Call Kaki King a guitar god. It’s OK — Rolling Stone did. To her, it’s a compliment, though she’s not entirely sure what to make of such a lofty tag.
“What does that even mean?” she asks.
She thinks about it for a second as we finish up our phone interview, conducted while she rides in a van headed to Portland.
“When someone says you’re a ‘Guitar This’ or a ‘Guitar Warrior Princess,’ ” the 31-year-old Georgia native says, “it means that someone had something nice to say and didn’t really know how to say it.
“There have been lots of wonderful things said about me that I truly appreciate and don’t take for granted,” she adds. “However, it’s not easy to do this, to play guitar. Guitar involves more effort — even on a more philosophical level — than the instant accessibility of a drum stick on a cymbal or a finger on a piano key. (To play guitar you have) to commit a little bit more.”
Kaki King performs Monday at Southgate House with Washington. Go here to read Rich Shivener's full interview.