After years of rocking in the 1980s with the Del Fuegos
, singer/songwriter Dan Zanes
created his own band, the Dan Zanes Trio
, in 1994. The group got started when Zanes
was hanging out with producer Mitchell Froom
in Lower Manhattan; after adding drummer Jerry Marotta
, they began playing their sparse blues and folk-rock to small crowds in clubs like the CBGB Gallery. Produced by Froom
, the trio's debut LP, Cool Down Time
, a raw rock effort influenced by '60s-era R&B, appeared in 1995. In 2001 Zanes
resurfaced with the children's folk-tinged Rocket Ship Beach
, featuring "friends" Sheryl Crow
, Suzanne Vega
, Donald Saaf
, Rankin Don
, and the Sandy Girls. Zanes
continued his Dan Zanes & Friends children's series in 2002 with the release of Family Dance
and Night Time
. House Party
followed in 2003, Sea Music
and Parades and Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected by Carl Sandburg arrived in 2004, and Catch That Train!
landed the following year. Zanes
released Nueva York!
in 2008, a collection of songs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic, followed by 76 Trombones, a collection of Broadway tunes, in 2009. In 2011 Zanes
and friends released Little Nut Tree, a family-style mixed-bag set of typically upbeat tunes that came packaged in a children's durable board book.