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King King: Messin’ With The Kilt

King King’s Alan Nimmo discusses the classic rock of his Glasgow boyhood, the sweet sound of his band’s newest album and their astounding rise to the top of the British blues heap.

He may be Britain’s current blues darling and have a sackload of awards to prove it, but Glasgow-born Alan Nimmo, King King’s string-bending, kilt-wearing frontman, is about the most unassuming gent you’ll ever meet. There’s not a trace of arrogance or guile in anything he says. He is straightforward and attentive, without any airs and graces. As for what’s behind the success of his staunchly modern four-piece, he can only speculate. “Really, I have no idea. Maybe the stars aligned. Maybe it was luck. Maybe it was meant to be. I just don’t know,” he tells The Blues, his vocal chords still spent from a recently completed run of 22 shows in the UK.

Upon second thoughts, he finds a more satisfying explanation for King King’s recent rise to prominence: simple hard work. Not particularly sexy, but effective. “We wanted to have a successful band and wanted to do it properly. It takes a lot of effort. I believe that if you work hard enough, you put yourself in a position for things to fall into place.”

Following the clean sweep at last year’s British Blues Awards (King King took home Band Of The Year and Album Of The Year awards as well as individual honours in the Male Vocalist, Bass and Drum categories), it’s no secret that singer and guitarist Nimmo, bassist Lindsay Coulson, drummer Wayne Proctor and keyboard player Bob Fridzema currently comprise the most popular home-grown blues act in the UK. It took them slightly more than five years to reach that pinnacle. With a brand new album set for release, they show no signs of reversing course anytime soon.

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