Steve Kimock is a renowned guitarist, gaining widespread recognition over the past four decades for his transcendent improvisation on electric, acoustic, lap, and pedal steel guitars. In addition to an enviable list of collaborations spanning from Bernie Worrell to Bonnie Raitt to the members of Phish to Taj Mahal, he’s become a beloved figure in the Grateful Dead sphere. Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Kimock has performed with Bob Weir‘s Kingfish and RatDog in addition to post-Grateful Dead ensembles like The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.
More recently, Kimock has been touring with his latest collaboration KIMOCK, also featuring his old friend Bobby Vega on bass, his son John Morgan Kimock on drums, and Leslie Mendelson on vocals and various instruments. The project came together two years ago to present music off Steve Kimock’s last studio release, his 2016 solo album Last Danger of Frost, in a live setting. After coming together, the members of the quartet became quickly inspired to write new music as a group—the fruits of this labor is a nine-track album dubbed Satellite City, which was recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios and produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.
Satellite City is scheduled for release later this month on October 27th ahead of the start of the band’s November tour. Today, fans can get a taste of what to expect from KIMOCK’s upcoming release with the Live For Live Music premiere of the track “Variation”.
Steve Kimock shared his thoughts on “Variation” with Live For Live Music, noting, “No other tune on the record evolved as far from its origins as this one for me. The musical seed was an acoustic resonator guitar sound I used on Last Danger of Frost. Just a little cascading melody, harmonics, sounded like spilled water. I played it for Johnny and Leslie, who responded as if I’d yelled ‘mush’ at two sled dogs, and I’ve been ass-over-teakettle trying to keep up ever since. Strong band, heavy lifting all around—check Bobby Vega on the outro. The longest song and longest journey by a song on the record.”
You can listen to the premiere of “Variation” off KIMOCK’s Satellite City below ahead of its official release on October 27th.
Those left wanting to hear more can pre-order Satellite City digitally on iTunes or Amazon and receive the first song off the album instantly. However, the guitarist’s official store will also be selling limited-edition autographed vinyl and CD editions of the new release, with anyone who preorders here automatically registered for the chance to meet the band for an hour during their upcoming tour (tour dates below), plus two VIP tickets and ultimate bundle.
KIMOCK Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates
11/1 Weds. Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY
11/2 Thur. Highline Ballroom, NYC
11/3 Fri. Swyer Theater at The Egg, Albany
11/4 Sat. Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
11/5 Sun. Met Café, Providence, RI
11/6 & 7 Off
11/8 Weds. World Café, Philadelphia, PA
11/9 Thurs. Kent Stage, Kent, OH