Kip Boardman “The Long Weight”
Raised in the northeast on a healthy diet of Jimmy Webb and Rolling Stones, Kip Boardman is a longtime guitar player with style similar to Harry Nillson or Paul Simon. Starting with “All Fall Down” it’s all a low key affair, with sparse guitar arrangements.
The horns and female choral accents on “Runnin’ Right” is like discovering a lost Stevie Wonder-Steely Dan collaboration. “How Could We Guess” is another standout here, along with piano ballads like “Wonderin'” and “This Too Shall Pass.” The songs have a fine Randy Newman styled narrative, but it’s all a bit too laid back for me. Like a gentle summers day, it may be perfectly relaxing or put you to sleep. Definitely worth exploring though.
Alan Bernhoft “Beatlesque Three”
As a Beatles tribute band, Alan Bernhoft has become quite a cottage industry amongst the fans of the Liverpool legends. After the first two volumes concentrate on the Beatles career before 1966, we move on in time with ‘Beatlesque 3’.
It gingerly starts with “Sunny Sky,” a Rubber Soul styled number and the choruses here are a bit more challenging. This works better on “Everybody Smiles” where Alan does his best Ringo vocal imitation. “Civilization” has a Lennon styled vocal that mimics “Mind Games” and we then move into the Mystery Tour era with a string of verbs that describe how “Bored” our singer is. Alan hits his stride here, and other standouts include “Miss Vonnie” and the Pepperish “Colliding Circles.”