PineCone Bluegrass Songwriting Teacher Releases New Album of Children's Music

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Seeds To Sow, the first album by musician-mom duo Little Root, is a children’s music record the whole family can enjoy.  Guitar, fiddle, sister-like harmonies and a cast of roots music characters dance and sing together on original and traditional songs that touch at the heart of childhood and family.

It’s no mistake Little Root's songs have a handmade authenticity straight off the back porch. All the songs on this album were written or arranged during afternoons spent together with kids and instruments in hand, usually on back decks and in kitchens.

Both Lynda Dawson and Sally Mullikin are veterans of the NC roots music scene—Dawson also fronts the Americana/Bluegrass outfit, The Kickin Grass Band and is half of the Lynda & Pattie duo, and she teaches popular songwriting classes as part of PineCone's and the Town of Cary's Bluegrass Camps for Youth. Mullikin builds stringed instruments and plays as a Mary Annette with Grammy award winning folk artist Justin Robinson—and they found a common desire to play music for families and kids in 2011 when they both became mothers. 

“As close friends and neighbors making afternoon play dates, we’d share songs written for our kids or talk about how we used music in our daily lives," explains Dawson. "We quickly discovered how much we enjoyed playing these songs together and that’s how Little Root was born.”

Mullikin’s fiddle, Dawson's guitar, and the women's warm, inviting vocals are the mainstays of the album.  But Justin Robinson lends his rhythmic dancing on the track "Lazy John," and Mullikin and Dawson make cameo performances on some other favorite instruments like mandolin on the childhood-reminiscent "I’m Not Small," viola on the beautiful "Ursa Minor Lullaby," and clawhammer banjo on the closing eponymous track "Little Roots."  Sprinkled throughout are egg shakers, clapping hands, a slide whistle, and a few “play-along-at-home” percussion instruments like the pots and pans in "Kitchen Jam." Dawson and Mullikin followed their inner 4-year old muse when determining which instruments or sound effects to scatter throughout the music making, and the result is a rich and welcoming album of fun roots music.

The album was funded in part by a Regional Project Artist Grant awarded to the duo in 2014 by the United Arts Council of Wake County, NC.  Tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered at Pershing Hill Sound in Raleigh, NC.  Cover art is an original woodblock print by Sally Mullikin.

Learn more about Little Root