Published Feb 01, 2011Genre-jumping guitar virtuoso Kaki King has attempted a number of different playing styles over the years. From her fluttery, flamenco-inflected beginnings to the Tegan and Sara-styled pop rock of her latest, 2010's Junior, the musician continues to explore her sound. Keeping up with her ever-changing tastes, the guitarist's recently announced acoustic tour will re-envision some of her rock work in the unplugged realm.
A post on King's website shows an impressive arsenal of newly acquired acoustic instruments that she will take with her on the upcoming North American trip, which finds her playing Vancouver on March 12. While traditional guitars are featured in her collection, the most interesting instrument may be a second neck tuned as a harp. As odd looking as the hybrid is, it's impressed at least one totally random celebrity.
"I woke up one morning at a friend's house and Ru Paul was there. Yes, that Ru Paul," King wrote in her post. "He said he shit his pants and his titties got hard when he saw the harp guitar, and I took that as a very good sign."
Though King isn't promoting a new album, she is excited to perform her back catalogue in a much different way by playing it on these new instruments.
"It's already proving to be an amazing challenge -- reinterpreting some of the old favourite songs on these new weird friends of mine," she said of her current overhaul. "I'm also finally learning some covers of songs that inspired me to start playing in the first place when I was young. It's been like going back to school, and my wee fingers are sore."
You can check out the full tour schedule below.
2/23 New York, NY - Museum of Modern Art: Celeste Bartos Theatre
2/26 Mexico City, Mexico- Salon Vive Cuervo
2/28 San Diego, CA - The Loft - UC San Diego
3/2 Hollywood, CA- Largo at the Coronet
3/3 Visalia, CA - College of the Sequoias Theatre
3/4 San Francisco, CA - Yoshi's
3/5 Berkeley, CA - Ashkenaz
3/6 Sacramento, CA - Harlows
3/8 Arcata, CA - Jambalaya
3/9 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
3/10 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
3/11 Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
3/12 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
3/24 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
3/25 Evanston, IL- Space
3/26 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House
3/28 Newport, KY - Southgate House
3/29 Alexandria , VA - The Birchmere
3/30 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
4/1 Natick, MA - Center for the Arts
4/2 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
4/3 Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
4/7 New York, NY - City Winery
4/8 New York, NY - City Winery
4/9 Binghamton, NY - Binghamton University