Music, City Picks

Galen Kipar Project

When: Mon., Oct. 18 2010

The “vocals as light and syncopated as water cascading over rocks” quote in Galen Kipar’s bio garnered a chuckle at the City Paper music desk, but it’s not a far-off assessment of this Asheville-based singer-songwriter/fly-fishing guide’s symphonic sound. There’s a lot going on, and it’s all delivered delicately, like a folksy mountain orchestra. Kipar’s band includes Ben Portwood on bass and Jeremy Young’s creative drumming, but it’s perhaps most distinguished by the five-string violin work of Lyndsay Pruett and the dobro/pedal steel of Aaron Balance. The group has been making a push lately behind their fourth studio album, The Scenic Route, recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville. They played Virginia’s FloydFest in July and will visit Florida’s MagnoliaFest next week, immediately after two shows in Charleston. Catch them for free at the Pour House and again at Awendaw Green’s barn jam next week. —Stratton Lawrence

Price: Free

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