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Galen Kipar Project recently released their 4th album, the Scenic Route. It has been receiving some great reviews as well as airplay on WNCW, 98.1 The River, Davis Gan’s “Dead to the World” on KFPA in Berkely, Wildman Steve Radio, The Wrecking Ball Radio Hour, Penn State’s The Lion, to name a few. www.galenkipar.com

This short review was just posted for Asheville’s Bold Life:

Their fourth album in five years, GKP’s The Scenic Route is simply a cool, refreshing sonic treat just in time for summer. Of course, those familiar with this prolific local favorite won’t be surprised at the detailed orchestration, intuitive structure and obscure but fascinating lyrics of their latest offering. But they continue to push themselves in new directions and I like that. The album opens with two upbeatish tunes of very different stripes, “October Snow” and “Rushing Over My Bones.” While the tunes are great, they don’t seem to fit with the rest of the album – which almost has the pacing and emotion of one of those epic 70s rock albums. Indeed, even the plaintive guitar in “Why” reached out to remind me of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter”, while “Riverside” conjures wonderful feelings of the first time I heard Sandy Denny guest on Zep’s “Battle of Evermore.” There are also a few magic moments on this recording when Kipar seems to channel such brilliant singer/songwriters as Rufus Wainwright and Paul Simon (not that he needs to). Kipar is also blessed with a number of collaborating musicians, one of the stand-outs for me being Camellia Delk, who provides some really moving and haunting violin work. As a final note, I think the band would be pleased to know that out of the hundreds and hundreds of albums in my iTunes library, this album is the only one listed under the “unclassifiable” genre category. And I own Disco Volante! ~ Brent Fleury

And from Orgivation Magazine in PA:

From the first track, The Galen Kipar Project’s fourth album, The Scenic Route, will have you tapping your feet. This is folk and blues done so well, with bits of jazz and funk thrown in, making it that much more enjoyable. Track 3 sounds positively serene, and track 8, “Words”, proves how this album is perfect to play while driving along a quiet open road.~ Jessica Selby

and here is what WNC Magazine has to say:

Like countless artists in Western North Carolina, singer-songwriter Galen Kipar finds inspiration in this region’s compelling landscape. The force of a rushing river, the solitude of the wilderness, and the surprise of an October snowfall turn up in lyrics on the latest CD from Asheville’s Galen Kipar Project. Titled 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. “It comes from an honest place,” Kipar says about the album. No matter where you’re headed, The Scenic Route is a trip well worth taking. ~ Michael Flynn

The best way to get a copy of the new album “the Scenic Route,”  is to come to a show!  For those of you who are too far off our beaten path, or don’t want to wait for us to make it to your town or city,
visit CD Baby or the  iTunes
UPCOMING SHOWS for Galen Kipar Project
MPAC’s July 4th Block Party Weaverville, NC Sun Jul 04 10 08:00 PM
Pritchard Park Asheville, NC Thu Jul 08 10 11:30 AM
Sky City Augusta, GA Thu Jul 08 10 08:00 PM
Square Root Brevard, NC Fri Jul 09 10 08:00 PM
Fletcher Concert in the Park Fletcher, NC Sat Jul 10 10 06:00 PM
Awendaw Green AWENDAW, SC Wed Jul 14 10 08:00 PM
Kudu Coffee Charleston, SC Thu Jul 15 10 08:00 PM
the mill Charleston, SC Fri Jul 16 10 08:00 PM
FloydFest Floyd, VA Thu Jul 22 10 04:00 PM
Awful Arthur’s – Towers Roanoke, VA Thu Jul 22 10 10:00 PM
The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall Asheville, NC Thu Aug 12 10 08:00 PM
Bar Four Brooklyn, NY Sat Aug 14 10 08:00 PM
The best way to get a copy of the new album “the Scenic Route,”  is to come to a show!  For those of you who are too far off our beaten path, or don’t want to wait for us to make it to your town or city,

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Check out this review in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress of Galen Kipar Project’s newest album, The Scenic Route.

SoundTrack Web Extra

by Alli Marshall on 03/29/2010


The last thing I wanted to hear on a sunny afternoon, winter still too close to have forgiven it for its chilly insult, is a song that begins, “October snow is coming down.” But the lead track to The Galen Kipar Project‘s new record, The Scenic Route is luminous and warm; Kipar’s vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks.

Actually, water is an adroit descriptor for an album rife with liquid references. “Rushing Over My Bones,” “The Shore Rushed By” and “Riversong” — and those are just the song titles. “It’s silent up here, silent as water freezing,” he sings on “How I’ve changed.”

