Photo by Sean Cuddy
Galen Kipar Project’s fourth album in five years,The Scenic Route, was recorded in Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville North Carolina-[Others who have recorded there include Donna the Buffalo, Avett Brothers, and Band of Horses]. Featuring eight songs, the album promises to satisfy the musical longings of loyal fans as well as the uninitiated. Mastered in NYC by Richard Morris Mastering – Iron and Wine, Nora Jones, Wiyos, Felise Brothers (richardmorrismastering.com). The Scenic Route was published by Paper Sailer Publishing.
The album showcases 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.
GKP’s National CD radio release date it set for June 29th, 2010
Here is what the press has to say about GKP:
“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
“In Asheville, fans call his act a ‘small-scale symphony.’ It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods.” ~Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times
“I was given a copy of his CD Why It’s Needed  … and I was hooked right away.” … “Strange, slightly other-worldly acoustic music sung in a sweet, slightly distracted voice. I think of it as a sort of American Primitive, with hits of Sandy Bull in the guitars, Brett Dennen in the voice, Donna the Buffalo in the rustic simplicity, and something altogether new in the wonderful orchestrations. I have heard this CD about four times all the way through since it hit my car’s CD player two days ago. One of the songs… made me cry the first time I heard it. In the words of Tina Fey, when I hear the sounds of this nearby world, I want to go to there.'” ~David Gans, KPFA’s Dead to the World, Host of Grateful Dead Hour (Audio Interview Paraphrased)
GKP plays Kennedy Center in Washington DC, 2009: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=GLNKPRPRJC