Little Nut Tree

Little Nut Tree

by Dan ZanesDan Zanes


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Dan Zanes spent much of the early 2000s churning out exciting, theme-based children's records that introduced the younger set to everything from gospel to salsa to sea shanties. On Little Nut Tree, Zanes & Friends go back to the "anything goes" formula, offering up 16 new songs built on a simple foundation of fun, and to top it all off, Little Nut Tree comes packaged in a colorful, durable (little hands make messes) board book. Recorded in Zanes' native Brooklyn (the better to allow a revolving cast of his famous friends to chime in), the album opens with Zanes and Sharon Jones (of the Dap-Kings) waltzing through an amiable version of the Etta James classic "In the Basement." Joan Osborne stops by to lend her pipes to the Zanes original "Everybody's Going to Be Happy," and Andrew Bird does the same, laying down some predictably solid fiddle work and otherworldly whistling to another Zanes-penned tune, "I Don't Need No Sunny Skies." Zanes, resplendent in a pumpkin orange suit and sporting a graying, Lyle Lovett/Kramer-inspired nest of hair, may be an unlikely pied piper, but there's no denying the gleeful ease with which he summons his wee horde.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Festival Five Rec.
UPC: 0800495001625
catalogNumber: 16
Rank: 145669


  1. In the Basement
  2. Jim Along Josie
  3. Summer Trains
  4. Wake Up Baby!
  5. John Kanakanaka
  6. Little Nut Tree
  7. I Don’t Need Sunny Skies
  8. Saro Jane
  9. La Siren
  10. Everybody’S Going To Be Happy
  11. The Farmer is the One
  12. Thank You
  13. Hill and Gully Rider
  14. Red Tail Hawk
  15. Salaam
  16. Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Zanes   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Christopher Davies   Drums
Simon Kirke   Drums
Jerry Marotta   Drums,Vocals
Joan Osborne   Vocals
Sharon Jones   Vocals
Barbara Brousal   Vocals
Andrew Bird   Fiddle,Vocals
Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng   Hand Drums,Oprenten
Rob Friedman   Organ,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Hammond Organ,Saxophone,Vocals,Pump Organ
Colin Brooks   Drums
George Rush   Tuba
Happy Girl   Guitar
Saskia Sunshine Lane   Bass
Tareq Abboushi   Vocals,Buzug
Yoshi Waki   Bass,Upright Bass
Aggie Decaul   Vocals
Donald Saaf   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Hattie   Percussion
Gaston "Bonga" Jean-Baptiste   Percussion,Vocals,Kalimba,Hand Drums,Oprenten
Alhaji Jeffrey "Black Nature" Kamara   Percussion,Vocals
Ashade Pearce   Guitar,Vocals
John Foti   Piano,Accordion,Vocals
Elena Moon Park   Fiddle,Trumpet,Vocals
Sonia De Los Santos   Vocals
Johnnie   Accordion,Vocals
Yvette Weaver   Spoons
Cleo the Queen   Mandolin
Christina Jean-Louis   Vocals
Shawana Kemp   Vocals
Rockin' Norah   Guitar
Miss Corrina   Guitar,Tambourine
Diana Vasquez   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Spoons
Dennis Bakarron   Bass,Vocals
Sea Rascals   Vocals,Sounds
Harmony Project   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Dan Zanes   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andrew Bird   Whistle
Renford Cogle   Composer
Rob Friedman   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Donald Saaf   Artwork
Jessie Pounds   Composer
Gaston "Bonga" Jean-Baptiste   Arranger
Elena Moon Park   String Arrangements
Eric Lilavois   Engineer
Moshe Ben Ari   Composer
Joe Olender   Engineer

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