Guitar Wizard Andy Kimbel Debuts in Atherton Studio, February 17

Jan 31, 2018

Andy Kimbel

Guitarist Andy Kimbel follows in the traditions of the great bluesmen from the Mississippi Delta to the Appalachian Mountains, the American folk artists of the 50’s and 60’s, as well as some of the early American country artists from Nashville, all who made timeless art with just their voice, guitar, and perhaps a stomping foot or an accompanist here and there. This is Americana Roots music. Kimbel showcases his original songs and dynamic interpretations of early classic country blues and folk music in HPR’s intimate Atherton Studio on February 17.
Reservations may be made online at or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; service charges are applied to online orders. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Kimbel is known for his virtuosic finger picking and his improvisational skill, allowing him to create a show to fit the tone and mood of the audience and the venue.  He has been compared to other guitar greats Mark Knopfler, Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, Chris Smither and Keith Richards.

What others have said:
“His always expressive guitar playing that ranges from frolicking and exuberant to driving and soulful. Whether picking, plucking, or using a skillful slide, Kimbel brings to the stage vision of the roots of American Music that conjures up everything from rambling railroad trains to dark and lonely nights of solitary traveling.” -- Big Shout Magazine
“He can lead an energetic big band or hold an audience silent with his acoustic guitar ‘wizardry.’ He performs a unique selection of material that ranges from gentle ballads and pointed originals, to hard driving country blues and slide guitar using various tunings and harmonics. Andy's own distinct interpretations set him apart and give even old traditional blues a new face.” -- New York Post
About the artist

Andy Kimbel

Andy Kimbel was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. “As a kid I listened to rock ’n’ roll, my parents' classical music collection, and whatever else was on the radio,” says Kimbel.  “I discovered the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Peter Paul and Mary, The Weavers and, through them, songs by Bob Dylan, Reverend Gary Davis, and Robert Johnson, although I did not really know who they were by name.”

Kimbel began playing the guitar and piano when he was about nine years old. By the time he was 11, he was playing in a band and, in his early teens, performed at various functions in the Philadelphia area. He later went to school to pursue a career in aviation and become a commercial jet pilot and flight instructor.

An airline pilot furlough in the early 90’s drove Kimbel back to the guitar. He began frequenting various clubs and coffee houses, watching and learning from performers like Garmet Rogers, Chris Smither, Tom Rush, and the late Bill Morrissey. The call of the Philadelphia and New York blues and singer-songwriter scene grabbed him and he eventually became an “indie” artist performing at those same venues. Over the last 25 years, Kimbel has performed more than 1800 shows across North America, Canada, and parts of Europe.

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