Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Jim Boggia entered this world blind in his left eye and with diminished vision in his right eye. Though his musician father encouraged him to pick up the guitar even at age 5, Boggia’s love and talent for music didn’t manifest itself into an occupation until after he worked at a high tech studio equipment company. And thank goodness he chose to explore his knack for guitar riffs and pop rhythms-indeed it seems as though he has an extraordinary sense of crafting folk-pop songs that are both enthralling and reflective.
With two rather successful albums behind him, Boggia released his third Misadventures in Stereo under the bluhammock label. Beginning with the song that sure accompanies the fading summer, “Johnnie’s Going Down” showcases a Boggia ‘misadventuring’ to excellent effect with horns blazing behind his jovial guitar. “Nothing’s Changed” illustrates Boggia’s sonic diversity, as his vocals take the lead on this ballad (of sorts). If you’re looking for the 70s-rock influence that invokes Elton John (?), “8 Track” is as short (2:46) as it is deliciously retro–down to the intensity on the pianos! The easy-listening “Listening to NRBQ” shows Boggia’s sense of humor as he begins this love song with ‘We started dating during Watergate / We would stay up late / Trashing Nixon’. I’ve only had the chance here to cut the surface (okay, maybe I’ve gone a little deeper), and there’s certainly a great deal of delicious music for all tastes on Misadventures in Stereo.
So what are you waiting for? Get a copy of Misadventures in Stereo.
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Listen to “Johnnie’s Going Down”
Listen to “8 Track“