to back porch kazoo.
The new album features Albert’s sparkling wordplay, oddball humor and a range of musical styles, from the Gwen Stefani/Missy Elliot-influenced dance track “Minivan Hotrod,” to the full orchestra swing of “Fine Art”, the country-fried rock of “Bonfire” and the reggae-inflected “Career Day” to the anthemic finale “Kids Wanna Rock.” In true Jimmies style, subtle messages will delight parents; the song “Wash Up,” is a hip-hop bathtub call to arms which might just deliver a clean kid before the song is through. “Every Day’s a Holiday” finds a reason to celebrate the ordinary, and “Laugh in Any Language” promotes international understanding via the chuckle. Most of all, Practically Ridiculous salutes just being a kid.

The production on Practically Ridiculous sets the bar for the family music genre, thanks to Ashley's collaboration with Howard and Ron Albert, her father and uncle, the legendary producers/engineers for artists as varied as Crosby Stills & Nash and The Allman Brothers.

One of the funniest women in kids’ show business, The Jimmies’ leader, Ashley Albert, is not afraid to embrace the ridiculous and can be found sporting a mustache for publicity photos, flying from the rafters in a cotton ball evening gown for her music videos, and writing songs about her fondness for hamsters. Like a beloved camp counselor or ultra-hip aunt, Albert's bouncy songs are only one of the ways she effortless relates to the “shorter-set”.

If Ashley Albert’s voice sounds strangely familiar, it’s because millions of Americans hear her every day. Aside from her burgeoning career with The Jimmies, Albert spends most weekdays working as a busy voice over artist. For almost two decades, she has been lending her perky voice to products like Lucky Charms, CocaCola, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts. Kids hear her regularly on the channel Nickelodeon, and she has voiced many popular animated series like Daria (MTV), Courage The Cowardly Dog (Cartoon Network) and most recently, Bubble Guppies (Nick). If her voice-over career and The Jimmies weren't keeping her busy enough, in 2009, she created the massively trendy “ultra-chic and uber-geek” custom Twitter ID jewelry line for her "entrepreneur general store" Survival of the Hippest. Tens of thousands of fans follow her @Pluckypea Twitter posts.

The Jimmies’ first CD Make Your Own Someday (re-released in November, 2009) was included on more than a dozen “Best of the Year” lists and was named one of the Top 20 Best Kids' Albums of the Decade by ParentDish. The album is still finding new fans, and made Billboard’s top sales chart earlier this summer. They hit #1 with three different songs on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio’s Kids Place Live Show and are played on kid-oriented radio programs internationally. The 2009
DVD-CD set Trying Funny Stuff featured six music videos, a live concert, karaoke and a behind-the-scenes guide to encourage kids to make their own videos, as well as a bonus live concert CD. It won a Parents’ Choice Gold award and wide national acclaim.

A World Record Release party is planned at The National Underground in NYC on September 17th, and a Washington, DC concert is planned for October 29th at National Geographic Live. Listen for a one-hour Jimmies special on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio later this fall.  For details about these and other Jimmies events, visit http://www.gimmejimmies.com/, and “Like” their Facebook page.

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