Steve Kimock (born October 5, 1955) is an American rock guitarist who has spent most of his life around San Francisco. He has been compared to Jerry Garcia, who was one of his fans, and he has been affiliated with musicians connected to the Grateful Dead, including the bands Zero, the Other Ones, and KVHW.
|Born||October 5, 1955|
|Genres||Pop, rock, psychedelic, instrumental|
|Associated acts||Heart of Gold Band, Zero, The Other Ones, KVHW, RatDog|
Kimock was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In the mid 1970s, he moved to San Francisco to play guitar with the folk-rock group the Goodman Brothers. In 1979, after working with Martin Fierro in the salsa band the Underdogs, he joined the Heart of Gold Band with Keith Godchaux, Donna Jean Godchaux, and drummer Greg Anton. Other groups that Kimock has played with include KVHW, which he formed with Bobby Vega, Ray White, and Alan Hertz, and the Steve Kimock Band, which includes drummer Rodney Holmes.
In 1984, Kimock, Anton, and John Cipollina, formerly of Quicksilver Messenger Service, co-founded the instrumental psychedelic rock group Zero. When Judge Murphy joined the band in 1991, it was no longer instrumental. The album Chance in a Million had songs written by lyricist Robert Hunter of the Grateful Dead. Zero toured and recorded until 2000. Band members included Chip Roland, Melvin Seals, Liam Hanrahan, Pete Sears, Bobby Vega, Nicky Hopkins, and Vince Welnick. In March 2006, Zero reunited and toured until the death of Martin Fierro two years later. The band reunited again in 2011 for the twentieth anniversary of the Chance in a Million recording sessions. They played a benefit concert at the Great American Music Hall for Judge Murphy, who had cancer.
Grateful Dead connections
Kimock has toured and recorded with many Grateful Dead-themed bands, including Keith and Donna Godchaux's Heart of Gold Band (1979–80), Bob Weir's Kingfish (1986), Merl Saunders and the Rainforest Band (1990–91), Vince Welnick's Missing Man Formation (1996–97), Phil Lesh and Friends (1998–99), and The Other Ones (1998–2000). He was also a member of the Rhythm Devils in 2006, a supergroup formed by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, also featuring Mike Gordon of Phish. In July 2007, Kimock was asked to fill in for a few months for Mark Karan in Bob Weir's RatDog. Karan was undergoing treatment for cancer of the throat at the time. Kimock rejoined Ratdog in 2013. In October 2016, Kimock was added to Bob Weir's Campfire touring band in support of Weir's 2016 solo release Blue Mountain, replacing Aaron Dessner, who had to pull out of the tour due to a family emergency.
In addition to those affiliations, Kimock also toured and recorded with Jerry Joseph's Little Women (1988), with Henry Kaiser and Freddy Roulette as The Psychedelic Guitar Circus (1993), and as Steve Kimock & Friends (early 1990s). In 2001, he recorded with Pete Sears on his album The Long Haul. Kimock featured on two recordings by Bruce Hornsby (Big Swing Face and Here Come the Noise Makers), and toured as featured guitarist with Hornsby and his band in 2002. Kimock was also featured along with Bobby Vega and Jimmy Sanchez in the Pete Sears written soundtrack for the film, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle.
Kimock founded Steve Kimock Crazy Engine in 2009. The band features Melvin Seals on B-3 organ, Trevor Exter on bass and Kimock's son (with his ex-partner Laura Pearsall), John Morgan Kimock on drums.
- Psychedelic Guitar Circus (1996)
- East Meets West (2002)
- Live in Colorado (2002)
- Live in Colorado, Vol. 2 (2004)
- Eudemonic (2005)
- Big Red Barn Sessions (2008)
- Last Danger of Frost (2016)
- Satellite City (2017)
- Jarnow, Jesse. Steve Kimock at Allmusic
- Shayman, Steven. "The Ancillary Artist? A Conversation with Steve Kimock", Jambands.com, May 29, 2004
- Tennille, Andy."Used with Steve Kimock", Jambands.com, September 20, 2004
- Ray, Randy."Harmony Past and Present with Steve Kimock", Jambands.com, June 5, 2006
- Metzger, John. Chance in a Million review, The Music Box, January/February 1996
- Metzger, John. Zero review, The Music Box, April 1998
- Metzger, John. Nothin' Lasts Forever review, The Music Box, March 1999
- Metzger, John. Concert review: Zero at the Chicago House of Blues, September 18, 1997, The Music Box, October 1997
- Sullivan, James. "Phil's New Zone", San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 1999
- Selvin, Joel. "Other Ones Reunite", San Francisco Chronicle, December 1, 2002
- Official site
- Steve Kimock collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Steve Kimock Band collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive
- Psychedelic Guitar Circus collection at Internet Archive's live music archive
- Steve sits down with Ira Haberman of The Sound Podcast for a feature interview