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Jim ‘Kimo’ West – from Weird to Slacker

Music  promo  Touring

To say Jim ‘Kimo’ West has had a long and successful career as a musician would be a major understatement. He has been the long time guitar player for Weird Al Yankovic since the bands inception (his first show as a … »

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Topo Ranch, Great Apparel and Friend to Musicians

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Gear  Resources

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