EG Kight and M.C. Records is proud to announce that EG's new CD, It's Hot In Here, is out now! M.C. Records president Mark Carpentieri said "over the past year we've released recordings by great songwriters like Eric Bibb and Anders Osborne. Like Anders and Bibb, EG has that rare combination of writing great songs and being able to deliver them."
EG Kight is known as “The Georgia Songbird,” and her latest album is a wonderful showcase of her signature sultry vocals. This is a CD for lovers and romantics as EG weaves her way through slow-dance numbers to upbeat romps. On eight of the twelve numbers, EG will take two lovers through songs both sentimental and humorous to which they can relate by “Been there; done that” or “That’s sad; please don’t let that happen to us.”
The other four cuts range from fun and lighthearted (“You Can’t Take It With You”) to lyrics about an old-fashioned Southern church meeting (“Pass the Plate”) to a trip down memory lane (“House of the Rising Sun”).
Kight’s website biography reveals, “Distraught after a teenage heartbreak she penned her first song at sixteen, a pivotal moment that gave birth to a songwriter. She discovered the ability to grasp the emotion, write about it, put it to music, and tell the story from the heart.... She wants to touch a feeling or sentiment in every lyric and in every note.” To better help the listener appreciate that ability, the lyrics are thoughtfully included in the liner notes. EG gives co-writing credits to Tom Horner, among others, on eight numbers.
Kight’s blues are as rich as a cup of Kona coffee and go down just as smoothly. If your taste in music is, exclusively, the hard driving, whiskey drinking, ass kicking variety, then this CD is not for you. Those folks will call this album “syrupy and sentimental.” Personally, I can enjoy both types; it is all about the timing. Perhaps it is the difference between a raucous Friday night party where one meets someone and makes a date and the subsequent Saturday night date for being considerate and romantic.
For that romance, there are three beautifully sung numbers that have a female voice with an impact like a Patsy Cline. Two are great for slow dancing “I’m New At This” and “Roses and Promises.” “Sugar,” at mid-tempo, is as sweet as the title. Both “Sugar” and “Roses...” feature just-right piano by Graham Guest while Doug McMinn adds some unbelievable, Goodman-esque clarinet to “Sugar.”
The set certainly does not begin at slow tempo; “I Want You Just ‘Cause I Want You” is a full-studio production number with horns added to requisite guitars, bass, drums, and keys by Paul Hornsby. Quick to follow, the title track then rips through the speakers, this time with Tim Hooper on both piano and organ opening and underpinning. Sean Farley adds a nice guitar solo run at mid-song soon followed by a solo bass line by Andy Seal. There are no less than 20 guests throughout the CD.
Radio ready and appearing on my “Friends of the Blues Radio Show” this week is the upbeat and humorous fourth track with Bob Margolin on slide guitar, “Then There’s The Truth” (as in “...there’s what you tell me baby, then there’s the truuuuth”).
Ken Wynn plays some delicate guitar notes with Gil Gillis’ mandolin in support of a beautiful sentiment in “Through The Eyes of A child.” The only misstep in this set is an ordinary cover of “House of the Rising Sun.” With the team Kight had behind her, surely they could have written and created one more jewel.
In EG’s own words from the liner notes, “...I can’t think of anything more healing than music. I hope you enjoy this album, and I hope it lifts your spirit and makes you smile. Keep a song in your heart.” From this CD, you’ll have a song in your heart and at least a couple stuck in your head!
Reviewer James “Skyy Dobro” Walker is a noted Blues writer, DJ and Blues Blast contributor. His weekly radio show “Friends of the Blues” can be heard each Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00pm on WKCC 91.1 FM in Kankakee, IL
Editorial Review Amazon.com
She has a distinctive voice. It has a quavery quality that makes some critics compare her to Phoebe Snow. Others hear shades of Patsy Cline in her flinty Southern accent. But there's an element of her idol,
Koko Taylor, in it as well. In fact, Kight's appropriation of Taylor's 'red-hot mama' singing persona, with its growls and moans, is one of the reasons I've never really considered the Georgia singer a very distinctive performer.
Until now, that is. It may seem incongruous, especially considering the title of her new CD, 'It's Hot in Here,' due out next month on MC Records, but there's less of the stereotypical hot blues mama and more of EG Kight on her new recording than anything I've heard from her up to now.
To be sure, there's some of the old Kight the title tune, with its smoking guitar licks, is a good example but she has branched out to other areas with superb results.
The standout track is 'I'm New at This,' a song Kight co-wrote with longtime collaborator Tom Horner. It isn't blues at all, but the kind of country-pop at which Cline excelled. It has a retro, '50-ish feel that suits its lyrics perfectly, and Kight gives it a vulnerable reading that's better than anything she has ever recorded.
Another departure from her standard blues fare is 'Pass the Plate,' a wry look at money and religion:
When they pass the plate
Drop something in, don't hesitate
The more you put in, the better you'll feel
So count your blessings and your dollar bills ...
On 'Sugar,' Kight turns jazzy. The effect is heightened by Doug McMinn's New Orleans-style clarinet an instrument almost totally absent from modern blues recordings.
