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The Okee Dokee Brothers win at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Continuing our celebration of kindie music, we followed the Best Children's Album nominees to the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Okee Dokee Brothers

    The Okee Dokee Brothers at the 2013 Grammy Awards

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Okee Dokee Brothers

    The Okee Dokee Brothers at the 2013 Grammy Awards

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Okee Dokee Brothers

    The Okee Dokee Brothers at the 2013 Grammy Awards

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Okee Dokee Brothers

    The Okee Dokee Brothers at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Photograph: Courtesy the Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Who knew you could paddle down the Mississippi River and end up in downtown Los Angeles in a suit, bow tie, and pocket handkerchief? After celebrating the kindie takeover of the Best Children's Album category last week, we headed to the 2013 Grammy Awards to see the Okee Dokee Brothers win for their paddling-inspired Americana masterpiece Can You Canoe?


Upon hearing their band name announced at the Nokia Theater, the lifelong friends celebrated with gigantic hugs and gave an acceptance speech that was as humble as you'd expect if you've ever seen these smiling Midwesterners at one of their city concerts. Amidst the glitz and glamour of music's biggest night, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing thanked their families for singing to them as kids and inspiring them to make music. In front of the likes of Taylor Swift and Jack Black, the Okee Dokee Brothers also thanked the Recording Academy and the voters for recognizing independently made children's music this year. They ended by thanking the mighty river that has inspired so many over the years, including Mark Twain, and that gave birth to Can You Canoe? In the theater's lobby, Best Children's Album nominees Bill Harley and the Pop Ups were also singing the praises of Can You Canoe?, which features fellow nominee Elizabeth Mitchell as well as the Band's Garth Hudson.


No one can predict who will hold that golden gramophone next year at this time, but if appreciation of the current golden age of family music remains as in style as bow ties, pocket handkerchiefs and honest smiles, it is likely that another musician who has performed for your brood at 92YTribeca, Symphony Space or an alfresco summer concert may very well get to call themselves a Grammy Award winner too.



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