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Kim Simmonds began his solo acoustic career in 1997 with the release of the CD, “Solitaire”. An album of traditional blues, “Solitaire” was the starting point of Kim’s rediscovery of his love of the acoustic guitar. In the truest sense of the word, “Solitaire” was a true solo album and an encouraging beginning for Kim and a fine addition to the acoustic music world.

Expanding upon the traditional foundation of “Solitaire”, “Blues Like Midnight” was one of 2001’s pleasant surprises as Kim’s songwriting depth and vocals shined right along with his always stellar guitar playing. A favorite of both fans and critics, “Blues Like Midnight” provided Kim with a firm foothold on the acoustic live music circuit including his first solo tour of the U.K.

With his third release in 2004, "Struck By Lightning", Simmonds pulled out all the stops with an album again full of superb guitar playing but this time fully augmented with a powerful acoustic rhythm section. The CD was well received and as one reviewer stated, "Kim's other solo albums were good, but this is probably his best". kim simmonds

Kim's newest release, "Out Of The Blue", is a collection of varied material that places him in a new setting, that of the singer/songwriter. This time around the guitar playing is understated with more emphasis on the song. His baritone voice has aged well, matured perhaps and now stands out throughout the CD's eleven songs. A "bare bones" recording with just the occasional background vocal, percussion and string section, "Out Of The Blue" displays Simmonds' wider musical range that will act as a perfect introduction for first time listeners.