By Haig Assadourian
Fans will be eudemonic (a word to be dropped into casual conversation whenever possible) over this highly anticipated first studio release from the Steve Kimock Band. It's a mix of classic and recent SKB compositions, livened up with some new instrumental voices and arrangements. The production quality of this nine-song set is what you'd expect from SKB. And while the energy of a studio recording cannot substitute for the k-waves that caress you at a live show, it certainly opens up the canvas for the band to explore delicate nuances.
You won't find many solos from bandmates Mitch Stein, Rodney Holmes, Alphonso Johnson, and Jim Kost, but together, this well-oiled machine delivers impeccable performances in power-chord-drenched songs like "Moon People" or quiet conversations like "In Reply." Throughout the album, Kimock utilizes his typically varied set of guitars to marvelous effect, including mandolin on a fresh sounding "Elmer's Revenge" and pedal steel on "Tongue n' Groove." These nine recordings explore the gamut of musical range, tone, and rhythm.
If you've seen the band often, the familiar songs on the album may leave you wanting newer material. As this is the first studio release for the band, pulling from their older repertoire is understandable, but a newer piece like "Dr. Zaius" or "Weapons of Moose Destruction" would have been welcome.
On September 22nd, Steve dropped in at Boulder's landmark Bart's CD Cellar for an in-store appearance to support the album. What's more, Boulder resident and blues kingpin Otis Taylor brought his band to open for Mr. Kimock with a rockin' set that opened my eyes to his talent.
Afterwards, Steve sat on the floor, chatted with the capacity crowd, and played three meditative acoustic songs Hawaiian (lap) style. He also announced an extension of his band's upcoming fall tour with guest Robert Walter that will include two dates in Colorado: one at Boulder's Fox Theatre and a second in Denver's Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom later this year.
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