Four Decades Later, Country Artists Return To 'Fox Hollow' Patty Griffin, Duane Eddy and others perform on a new tribute to Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow, a children's record that won plenty of adult fans when it made its debut in 1974.
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Four Decades Later, Country Artists Return To 'Fox Hollow'

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ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Well, Stefan Shepherd has this review of an album that considers preschoolers' concerns while honoring a country music classic.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I LOVE")

PATTY GRIFFIN: (Singing) I love little baby ducks, old pickup trucks, slow moving trains and rain. I love little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May and hay.

STEFAN SHEPHERD: Here, Buddy Miller, with help from Duane Eddy, sings the classic, "Sneaky Snake."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SNEAKY SNAKE")

BUDDY MILLER: (Singing) Boys and girls take warning if you go near the lake. Keep your eyes wide open and look for Sneaky Snake. Now, maybe you won't see him. Maybe you won't hear, but he'll sneak up behind you and drink all of your root beer. And then Sneaky Snake goes dancing, wiggling and hissing.

SHEPHERD: Hall's songwriting has a gentleness, about wishing for a million friends or talking to a little baby goat that calms and reassures little kids. But these songs were big hits when first released, touching more than just children because, even if you're no longer a toddler, sometimes it's nice to hear someone singing that he cares about you when things are going badly.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I CARE")

BUDDY BARE: (Singing) I want you to know I care. I care, I do. There's no one like you. When they take you someplace, make you sit in a chair, I want you to know I care.

SIEGEL: The album is called "I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow." You can listen to more of the album at NPRmusic.org. Our reviewer, Stefan Shepherd, blogs about kids' music at Zooglobble.com.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I CARE")

BARE: (Singing) When they're filling your teeth and cutting your hair, I want you to know I care. I care, I do. There's no one like you.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

The voice of Bobby Bare on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

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