Early jazz and blues gets an update on Kight's version of 'House of the Rising Sun.' She breathes a surprising amount of life into the ancient tune, recorded by hundreds of performers. (The first, interestingly enough, was made in 1933 by Appalachian singers Clarence Ashley and Gwen Foster.) Much of the song's success is due to sensitive and innovative support from lead guitarist Ken Wynn and Paul Hornsby on the Hammond B3.
Kight employs an impressive array of accompanists on the CD. Though the band changes from track to track, at times it includes Bob Margolin on slide guitar and keyboards, and Greg Piccolo on tenor sax.
'Through the Eyes of a Child' is another non-Kightlike song. It has been adopted by the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, but it's too preachy and utopian for my tastes.
I prefer Kight's knowing, sometimes sardonic take on male-female relationships like 'Then There's the Truth' and 'Southern Woman and a Nawthern Man,' a duet with Sean Farley. They rock, with a feminist beat, like all get-out. --Tuscaloosa News
The Georgia Songbird, EG Kight combines blues and country music in her own unique style. Eleven of the 12 songs on It's Hot In Here were written or co-written by the Grammy Nominated song-writer.
The Critics Have Spoken...
"Kight's is a voice to be reckoned with, no matter the genre." — Sing Out! Magazine
"Kight's beautiful, smoky contralto sounds like Phoebe Snow with a sprinkling of Etta James, with every nuance clean and distinctive... Kight will be an unstoppable force."
— Blues Revue Magazine
"Whenever a blues artist comes along with something fresh and personal to say, it's cause for celebration. Let us now celebrate EG Kight..."
— Taylor Guitars
I Want You Just 'Cause I Want You
It's Hot In Here
I'm New At This
Then There's The Truth
Roses And Promises
Pass The Plate
Through The Eyes Of A Child
Love Me Or Let Me Go
Southern Woman And A Nawthern Man
House Of The Rising Sun
You Can't Take It With You
About EG Kight
Kight was born in Dublin, Georgia to a musically engaging family. She was encompassed by music from the day she entered this world. Her mother was a gospel singer and her grandmother a guitar player. The music was intensified by her grandfather, a southern preacher. By four, EG was singing solo at the church, at 15 she was performing country music at civic events and festivals. Distraught after a teenage heartbreak she penned her first song at 16, a pivotal moment that gave birth to a songwriter. She discovered the ability to grasp the emotion, write about it, put it to music, and tell the story from the heart. The songstress was soon performing on stage with some of country music's greats like George Jones and Jerry Lee Lewis. She was appearing regularly on TNN's Nashville Now in 1989.
Prior to 1995, EG's exposure to the blues consisted mainly of BB King, Bobby Blue Band, Sonny James, and Elvis Presley. That year, she heard an astonishing voice that would leave a lasting impression. For EG Kight, a window was thrown open and Koko Taylor's voice flew in like a hurricane. As a result EG's music took a dramatic turn towards the blues. Her music now crosses many borders that tastefully incorporate jazz, country, southern rock, gospel and funk, but according to Kight, the blues has become the backbone of her music for the past seven years.
EG considers herself a singer first, but her writing abilities are a vital component of her artistry - sharing her words gathered from inspirations of everyday life with the ears of the listener. She wants to touch a feeling or sentiment in every lyric and in every note.
EG Kight is now well positioned in the blues world, honored with three prestigious W.C. Handy nominations in 2004. Her song, "Let the Healing Begin," was selected in the final round of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). EG's songs were chosen for two successful NARM/BMA compilations (Get the Blues! and Get the Blues 2!), each maintaining Billboard chart positions for more than a year. In addition to her own live performances (both solo/acoustic and with her band), EG has shared the stage with such notables as Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Phoebe Snow, Merle Haggard, and Little Feat during the past year.
Takin' It Easy is the fourth CD release for EG Kight on Blue South Records. Consistent with her previous recordings, Southern Comfort (2003), Trouble (2001), and Come Into the Blues (1997), Takin' It Easy includes a combination of eight thoughtful originals and four carefully selected covers. The predominant use of acoustic instrumentation throughout the project gives the listener an immediate sense of simplicity and calm. Known for her passionate and heartfelt delivery of ballads, EG penned "When You Were Mine," a song that can hold up against any timeless classic. Seven more Kight compositions adorn this project which includes "Nothin' Ever Hurt Me," a tale of universal hurt; "Coming Out of the Pain," about recovery from a breakup; and the pleading "Stay Awhile." The clever "Peach Pickin' Mama" and the title track provide EG's signature glimpse into her Georgia roots. EG shares her jazzy side with the swingin' "I Don't Wanna Start Over" and the Ellington gem, "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues." There is no shortage of energy and sophisticated arrangements as evident in her rendition of the Allman's "Southbound," the sassy "I Ain't Got No Business Doin' Business Today," and the opening track, "I'll Believe It When I Feel It." EG masterfully makes the gospel-infused Marc-Alan Barnett tune, "Can't Blame Nobody But Me," her own. For this release EG has employed the talents of guitarist Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), tenor sax player Greg Piccolo (ex-Roomful of Blues), and pianist Ann Rabson (Saffire - the Uppity Blues Women).
Looking ahead, EG Kight is already writing new material for her next project and continues to broaden her fan base by touring nationally and exploring international opportunities.
EG Kight & Blue Alley
This is a recording from the EG Kight & Blue Alley
It was recorded on Nov. 16th at the Fair Cafe in Schortens, Germany.
The song played is "Southern Comfort"