Kim Simpson
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Kim Simpson

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1992 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1992
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Minor 7th"

"Tasteful and lively...Simpson plays his guitar with a touching and even-tempered style that is sure to make you smile." - Minor 7th

"College Times"

"Kim Simpson takes the art of weaving lyrics and guitar to a different level." - College Times

"Dirty Linen"

"High intensity acoustic guitar playing and brooding vocals ... Simpson achieves his own unique blend of poetry and power." - Dirty Linen


"Infectiously melodic" - NPR

"Austin Chronicle"

"Impeccable" - Austin Chroicle

"Music City Texas"

"Kim Simpson is not just promising, he's already there ... Terrific acoustic guitar picking and a light, smooth voice ... One of the very best of the younger generation of singer-songwriters." - Music City Texas

"ADD Reviews"

"Strong songwriting with a sense of humor" - ADD Reviews


"His songs and performances consistently rank in the upper reaches of amazing." - Fade


Yours All the Way (2013)
Bells of Heaven (single) (2011)
The Price is Right (EP) (2010)
Joey Superteen's Gone (EP) (2010)
Supergirl Crazy (EP) (2009)
Dancing Song/Mo li hua (single) (2009)
Mystery Lights: Solo Guitar (2009)
Beatle Single (EP) (2008)
The Mad Dukes EP (EP) (2008)
Big Surprise (EP) (2007)
At the Little Lighthouse (EP) (2007)
The Mad Dukes Sing and Play for You (2006)
How to Be Whole (1998)
The Suru EP: Finn Folk (EP) (1997)
Midnight Apparitions (1996)
Destination (1992)



Kim Simpson’s new compilation Songs and Sightings 1992-2014 collects newly remastered songs in addition to some recent re-recordings. Simpson, a 1993 Austin transplant from Salt Lake City, has quietly cultivated a reputation for lyrical compositions such as the perplexed-preacher song “Midnight Apparitions,” the medieval morality tale “Simon St. Claire,” and “Looking for That Girl,” an NPR song of the day in 2006. His live performances feature the enormous multilingual song library in his head, while his flair for solo fingerstyle guitar can be heard on releases like Mystery Lights and Tex Mex Guitar.

In addition to his activities as a musician, many Austinites recognize Kim’s voice from the radio. He currently hosts KOOP’s International Folk Bazaar (Wednesdays at noon) and co-hosts Around the Town Sounds (Thursdays at noon), and he was also a longtime co-host on KUTX’s Folkways. A scholar of pop music and radio history, Kim authored the book Early ‘70s Radio, which Continuum published in 2011.