Fredrik Kinbom

Artist of the Month | December 2018


I have used K&K Pure Mini pickups and the Pure Preamp with my acoustic lap steels for over 12 years now, and they bring out exactly the amplified sound I want from the instruments. In fact, I feel that the fat, rich bass signal the K&Ks get out of my baritone Weissenborn-style guitar is an integral part of its sound for me, so the pickup signal is very important not only at shows but when recording too.

Fredrik Kinbom is a Swedish lap steel player/multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter based in Berlin. Since first picking up the lap steel in 2005, his original style and sound has led to recording and/or international touring with acclaimed acts like Gemma Ray, Gurrumul, Alberta Cross, Moulettes and Ned Collette. His second solo album with the lap steel in focus, Oil (Capstan Records, 2014), received much critical praise. He has contributed as a co-writer to albums by Sarah Blasko and Gemma Ray, and has since Oil released two albums with his theatrical side project Kinbom & Kessner (featuring a stellar cast of guests like James Williamson (Iggy & The Stooges) and members of Moulettes, Hazmat Modine and Augie March).

Fredrik Kinbom mainly plays the lap steel slide guitar, but the way he plays it sounds nothing like the Hawaiian, blues or country sound most people would associate with the lap steel. He really creates his own sonic universe.

Songs For Lap Steel And Harmonium, his new solo album, was released by Sotones Records on 9 November 2018. Fredrik spent eight intensive months in his Berlin studio, surrounded by an array of lap steel guitars and three vintage harmoniums (the oldest being more than 110 years old, and the “newest” a US Army field organ from WWII), writing, exploring and recording. The result is a beautiful, cohesive piece of work and a highly original artistic statement.

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