New Music: Guitar virtuoso Kaki King

OCGente’s New Music Month

Discovered indie-rocker Kaki King in 2004 when she played at the National Association of Music Merchants Event (NAMM) which was held in Anaheim.

In April 2010 Kaki King released a new CD called “Junior”. King a feisty, five-foot, funny, outspoken Atlanta transplant who lives in New York, she also happens to be the one of the most exciting solo guitarist/composers on the indie scene right now. Her tour hits Northern and Southern California this week.

In April 2002, The Mercury Lounge hosted a release party for her subway CD. A copy somehow made it from there to the Knitting Factory, which contacted King with an offer to perform at their Tap Bar one night a week for a month or so. “They actually pay you, so I accepted,” she laughs. “But it was really difficult. I cut my teeth on that gig. It’s a bar filled with televisions and people talking while you play. Soon people were coming up to me and saying, ‘Do you have a record?’ And I realized that if I could sell a CD for 10 bucks every time someone asks me for one, I could actually do all right for myself.”

Since then she has released 2004′s CD “Legs to Make Us Longer” (Epic) which includes “Playing With Pink Noise” a song that has become one of my Top 5 songs on my Itunes out of thousands of songs on my hard-drive.

2006’s CD “Until We Felt Red” propelled this dazzling young guitar player and composer, known to instrumental music fans for her finger-picking, fret-slapping, and percussive thumping style, into previously uncharted indie-rock territory. Produced by post-rock kingpin John McEntire, “Red” was filled with lush, ambient soundscapes.

In 2008 she released her fourth album, Dreaming Of Revenge”, in which her producer Malcolm Burn had a mandate that was just to push King and help her make an accessible CD. “Making Dreaming Of Revenge was all about challenging myself,” King says. “And it was also about really letting go and opening myself up to a producer who I needed to just trust.

The new CD “Junior” showcases her further maturation as a well-rounded artist that defies categorization and expectations.  Then there is the smoking hot punkish “Falling Day” which can be sampled on her website below. If you are feeling adventurous Kaki King is swinging by the California area during her “Junior” Tour…

May 21, 2010 The Fillmore – San Francisco, California
May 22, 2010 The El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, California
May 24, 2010 The Belly Up – San Diego, California
May 25, 2010 The Glass House – Pomona, California

http://www.kakiking.com

http://www.twitter.com/kakitwit

http://www.namm.org/

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