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HARRY GRAFF KIMBALL, NEW YORK >> JULY 2017
Harry Graff Kimball is a songwriter, producer, and builder-storyteller who strives to capture places and spaces in lyrical story-songs. Kimball works in American idioms—musical, mythical, and historiographical—while searching for authentic, individual truths. His compositions surprise with the depth of emotion he brings to the odd and the everyday. As a songwriter, he borrows Neil Young’s apocalyptic streak and Warren Zevon’s playful world-weariness, adding the lyrical density of Stephen Malkmus and the literary sensibilities of Bill Callahan.
Kimball is a lifelong New Yorker who maintains spiritual homes in rural Connecticut and the Adirondack mountains. A classical guitarist by early training and a member of the late '90s, almost-almost-famous NYC indie group Ensimismada, Kimball is also the bassist and co-founder of Los Chinches, the only group ever described as a “Pavement-meets-Dead Kennedys" revelation. He is also a halfway-decent carpenter, an inveterate tinkerer, and a budding amp maker. He writes speeches to pay the bills.