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Kaki King

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  • Born: Marietta, GA
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://www.kakiking.com
  • Recent Activity: 04.23.17 Thank you for marching for science. I drove home from Boston at 6 am to take my kid to swim class. We all did good today.
  • Kaki King

  • Kaki King


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Kaki King's childhood passions were the drums and Brit-pop, and she figured if she ever made it big it would be because of her skills behind the kit. However, her musical talents didn't stop there: she also played the guitar, and though she learned Beatles and Fleetwood Mac songbooks, she found herself drawn to the styles of Preston Reed and Michael Hedges. Moving from Atlanta to New York to attend college, King got her first taste of solo guitar performance thanks to campus open-mike nights, and upon graduation in 2001 she decided to pursue the instrument more seriously. She started playing in subways, a venue that helped her develop her percussive technique, and when passengers would ask her if she had CDs, she realized that she could possibly make a living as a musician.

A copy of her 2002 demo got her a short gig at the Tap Bar in the Knitting Factory, where she was seen by Velour Records head Jeff Krasno, who released her debut, Everybody Loves You, the following year. King moved to Epic imprint Red Ink for her second album, 2004's Legs to Make Us Longer, but she returned to Velour for 2006's Until We Felt Red, which, in addition to including other instrumentation (which was also found on Legs to Make Us Longer), had King's singing prominently featured. After a busy 2007 -- not only was the guitarist recording her fourth full-length, she also appeared on albums from Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters and contributed to the soundtracks for Into the Wild and August Rush -- King released Dreaming of Revenge in March of 2008. After a world tour, King stayed active. Her album Junior was released on Cooking Vinyl/Rounder in 2010. She also co-produced a song for Miley Cyrus with Timbaland. In the fall of 2012, King issued Glow, a collection of instrumentals on which she was backed by a string quartet, bagpipes, organic percussion, and individually designed soundscapes for each track.

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10.14.17 Winningstad Theatre Portland, OR US


  • 04.23.17 Thank you for marching for science. I drove home from Boston at 6 am to take my kid to swim class. We all did good today.
  • 04.22.17 Tonight was special. Can't wait to hear how the recordings came out. https://t.co/UXMDb6b7io
  • 04.21.17 Taking a break from rehearsing. Am thinking about doing our 1/2 bath with a Lynch theme. Please help me choose.
  • 04.21.17 RT @theRSL: Just found out! Tonight 4/21 mad talented @KakiKing plays <3 @redroom939 Adv Tickets available + recommended https://t.co/vrlJ…
  • 04.21.17 Jet lag blues.
  • 04.21.17 Amazing rehearsal with the ensemble tonight. Get yerself to cafe 939 in Boston tomorrow for live string record making magic.
  • 04.21.17 I AM WEEPING WITH JOY https://t.co/oD1vOuHmkN
  • 04.20.17 Just passed a Peter Pan bus fully on fire on 95N. Then found if you google "peter pan bus on fire" you get a surprising number of results.
  • 04.19.17 Boston! I'm recording a live album this Friday at cafe 939 with Berklee College of music… https://t.co/IphVlTOoV8
  • 04.19.17 BOSTON! I'm recording a live album this Friday with Berklee. Strings and guitars and things! Cafe 939. Two shows th… https://t.co/zw4mgYsRy2
  • 04.19.17 RT @333333333433333: for my next feminist act, i will spend money i earned to obtain food i need to continue to survive as a modern woman
  • 04.19.17 After I drop her off we'll talk about Boston.