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Published: June 15, 2007
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Source:    JOHN HARPER
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Kim Kalman has recorded four albums and is working on a Christmas CD in Nashville.

"I want people to know me and hear my songs."



"If you want to hear Jimmy Buffett, go hear the guy down the street," says musician Kim Kalman, illustrating the point that she's not your garden-variety bar singer. Kalman, who moved from Nashville to the Outer Banks in 2001, is known for her well-chosen repertoire, skillful playing and masterful interpretive skills.

She writes and sings hummable, reflective original tunes ("'Til Angels Sleep," "Life's Too Short"), and "Kalmanizes" standards such as "Moondance," "Unforgettable," "Crazy," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Since I Fell for You," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "At Last," "Oh Pretty Woman" and "Something to Talk About."

"Songs like those," says Kalman, "have a melodic meat that strikes both the heart and soul."

"And they're recognizable not to just one generation."

The out-of-the-ordinary approach is working for the Kill Devil Hills-based Kalman, who plays seven days a week - including some doubleheaders - on the Outer Banks.

And the venues range from waterside gazebos and decks to sidewalks and churches.

Kalman plays outdoor, no-cover-charge shows Mondays and Thursdays at Tale of Whale Restaurant in Nags Head; Tuesdays and Fridays at Miller's Waterfront Restaurant in Nags Head; Wednesdays at Tommy's Market and Café Bagels to Beef in Southern Shores and The Oceanfront Trellis at Sea Ranch Hotel in Kill Devil Hills.

She performs for services Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, and Sundays at 8 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Nags Head.

"It's what I do," says Kalman in explaining the hectic schedule. "I want people to know me and hear my songs."

Kalman, who's recorded four albums and is working on a Christmas CD in Nashville, also plays for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

All of this raises the question: When does she sleep?

"It's only for three months," says Kalman, laughing. "I used to be on road 24/7, 365 days a year."

"Most of the time the audience is relaxed and happy."

"This is my passion; I love to sing."


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WANT TO GO?

Who: Kim Kalman

When and where: 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Tale of the Whale Restaurant on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway; 5 to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays at Miller's Waterfront Restaurant at milepost 16 on U.S. 158; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays at Tommy's Market and Café Bagels to Beef at the Marketplace Shopping Center in Southern Shores; 7 to 11 p.m.
Wednesdays at Oceanfront Trellis at the Sea Ranch Hotel at milepost 7 on N.C. 12.

Cost: No cover



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