Friday, July 13, 2018

Music Minute: Steve Elci & Friends - Jump in the Puddles

With well-nigh a decade of performing for kids and families under his belt buckle and a flock of awards crowing in his hip pocket, independent singer/songwriter Steve Elci is pleased to offer the fourth Steve Elci & Friends album, Jump in the Puddles, set for release on July 13, 2018.

A celebration of the traditional sounds of American roots music from our nation's heartland, Jump in the Puddles is filled with irresistible tunes that are bursting at the seams with wide-eyed, joyful enthusiasm and crackling with a refined sense of style and good taste.  This is an album to bring kids and families together for a bit of singing, dancing, clapping, and, of course, jumping!

Reinforcing ideas of the simple pleasures of life, Jump in the Puddlesweaves a musical fabric that includes varicolored threads spun from a fine sampling of Americana -- '60s music, 12-bar blues, country, and more -- in performances of exceptionally high quality by singers and players who display a thorough understanding of the medium and a total mastery of their art, produced by a team that knows how to deliver a great sound.

Charisma, leadership, and compassion best describe Steve Elci. A musician and activist for 35 years, Steve's love of catchy hooks and his soaring vocal style have won acclaim from fans and critics alike, including an Emmy nomination for his 2013 - 2014 children's web series, Kidsploration. Steve is just as thrilled to entertain local fans in Connecticut as he is when performing as far afield as Franklin, Tennessee's Pilgrimage Festival, where last year he shared the bill with Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder.

Steve's dad, himself a Connecticut-based musician, performed, directed, and arranged for many regional Big Bands from the late 1940s until 2010. Growing up in Waterford, Connecticut surrounded by the sounds of Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and many others from the Big Band Era, Steve soaked it all in and knew he was destined to become a musician.

Previous albums by Steve Elci & Friends include Imagination Nation(2014; title track, Akademia Award), Crayons in a Box (2012; title track, John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist), and Vowels (2009; Parents' Choice Award).

Jump in the Puddles will be available at iTunes, CDBaby, and Steve Elci & Friends shows.

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