Kaki King

Kaki King

Infobox musical artist
Name = Kaki King

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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Katherine Elizabeth King
Alias = Kaki
Born = August 24, 1979 (Age 29)
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Origin = Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Instrument = Guitar (Electric and Acoustic)
Lap Steel
Genre = Post-rock
Instrumental rock
Experimental rock

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Years_active = 2001 – present
Label = Velour Records
Sony Records
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URL = [http://www.kakiking.com/ Official site]
Notable_instruments = Ovation Custom Adamas Acoustic Guitar

Kaki King (born August 24, 1979 as Katherine Elizabeth King) is an American guitar player and singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia.

Early life

As a child, her father encouraged her to be involved in music, and although she was first introduced to the guitar at a young age, the drums were her first serious instrument. King played in bands in high school with classmate Morgan Jahnig, upright bassist of Old Crow Medicine Show. Upon graduating from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta in 1998, the two friends made their way to New York University. During her time there, King adopted the guitar again after years of neglect, and the 5'1" musician played a few occasional gigs, and busked in the New York subways. [ [http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/episodes/2007/04/18 New York Public Radio interview, April 18, 2007 (access to video)] ] [cite news | first=Rob | last=Trucks | coauthors= | title=Kaki King's Busker Therapy | date=2008-03-18 | publisher= | url =http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0812,kaki-king-s-busker-therapy,381256,22.html | work =The Village Voice | pages = | accessdate = 2008-03-25 | language = ]


King's two earlier recordings "Everybody Loves You" (with Velour Records) in 2003 and "Legs to Make Us Longer" (with Sony Records) in 2004 featured more acoustic compositions, but her 2005 tours saw more use of electric guitars and loops. During some shows, she made it known that she had parted ways with major label Sony. For her third album "...Until We Felt Red", King made a conscious decision to depart from her previous musical direction, [ [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2006/09/21/derk.DTL "Kaki King, the princess of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, heads off in a new direction", by Derk Richardson, September 21, 2006] ] out of a desire to escape being pigeonholed as a solo instrumental artist. The album features King's vocals on more tracks than previous albums. With the prominence of electric guitar on the new record and the addition of a full band, the popular music website AV Club called the sound a “post-rock makeover”. Featuring production work by Tortoise's John McEntire, the album was released on August 8, 2006 on Velour Records.

King's official Italian webpage is hosted by Mechanism Records, who also redistributed her debut "Everybody Loves You" in Italy with some bonus tracks and different album artwork. [ [http://www.kakiking.it/ Italian Kaki King website] ]

In a MySpace bulletin on July 5, 2006, King announced that she would play with a full band for the first time on her upcoming tour.

In 2007, she was featured as a guest guitarist on "The Con", an album by Canadian indie-pop/rock band Tegan and Sara, released on July 24, 2007. She appears on the tracks “Knife Going In”, playing lap steel, and on “Floorplan”, playing guitars (Both songs were written by Sara Quin).

She also featured on Northern State's 2007 album, "Can I Keep This Pen?" on the track "Fall Apart".

King has also appeared as a guest guitarist on the track “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners” from the Foo Fighters' studio album, entitled "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace", released on September 25, 2007. On November 18, 2007 she joined Grohl on stage to perform the track at the O2 arena in London. With fellow musicians like Serj Tankian and Jimmy Page in attendance, Grohl is quoted as saying: “There are some guitar players that are good and there are some guitar players that are really fucking good. And then there's Kaki King.” [ [http://www.nme.com/news/foo-fighters/32589 "Foo Fighters team up with Kaki King in London", NME magazine, November 18, 2007] ]

On January 14, 2008, she appeared at a "Breakfast with the Foo Fighters" hosted by Kevin and Bean from KROQ-FM, a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California. There she performed “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners”. Grohl jokingly stated that he is "...molding her to take his place." She is touring with the Foo Fighters on the Australian leg of the Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace tour.

King also appears in the 2007 film, "August Rush", performing as the main character's hands and playing his guitar parts. In addition, she contributed to the music for the 2007 film, " Into the Wild", produced and directed by Sean Penn, playing “Frame” and “Doing the Wrong Thing”. Both songs are featured on her second album, "Legs to Make Us Longer".

