June 3, 2003
With an Oink Oink Here & and an Oink Oink There
The Tractors are busy at The Church Studio in Tulsa putting the finishing touches on a new kids album called Chicken Covers.
"When ‘Baby Likes To Rock It’ was out, The Tractors were voted Favorite Band by kids across America in a newspaper poll," notes Tractors front man Steve Ripley. "Most of our recordings are kids records at heart."
The album features several original tunes along with favorites like "This Old Man" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." "Making barnyard noises is not that big of a stretch for me," says Ripley with a laugh.
The title cut, "Chicken Covers," was co-written by Ripley and Tulsa-based character actor and artist, Gailard Sartain, who is also doing the album artwork. Gailard was a regular on the long-running Hee Haw television show and had recurring roles in the "Ernest" movies. He also had substantial roles in more serious fare like Fried Green Tomatoes, Mississippi Burning, and The Replacements.
"Chicken Covers" tells the age-old tale of the man from the city who could sell the hillbillies on the farm anything and everything—from covers to keep their chickens warm, to silk milking gloves and a milk-cow stereo, to a dog diploma for their "smarty-pants doggie."