Jay Kipps Band
Label: Flint & Steel Inc.
Album: How To Polish Your Longhorns
I always sit up and take notice when a band are pushing boundaries, sounds of the blues, roots and americana have been at the forefront of innovative collectives coming out of the provinces across Canada for the last few years, fusing these styles without losing the integrity and traditions contained within each is an art form The Jay Kipps Band demonstrate on this, their debut album release, how these musical backgrounds can shape an entire body of work yet sound authentically true to each form. The album was recorded at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, produced by Stewart Gunn (The Haymakers, Grande Fir) who has done an incredible job of the project.
I have never been one to pigeon hole bands, so many have influences from multiple genres, The Jay Kipps Band take this element to a whole new level, I think they might have invented a brand new one, it's a pretty unique sound, they are not just a blues band, bluegrass ? maybe !?.... is there somewhere in between ? Could be americana, at times a cello adding some classical flare in a very cool way.
' Big Old Engine ' is a noteworthy track to demonstrate the incredible talent within the band, fabulous groove from the rhythm section, Harmonica and lead guitar trading some killer licks creating a brand of new-roots, americana music that will appeal to a wide audience. Other stand out cuts for me include ' The Only Reason ' and ' Call Me The Breeze ' and I must add that the placing of the tracks, which is often the hardest part, is spot on, delivering a solid blend of original music.
They are no slouches when it comes to getting their sounds out there either, having performed numerous times at the Orangeville Blues Festival, they recently opened for The Trews at Bushstock & Jay opened for Fred Eaglesmith as a featured guest of The Vaudevilian. The band played the 2015 Pan Am Games torch ceremonies and have graced the stage of legendary Toronto venues including The Dakota Tavern, Lee’s Palace and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, the latter venues being the perfect conduit for their unique blend of music.
You are going to be hearing from them a lot after this release I predict, with a number of ear-worms, it's the perfect introduction to The Jay Kipps Band brand, they are considered one of the best emerging roots bands out of Ontario and beyond, ' How To Polish Your Longhorns ' backs up the claim.