Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could have seen their last two projects land Grammy nominations for best children’s album mainly because they don’t talk down to their audience.
The Southold band likes to make music the whole family can enjoy, and their new album “Press Play” (Bumblin’ Bee) certainly achieves that in stronger terms than ever before.
There’s more than a bit of Bruce Springsteen in the grand rock of “Me on the Map,” which tells of the importance of knowing where you’re from. There’s a bit of Bob Dylan in Rymer’s rollicking delivery on “It’s a Beauty,” a loving bit of Americana dedicated to refurbishing a fire engine. The Stax-era soul of “Chain Reaction” may be the best of the bunch, where Rymer sings of how people can start a chain reaction of good deeds themselves, where “one good good good does 100 more good.”
Rymer’s little rock-and-roll parables will work for kids because of the way he stresses repetition and keeps things upbeat. But discerning parents won’t mind when “Press Play” gets put on repeat.
Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could play Riverhead’s Independence Day celebration at the Peconic Riverfront at 6 p.m. July 3.