Calling all kids, parents, and Girlyman fans: Doris, Nate, and JJ have formed a new kids’ music band and it’s called Django Jones! And, for a limited time, we will be taking PRE-ORDERS for our debut album, D is for Django.
Pre-ordering D is for Django means that you’ll receive your copies in May before the official release date. And, we will sign each copy with loving care and mail them to you asap.
The cost of $25 per CD includes domestic shipping and handling and helps us to recover some of the costs of recording and manufacturing.
Psst … but here’s something even better:
Pre-order two or more CDs, and give the extra copies of D is for Django to kids and families whom you know would love Django Jones! As our thanks for spreading the Djangoword and maximizing your support, we’ll send you a download of a BONUS TRACK that will not be on the album. AND, we’ll also include a one-of-a-kind, miniature kid’s book, illustrated by Doris.
There are many costs involved in making a CD, from recording, mastering, and artwork/layout, to replication and packaging. Your pre-order assists in covering these costs, and directly helps us to keep making music. Django Jones (JJ, Doris, and Nate) thank you for your support!!
ABOUT THE CD:
What have Doris Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky, and JJ Jones been up to these past few months in Atlanta? Well, due to the fact that practically everyone they know has a bouncing baby on their laps (or on the way) they started making up some children’s tunes for fun. It has evolved into their latest project, a kids’ band called Django Jones. Their debut album, D is for Django, will be replete with songs about germs, the 206 bones in our bodies, and Bigfoot, as well as several lullabies – songs that even adults can relate to and love.
You may recognize these three musicians as members of the sweetly harmonizing folk-pop band, Girlyman, which along with Tylan Greenstein, has traversed the US and Europe since 2001, wowing audiences with their tight three-part harmonies, heartfelt songwriting, improvisational “tuning songs,” and unpredictable stage patter. In the fall of 2012, the band decided to go on hiatus to refresh, rethink, and rejuvenate and to see what new seeds they could sow as individuals or in various other combinations.
Django Jones, named after Doris’s charismatic chihuahua mix, was spurred on in part by the growing number of kids who were fans of Girlyman. Parents would remark that their children were drawn in by the harmonies, the humor, and particularly the silliness of the made-up tuning songs, the topics ranging from chopped liver to cannons to tambourine-eating sharks. Not having any kids of their own, the three started pretending they were kids again, (not very difficult) and imagining what they would have liked to hear. “If the song cracked us up, gave us goofy smiles, or made us tear up,” says Nate, “then we knew we were on the right track.”
The recording process has been experimental and playful. Doris and Nate bought pans of Jiffy Pop to record the kernels popping on the stove for a song about…you guessed it – popcorn, and JJ assembled practically every percussive instrument she has ever collected to produce the background “bones” for the Bones Song. “In a way, making this record might even be more therapeutic for us,” she laughed, as she danced around hitting things.
The album will be arranged so that the energetic songs comprise the first half and the softer songs and lullabies make up the second. “We wanted parents to be able to pop in the cd and use the second half as a way to calm their kids down and get them ready for bed,” explains Doris. While all songs are kid-friendly, a good number of them will speak to the adults in the familiar vein of Girlyman. “I’ve cried while singing these songs,” admits Doris. “Who doesn’t want to be told that everything’s going to be okay?”
Watch our video here.
Thanks again, and don’t forget to PRE-ORDER!