Kimon Kirk is a bassist, singer, songwriter, and record producer. His most recent solo release, 2017’s single “Baby Who Knows,” was written with and features Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann. He has two other solo albums to his credit: 2011’s Songs For Society and 2009’s EP, Eye On You.
He has toured and recorded as bassist for such artists as Gaby Moreno, Aimee Mann, Session Americana, Grant-Lee Phillips, Amy Correia, Sarah Borges, Jennifer Kimball, Ramona Silver, Will Dailey, and Melissa Ferrick, and produced albums for Dennis Brennan, Lyle Brewer, David Champagne, Steve Shook, Tom McBride, Kerry Schneider, and Ben Keyes. His productions have been mixed and recorded by several notable engineers, including Grammy winners Paul Q. Kolderie, Ryan Freeland, and Darrell Thorp, Brad Jones, Dan Cardinal, David Minehan, and Dave Westner.
As a songwriter Kirk has penned multiple tunes with both Aimee Mann and country hitmaker Lori McKenna, as well as several with David Champagne, Jim Fitting, Jennifer Kimball, Sarah Borges and Laura Cortese. He has been an invited guest lecturer in songwriting and music performance at Berklee College of Music, Georgetown University, Boston University, Boston College, and Suffolk University.
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Kirk was born in Boston, MA and spent his early years there until departing for Georgetown University in 1996. After earning a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown and playing bass weekly in the house band at a long-in-the-tooth blues club in DC for four years, he hot-footed back to Boston in 2000 in search of a fresh start and new musical horizons.
He enrolled in graduate school at Lesley University and received his Master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2002 and began working as a third grade teacher at a music-oriented charter school in Boston. Through serendipity he met David and Katie Champagne, parents of one of his students, and begged to be allowed to play bass in their band the Heygoods. David was a founding member of the much-admired Boston band Treat Her Right, and through the beloved Champagnes Kirk met many stalwarts of the local rock and roots music community. In 2003 he joined the fledgling collective known as Session Americana, which featured veteran musicians Ry Cavanaugh, Billy Beard, Dinty Child, Jim Fitting, and Sean Staples, and has toured extensively with them throughout the US and Europe.
While Session Americana gained momentum, Kirk also joined forces with rocker Ramona Silver, forging bonds with her and her bandmates John Sands, Jamie Edwards, Thomas Juliano, and Jim Haggerty. Sands and Juliano served as the band for Kirk’s first solo outing, recorded in Silver’s basement, and shortly thereafter Sands, longtime drummer in Aimee Mann’s touring band, recommended Kirk to be the bassist for Mann’s 2007 European tour.
As touring opportunities continued with artists such as Kris Delmhorst, Grant-Lee Phillips, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Kirk eyed Los Angeles as a new home base. He relocated to LA in late 2008 and embarked on a stint as bassist with Australian duo Angus and Julia Stone in early 2009. While in LA he met songwriter Amy Correia, and when she needed a bassist for a tour opening for Chrissie Hynde in late 2010, she called Kirk and they hit the road as a duo, supporting her acclaimed Paul Bryan-produced album You Go Your Way.
In the winter of 2011 Kirk returned to Massachusetts and formed a band with Correia, while also recording on albums and touring with Boston rockers Sarah Borges and Will Dailey. Along with other members of Dailey’s band, Kirk took over bass duties in Melissa Ferrick’s band and simultaneously began producing recordings for other artists, resulting in albums for Kerry Schneider, Ben Keyes, David Champagne, Steve Shook (co-founder of Cape Cod’s Incredible Casuals) and two for Washington singer-songwriter Tom McBride. Finally in 2015 Kirk formed his own band, the Meds, with guitarist Lyle Brewer, keyboardist Jamie Edwards, bassist Jim Haggerty, and drummer John Sands. The Meds’ five-week residency at Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge featured special guests Ramona Silver, Jennifer Kimball, Lori McKenna, Gaby Moreno, and Steve Shook and Chandler Travis.
Kirk produced Boston rock and roll legend Dennis Brennan’s album Into This World in 2016 and joined Latin Grammy-winner Gaby Moreno’s band the same year. He now calls Los Angeles home for the second time and has recently begun performing with former X-guitarist Tony Gilkyson. Kirk will record his second full-length album in December of 2018 in Boston, with the Meds.