A folk-story-song album that helps dads raise their sons’ awareness of the need to respect daughters, sisters, mothers – and themselves. Produced like a “radio theater” show, delightful and enlightening songs range from Appalachian mountain dulcimer through ukulele to church piano, Afro-chic, and good-timey, wooden spoon, womp-de-womp-bom guitar slammin’ fun. Laugh, argue, and sing along with the Dads and kids as the audio camping trip unfolds. Quirky, relevant, and insightful, layered with masterful humor throughout.
Evaluation comments from our NAPPA Awards Music Judge:
“On his latest outing, Peter Alsop takes listeners on a delightful musical adventure with Camping With Dads. Well, it’s not strictly musically because narration and skits are interspersed between the tunes. And it’s also not strictly camping with dad, but…well, I don’t want to give away too much of the fun. The album’s concept is a camping hike taken by adults and kids. It’s a great set-up for sing-along-style songs as well as for wandering off onto different topics too. It all spotlights Alsop’s strengths. A familiar figure in the family music world, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter is a master of mixing humor and serious subject matter. So while he includes some goofy tunes, like “Bad Dad Jokes” and “I Brought A Gorilla Home,” there are also songs that tackle social justice (“All Our Kids”), racial prejudice (“Skin Color”), gender stereotypes (“I Wear Pink” and “Dads ‘N Boys”). Impressive too are the skits; “Crossing the Creek,” in particular, sounds like the adult and child performers are really crossing a stream. Much like a memorable camping trip, you will learn some things and have a lot of laughs listening to Camping With Dads.”