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Jim Boggia

November 20, 2008 by  
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jbmain2There’s always a catch-22 inherent in watching a great artist perform at a small club. Sure, it’s thrilling to have the opportunity to see a major talent in an intimate venue. But it’s also frustrating when you know your cover charge is granting you access to a musician who should without a doubt be playing the local enormodome. Such is the dilemma of Jim Boggia fans.

For the uninitiated, if you’ve watched television in the last few months, you’ve probably heard Boggia’s music without realizing it — his guitar-driven track “Live The Proof” is featured in BlackBerry’s current ad campaign running fast and furious on the major networks. The commercial, however, only includes an instrumental portion of the song, so one needs to check out the Boggia catalog or a live show to experience the Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter’s soaring vocals first-hand.

Currently, Boggia is on the road supporting his new album, “Misadventures In Stereo,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Safe In Sound” and 2001’s “Fidelity Is The Enemy.” Mastered at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London, the album is available not only on cd and through the usual online digital outlets, but on vinyl as well — in mono, to boot.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Boggia before a show in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Now, I should note that in addition to his musical talents, fans appreciate Boggia for his humor and wit. (Sample blog entry: “I can’t remember whether it was Walt Whitman or Ric Ocasek, but a wise man once said, “Summer, turns me upside down.”) So, I knew I was in for an entertaining talk, and our conversation did not disappoint. Boggia’s funny, spirited, and very frank insights into his career and the record industry in general are a must-read for old and new fans alike.

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