Kim Simpson is an Austin-based singer-songwriter, guitarist, author, and radio host (Folkways on KUTX, The International Folk Bazaar on KOOP). He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas and published his first book (Early ’70s Radio: The American Format Revolution) with Continuum in mid-2011. He’s taught university courses in pop music, and he’s written about it in various publications. He served as a consultant for the Peabody Award-winning rockabilly radio documentary Whole Lotta Shakin’, and in 2009, the U.S. Embassy sent Kim to China where he toured as a performing speaker on American folk music. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kim moved to Austin in the early ‘90s, where he’s maintained a steady songwriting and recording habit, a portion of which he makes available on his website.
In 2006, his “Looking for That Girl” was featured as an NPR song of the day, and the Austin Chronicle listed his Mad Dukes Sing and Play for You album as one of the year’s notable local releases. Among his latest CDs are Mystery Lights: Solo Guitar (2009) and Yours All the Way (2013).