Steve Kimock’s new CD Satellite City features him in a mix of styles, from his trademark explorational improvisation to song-based fare featuring Leslie Mendelson. TipJar was lucky enough to chat with Steve about his new release and to get into some fun side tangents about his early years in San Francisco.
JGB – really Jerry – was all about spontaneity and absence of centralized control when he easily could have insisted on another way. Perhaps that is what made him so compelling. The risks he took and the depth of his sincerity were clear to anyone who listened carefully. This version of “Mission” exemplifies Jerry as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and improvisational guitarist.
Hoddinott’s country, rock and jazz-inflected playing carried the original Kingfish sound, be it twanging away on a country cover by Marty Robbins, ’70s soul-noodling on a Bob Weir composition like “Lazy Lightnin’/Supplication,” or artfully driving Kingfish originals such as “Asia Minor” and “Hypnotize.”
Someone had written an obit for me on a card [for the game Cards Against Humanity] that included the information: John Perry Barlow – Born 1947, Died 2015. Clearly they had overstated my demise, but the fact is that due to a sequence of iatrogenic failures I was cruising up and down death’s driveway most of 2015. I was in peril for quite a while and gradually it got even more exotic. I was dead for eight minutes, and much to my dismay there were no ascending rivers of light or descending angelic hosts. In fact all that was happening was just stone black darkness. I told [Bob] Weir about it and he said, “well you just weren’t dead enough.”