On Aug 21, 2017 Steve Kimock & Friends will play (2 sets) on the total solar eclipse during a multi-day event at Big Summit Prairie, OR – a beautiful private ranch on over 55,000 acres featuring flat campgrounds, forested areas, and a 52 acre lake (can you say art boats!?). For more info on the event and line-up click HERE. SK&F is one of the headliners on the Big Top stage.
This is the first Total Solar Eclipse in the US since 1979. Can’t think of a better spot than summer in Oregon for this moment in time. Join the gathering…
Come join us March 23-24 at the Blue Note Hawaii on Waikiki Beach and Saturday, March 25th at the Honoka’a Peoples Theater on the Big Island!
Visit www.livedownloads.com/kimock to download the latest high-quality recordings from Steve Kimock’s Japan tour and SKF December Fayetteville shows.
And no repeats at any of the runs… enjoy!
April 13 Fair Park – Dallas, TX
April 15-16 ACL Live – Austin, TX
April 18 Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, TX
April 19 Saenger Theatre – Mobile, AL
April 20 Wanee Music Festival – Live Oak, FL
For more info visit www.bobweir.net
Watch Steve Kimock’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Steve acoustic with his recent touring project KIMOCK with John Kimock, Bobby Vega and Leslie Mendelson.
To watch the full Tiny Desk Concert visit HERE.
All K I M O C K shows from the last week of Spring Tour are now available for download.
Visit www.livedownloads.com/kimock for the latest!
No Depression, March 2016 – Last Danger Of Frost, the new release from Zero guitarist and co-founder Steve Kimock and his new band, is seriously intriguing… On the second or third listen – and yes, it absolutely sucks you back in for more – pieces begin tumbling together, forming a cohesive whole, a hint at a larger picture, sketched out in tones and angles beyond the conventional “once upon a time”.
Advance Warning: Rather than try for a nice simple breakdown, this is going to go slightly off the nice, clearly marked paved road. Let’s start with a couple of statements:
Last Danger Of Frost, the new release from Zero guitarist and co-founder Steve Kimock and his new band, is seriously intriguing. It is also not immediately accessible, at least not on the first listen. It’s in good company on that one – the last album I reacted to in just this way was Richard Thompson’s Grammy-nominated Dream Attic.
Still, not all albums that don’t invite you in on the first knock merit another knock. This one definitely does.
The first listen-through left me scratching my head, while knowing quite well that I was about to go back in and listen again, to see what was what, here. On the second or third listen – and yes, it absolutely sucks you back in for more – pieces begin tumbling together, forming a cohesive whole, a hint at a larger picture, sketched out in tones and angles beyond the conventional “once upon a time”.
Frost opens with one of the most exquisite liquid cascades of acoustic playing I’ve heard in a long time. The first four songs are called “Music Tells A Story”, parts 1 through 4, each with its own subtitle. Part 1 is subtitled ‘The Old Man’, and here comes the first hint that the story the music is telling is going to be madly different from ear to ear, belly to belly, spirit to spirit. Because while Kimock may have been playing and hearing an old man, that wasn’t the story I was melting into. I found myself in a tree, somewhere in the Blue Ridge mountains, hands made of wood, in a place where people still brew their own whiskey in the back of beyond and secrets hang like mist over everything. In my story, I heard a dryad, watching invisibly, listening to all those secrets.
Part 2 is called Twelve Is Good and it takes the theme and expands it, giving it a heartbeat, an underlying rhythm that states and restates and diverts and then returns. Again, I have no idea what Kimock was hearing when he played it, but I heard the rush of seasons passing, long shadows across fields in the spring, outlines blurring under the first fall of snow. Twelve months? Twelve years old again? No idea. I only know what the story was in my own ears.
