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As childhood friends growing up in Denver, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors: rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains. Now, as the GRAMMY-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Joe and Justin have built a plaid-shirted national following with their outdoor adventure-themed albums - Can You Canoe?, Through The Woods, Saddle Up and Winterland.
But whether it’s indoors or out, the Okee Dokee Brothers believe that as long as folks are singing together there’s a glimpse of hope for our world. They’ll share old favorites as well as brand new tunes from their forthcoming album, Songs for Singin’ and invite everyone to join the chorus and sing along. “So sing to the sunrise and sing to the moon,” the Brothers say. “Sing with your kids and sing with your neighbors. Sometimes it just takes singing a song with one another to remind us that we’re all family.”
Songs for Singin’ (Release date: June 19th, 2020)
On their new 2-disc album, Songs for Singin’, GRAMMY Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers ask their audience to join the chorus and sing along. The prolific duo, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander, wrote 27 songs in the vein of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger inspiring families to engage in the current social conversation. Songs for Singin’ (Release date: June 19th, 2020) includes a 32-page book with the lyrics and chords to every song. Joe and Justin say, “it doesn’t matter if you sing these songs perfectly. Go ahead and add your own words, change the keys to fit your voice, speed them up, slow them down. Make them more meaningful, make them more ridiculous, but most of all, make them your own.”
Stepping away from their outdoor adventure themed albums, The Okee Dokee Brothers decided to focus on the more universal, inclusive, and simple songs that immediately invite the listener to join in and belt out. Singing gives us an opportunity to be creative and express ourselves. It connects us to our families, communities and those who came before us.
Each song on this album is perfect for singing throughout the natural rhythms of the day, from morning (disc 1) to night (disc 2). They follow in the footsteps of many great singing traditions: sea shanties, call and response tunes, church hymns, campfire sing-alongs, all-ages social songs, and protest songs. Each of these traditions have a common thread: people singing together to build community, highlighting similarities and bridging differences.