Plenty of folks have rushed to pile the accolades on Kaki King: The guitarist was nominated for a Golden Globe for her score of the movie Into the Wild (composed with Eddie Vedder and Michael Brook). Rolling Stone named her one of their “New Guitar Gods”—and, in fact, she was the only woman and youngest artist included. What’s so refreshing about the Atlanta-born player, though, is her masterful simplicity—her lap steel guitar picking, her playful Americana and jazz-laced refrains, are all thoughtful and delicate when they could be clamoring and conceited. With King’s chops, she can play anything but, as last year’s Junior affirmed, she chooses to pull off, simply, good taste. With Portuguese composer-guitarist Pedro da Silva.
Wed., Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 9, 2011