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. I take it as a compliment and walk away from 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.