I had been looking for an excuse to get Kaki King back into NPR’s studios since I heard her interview promoting her album “Legs to Make Us Longer.” She’s a musical innovator, using instruments ‘incorrectly’ (she treats her guitar as a drum) and making music using things that aren’t even instruments (namely, forks). Her new album at the time was “Dreaming of Revenge” was dreamy and so catchy, NPR still uses tunes from it in beds almost every day, it seems. I arranged for Kaki to come to NPR to talk with Andrea Seabrook and to play some music before a show in D.C. I prepped and produced this piece for Weekend All Things Considered.
“Rock stars have been known to try crazy things with a guitar. Jimi Hendrix picked the strings with his teeth. Pete Townshend smashed his onstage. But guitar phenom Kaki King draws attention by picking the strings of her guitar with both hands, while slapping the body in time.
Her innovative style has been featured in the filmInto the Wild, and she acted as a hand double for a guitar virtuoso in August Rush. She was also the only woman on Rolling Stone’s list of new guitar gods last year.”