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Steve Kimock Band

Steve Kimock is perhaps the quintessential Bay Area guitarist, playing in a variety of jazz-rock ensembles from the instrumental Zero to the post-Grateful Dead configurations of the Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends. Born in Lancaster, PA, where he played music with family members, Kimock migrated to the Bay Area in the mid-'70s to play with the Goodman Brothers.

Kimock began to play around the area in a variety of outfits, including the Underdogs (with flutist Martin Fierro). He soon began to refine his signature style -- laid-back, carefree, fat, and extremely melodious. In terms of vibe, Kimock has often been compared to the late Jerry Garcia (who once proclaimed Kimock to be his favorite unknown guitarist). Kimock's long association with the Grateful Dead family began in 1979, when he joined Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux's short-lived Heart of Gold Band (which disbanded soon after Keith Godchaux died in an automobile accident). In the Heart of Gold Band, Kimock crossed paths with drummer Greg Anton.

In 1984, the pair co-founded Zero, an instrumental unit comprised of the pair, along with Fierro, Bobby Vega on electric bass, Pete Sears on keyboards, and former Quicksilver Messenger Service member John Cippolina on guitar. At the behest of Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the group added vocalist Judge Murphy in 1991. Though the group became a Bay Area institution, recording a half-dozen albums of hippie-ish fusion, they never quite caught on nationally. Throughout his tenure in Zero, Kimock continued to perform with various musicians as Steve Kimock & Friends, with which he released a self-titled album.

When Zero disbanded in the late '90s, Kimock continued on with KVHW, a quartet comprised of himself, Zero bassist Vega, drummer Alan Hertz, and former Frank Zappa sideman Ray White. Around this time, Kimock began to gig regularly with post-Dead configurations, such as the Other Ones (featuring most of the surviving members of the band) in the summers of 1998 and 2000, as well as some of bassist Phil Lesh's projects, through 1999. After a falling out with Lesh, Kimock continued on with KVHW, where he refined his work on electric guitar, as well as lap and pedal steel.

After the departure of White, KVHW morphed into the Steve Kimock Band, which featured Kimock and Vega along with a rotating crew of guitarists and drummers. Eventually, the lineup solidified with drummer Rodney Holmes and guitarist Mitch Stein. Vega left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Alphonso Johnson (coincidentally Lesh's replacement in the 2001 edition of the Other Ones). In 2001, they issued Live in Colorado. In 2002, they released the double set East Meets West. ~ Jesse Jarnow, Rovi
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Great stuff !
favorite song: Tongue in Groove....sw e e t !
Going to see him tonight with Bernie Worrell, Wally Ingram, and Andy Hess at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC. Haven't seen him in several years. 8:30 can't get here soon enough!!!
Nice.
I first encountered Steve in Merle Saunder's Rainforest Band in New Orleans. I am surprised they didn't mention his playing in that band. Merle was a friend and collaborator with Garcia at one time. I saw the Kimock Band in Boston and spoke to him outside the venue. I was also very fortunate to see him in Maine playing with Bruce Hornsby(anot h e r ex-Grateful Dead member , if for only a short time). This time when I saw him duck out for a butt, I remembered to get an autograph!
I was certain what I was hearing was Hot Tuna. I need to get some of this guy.
bradmannix
Steve is an unbelievable talent !! His playing has been recognized by legends. Steve is a legend in my book !! rock on
Good luck categorizing this guy! His music reflects his eclectic tastes: jazz, rock, blues, country and Eastern, to name the most obvious. Suffice it to say Steve is a master of tone and as fine a guitarist as there is in any genre.
riffcassidy
what a cool guy
superb melodies not of this world steve is connected with a rhythm of the universe he can share with all of us thanks again steve don't ever stop
Brilliant and Entertaining
Kimock was born in Allentown, Pa., not Lancaster.
Awesome!
WOW... I like !
jdools
Jerry's suitable replacement. No one will ever be "better" at what he did.
please... this guy is way better than burnout jerry ever was
I Just saw Steve in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall a couple months ago. Got turned on to him about a year ago. Being a native SF and growing up through the 60s-70s greats and seeing most of them at Winterland and the Fillmore i can say this; Steve Kimock is one of the finest guitar players in the world right now. As Jerry Garcia once said; "Steve is the worlds greatest unknown guitar player". NOT SO UNKNOWN ANYMORE. Demmy from Livermore CA
most amazing musician to date in my opinion.
Since Garcia passed, only Kimock has been able to bring me on those instrumental journeys that have purpsose and every note matters. To see him play live is always special. A true servant of the music. Get your hands on the Live in Colorado CD. A gem.
Zero was the best Kimock band ever. It's been quite awhile but i remember reading an interview with Jerry where he mentioned that he loved playing with Steve because he was so inventive.
i wouldnt compare him to jerry garcia but he can jam!!
andy850
I never heard of Kimock until now, here on pandora. I love his music. tounge'N groove is by far the grooviest.
Kimock produces such beauty. Great jazz/Funk/sp a c e out grooves. Any fan of Jerry Garcia should see this guy play.
Excellent stuff. This guy can play!

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