Steve Kimock is an innovator. Not just for his ability to successfully navigate live performances spanning the Summer of Love through the advent of MTV and well into the new electronic-pop revolution. And not just for his gift for leading the live music recording and download revolution with a meticulous dedication to archive and share his live shows for more then twenty years (Macworld, 2005). He is not just an innovator because of his craftsmanship restoring vintage analog equipment and for a completely custom and organic sound (he designed a highly collected edition of Two Rock brand "Kimock Amplifiers" and most recently a custom, ergonomic Scott Walker guitar, in stereo).
Steve Kimock is also an innovator for his ability to create matchless arrangements of musicians, who for over thirty years have collectively created inimitable improvisational performances based on the elements of classic rock, jazz, prog and rhythm & blues, with the kind of soul only someone with his experience and depth can construct.
His latest project, aptly named Crazy Engine, is also approached with the same "a bit of the old and a bit of the new" logic. The line-up includes the legendary Hammond B3 player Melvin Seals, known for his twenty years with the Jerry Garcia Band, as well as his son, John Morgan Kimock on drums. Not without merit, the twenty-year-old drummer has organized a number of self-released albums earning him a record deal with Rope-A-Dope Records by the age of 18. Rounding out the quartet is accomplished singer-songwriter and cello player, Trevor Exter, who was plucked out of the NYC indie music scene to fill the roll of bass and vocals. This arrangement of seasoned players and talented youthful musicians blends with Kimock's innovative mind for music - and foretells a merge of his vintage appeal with a modern twist, to befit music lovers of all types.
One of the last living musicians still touring from the era of Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead and The Band, Steve Kimock has led a storied career. He has performed with a cast of characters that reads like the musicians almanac including John Cipollina, Peter Frampton, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia & all members of the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Buddy Miles, Buddy Cage, Trey Anastasio & all members of Phish, Jorma Kaukonen, Vassar Clements, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Joe Satriani, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Elvin Bishop, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Norton Buffalo, Amos Garrett, Terry Haggerty, Hadi Al Sadoon, Stephen Perkins, Nicky Hopkins and Freddie Roulette just to name a few.
His ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned Kimock the title "Guitar Monk" by Relix Magazine for his commitment to guitar, and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice. Perhaps this is why Jerry Garcia himself named Steve Kimock his "favorite unknown guitarist" in Rollingstone Magazine, months before he passed.
Steve Kimock Crazy Engine is hitting the road this fall for a tour with dates spanning the East Coast, the Midwest and even the Pacific Northwest before ending down south for a two-night run in Fayetteville, AR - a place where Kimock legend tells of unusual power jams, sit in musicians and surprises, an unlikely tour finale which should live up to it's long standing tradition.
As always, this series of intimate performances will be recorded and available for purchase, and word is a live "fan release" may be in the works. While Kimock treats the spirit of live recording as seriously as another "member in the band", the live show is not to be missed. Kimock's unparalleled ability to embrace and capture a theater musically is the stuff of legends.