ACL Festival Spotlight – Brady Rymer


Brady Rymer looks like he’s having a lot of fun when he’s playing on stage.  He and his “Little Band That Could” performed two sets at the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival before a crowd of excited kids and their parents.  The Grammy-nominated artist had a large group of kids up front dancing and interacting as he led them through his jubilant songs at the Austin Kiddie Limits stage.

Rymer’s music is written mostly from the perspective of a child’s mind, which makes it simultaneously fun and refreshing.  The song “I Found It” runs down a list of the author’s favorite toys which inevitably get lost, interlaced with euphoric choruses of “I Found It!” while the happy listeners jump for joy.  “Love Me for Who I Am” is a testament to universal acceptance and mutual understanding, declaring over an infectious groove, “Please don’t try to fix me, Love me for who I am.”  Brady also kept the older generation entertained with “Keep Up With You,” a song which details some of the things that Mom and Dad need to keep up with their little ones – such as coffee, catnaps, and a hot bath at the end of the day.

His latest album “Love Me for Who I Am” was inspired primarily by his work with the students of the Celebrate the Children School in New Jersey.  The title track in particular arose from something one of the students said, and most of the songs started out with just a title and an idea. His career in the family music genre started out with a desire to create music for his own children, as he tried to imagine how they perceived the world around them.

After playing for many years in the successful band From Good Homes, Rymer started to shift into a new musical direction a little over ten years ago.  “It became hard to have a family, and tour, and we were really a road band,” he explained.  He began to notice a new theme in his songwriting after the birth of his son. “It was a weird thing to be writing songs for a rock band, and next thing you know the songs are popping up with words like ‘utero’ or ‘nest’ or ‘home’ or ‘Dad,’” he said. “So I started writing songs for my kids, and a new career was born.”

His first album of songs written for children originated as a personal project, with all the members of From Good Homes contributing. “We recorded it in my house just as a simple gift to my son – I didn’t have any ideas of turning it into a career.” Six albums later, Brady Rymer is one of the top names in children’s music and has earned a Grammy nomination in 2008, and he also won the 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold award for his latest CD.  His performances at ACL delighted and entertained both young and old audience members, who couldn’t help but share in the fun that he was having onstage.

One Comment

  1. Isabel says:

    We loved the show at AKL! Thanks so much for the fun photos on your facebook site. Our son loved the recap :)


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