MASTERS of R & B, blues, funk and soul fusion, King King, come to Sheffield this weekend in support of their latest album, Take My Hand.
Formed by Nimmo Brothers blues guitar supremo Alan Nimmo, the band shares the Nimmo Brothers’ blues-based leanings but twists it with a funky kick.
This groove-led soul sound is thanks in part to session musicians Bennet Holland (keys) and Lindsay Coulson on bass. Both bring funky licks to King King’s bluesy repertoire.
“I think we bring a funk twist to the music,” says Holland, whose also plays in funk-lounge-soul outfit Jube.
“King King are such a tight band though – we don’t rehearse that much apart from the live shows themselves but we are all tight, professional musicians, including Craig Blundell on drums, who is one of the best session drummers around.”
A testament to King King’s musical prowess is its impressive curriculum vitae – already the band has worked with producer Ewan Davies, who has worked with the Arctic Monkeys, Editors and The Noisettes. Davies also produced Take My Hand, which is out now.
It’s hard to believe that the band formed only two years ago – they’ve already played Glastonbury and have been aired on Paul Jones’ Radio 2 show. But for now, it’s all the stage where King King really take the throne.
King King play at The Greystones, Greystones Road, on Sunday (February 20) at 7.30pm (£10).