Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Dancin' in the Kitchen
Dancin’ in the Kitchen, the new album from two-time Grammy award-winners and folk music icons Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, is a delightful romp through music and songs made for today’s families. The fifteen songs on Dancin’ in the Kitchen not only reflect the growing diversity of families in the U.S. and around the world, they highlight the idea that families are bound by love, with music celebrating that love and diversity. Each song is also a chance for Cathy and Marcy to bring on some of the many friends they’ve made in their years at the forefront of folk music for families. And what friends! Cajun music masters The Savoy Family Band open the album’s title track, playing music that will actually get you dancing in the kitchen, famed Western Swing outfit Riders in the Sky turn in a trail-ridin’ cover of “I’m My Own Grandpa,” folk music stars Kim & Reggie Harris join in on John McCutcheon’s song “Happy Adoption Day,” beloved Seattle old-time duo The Canote Brothers sing from experience with Cathy Fink’s song “Twins,” and traditional Irish all-female band Cherish the Ladies bring a touch of ceilidh music to “Howdy Little Newlycome.” “This album has been on our to-do list for a long time,” Cathy explains. “We do both folk and country and old-time music as well as have a parallel career playing music for kids and families. When we started playing music for kids and families, we were very focused on playing traditional music, introducing kids to stuff that they’re not going to hear on the radio.”
The inspiration for Dancin’ in the Kitchen came from Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer’s desire to make an album that could reflect the modern family. “We’re at a time now,” says Cathy, “where we feel like it should be easier for everybody to feel comfortable in their families, and feel comfortable with who they are…Truth be told, when you said the word ‘family’ 20 years ago, people still had the Cleaver family in their heads, even though, that’s not what families looked like. When you say the word ‘family’ in 2015, you see every configuration that you could possibly come up with. We felt like it was past time to sing about it, to celebrate it, to create opportunities for conversation.” Songs like “Happy Adoption Day,” “Everything Possible,” and “I Belong To A Family,” speak to this, and could be part of a 21st century remake of the classic album Free To Be You and Me, but the other songs on the album speak more generally to how music, and especially folk music, can be a part of family life. “From Scratch” is about family dinner time, “Birthday Pup” celebrates family pets, and “Home” speaks to the universal need for a place to call home.
With Dancin’ in the Kitchen, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer show the breadth of their long careers in folk and roots music, drawing forth not only an all-star stable of guests, but also an album that dances happily between many different folk traditions.