If the universe were fair, Robert Johnson would have recorded more sides, the great master blues artists would have received their fair share of royalties and Kat Riggins would be mentioned alongside the great voices. Since the universe isn’t, there’s nothing we can do about the first two, but we have plenty of time to rectify the third.
Out, produced by Riggins and Mike Zito who co-wrote all the 13 tracks. On a few songs they added Steve Van Der Nat and Andreas Carre.
. Some sweet drum and guitars set the stage for Riggins to step up to the microphone. Once she lets loose, she pins your ears back with her power. There’s a funky backbeat and there’s no mistaking her take no prisoners attitude. Riggins’ rocks with the best of them and I can’t wait to hear what she has next. (3:31)
. I wish I knew who was playing harp and B3 because they help set up the mood. Right now, there are a lot of people who need to cry out for justice, for peace, for basic humanity. Riggins captures that desire beautifully. Don’t be silent, please, cry out. (3:28)
that gives the song a Chicago style feel. There’s more than a touch of funk in the song that might make you get up and shake your parts for a while. Fun song. (2:37)
is a song you will like. She’s pushing the energy and attitude and the band is rocking hard. Even when she mixes in elements of other genres – like rock – you can hear the blues in her voice and lyrics. It might not be for the blues purists, but she has a great sound. (3:44)
. The lyrics tell the story of wanting to know the actual person. Too often, many of us hide behind a mask for relationships. It’s an intense number. (2:51)
I don’t know how many people remember that song, if you don’t, it’s covered by a few singers, including Elvis Presley. Stripped down to her voice and her emotion, this song has a strong gospel feel. Strike that, it’s much more of a spiritual feel. You can feel her deep connection in this very short song. Delightful. (0:35)
with steel guitars and the way she sings the song. It’s no secret that country and blues are kissing cousins, and she handles this well. The song is more like old school country than the more modern approach and that pleases me very much. Her voice is honey and she does a great job on this one. (5:27)
. Along with several other songs, this one is going to appear on
. This is not a cell phone advertisement. This is a woman who is taking a stand and it makes a perfect connection to the previous song. She’s got the sass, she’s got the attitude, let’s hope she’s doesn’t have a gun. (3:21)
. The title reminds me of the late sixties, but the lyrics tie in with the previous two songs. This is a trilogy of an angry woman and I hope she keeps these together in concert. In fact, I hope she goes from one to the next without a break. This time the rhythm section gets a workout that lets the guitar soar. (5:01)
. She also brings in the horn section to make it even more festive. After the previous three songs, this is an upbeat number. Love the sax break, but I love most sax breaks. Keep ‘em coming, I’m having fun with this one. (2:53)
. It’s a soulful number and Riggins digs deep to wring out ever piece of emotion she’s got. It’s a powerful song of empowerment, but she’s not using the light approach she uses on the previous song. No, Riggins herself becomes the storm, breaking everything in her path. She's a creature that no one can control or stopped by any man. It’s a chilling way to end the album. A bold choice and one that I applaud. (5:21)
Kat Riggins is getting ready to start climbing the ladder of success. Once we’re able to have shows and festivals again, I expect she will be in demand. I know I can’t wait to catch her live and see how she works a crowd. I hope Gulf Coast will take some of their great talent and send them out on the road to showcase their talents.