Kaki King: Finger-Picking Good on Letterman

Published: 2004-12-23
What was once reserved for blues guitarists or adult contemporary is what Atlanta born musician Kaki King brings to the forefront with a twist in her latest rendering of guitar instrumental, "Legs to Make Us Longer". Her sound is unique in that she not only uses the strings of the guitar, but the rhythm she creates slapping the sides, like a percussion instrument. As quoted from her official web site, she has always had a love for percussion: "When I was about four years old my parents wanted me to take music lessons, and I chose the guitar," she says. "But I didn't enjoy it, so when I was five I put it aside. Then I started playing drums when I was nine or 10. I still play them. That was how I got into playing pop music, and that feel was a big influence when I did go back to guitar."

Her "fingerstyle" (playing the melody and bass line on the same guitar) was what got her noticed by such shows as Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, where she recently performed on December 20. While she has not let her vocal ability appear much on her latest effort, perhaps her next offering will entail some unique vocal techniques that will wow the music industry in years to come.

King's Canadian fans can catch her as close as Michigan or New York over the next couple of months with Marc Cohn:

December 29 - Chicago, IL - Park West

December 31- Minneapolis, MN- Pantages Theater

January 1- Madison, WI-Luther's Blues

January 3- Ann Arbor, MI- The Ark

January 8- New York, NY- Town Hall

Writer: Lindsay Bloemink



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