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Musical Road Trip: New Family CDs to Rock Your End of Summer

Folk-pop, bilingual rock, Dixieland jazz and more hot family albums to kee you humming 'til fall

While summer's basically in the rear view mirror, there's still time to take a virtual road trip courtesy of some great summer kids' music releases. Here are terrific new compilations that will help your family members hum their way through the start to a busy fall.

The Dan River Girls

Heading south, The Dan River Girls are a trio of sisters from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fiona, 16, plays mandolin and cello; Ellie, 13, plays double bass; and Jessie, 11, plays violin. Their eponymous debut album includes a wide variety of music from pop (“Our Lips Are Sealed”) to traditional Appalachian folk (“Durham’s Bull” and “Roanoke”). In addition to their primary instruments, all three sing and play percussion on the album. While they’re still young, the girls' individual and ensemble musical skills are enviable: stay tuned.

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