Randy Kaplan
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Randy Kaplan

West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323, USA | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323, USA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Solo Americana Children's Music


Randy Kaplan @ www.randykaplan.com

PLEASE VISIT randykaplan.com for schedule, New York, USA

PLEASE VISIT randykaplan.com for schedule, New York, USA

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"Roots rocker Randy Kaplan is one of those happy-they-exist people you can't quite tell is playing kids' music. And yet he is." - NEW YORK magazine

“With his serious storytelling chops and musicianship, Randy is a pioneer (and) one of the most versatile and creative voices in kids music today.” - KIDS CAN GROOVE

“Randy Kaplan is one of the nation’s foremost children’s entertainers...fun for the whole family!” - NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY

“Brilliant, laugh-out-loud funny, and way ahead of his time.” - FITS N GIGGLES

“Randy Kaplan is the current king of the story song, and his magic is best witnessed live. Great example of grownup music for kids, kids’ music for grownups.” - KIDS MUSIC THAT ROCKS

"Randy is an absolute ace guitarist, picker and ragtime player...A refreshing, innovative change of pace." - SMOKY MOUNTAIN BLUES SOCIETY

“Kaplan is one of kids music’s top storytellers...He draws from a deep well of pint-sized frustration and pique...(His songs are) remarkably tender and sweet...One of the best storytellers around.” - ZOOGLOBBLE

“Kaplan is a national treasure who brings a sly wink to the art of kid’s music.” - THE BROOKLYN PAPER

“He doesn’t dumb it down for the kids…He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do.” - TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS


Family or "not-JUST-for-kids" CDs (& books):

Jam on Rye - 2014

Loquat Rooftop (picture book) - 2013

Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie - 2012

Don't Fill Up On Chips / Nagasaki (mp3s singles) - 2011

The Kids Are All Id - 2010

Loquat Rooftop - 2008

Five Cent Piece - 2006

not-REALLY-for-kids CDs:

Songs For Old Lovers - 2011

Durango (with Brian Schey) - 2008

Ancient Ruins - 2008

Perfect Gentleman - 2004

Miraculous Dissolving Cures - 2001

Lake Champions - 1999

Reborn As Bees - 1999

Boyish Hips - 1997



In his shows for children and their families, bluesman and balladeer Randy Kaplan blends American Roots Music, Country Blues, and Comedic Storytelling. 

Entomological tales abound: Southern belle ladybugs, British queen bees, and East Village roaches. Subject matter also includes moral tales about children with their Freudian ids gone wild. There are a lot of tangents and multi-leveled jokes in his story songs. Arlo Guthrie fans like Randy's stuff! 

Randy is from Long Island, New York and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son, and dog. He has performed in most states of the Union, including, for example, Symphony Space, 92Y Tribeca, The Jewish Museum, The Bottom Line, and The Bitter End in New York; The Getty Museum, Skirball Center, McCabe's Guitar Shop, The Zimmer Museum, and Montalvo Arts Center in California; World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; SiriusXM Headquarters in Washington DC; and a multitude of parks, schools, camps, libraries, hospitals, clubs, and museums throughout the U.S.

Randy's fifth not-JUST-for kids CD, Jam on Rye (2014), features its share of Kaplan trademark fast-talking rap-bluegrass barn burners, a Dan Bern cover, a calypso ode to a shower door, a Tin Pan Alley gem, a couple of lullabies, and the single "Don't Fill Up On Chips," which is already a smash hit on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live.

Randy's fourth not-JUST-for-kids CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie (2012), was released by My Kazoo Music and Universal Music. The album consists of "Randyized" versions of classic Country Blues and Ragtime numbers originally performed by the likes of Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Blind Blake. PEOPLE magazine placed the CD 3rd on their list of "8 Cool Kids' Albums" of the summer and it took home NAPPA's prestigious Gold Award.

Randy's third not-JUST-for-kids CD, The Kids Are All Id (2010), also won top honors from NAPPA and was voted a Top Five CD in the NICKELODEON Parents' Picks Awards. It appeared on the Top Ten CD lists of, among many others, FIDS & KAMILIES, TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS, and FAMILY MAN ONLINE (where it was awarded the #1 slot)! The record features masterpieces such as Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," and "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" (from Porgy & Bess) along with original songs like "The Hebrew-Speaking Bear" and "The Kid Is All Id."

"Loquat Rooftop (2008), Randy’s second family CD, contains its share of golden oldies, such as "Charlie Brown" and "Move It On Over" and original songs like "No Nothing" (the tale of the depraved cat “Nothin'” and the hungry monkey “Kqxhc” (pronounced like a duck's quack) and "The Ladybug Without Spots." Loquat Rooftop was voted one of the Top Ten Children’s CDs of 2008 by NPR (NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO) and COOL MOM PICKS. 

"Five Cent Piece (2006), Randy's first foray into family music, combines a gloriously wacky collection of oldies (and originals)” (NEW YORK magazine). It features all-time classics like "Over the Rainbow" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (a good first mantra for children) as well as original songs like "Shampoo Me" and "Roaches" (they're tryin' on your underwear, checkin' out your grocery list, and readin' your copy of Metamorphosis). 

Randy has also released eight not-REALLY-for-kids CDs, had his poetry published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and collaborated on CLEAVE, a new musical comedy, which was performed to much acclaim at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. After being commissioned to write songs based on Ezra Jack Keats's picture books and for a Disney YA novel, Randy released a picture book of his own (based on the eponymous song from his CD, Loquat Rooftop). He has also conducted songwriting workshops at elementary schools, and won awards and/or been honored by organizations such as NAPPA, NAEYC, and ASCAP.

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