Sugar Free Allstars finding success with 'family funk'

The popular Oklahoma City kindie-rock duo released this week their third family-friendly album “All on a Sunday Afternoon.”
by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 15, 2012
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“We're always looking for good Oklahoma City talent that can present to children. So I called Chris and I asked him, ‘Do you guys do children's music?' And he said, ‘No, but we're kind of getting tired of the bars,'” she said.

He brought her a CD of their grown-up songs.

She liked what she heard and told him if the Allstars could work up a kids' set, she'd book them for the next summer library program.

By June 2007, the duo was not only touring the libraries, it also had its new family-friendly album, “Dos Ninos,” ready to sell at the shows. Within weeks, the song “Bathtub Boy” was a No. 1 hit on satellite radio.

“Apparently, we happened to, like, walk right into a niche genre of music,” Wiser said. “Since then, the whole kindie genre has just exploded. I think we got in at a good time.”

In 2010, they released their sophomore kindie album, “Funky Fresh & Sugar Free” as well as a concert DVD.

Their song “Cooperate,” a freestyle collaboration with kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, was featured on the CD “All About Bullies ... Big and Small,” which won the best children's album Grammy this year.

New music

Their new album features guitarist Keller Williams, They Might Be Giants percussionist Marty Beller, folk-rock-children's band Trout Fishing in America and other guest performers.

“It's even more like funky, kind of Motown, Stax, R&B-ish soul, which is what we listen to,” Wiser said. “I kind of feel like this album is more consistent musically.”

Given their core fan base's penchant of repeating songs, the Allstars think the parents are even more ready than the kids for “All on a Sunday Afternoon.”

“They're like, ‘We really like your music, but seriously, do put out a new album,'” Wiser said, laughing.

“After the same song the 100th time, they're like, ‘OK,'” Martin said. “But we actually keep that in mind. We want to make sure they can listen to it, too.”


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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ON TOUR

Sugar Free Allstars library tour

• 2 and 7 p.m. Monday, Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster.

• 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard.

• 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blanchard Public Library, 205 NE 10.

• 2 p.m. Wednesday, Newcastle Public Library, 705 NW 10.

• 11 a.m. Thursday, McLoud Public Library, 133 N Main.

• 2 p.m. Thursday, Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N Broadway.

ONLINE

For more information and dates, go to www.sugarfreeallstars.com.

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