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by Kip Boardman

A hybrid of 70's AM rock, rootsy sounding pop and L.A. country rock. With an alarming tenor voice sweet as it is world weary singing lyrics clever and funny to downright heart wrenching and beautiful. His instrument: The mighty Wurlitzer Electric Piano.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Running Right
5:13 $0.99
2. Truth and the Idiot
3:42 $0.99
3. Andalusia
5:32 $0.99
4. Where Does the Night Go
3:13 $0.99
5. Throw the First Stone
4:56 $0.99
6. All in the Course
3:38 $0.99
7. A Few Drops of Rain
4:43 $0.99
8. Holding the Bag
4:21 $0.99
9. I've Got Time for You
2:55 $0.99
10. Oh the Ache
7:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Boardman is well into the large pot of Americana, but also alt country pop and folk with a voice reminiscent of Neil Young's."
—Wolfgang Giese, Rocktimes Germany

"Kip Boardman has a wry sense of humor and a gift for melody and lyrics, which are sung in his reed-like tenor. Boardman’s music is hard to pin into one genre of music. You will hear a hybrid of 70’s AM rock, rootsy sounding pop and L.A. country rock."
—Michael Berick, Country Standard Time

"In 2013 I saw Kip Boardman and his great band blow the doors off of a dive on the Westside of L.A. with only 15 people watching. I asked Kip if he could replicate that set in a studio with this band. He did, lead vocals included. This record is what I heard on that amazing night." —Nelson Bragg

"His songs bear a resonant late 70's 'LA Country rock' feel that fits comfortably with his bright alto vocals…(Boardman) mines the rich musical landscapes of a distinctly American songbook reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, Jimmy Webb and Allen Toussaint."
—No Depression

Los Angeles, September 2015—The self-titled, Boardman is Kip Boardman's fourth studio album, and a first for Nelson Bragg's Steel Derrick Music. A longtime member of the Los Angeles music scene, and a sought after session player, Boardman has assembled an envious roster of studio and touring music veterans. Manning lead vocals and keys, Boardman once again has collaborated with Ray LaMontagne band member Eric Heywood on pedal steel and guitar, on bass is Rob Douglas (Nick Waterhouse, Apex Manor), on drums, Steve Mugalian (Dave Alvin) and B-bending master, Dave Gleason on guitar.

While Boardman is more rocking than his last effort, the halcyonic, The Long Weight, it still retains the signatures of Kip Boardman's music—wry sense of humor, a gift for melody and lyrics, which are sung in his reed-like tenor. Boardman's music is hard to pin into one genre of music. You will hear a hybrid of 70's AM rock, rootsy sounding pop and L.A. country rock. Or as Boardman, puts it, "The music I play strives for melody that gently rubs on chordal movement so elegant no one even notices…"

On this live-in-studio session recorded in the old time style of Sun Studio, Boardman kicks off with two re-recorded songs: "Running Right" from The Long Weight and "Truth And The Idiot" from the 2006 release, Hello I Must Be…which Boardman says, "…was always meant to sound more like this version." "Where Does the Night Go" is an elegant tune that features a mysterious chord shift in the main verse riff. "Holding The Bag" features some lovely lead trade-offs between Gleason and Heywood while "I’ve Got Time For You" is a peppy number that was written and arranged on the spot. "Oh The Ache" features a Wurly pedal throughout the song and is the song Boardman declares his personal favorite, "Syd Barrettish work from Gleason and stratospheric pedal steel from Heywood over a krautrock denouement with psychedelic engineering from Rob Campanella."

Originally from Marblehead, MA, Kip Boardman was drawn to the warm California sun and made his home in Los Angeles. He quickly became a stalwart member of the local L.A. roots rock royalty, playing alongside Randy Weeks, Mike Stinson, Tony Gilkyson and Ramsay Midwood. His first solo effort was the country, folk and pop-tinged, Upon The Stars in 2003, which garnered playlist status on L.A.'s KCRW that year.


BOARDMAN combines a few elements. Firstly, Kip's alarming tenor voice that is sweet as it is world weary singing lyrics that move from clever and funny to downright heart wrenching and beautiful. Add his instrument of choice: The Mighty Wurlitzer electric piano with its wonderfully slight distortion and percussive emotion drawing in its listeners.

The album features 10 songs played by 5 men who are at the top of their game. Eric Heywood is featured on electric and pedal steel guitars and what a job he does. Some of the best pedal steel I've ever heard is here, (coming from Kip's affinity for very early "Dirty Work" era Steely Dan vibe, that feeling is all over Kip's music….70's pop and roots.) Dave Gleason plays the Telecaster exclusively on BOARDMAN. Throughout Gleason features his trademark twang and rock we've come to know and love except here, he stretches out to newer territories on this outing. Dave's solos are what you expect, nothing short of inspiring.

In the engine room on drums and bass are Steve Mugalian and Rob Douglas respectively. Steve is a country veteran and also plays with The Dave Gleason Trio. On our studio sojourn, Steve is a one take wonder, just nailing the songs perfectly with a soft touch that allows the kit to resonate fully, never choking the drums like (we) drummers tend to do. On BOARDMAN that beautiful tone is evident throughout…..a master's touch. And finally Rob Douglas who musical directed much of the sessions provided that famous Fender Precision Bass sound we've come to know and enjoy in all of music history. Rob is an authoritative player with complete clarity of note in his approach. Rob Campanella captured an incredible bass sound for the record, (Ampeg "roll and tuck" nach…or was it the Bassman??) executed by an incredible player.

What's more, the entire album was cut live including lead vocals! If your a fan of the aforementioned early 70's Dan, the sharp as a tack, breezy grooves of J.J. Cale, songs Bonnie Raitt would truly shine at singing and a writing style that Randy Newman might have done back then, BOARDMAN is for you. It's roots folded in with pop and groove and covered in pedal steel guitar. It's a road album for sure, and it's the kind of record that musicians in particular love to hear, as it was created with the Hi-Fi fan in mind. 10 Songs written and sung by Kip on vinyl. Yours truly added a smattering of harmony and percussion.

Look for the video for "O The Ache".

Nelson Bragg- Steel Derrick Music



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