Kimberly K. Allison
Kimberly, who is originally from the Kansas City area, has played in clubs from the age of sixteen. She graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, she received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. She also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.
She has worked with saxophonist Joe Houston (Shattered records), Zola Moon (Kent records), The Shirelles and B.J. Sharp (Moxie records/BMG). Kimberly has toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series (sharing the stage with Roomful of Blues), Irvine Lake Blues Festival (sharing the stage with Robben Ford) and The Burnaby British Columbia Blues Festival (sharing the stage with the Neville Brothers).
Additionally, she regularly plays local club venues such as BB King's, Harvelle's and The Blue Cafe. In 1998, Kimberly was nominated as "outstanding guitarist" by the L.A. Music Awards. In 2001, she was a finalist for the Independent Music Awards-A national competition for independent music.
Kim's first solo disc, Old, New, Borrowed and Blues has been the subject of rave national and international reviews in publications such as Blues Revue. It has also received international airplay and has been picked up by BDC, a national distribution company. Kimberly's CDs can be purchased nationally through Tower Records, Amazon.com.
Kimberly's playing on her second disc has been compared to artist such as Jeff Beck, John Scofield, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.