Earthworm Ensemble is music for kids and parents, with some of Los Angeles’s best folk/country artists singing and playing fiddle, dobro, guitars, ukulele, jaw harp, and steel.   Our second CD “Backyard Garden,” is being released this month.

Our live show and new CD feature Sherri and Shawn Nourse, Victoria Jacobs and Paul Lacques, and Denny Moynahan, aka King Kukulele. We’re calling it family music, because parents like our music as much as their kids do. 

We like to talk with our audiences about the ideas in our songs:  buffalo migration, ladybugs, raising chickens, composting and recycling, and taking the train to the farmers’ markets.  And we always ask the question: what can we all do to help our planet stay green?

We also sing about the earthworm’s role in the plant cycle; how to make pizza from scratch; we sing about birds, walking in the woods, and even a mythical superhero team of Bear and Dog  who’ve come to save the planet!

Song styles are on the country/folk side, with old timey fiddle and jawharp, but we also throw in some psychedelic California sounds, some country  rock guitar,  New Orleans second line drumming, and once in a while some hip hop beats.

With millions of online listens, our debut CD has gotten a great  response — check out our reviews page — and  you  can order both CDs from this website.

Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse.  Sherri sang songs to their 3 year old son Nolan (who’s now 10!), and Shawn decided to start recording them.  Sherri’s a singer songwriter, and Shawn is a producer and one of the best drummers in Los Angeles.   He played with Dwight Yoakam and plays with I See Hawks In L.A. and many other California roots rockers.

The  Nourses were soon joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks In L.A. and his wife Victoria Jacobs, and then on the first CD by other Hawks:  Paul Marshall, Brantley Kearns, David Jackson, Jr. and Rob Waller.  Then some of our favorite country and folk musicians joined in:  Mike Stinson sings about corn,  Zachariah does the high speed pizza rap, the Chapin Sisters add their angelic harmonies, and David Jackson sings about the buffalo family.  David has the lowest voice we’ve ever heard — he  might even be a buffalo.

We live in Los Angeles, California.  We perform at Southern California folk clubs like McCabes, rock clubs like The Echo, The Skirball Center, Kidspace, school assemblies, and festivals all over Southern  California.  Every few years you can find us at Stagecoach country music festival in Coachella. Someday soon we’ll come to your town too!

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