King has finished her new record, and in late 2007 wrote about it in her MySpace blog: “I finished the new album. Don't get your panties in a tangle, it won't be released until next year, but it's done. And it's amazing.” In a later blog and in a Billboard Magazine Interview [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003676120 "Kaki King Exacts 'Revenge' On New Album", by Jonathan Cohen, November 20, 2007] ] she told readers that the new album, "Dreaming of Revenge", produced by Malcolm Burn, would be released on March 4, 2008. [ [http://www.modernguitars.com/archives/004032.html "Kaki King Album, Dreaming Of Revenge, Set for March", Modern Guitars Magazine, November 28, 2007] ] This date was changed to March 11, 2008.

On March 4, 2008, iTunes released a full version of 'Dreaming of Revenge' featuring the bonus track "I Need A Girl Who Knows A Map.'

King is a featured artist for Adamas and Ovation guitars. Adamas guitars' composite tops are well suited for her tap-style playing, as King herself noted on the DVD "Unique Voices - 40 Years of Ovation Guitars". The soundholes on her Adamas guitar are adorned with a cloudlike pattern inlay that King designed herself.

In an interview in the April 1, 2008 issue of Blast Magazine, King says she hopes she can be known more for her music and not just as a "good female guitarist."

“Ultimately, I’d rather be known as like, ‘Oh yeah, that sounds like Kaki King,’ rather than ‘Oh, she’s pretty good for a girl.’” [ [http://blastmagazine.com/2008/04/kaki-kings-dream-world/ Blast - Kaki King’s dream world - The Online Magazine ] ]

Is confirmed to make an appearance on the fourthcoming tribute to The Cure on Manimal Vinyl Records in Fall 2008 covering "Close To Me".

Whilst touring Australia with the Foo Fighters in 2008, Kaki featured on ABC radio station Triple J's Like A Version where she performed a cover of the second half of Justin Timberlake's song LoveStoned/I Think That She Knows. This performance was also filmed and aired on the ABC show jtv on May 5 2008.

Was featured performer in The Berkeley Sessions, a 30 minute solo concert filmed for television in Canada in April 2008 and premiered on Bravo! October 8 2008. [ [http://www.theberkeleysessions.com "The Berkeley Sessions - official website"] ]

Personal life

According to a recent article in The Advocate, and other LGBT publications, she is an open lesbian.


*King has appeared in several Gardasil commercials to promote the first vaccine for cervical cancer.

Awards and nominations

In February 2006, King was named as a “Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine, becoming the first ever female to make this list in the history of the publication.Fact|date=April 2008

On December 13, 2007, Kaki King was nominated for a Best Original Score Golden Globe Award for the music she played in the film "Into the Wild". She was nominated for the award along with Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook, who also contributed music to the film.cite web |url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/index.html |title= 2007 Nominations and Winners]

tyle and techniques

King's style combines fret-tapping with slap bass techniques, using the guitar for percussional beats, as well as sound layering and looping, which creates a percussive and complex sound. Her playing style evokes Michael Hedges and Preston Reed, [ [http://wc09.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=KAKI|KING&sql=11:gcfqxqt0ld6e~T0 Kaki King biography by Marisa Brown, All Music Guide] ] the latter of whom she explicitly cites as an influence. [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4179954 Interview with Kaki King on NPR (access to audio and video)] ] Although she shares both similar playing techniques and a last name with guitarist Justin King, the two are not related.


* "Everybody Loves You" (2003)
* "Legs to Make Us Longer" (2004)
* "...Until We Felt Red" (2006)
* "Day Sleeper (Australian tour EP)" (2007)
* "Dreaming of Revenge" (2008)

ee also

* Don Ross
* Erik Mongrain
* Stanley Jordan
* Andy Mckee
* Kelli Rudick
* "Tapping"


External links

* [http://www.kakiking.com/ Official Kaki King website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/kakiking Kaki King MySpace page]
* [http://thekakikingforum.com/ Unofficial Kaki King Forum - join today!]
* [http://www.afrenchphotographer.com/photos_musique/2007-10-09_Kaki_King_a_l_Olympia/index.php Live photos in Paris]
* [http://backstagepass.seatwaveblogs.com/2007/11/interview_kaki_king.php Interview with Kaki King in London, 2007]
* [http://www.thetripwire.com/news/2008/3/21/video-kaki-king-bone-chaos-in-the-castle-tripwire-acoustic-session/ Kaki King "Bone Chaos In The Castle" acoustic performance video for The Tripwire]
* [http://blastmagazine.com/2008/04/kaki-kings-dream-world/ Interview with Kaki King] Blast Magazine
* [http://www.boingboing.net/2008/09/17/bbtv-kaki-king-guita.html BoingBoingTV Interview with Kaki King]

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