Posted 2003-12-10 11:52 AM (#199649) Subject: What a year
Joined: December 2002 Posts: 575
One year ago today I made my first post on these boards. It was in the "For Sale/Trade" section and was titled "Looking to buy 1587 or similar". My daughter, Kaki King, a young pro just starting out, had been burglarized and her "main axe" Adamas stolen. Looking back at that posting (now in the archives at January 18, 2003), really brought to mind what this board is all about. The immediate reaction of the members [in particular Mike Bross, Paul Moody, Al, Paul Hebert, Cliff, Bailey, Miles, cwk2, and many others] made me quickly realize just how passionately all of you care about Ovation/Adamas.
Although Mike predicted it, I never could have imagined what happened next. Through the compassion of Adrian Legg and David Lindley, and the influence of this board, Kaki was rescued by the Ovation Company, which replaced the stolen guitar with one custom-made to duplicate (insofar as possible) the vintage model. This is the same Adamas II 1581-7 which she played recently on "NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Kaki became an endorsement artist of Ovation/Adamas in March. She was completely unknown to the company in December, and yet she became an endorsement artist just four months later. I ask you--what does this say about opportunity in America?
More to the point, doesn't this say a lot about the company as well?
My OFC friend Paul Wag in Fort Worth will tell you there's a saying that all Texans love to quote--"If you can do it, it ain't bragging." Please indulge a proud father as I say a few things about her accomplishments in 2003.
This year Kaki played over 200 shows in the U.S. (plus Canada and Brazil). Here is a partial listing of the venues where she appeared:
New Orleans Jazz Fest
High Sierra Festival
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Austin City Limits Festival
Floyd Fest--Floyd Virginia
Ouro Preto Jazz Festival--Sao Paulo Brazil
Fox Theatre-- Boulder Colorado [opening all national shows for Mike Gordon, bassist of Phish]
Fillmore--San Francisco (twice)
Irving Plaza and Beacon Theater--NYC
NBC Studios NYC--"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
Less than two months after her first CD, "Everybody Loves You", was released, the record was #17 in the top 100 sellers at Amazon.com. (It had been reviewed on NPR the previous day, June 17th).
She was profiled and/or interviewed by: Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar One, L.A. Weekly, Boston Phoenix, and was on the front cover as the feature artist of the Fall 2003 edition of Frets Magazine.
Kaki is presently developing material for her next CD, booking 2004 appearances (two big festivals in Australia already), as well as exploring other interesting opportunities. I know for a fact she is enjoying being "off the road" for awhile back at home in Brooklyn.
A lot of lucky things happened to her this year, and one of them was the interest and support of the OFC membership. I am personally grateful to all of you for that, and grateful for the many new friends I have made, all of us linked with the common bond of interest and affection for our Ovation guitars.
Posted 2003-12-11 2:20 AM (#199654 - in reply to #199649) Subject: Re: What a year
Joined: May 2002 Posts: 3005
Location: Las Cruces, NM
It takes two things to make a year like that.
1) GREAT Talent
2) The ability to stand up there and display that talent.
Kaki has them both and we all applaud her success and are ecstatic that it is on an Ovation guitar. It just proves our love for those roundbacks isn't misplaced.
I, as an ordinary picker who has been around people who can step up there and be the leader and the "star", have a great deal of respect for what it takes. All you pickers here realize that someone like Kaki has to be nearly perfect to get that kind of recognition, a great responsibility for a young person.
Posted 2003-12-11 2:44 AM (#199655 - in reply to #199649) Subject: Re: What a year
Joined: December 2001 Posts: 7054
Location: The Great Pacific Northwest
Stories like this one give a little glimmer of hope to the music industry. Although Kaki is the talent, a lot of people were paying attention and more importantly doing their jobs on her behalf, and frankly that's pretty rare in the music biz.
She has family support, an agent and/or promoter that appearently knows when to pick up a phone and the folks at Kaman who came through for an artist at exactly the right time just to name a few.
I haven't seen a non-mainstream artist on a late-night talk show in years. Sure, there are many "up and coming" unknown artists, but they are all in established genre. Kaki came out of nowhere with something new and unique and industry people actually listened. Now THAT's worth shouting about.
Posted 2003-12-17 12:31 PM (#199657 - in reply to #199649) Subject: Re: What a year
Joined: March 2002 Posts: 14836
WOW!! She was in with "good company" to say the least!!
Personally, I hope Harrison gets it.
I was in a store the other day and there was a compilation Christmas CD out that Kaki had a contribution on. Sorry, but I don't remember the title. I was gonna pick it it up, but I was pressed for time and the checkout line was WAY too long.
Posted 2003-12-18 12:57 PM (#199661 - in reply to #199649) Subject: Re: What a year
Joined: November 2002 Posts: 1196
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Dave, I too would like to give congrats to you and Kaki. I remember when I first listened to the Kaki CD you sent me. I was like "how does she do that"? And after seeing her on Conan, I still am asking myself "how does she do that"?