Guitarist Kim Simmonds is the leader and founding member of Savoy Brown, the British Blues-rock band who rose to fame in the Blues Boom of the 60s, gathered a big following in The States and are still touring today. Kim has extended his boundaries by going back to acoustic Blues as a solo artist, and through his other creative outlet as a painter, with his work on some of his album covers.
Kim was born in Newbridge, Wales UK in 1947, and learned guitar from listening to his big brother’s Blues albums. Aged 18, he was drawn to the Blues clubs of London, immediately formed Savoy Brown and recorded a single for Mike Vernon‘s tiny mail-order Purdah label.
‘Train to Nowhere’ from ‘Blue Matter’;
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Touring The States got them a loyal following, and their album 1969 ‘A Step Further’ sold well there. The same personnel recorded ‘Raw Sienna’, but their ‘one-eyed’ singer Chris had left when they cut ‘Looking In’, and ‘Lonesome Dave’ and the other members left en masse to form the successful Blues-rock band Foghat. Kim’s response was to recruit Paul Raymond and Andy Sylvester from Stan Webb‘s Chicken Shack, and Stan himself joined for a while later too. The new line-up recorded ‘Hellbound Train’ which made the Billboard Top 40 Album chart and Savoy Brown singles often featured in the lower reaches of the Hot 100 in the mid-70s. The band has continued to record and play gigs all over the world up to the present day, and many well known musicians have done a tour of duty with Savoy Brown. Keith Boyce and Barry Paul (Heavy Metal Kids), Dave Walker (Fleetwood Mac/Black Sabbath), Andy Pyle (Kinks), Jimmy Kunes (Cactus) and John Humphrey (Gary Moore Band) all appeared for a while, and Hubert Sumlin was a regular guest in the early 90s.
Kim plays solo at a small gig;
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[stextbox id=”custom” caption=”Kim Simmonds Discography” float=”true” align=”left” width=”300″]Kim’s second solo acoustic effort includes the poignant ‘Blues for Lonesome’, dedicated to Savoy Brown guitarist, Dave Peverett.
BLUES LIKE MIDNIGHT
[/stextbox]Savoy Brown could never claim to be a ‘supergroup’, but they have always been able to pull a crowd and sell some albums, and they continue to do so, with their 2011 release ‘Voodoo Blues’ getting great revues. As well as leading that band, Kim has a parallel career as a solo artist since his acoustic album ‘Solitaire’ in 1997. Displaying a sure touch with his playing, he has issued four albums of self-written, modern Blues issued on the Blue Wave label, and frequently plays solo gigs, especially around the Eastern seaboard.