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The Ditty Bops

Purveying an utterly charming sound that borrows from folk, pop, Western swing, and early vocal jazz, Los Angeles' fancifully named Ditty Bops feature the tightly woven harmonies of Amanda Barrett (who also handles mandolin and dulcimer duties) and Abby DeWald (who also plays guitar). Though Barrett and DeWald met in New York City in the late '90s, they didn't begin playing music until they moved back to California. Barrett spent her childhood in Topanga and learned to play fretted dulcimer when she was six, then moved to Europe to model as a teen before moving to New York in her early twenties. DeWald, meanwhile, grew up in northern California and took piano lessons as a child; growing up in a house where only classical was played, she nevertheless developed a fascination with ragtime music and electric blues. A stint in a band that played '20s covers in period costumes inspired the duo to make the Ditty Bops just as theatrical, if not as strictly traditional: puppet shows, illustrations, and fancy dresses and wigs give their live shows a hint of cabaret. The Ditty Bops were discovered by Warner Bros. at one of their shows in the L.A. area; after signing to the label, they released their self-titled, Mitchell Froom-produced debut album. Late that year, the group toured the U.S. with the equally theatrical Dresden Dolls and Count Zero. In 2006 the Ditty Bops' sophomore album, Moon Over the Freeway, came out, accompanied by a nationwide bicycle tour. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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Love these ladies! Missing a few albums Pandora!! Cool comment Tom Mott!
I have the same question, darko_gnome. To the comment down below, asking: why does their bio not include that they are lesbian. Why not be proud of it?

This matters why? I'm 71, heterosexual -- as far as I know anyway -- and if were to break into captivating song on my balcony and those on the street applauded, would you want me to shout out my sexual preference?

Give it a rest. Enjoy the talent. Talent has no gender or sexual orientation or race or ethnicity.
How did I not know about them before this moment?!
They have a LOT more music, independentl y released after they left Warner Brothers, a lot of GREAT material.
Don't b e negative)
hdarthcvader
why does their bio not include that they are lesbian. Why not be proud of it?
My life is not complete without the ditty bops.
lastgasp61
I am now a fan!!!!
luv me some quirky.♥
maptorina
I first heard the music of The Ditty Bops in an antique shop in N.C.
The music was so uplifting and fun, and the instrumentat i o n s , Great....
such cheerful gloomie-ness ! ! ! Such quircky sounds and lyrics!!! Just wierd enough to make me love 'em!
like the story of their paths merging.
Sometimes I can hear a little Harry Nilsson fantasy in their music.
The comparison below to Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks is a good one, they're a pastiche of styles--a kind of old-timey twangy hot-jazz pop--with an upbeat tone. Love their clear, simple voices and happy playfulness. Agree with other commenter that they put on a fantastic live show.
Fresh. Sweet. Uplifting. Fun. I play the DITTY BOPS more often than anything else at my shop. (BOHEMIAN EXCHANGE on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California) They keep myself, my cats and my customers in a delightful mood all day long. Great soundtrack for playing dress up!
gehuskins
I love the ditty bops;you get a little bit of every genre when you listen to them,and it's always kept fresh and light (e.g.not to concentrated ) .
A delightful mix of genres with a playful twist. I can't get enough!
If you get a chance to see these young ladies live, do not pass it up. They put on an excellent show.
baruch_gersh o m
Reminds me of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Great discovery. Thanks Pandora!
totally fantastic..g r e a t lyrics, great playing, great vocals, without a trace of being forced....ha u n t i n g l y beautiful.

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