…there’s a sense of sea change. Seasons, natural metaphors, moody meditations allude to darker stirrings beyond the album’s first buoyant offering…

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. In each moment the symphonic result is shined to a high gloss and, despite more than one turn through the soul’s dark night, Kipar never loses sight of the bright warmth with which he begins the journey of this CD.

If Galen Kipar’s The Scenic Route — a name which at first seems vague, but, on closer examination, proves apt — is not a work of mastery, it’s damned close. Learn more at galenkipar.com.

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter

READ the complete review here: http://mountainx.com/ae/2010/soundtrack_web_extra4/

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Galen Kipar on KPFA

with David Gans on Dead to the World

November 27th, 2009

orginal post by David Gans


Galen Kipar came to KPFA this week for some music and talk. He’s from North Carolina, visiting his sister in Sonoma County. I was given a copy of his CD Why It’s Needed by Erin Scholze of DreamSpider (who also put together a great gig for me while I was in Asheville in October – thanks again for that!), and I was hooked right away.

I was a few seconds late in getting the recording started (which is just as well because the vocal microphone was turned up too high at the beginning of the song anyway) so we join the performance in progress. You’ll hear (most of) “October Snow,” plus “Ebb and Flow,” “For Frieda,” and some conversation. Enjoy! (Approximately 24 minutes)

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By Krista Harris, The Brunswick News, Ga.



Oct. 23–Rafters is the place to be Saturday night.

A new group with a new sound will grace the stage. The Galen Kipar Project is all about sound and composition.

This three-piece band based out of Asheville, N.C., offers an eclectic mix that music lovers will appreciate.

“We are a band on the rise,” said Galen Kipar, who plays classical guitars, an acoustic Guild D-40 and Horner harmonicas. “Some of the music you will want to dance to and others you will want to sit down and have a beer … .”

Kipar and the band describe their sound in four words — Blues, fusion, soul and folk.

“It’s basically music that has soul and Blues roots,” explained Kipar. “It’s going to be a great show, and in these hard times everyone needs to have a good time.”

The band has a score of original music, but will also play some cover songs. This year has been a busy one for them — playing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at Floydfest in Virginia. The band has been working on a new album for 2010 and just released a single “October Snow” this month.

Kipar said playing in Coastal Georgia has been a long time coming. He is originally from Augusta, and is a graduate of Brevard College where he studied composition and majored in music. He enjoys creating a sound that brings peace of mind. His fellow bandmates are Jon Morrow on guitar and Jeremy Young on percussion.

“This is what we do for a living,” said Kipar. “We love it and its gets easier every year. It is a wonderful thing to travel around and meet different people.”

The Galen Kipar Project is a band on the rise, and will leave people wanting to hear more.

Photo By: Sean Cuddy

Photo By: Sean Cuddy

If you go

The Galen Kipar Project will play at 10 p.m. at Rafters, 315 1/2 Mallery St., St. Simons Island. Cover is $5.


To see more of The Brunswick News or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to www.thebrunswicknews.com

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Galen Kipar Project is releasing a single this October. The new single “October Snow” (the carpenter yells) was inspired by the fall season.  It reflects on the transition to winter and the memories of summertime specifically in WNC.   Since it was the region and the people that inspired the effort, they thought it would be fun to release the single exclusively to WNC and the surrounding area the band calls home.  What is more, this single is a preview of the new release due out next year…

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The GKP is currently working on it’s fourth release in four years at Echo Mtn. Studio in Asheville to be released in April 2010.  The band has already started recording with their first weekend being a 12 hour sessions on October 3rd and 4th.  The new release will showcase Jeremy Young- drum kit, Jon Morrow-8 string guitar-bass,  Camellia Delk-viola/ vocals and Galen Kipar-vocals, classical / steel guitars & harmonica.  The new release will also feature Aaron Ballance (Dehlia Low)-lap steel/ dobro, and Aaron Price-piano.

Buy now at one of the websites to help the band with production costs and get an autographed CD and poster 2 months prior to public release date at a discount rate.

GKP trio @ Kirk ave

The GKP performed at the renowned Kennedy Center in Washington, DC this past August.
To view the DVD online at the KC‘s archives go to: www.kennedy-center.org,  Millenium Stage Arhives.

OR…  watch VIDEO here.

GKP was also featured in WNC Magazine this summer as one of the top bands you need to hear in 09’

Please stay tuned for more news about the  Galen Kipar Project!

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