Ben Rudnick and Friends

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1. A Little Boogie (3:02)
Rock and roll “boogie woogie” gets the CD off to a dancing start.

2. Love Is A Superpower (4:07)
With roots in 70’s soul, this track is the definitive anthem for the superpower in us all: LOVE!

3. Where are the Dragons? (4:20)
Wonders aloud where the dragons have gone and celebrates the family we have around us.

4. Wake Up Happy (3:30)
The band’s definitive nod to the Fab Four. Horns and strings adorn this song about starting the day the best possible way: HAPPY!

5. Ray (3:43)
Inspired by future NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen and the life-giving rays of sun, Ray is an effervescent instrumental track reminiscent of southern rock’s brightest guitar moments.

6. Chicken Soup Ballad (4:27)
A twangy country rocker telling the tale of chicken and vegetables joining (happily!) to make soup.

7. Prime Time (2:47)
A western-swing instrumental with a Charlie Parker-like theme. Featuring Kenny Kosek on fiddle and adventurous instrumental flights of fancy.

8. Wheels (2:41)
A happy, country-porch jam about wheels that make the world go ‘round.

9. My Horse (2:17)
Western swing with a touch of Bob Wills. It’s all there—fiddle, mandolins, guitars, a horse jumping over the moon, and a final “Awesome” by Ben’s daughter, Emily.

10. Swingin’ Along (3:27)
Mandolinist John Zevos’soon-to-be western-swing classic about the band’s time visiting towns and playing shows.

11. Scribbling (2:21)
Gentle finger-picked musings about where your drawing and imagination can take you. Joe Wright adds tuba and a lilting euphonium solo.

12. Here Comes the Sun (2:52)
A live set staple for the band and certainly among the best songs ever written by one of their four favorite Beatles.

13. Jenny Jenkins (4:24)
What color clothes will Jenny Jenkins wear—or will she just go bare!?



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A founding member of the modern family music scene, Ben Rudnick & Friends have been bringing families, music and fun together in their own unique style since their first release, Emily Songs, in 2000.

Combining a high level of adventurous musicianship and boundless good cheer, the band is unique in its scope and commitment to making music loved by young and old alike.

With a core of Ben Rudnick (guitars, vocals), John Zevos (mandolin, vocals), Arnie Ashford (bass, vocals) and Jared Steer (percussion) the band explores all genres of music, ultimately defining its own unique sound.

Whether you’re familiar with previous recordings such as A Frog Named Sam, or are hearing the band for the first time, you’ll feel the excitement and care put into its work. Previous efforts have garnered the band six Parents’ Choice Awards and countless other accolades.

Ben Rudnick & Friends are pleased to present Love Is A Superpower.


are here to tell you that you
and it’s called L-O-V-E.

WITH THEIR TENTH RELEASE, Ben Rudnick & Friends once again stretch the lines and fill in the colors of family music. From the high-octane soul of the title track through the gentle, finger-picked musings about scribbling and flights of imagination, Love Is A Superpower is guaranteed to have the volume up and the windows down in every minivan in town.

Featuring eleven brand new songs, Love Is A Superpower slips in and out of musical styles with ease and honored guest musicians bring color and light to the musical landscape.

Horns from Jon Garnis (The O’Jays, Tony Bennett, Lou Rawls) and Rick Hammett (Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Temptations) light up the title track and also blend with strings on the Beatlesque Wake Up Happy. Fiddle from Kenny Kosek (Jerry Garcia, James Taylor, Willie Nelson) adds to the western swing of My Horse, Swingin’ Along and Prime Time, and to the back porch jam of Wheels.

M’talewa Thomas (Entrain, Grateful Dread) is the bass foundation of the reggae-influenced Where Are The Dragons? Johnny Sciascia (Eilen Jewell) and his stand-up bass propel the country burner Chicken Soup Ballad and the traditional Jenny Jenkins.

Longtime friend Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) adds tasty and brilliant harmonica and percussion.

Ben Rudnick & Friends have created a far-reaching disc celebrating life and the toe-tapping love found within it.



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Release Date: September 25, 2012
Artist: Ben Rudnick & Friends
Copyright: ©2012 Bartlett Ave. Productions, Inc.
Running Time: 44:11
Genre: Children's/Family
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95
Retail Distribution:
    Ben Rudnick & Friends
    PO Box 1426, Arlington, MA 02474-0022
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UPC: 700261361451


Publicity: Elizabeth Waldman Frazier
Waldmania PR, San Francisco
Phone: 415-334-2787



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All songs published by Bartlett Ave Publishing except
Here Comes the Sun
by Harrisongs Ltd.
Prime Time and Swingin’ Along composed by John Zevos.
Jenny Jenkins is Public Domain.
Recorded at Mortal Music, Charlestown, MA.
Engineered by Andy Pinkham.
Mixed by Andy Pinkham and Ben Rudnick.
Mastered by Andy Pinkham.
Produced by Ben Rudnick and Andy Pinkham.
Harmony vocals arranged by Arnie Ashford and Andy Pinkham.
Horns and strings arranged by Andy Pinkham.
Kenny Kosek recorded at Chez Kosek, NY, NY.
Design and artwork by Bob von Elgg.
John Zevos would like to offer special thanks to Girouard Mandolins.


Ben Rudnick – guitars, vocals
Arnie Ashford – bass guitar, harmony vocals
John Zevos – mandolin, electric mandolin, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Swingin’ Along and Here Comes The Sun, harmony guitar and second guitar solo on Ray
Jared Steer – drums and percussion
Dave Dillon – drums on Swingin’ Along, Prime Time and
Here Comes The Sun


Phil Aiken - clavinet, piano, organ, synthesizer
Jeff Bird - harmonica, percussion, Ashbory bass guitar on Wheels
Nathan Cohen - violin on Wake Up Happy
Jon Garnis - trombone
Rick Hammett - trumpet
Kenny Kosek - fiddle
Rob Lee - tenor saxophone
Kristine Miller - cello on Wake Up Happy
Maureen Murphy - vocals on Love Is A Superpower
Andy Pinkham - guitars, kalimba, Fender Rhodes on Love Is A Superpower, bass on Wake Up Happy, A Little Boogie and My Horse
Fabio Pirozzolo - congas, tambourine
Emily Rudnick - “Awesome”
Tony Savarino - B-bender guitar on Chicken Soup Ballad,
sitar guitar on Love is a Superpower
Johnny Sciascia - double bass on Chicken Soup Ballad and
Jenny Jenkins

Steve Scully - drums on Ray
Sharon Shenkar - vocals on Love Is A Superpower and Where Are The Dragons?
M’talewa Thomas - bass on Where Are The Dragons?
David Walker - bass on Love Is A Superpower
Joe Wright - tuba and euphonium on Scribbling
Chris Zevos - bass on Ray