The Secret Mountain Presents 'Down at the Sea Hotel,' New Storybook/CD Based on a Greg Brown Song

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New collection of lullabies features songs by legends including Neil Young, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Billy Joel and Bruce Cockburn as performed by roots music stars The Wailin' Jennys, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lynn Miles, among others. The CD is available for the first time in the United States on October 23.

Imagine a children's storybook and CD that appeals to parents as much as it does their little ones, that features tracks from legendary songwriters performed by a stellar array of exciting roots artists, and can both ease your child into slumber and double as the background music for your next adult dinner party. You have just discovered a brand new CD from The Secret Mountain, Down at the Sea Hotel.

Since 2000, Montreal-based The Secret Mountain has made great children's entertainment (that parents also love) its stock in trade and with the release of the all-new storybook-music CD Down at the Sea Hotel the reputation of the award-winning purveyor of imaginative books, CDs and DVDs for children remains solidly intact.

Down at the Sea Hotel is a song written by two-time Grammy nominee Greg Brown, whose career spans two decades and more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums. It is also a story, exquisitely illustrated by acclaimed Canadian illustrator Mireille Levert. Levert, a two-time winner of the Governor General's Literature Award and recent finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, also created the CD cover art. IT is available in two versions -- a colorfully illustrated book/CD set and an audio digipak edition.

In addition to its title track the album also features 13 lullabies written by celebrated songwriters (Neil Young, Carole King, Don Henley, Steve Earle, Nanci Griffith, Tom Waits, etc.), whose songs are performed by artists signed by the prestigious Minnesota roots music label Red House Records, including Guy Davis, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, The Wailin' Jennys and Lynn Miles.

Down at the Sea Hotel is the latest in a series of music and storybook releases from The Secret Mountain, which also includes The Fabulous Song, the Dream Songs, Night Songs series (From Mali to Louisiana and From China to Senegal), A Duck In New York City, A Poodle in Paris, and Lullaby Berceuse. The Montreal-based company has offices in Paris, and has recently broken into the U.S. marketplace with an award-winning music DVD release, A Treasure in My Garden

All Secret Mountain releases are available in two formats: as a hard cover illustrated book and CD (or DVD) combo pack and as a digi-pack CD or DVD with a printable file of lyrics and illustrations.

Down at the Sea Hotel hits U.S. retail stores on Tuesday, October 23, 2007. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund. Visit for more information.

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