A friend of mine from Port Arthur, Texas once asked his grandfather, “How are you so calm, granddad?” I think he was 104 years old.
He said, “Listen son, don’t ever worry about something you can’t do nothin’ about.”
And that was a huge influence on me. That expression was a huge influence on me. – Kim
What I strive for is matching up as best I can with all those great old records that were a huge influence on me. That’s my goal. That’s my goal in life is to do that. I wanted to stand up to that stuff that I love. – Kim
This stuff ain’t rocket science. It’s all about the delivery. It’s all about the simplicity, the phrasing. There’s a self-assuredness that comes with the stage and the music in general, along with a lot of energy. – Kim
Sure I’m a blues guy, but I am a lot of other things too. I’m pretty far away from being a pop guy for having the success that I’ve had.
But I think that’s another thing too. Don’t submit to the formula. It makes you unique.
And that’s the most important thing — the delivery and having your own voice. – Kim
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I used to walk down the street when I first started playing, and I was humming, kind of humming little riffs. And I thought, man, if I could play that it would be very cool. To play what I’m humming.
So instead of copying stuff off records, I would sing or hum into a boom box and then I would copy myself humming on the harmonica on the playback. – Kim
You figure out what you’re strong at. You can push the envelope a little bit, but you have to come in there with confidence that you can do it.
And with blues that’s not a problem. But with R&B, I’m not really an R&B singer. I’m more of a blues singer. So when I hit stuff that’s more R&B, you really have to pick that material for me. And you have to pick stuff that you feel I’m strong at to even present it to me.
Blues stuff, well I can do that all day long. – Kim
Music is kind of controlled aggression.
You have to be aggressive but you can’t be so aggressive that you’re just flailing away. There has to be a relaxed confidence to it.
That’s music in a nutshell. – Kim