So. Having veered off the paved road, I came to my first speedbumps: Parts 3 and 4, subtitled ‘Big Sky’ and ‘Please Be Seated’ respectively. Having listened to those, I found the only two things on Frost that bounced off me, rather than inviting me in: there was a sense of playing with tones, of digital sound effects, to try for – something. Unluckily, that’s not where I live, either as a storyteller or as a listener, and the result was me having to walk away from it from a few minutes. Mind you, that impatience is purely idiosyncratic to me: both tracks are strong, they’re very present and they compel the attention. My failure to react to them beyond the cerebral is just a matter of my own need to process music viscerally. Those two, for whatever reason, had no stories to tell me.
So I went back for listen number three, verified my own growing love for the first two tracks and accepted that three and four probably weren’t going to do it for me. And then I got hit with the rest of it, and it’s absolutely stone gorgeous, straight through to the end.
“Variant” is a soft spring shower, a short piece that offers a footbridge over a bubbling stream. “Surely This Day” gives as gentle a kiss from the slide guitar as it’s possible to get. That’s followed by “Surely This Day Reprise”, and the guitar here turns you back and forth between the shadowed places of the woods and the wider road. It’s a choice that you, the listener, get to make.
And now, having been and gone and done all of it, Kimock offers up the comfort zone of an old, old friend, with the loveliest version of the classic Zero tune “Tongue ‘n Groove” I’ve ever heard. I melted into it, with the clear sense that this was a homecoming. It’s a safe house, a feather bed, inviting you in. There’s rainwater on the window outside and it doesn’t matter, because you’re inside the song, safe and warm. If the music tells a story, this one is a lullaby.
Then, just when you’re safely tucked up, we hit “The Artist Dies And Goes To Hell”. The story here is a single guitarist onstage with an entire club talking over the guitar, ignoring it, glasses clinking, voices drowning out everything, obliviousness abounding. Anyone who has ever played a club is familiar with this particular edition of Hell.
That leads the listener into the penultimate and title track on the album, “Last Danger Of Frost”. There’s a sense of trying to regulate one’s breathing, and at this point, one song away from the end of it, I realise that the order of songs must have been very deliberately chosen.
So I take a deep breath and hit the final song, “My Favorite Number”, and it’s a killer. Simple, just building tones structured around a simple descending riff in B, but the slide comes in and rides it, emphasis points and deeper echoes. This is the door closing.
Last Danger Of Frost is not so much a straight LP as it is an invitation into movement, a call from the woods and the seasons moving. This is one I’m going to be listening to over and over again, and finding a new “once upon a time” every time.
We are excited to announce that Steve Kimock’s Last Danger of Frost is now available everywhere.
For Vinyl and CDs visit the Goods page.
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Album also available through Amazon.
Thank you for being part of this musical journey…to be continued!
Check out HD video from new K I M O C K fresh off the debut tour. Here’s a short clip of “Orson” and full song premiere of “Satellite City” shot at the Chapel in San Francisco; both tunes are originals from the new band.
Can’t wait to visit Oregon this summer to play with one of our all-time favorite and authentic singer/songwriters of all time at the Dixie Mattress Festival in Sandy, OR!
Steve Kimock will rock electric with Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons for two full sets Saturday night July 23rd, and then play as an acoustic duo with Jerry Joseph on Sunday, July 24th.
If you were at this 2001 Festival or City Winery during Fare Thee Well last year in Chicago, you know that each of these performances are not to be missed. Saturday also features The Bridge guitarist and singer CRIS JACOBS with special guests.
VIP tickets, event passes, and more are available HERE.
Check out the new feature and interview with Steve Kimock on his many musical pursuits. Thanks for the thoughtful words Jambase!
Excited to announce that Steve Kimock & Friends will play the 16th annual Summer Camp Music Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. SK&F line-up features Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, Jay Lane, Leslie Mendelson, and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz. Touring with this band is such a good vibe musically it’s been said by the musicians that it feels like summer camp and they don’t want it to end….so what a better festival to play in 2016.
The 16th annual Summer Camp Music Festival will take place May 27th – 29th, 2016 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. The festival includes 3 full days of fun, camping, and music with over 100 bands on 7 stages. Tickets are available online through the official festival web site http://www.summercampfestival.com or by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX.
