30 year old Kaki King (born Aug. 24, 1979 as Katherine King) is a guitar player and singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. King's style combines “fret-tapping” with “slap bass” techniques, using the guitar for percussive beats (the sound holes, adorned by the cloud art on the body of the guitar), as well as sound layering and looping, which creates a complex sound. She’s a giant 5ft 1.
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Instruments Played: Guitar (Electric and Acoustic), Lap Steel, Drums, Piano.
King has guested as a guitarist on the track "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" from the FOO FIGHTERS' studio album, entitled Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, released on September 25, 2007. On November 18, 2007 she joined Dave Grohl on stage to perform the track at the O2 arena in London. With fellow musicians like Serj Tankian and Jimmy Page in attendance, Grohl is quoted as saying: “There are some guitar players that are good and there are some guitar players that are really fucking good. And then there's Kaki King.”
On January 14, 2008, she appeared at a Breakfast with the Foo Fighters hosted by Kevin and Bean from KROQ-FM, a commercial radio station located in Los Angeles, California. There she performed "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners". Grohl jokingly stated that he is "molding her to take his place." She then went on tour with the Foo Fighters on the Australian leg of the Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace tour.
King is also a featured artist for Adamas and Ovation guitars. Adamas guitars' composite tops are well suited for her tap-style playing, as King herself noted on the DVD "Unique Voices: 40 Years of Ovation Guitars". The soundholes on her Adamas guitar are adorned with a cloudlike pattern inlay that King designed herself.
In February 2006, King was named as a “Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine, becoming the first ever female to make this list in the history of the publication.
On December 13, 2007, King was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for the music she played in the film Into the Wild. She was nominated for the award along with Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook, who also contributed music to the film.
Most recently, you can find King's music being featured in the soundtrack for the movie Twilight.
Everybody Loves You (2003)
Legs to Make Us Longer (2004)
...Until We Felt Red (2006)
Day Sleeper (Australian tour EP) (2007)
Dreaming of Revenge (2008)
Black Pear Tree (2008) (With The Mountain Goats)
Mexican Teenagers EP (2009)
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