Galen Kipar Project | The Scenic Route

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The Scenic Route

by Galen Kipar Project

Crafting a fusion of folk, classical, jazz, and blues, this emerging artist has been hailed by critics as “complex yet accessible,” “cohesive and poignant,” “experimental folk masterpieces,” “With the care and meticulousness of a gourmet chef."
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. October Snow
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2. Rushing Over My Bones
2:39 $0.99
3. How I've Changed
6:32 $0.99
4. Why?
5:02 $0.99
5. The Shore Rushed By
4:16 $0.99
6. Riversong
4:44 $0.99
7. It Feeds All the Land
5:44 $0.99
8. Words
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Album Notes
In October of 2009, the Galen Kipar Project huddled in the studio once again to record its latest work. Featuring the convention-defying music that has become the band’s trademark, the album is the band’s fourth in five years.

"The Scenic Route" was recorded in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Studios (Donna and the Buffalo, Avett Brothers,
Band of Horses - and was engineered by John Ashley.
Mastered in NYC by Richard Morris Mastering ( Iron and Wine, Nora Jones, Wiyos, Felise Brothers
The album features musicians and instrumentation such as,
Jeremy Young –Drums, Jon Morrow – 8 string guitar-bass, Camellia Delk – viola/ violin/vocals, Vincent Corda – Flute, Aaron Balance – lap steel guitar/ dobro, Aaron Price – piano/ B3 organ and Galen Kipar – classical and steel
guitars/ harmonicas and vocals. For more info go to:

"The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks...Each song on Routes is carefully orchestrated and worked with the tender care of a master painter at his easel. Kipar elevates this eight-song collection far beyond standard singer/songwriter fare, wringing emotion and texture from each song and adding layers of interest with rich, resonant percussion and an intricate dance of string tones. He pushes the envelope of how many sounds can be introduced without reducing the sum to a fuzzy, sonic snarl." ~Alli Marshall, Asheville's Mountain Xpress

"He feels winter’s approach while hoping for a “warm front,” in the classically tinged “October Snow.” Over a bluegrass shuffle and steel guitar, he heads for some “Fishing Time” in the bouncy “Rushing Over My Bones.” Delk’s sometimes haunting violin flavors “The Shore Rushed By.”" – Tad Dickens - Roanoke Times

"The Scenic Route, the eight-song album continues the band’s fusion of folk, jazz, and classical elements, creating a sound that’s intricate and memorable, sophisticated and relaxed. “Headed on down to the waterside, going to find a place to rest my mind,” Kipar sings in “Riversong,” which adds viola and electric guitar to the band’s acoustic core. Guitarist Kipar, eight-string guitar/bass player Jon Morrow, and drummer Jeremy Young all studied music at area colleges, and Kipar’s arrangements draw on his background in classical composition. The band’s fourth album in five years includes ace Asheville musicians contributing on flute, strings, lap steel, and piano." - Michael Flynn - WNC Magazine



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David Gans

Hooked on this CD!
I listened to this CD over and over while driving around Utah, New Mexico and Arizona last week. It's like a collection of short stories, brilliantly constructed and with a unique and compelling literary voice. I keep coming back to each song, listening more deeply and being drawn more deeply in. I was knocked out by Galen's last CD, and was hoping I'd like the next one even half as much; if anything, I like this one twice as much.