Frank the Frog

Mr. Will

Interactive children's music the whole family can enjoy!

Hey Folks- It's nice to be back in the saddle releasing new children's records! This is collection of original, traditional, and "songs by my buddies". My buddies include three new dads that wrote kids songs with or for their kiddos."Junebug Knockin on the Screen Door"was written by longtime friend and Alpine, TX resident Neil Trammell. "The Eatin Song" is by Austin artist Graham Wilkinson, who made his own kids record with his twin two year olds. "A Little Bit Longer" is by Austin musician Lew Card and his 2 year old daughter Josephine. We went almost strictly acoustic with this record, I kinda wanted to get back to what I knew and loved with the South Austin Jug Band. I used Brian Beken on Fiddle and Mandolin, and Noah Jeffries on banjo and guitar from the progressive acoustic band Milkdrive. Everyone else who plays on the record is in my "adult" band, La Tampiquena, who also serve as the "Mr. Will" band. Thanks so much for listening! About the title track: I was sitting on my back porch in Austin, strumming the guitar, when it started to rain. We've got an old tree stump that is hollowed out, and as long as we've lived there we've had what I assumed were frogs. They usually only come out when it rains, and I guess you could say inspiration struck? I wrote the first three verses of the song and we went to record it. Fiddler Brian Beken wanted to know the back story of ole Frank, and when I told him, he said," Bro, that ain't no Frog, that's a toad." So the fourth verse nearly wrote itself. Ha!

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Dinosaur For My Birthday

"Mr. Will" Dupuy

This is an interactive, energetic kids record the whole family can enjoy! Americana songs about colors, dinosaurs, sports and modes of transportation with classics like La Bamba and the Hokey Pokey! Great for car rides and road trips!

Hey Guys!

Mr. Will here. I had a blast making this kid’s record, and I hope you enjoy listening to it. I have been playing music my whole life, and making records for the past 12 years. I live in Austin, Texas, which is a city I highly recommend visiting if you’ve never had the pleasure. Anyhow, I started teaching preschool music classes about three years ago, and I think it’s one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. Watching two year olds develop their motor and motion skills before they can talk is quite impressive, and can be quite entertaining at the same time. Over time I started writing my own kid’s tunes, and in January 2011 began the pre-production of Dinosaur For My Birthday. Recording this record was unlike any other experience I’d had in the studio. Typically, musicians walk into the studio feeling intensely passionate about their art, and wearing their ego front and center. I had grown accustomed to this approach, but sometime during the first day of tracking I had a revelation. “We’re making a kids record, all bets are off! The goofier and cheesier the better!” So the guys and myself channeled our inner four year old, and this is what we came up with. I tried to cover all the important topics and subjects on this record: sports, modes of transportation, animals, colors, and dinosaurs. There are two solid motion songs as well, and the Hokey Pokey will get kiddos identifying their body parts. The rest of the tunes are just dancing or driving songs, which is what listening to music is all about anyway if you ask me. Thanks so much for checking out my record, and we'll see you out there on the road! WD

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