Crawlin' with Kids
Scott Klamm performs children's and family music for audiences in the Kansas City area. His most recent compilation is Crawlin' With Kids (2008), a collection of Americana-styled children's songs that shows an equal comfort with bluegrass, blues, zydeco, roots rock, and folk. The kid-friendly lyrics range from food to flip-flops, and squirt-guns to sleepytime. Written primarily for children ages 3-8, this CD nevertheless includes interactive nonsense rhymes that invite the whole family to sing along or just get up and dance! As a multi-instrumentalist, Scott covers the bases on acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, and hand percussion. He enlisted the talents of some of Kansas City's finest musicians - T.J. Erhardt (Nace Brothers Band) on piano and accordion, Kelly Werts (Plaid Family, Connie Dover) on fiddle and guitar, and Mark Thies (BCR, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove) on bass. Monique Danielle lends her voice to a gentle lullaby to finish the collection. Scott has brought smiles to hundreds of pre-school and grade-school aged children. His live performances often feature unusual, quirky instruments from various folk traditions, and can also be adapted to educational programs. He has worked in kindergarten classes since 2005 as an "artist-in-residence," and periodically leads workshops on hand percussion and building simple folk instruments. Beyond the children's music arena, Scott performed in the 2008 Smithsonian Institution/Kansas Humanities Council touring exhibition "New Harmonies - Celebrating American Roots Music." In 2004-05, he performed at the Lewis & Clark commemorative events as part of the Tent of Many Voices sponsored by the National Park Service. His recorded music has been used in the independent film Twilight On The Rails (White River Productions, 2004) and the audio biography Frontier Freedom Fighter: The Story of Clarina Nichols (Quindaro Press, 2004). His first recording, Shady Grove (1993), was focused largely on the old-time style of Appalachian mountain music, and featured several of Scott's championship-winning arrangements for the mountain dulcimer.