This same line-up will appear over Memorial Day Weekend at Dark Star Jubilee in Thornville, OH.
“A David Lindley performance isn’t just an awe-inspiring demonstration of string prowess, It’s a portal to far-flung realms, a magic carpet ride skittering around the globe offering vivid glimpses of Jamaica, the Mississippi Delta, Madagascar, Turkey and Cuba.” — San Jose Mercury News
Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music.
The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and sense of humor make his onstage banter an additional highlight of the show.
A huge influence on Kimock’s playing, this show is a do not miss for any fan!
Steve Kimock breaks new ground with his latest solo effort, Last Danger of Frost. Recorded in Kimock’s century-old Pennsylvania barn last winter before a move back to California, Last Danger of Frost offers a daring personal expression that introduces innovative techniques the guitarist discovered in a solo setting. Kimock dismantles the rock band framework and takes a full stretch to create exploratory sounds and intimate compositions that may have been waiting to be revealed – or rediscovered – the whole time.
“There are other spaces and experiences music flows into, fills, and conforms to: family, nature, travel, quiet study and contemplation, imagination, to name a few. For me, the balance of the music has shifted to ‘other,’” Kimock declares. As evidenced on Last Danger of Frost, the “other” morphs acoustic and electronic sounds, voiced by vintage guitars, synthesizers and bass. For instance, the “other” found him laying down an entire track using nothing but guitar feedback, manipulated into bird song that he overdubbed into the ambient “Big Sky”.
Exciting for big announcements this week!
For one, the new K I M O C K project will play a live ‘session’ at the Sweetwater on January 17th. Steve & John Kimock have been composing new music, stretching out with fresh sounds and direction and are bringing it from studio to the stage for the first time.
Also featuring Bobby Vega and Leslie Mendelson.
This special event will be a mostly seated with limited tickets available.
No audio/video taping or photography without permission.
Enjoy a FREE DOWNLOAD from the SK&F Rex Benefit show at the Fillmore on 12/5. Thanks to all the musicians who made the evening so special: Bobby Vega, Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Leslie Mendelson, Nicki Bluhm, David Hidalgo, David Bromberg, Steve Berlin, John Firman, MC Radioactive.
Steve Kimock will be returning to Jorma’s Fur Peace Ranch on September 23rd-September 26th to lead workshops in Improvisational Guitar – Concepts and Techniques.
According to Kimock, “these workshops will focus on improvisational concepts and guitar techniques with the goal of finding your individual voice on the instrument. It’s all about the guitar, but bring your slides and steels! Keith Richards once said Blues was “all about bending notes” but never got to the part about which notes and how much. That’s where we’re going. In between the cracks of the keyboard and western music theory to unlock the expressive potential of the guitar from the perspective of modern blues and rock guitar styles.”
If intonation, touch, and tone are what interest you, this is where you need to be!
09/23/16 – 09/26/16
Improvisational Guitar – Concepts and Techniques
Steve Kimock will also lead a quartet for the Saturday night show at Fur Peace Station, which is of course included if you attend the workshops! Good news: Bobby Vega will also be an instructor this year.
Kimock playing Deal at Sweetwater Music Hall 12/6/14, featuring Bobby Vega, Jeff Chimenti, Dan Lebowitz, Bill Vitt and John Morgan Kimock.
The memorable four-night sold-out run is now available for download. Go to www.livedownloads.com and get yours.
The Steve Kimock and Friends shows from Dec 12-15 at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley, CA featured the one-of-a-kind line-up of Kimock, Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Vega, Dan Lebowitz and Bill Vitt. Kimock played the Wolf guitar on Dec 15th and also welcomed Al Schnier from Moe. as a special guest.
Also available are the recordings from Nov 22-23, another memorable SK&F run in Fayetteville, AR at George’s Majestic featuring Steve & John Kimock, Bernie Worrell and Reed Mathis.
Watch Steve Kimock perform Tongue N Groove at the Novato Hopmonk Session Room on 3/31/2013.
What great runs we had this past winter and spring!
The 2013 Winter and Spring shows are now available for download.