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Kimon & the Prophets - Whether raising eyebrows with superbly crafted original songs, exploding the hits of Stevie Wonder or Sting into ultimate groove tunes, or funkin’ up a Stevie Ray Vaughn blues jam, anything is possible with Kimon’s vast library of songs. With a bluesy guitar style all his own, and a funky back beat that will make you stand up and move your feet, Kimon is constantly performing live every chance he gets.
New York City born Kimon Katafigiotis (pronounced "kee-mon"), although an accomplished blues and rock guitarist, distinguishes himself as a dynamic performer through rebellious energy in the original spirit of rock and roll. In the studio, Kimon attempts to shed light on the inequities of our times, and along the way has built a loyal following by consistently singing and performing what’s on his mind. In an era of ultra-conservativism, he snubs the typical "introspective singer / songwriter" genre, and without mincing words, fires off a unique sense of socio-political awareness. In the words of the Tri-City News, "he knows exactly what he wants his songs to say... his straight forward, muscular lyrics speak for themselves."
A veteran musician, he has been a member of numerous bands with national releases. Early on he survived a long stint as guitarist and co-writer with an over-the-top, edgy NYC garage band called The Wilsons, later joining Hoboken NJ favorites Fear of Falling as guitarist. There he gained much experience in making albums and performing via touring in Europe and the U.S. He went on to form and front the electronic rock group Psonica, signing with the now defunct Navarre Entertainment. Psonica released their national debut effort in February of 2000, but disbanded soon after at which point, he began work on his debut solo album "Your Lucky Day" (2002) where he began maturing, methodically cultivating his own musical style.
His second solo effort "Discorporated" (2004), was a themed album, not for the faint of heart, about disenfranchisement, corporate greed, corrupt officials and the military industrial complex. With his third album, 2005's "Twice A Day In Japan," showcased an earlier straightforward rock style.
2007s "Songs of the Revolution," was Kimon's fourth solo album, and the next salvo in his continuing fight against hypocrisy. A sequel of sorts to "Discorporated", track titles such as "Declassified Blues", "Holy War" and "World Domination" lyrically this was Kimon’s most evolved collection yet, taking unexpected twists and turns throughout.
In 2008 Kimon began the creation of a solid band lineup, while simultaneously developing a unique incendiary guitar technique. The band Kimon & the Prophets went on release 2009’s “Roadhouse Party” album, and 2011s “Trenton Blues, ” both garnering international reviews, international radio play, including being played on the nationally syndicated radio show “Blues Deluxe”, reaching over 100 U.S. radio stations with two million potential listeners. The band won the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation battle of the bands, and went on to compete in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
Kimon spent summer 2012 painstakingly working on the new release tentatively titled “Lucky 13”, featuring 13 tracks of both new and reworked, rerecorded favorites from his catalog. The new offering is slated for a run at college and AAA radio and press for Winter 2012. With the new recordings, Kimon returns to the acoustic guitar, showcasing his guitar chops and songwriting and production skills, with a melodic blend of funk, latin, blues, 70’s rock, and hip-hop.
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