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How to Polish Your Longhorns

by Jay Kipps Band

Somewhere between bluegrass & the blues there's some nice blue surf, with spaghetti western between the waves; that's where you'll find Jay Kipps Band's brand of new-roots, Americana with killer harmonica, a funky rhythm section and tasty guitar tones.
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Colt 45
2:51 $0.99
2. Rotten Apple Blues
4:06 $0.99
3. Everyone but Me
4:00 $0.99
4. Big Old Engine
4:23 $0.99
5. Hard Core
2:41 $0.99
6. Sinister
2:44 $0.99
7. The Only Reason
4:14 $0.99
8. Harp Bomb
1:50 $0.99
9. Gonzo (Live)
4:39 $0.99
10. Call Me the Breeze (Live)
4:09 $0.99
11. Surffarie
2:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
"If you like your Blues with a roots-rock base, crooned by a velvety voice, kissed by a harmonica and spiced with burning guitar solos, then you need the debut album "HOW TO POLISH YOUR LONGHORNS" by Canadian-based Jay Kipps Band.

Recorded at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, and produced by Stewart Gunn (The Haymakers, Grande Fir), Jay Kipps, chief songwriter and lead vocalist, delivers songs that are both melancholic and hopeful, forging stunning melodies, heartfelt lyrics, beautiful arrangements and sweet harmonies. HOW TO POLISH YOUR LONGHORNS is an impressive, full-length debut offering from the Jay Kipps Band, showcasing their ability to blend multiple genres into a cohesive recording that makes for an enticing new record - effortlessly pushing the boundaries of traditional Blues into a modern, Americana landscape."

The singles, “Rotten Apple Blues”and “Everyone But Me”, forge stunning melodies, heartfelt lyrics, beautiful arrangements and sweet harmonies. In a world where many bands chase commercial and mainstream success and attention, The Jay Kipps Band march to their own drum as they go about blending various Americana roots sounds. “Rotten Apple Blues” and “Everyone But Me”, feel like the perfect pairing of songs from a bygone era with some harmonica reminiscent of the roaring 60s.

Always in pristine voice, chief songwriter and lead vocalist Jay Kipps is without a doubt the focal point of this project, and he showcases it on songs like "The Only Reason" & “Rotten Apple Blues”, a song which feels both melancholic and hopeful, harmonic and just blissful.

The rest of band however, shows off its personality within each song here, a personality that is genre-bending and both looking at the past and future at the same time. The Jay Kipps Band distance themselves from the pack as a singular entity on the modern musical landscape. It is the band’s ability to blend sounds of multiple genres into a cohesive recording that makes this record so appealing.

Emerging from the ashes of The Over Under Band, a band that attracted a significant following in its five years of existence, The Jay Kipps Band formed in 2015 in the idyllic Hills of Dufferin County located just north of Toronto in Canada, and is the creation of the band’s enigmatic harp player and lead vocalist, Jay Kipps.

Jay, a staple performer at The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, having entertained audiences there since 2014, performed at the torch ceremonies for the 2015 Pan Am Games, and has graced the stage of legendary Toronto venues such as The Dakota Tavern, Lee’s Palace, and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. A frequent favorite of the Canadian Festival scene, The Jay Kipps Band recently opened for The Trews. Jay Kipps has shared the stage (and many campfires) with the likes of Jeff Healey, The Northern Pikes, The Vaudevillian, Connor Gains, Bill Poss, Paul Reddick, Jerome Godboo, Charlie Roth, Catl, Sean Pinchin, Alfi Smith and many others.

Thanks to his Father’s healthy record collection, Jay grew up on a steady diet of Harry Nilsson, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Ventures, Neil Young, The Band and The Grateful Dead. However, Jay didn't really expand on his passion for music as a musician until much later in his life, though put more accurately, the passion of being a musician found him.

A canoe guide, hitchhiker and world traveler in his youth, Jay found friendship and solace in the Harmonica. Traveling throughout the extreme of Northern Canada, down to Central America, across Europe and throughout the Himalayas, it was his harp that kept him company. After the death of a child, Jay dug deep into his emotions and his experiences, explored his passion for playing music, and started his first band - and just as his harp had comforted him and took him to safe harbors in the remote wilderness, it continues to guide him through his musical journey today.

Through The Jay Kipps Band, Jay has sunk his grief into his songs and now writes new, inspiring endings for his collection of sad stories. Each tune grounded in authenticity and anchored with five generations of Canadian roots. He speaks of home, loss, love, politics and even revenge. Wrap all of these things together and you will get a sense of Jay Kipps’ unique, and sometimes dark version of the modern-day Roots / Americana sound.

All songs © & ℗ 2017 Flint & Steel Inc. SOCAN (except Call Me The Breeze by J.J.Cale). All rights reserved. Executive Producer, Jay Kipps. Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11 produced & engineered by Stewart Gunn and recorded at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound in Durham Ontario. Live tracks 9 and 10 produced by Jay Kipps, recorded live off the floor by Arthur Sadowski at BVR in Orangeville, Ontario. Mastered at Lacquer Chanel in Toronto by James Paul. Maracas on 2 by Sarah Kirkpatrick, Back-up vocals on 2,3 4,5, and 7 by Strawberry Sunshine (aka Maddie Ball) and Chris Lubker, Cello on 7 by Lillian Penner, Slide Guitar on 5 and percussion on 7 by Stewart Gunn, percussion on 8 Forrest Kipps and Tenzen Kipps. Ukulele on 7 Erin Kipps. Layout and design by Jay Kipps. Cover Illustration, Oil on Canvas by Paul Kipps & J. Kipps circa 1974, Photos courtesy of Shootin’ Spades Photography, Cory Bruyea, J.A.W Photography and Bob Smithson Photography. Special thanks to Erin Kipps and the boys, The Sadies, THE SHANKS, The Vaudevillian, CATL, Bill Poss, Charlie Roth, The Sidemem, Aardvark Music & Culture, Larry Kurtz, Morgan Smith, The Over Under Band, LocoMono, Marshall Zuern, The Terrible & The Horribles, Kate Yorga, Marilyn Flak, Stephen Vacheff, The “Live From The Dutch Hall” crew, Steven Eberhard-McGrail and M88 Management.



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