Guitar virtuoso Kaki King has won over stadium-size talents such as Dave Grohl and beloved boutique songwriters such as the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle with her intuitive fretwork and sweetly cooed vocals. But King hardly needs the name-checks from famous musicians; one listen to her songs places the guitarist in her own class. Her style can move from percussive and sharply punctuated to lithe and jazzy, depending on the mood, but there's always one foot in conventional forms and one foot in brave experimentalism. You can pull traces of Andrés Segovia and John Fahey from King's work, but she's just as capable of forging her own style as she is borrowing from the masters.
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