With his newest album, Satellite City, due out in October, Steve Kimock’s latest collaboration, KIMOCK, will add fresh elements of pop and electronica in a romantic exploration to his multi-decade reputation as a blazing psychedelic guitarist versatile enough to touch almost all aspects of American music. Whether with Parliament/Funkadelic co-founder Bernie Worrell, Jorma Kaukonen, all the living former members of the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, the members of Phish, Taj Mahal, or his solo acoustic project Last Danger of Frost, Steve Kimock has proved himself a master of fluid improvisation for over four decades, in the process inspiring music fans with his transcendent guitar speak voiced through electric, acoustic, lap and pedal steel guitars.
While one can say that his genre is rock, no one niche has ever confined him. Instead, through the years, he’s explored various sounds and styles based on what’s moved him at the time, whether it’s blues or jazz; funk or folk; psychedelic or boogie; gypsy or prog-rock; traditional American or world fusion.
Kimock co-founded the jazz/rock band Zero in the ‘80s and KVHW in the ‘90s; since then, he has recorded and toured in various outfits under his own name. His collaborations with assorted band mates and groups have provided an everlasting wellspring of inspiration for the guitarist, and he has shared the stage with a seemingly endless array of international musical luminaries. After more than 40 years on stage, Kimock is more committed than ever to a jubilant spirit of musical diversity — the same spirit that has fed his desire to pursue an authentic relationship with the guitar since the day he realized his calling.
Dubbed “The Guitar Monk” by Relix magazine, Kimock is driven by the knowledge that there is always more to discover – that and the fact that he loves guitar too much to do anything else.