“Inside I Shine.” New album for Danny Weinkauf

Inside I Shine by Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

Just in time for Halloween, a Radio Hit on Playlists Nationwide!

“Pumpkins (Are My Favorite Fruit)”

A new album from Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band,

Grammy Award-winning artist and longtime bassist for They Might Be Giants Danny Weinkauf is back with his 4th album for children and families, Inside I Shine. Like the previous critically acclaimed albums from Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, there is something on this album for everyone in the family. This time around, the tunes are focused on the interest of the band’s smallest fans.

Songs like “Going to the Library,” “B Is for Body,” “Over and Under,” “Teddy Bear,” “Pumpkins (Are My Favorite Fruit),” and the title track, are designed to get the young ones moving. “We are inspired by the tiniest tots who come to our shows and bop all around. They’re meant for playtime, but we hope the lyrics to the title song will instill self confidence in listeners. Teachers tell us they are great to use to complement early learning language and science concepts in the classroom,” says Danny, who is planning concerts with his three other Red Pants band mates Tina Kenny Jones, Russ Jones, and Steve Plesnarski this winter. Danny plays most of the instruments on these songs with Kenny Jones on vocals, while Danny’s wife Michelle sings lead on the title track, “Inside I Shine.” There are some sweet acoustic tracks sprinkled into this high-energy album. Kenny Jones, a musician and educator in her own right, sings her jaunty ukulele-laced original song “We Love To Verb,” Danny offers up his original piano demo version of his radio hit, “The Moon Is Made of Cheese,” providing an interesting counterpart to the rock version fans have come to know.

Inside I Shine will be available from Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify and other music sites on November 2nd, and fans may get an early access to Inside I Shine now via Bandcamp. To learn more about Danny Weinkauf’s songwriting, visit his website, and for the latest concert news, follow the DW Red Pants Band on Facebook.

Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

More about Danny Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band

In addition to playing with TMBG (the band is currently on their world tour visiting more than 50 US cities, Europe, Canada, and Australia), Danny continues to perform with the Red Pants Band and write for television shows like “Sesame Street.” With a nod to the shows of his childhood, Danny performs a cover of the classic Jeff Moss song, “I Don’t Want To Live on the Moon,” with an upbeat Red Pants Band rock spin. An original song, “Put Down that Smartphone” has been a popular single for the past year, spinning regularly on kids’ radio shows including SiriusXM Kids Place Live. Danny and They Might Be Giants won a GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album in 2009 for their album Here Comes Science (which featured Danny’s original song, “I Am A Paleontologist”). His own previous albums for kids, No School Today, Red Pants Band and Totally Osome! have all won national recognition and awards from Parents’ Choice, Family Choice, NAPPA, Fids and Kamily, CoolMomPicks, and the International Songwriting Competition.
As Pop Culture Classics notes, Danny Weinkauf songs offer “loads of energy, clever lyrics and irrepressible melodies. These songs will instantly hold the kids’ attention. And parents will soon be singing and bouncing along, too.”
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