E.G. Kight is a dynamic, gutsy blueswoman. She has an incredible voice -- sometimes sounding like her mentor Koko Taylor and other times resembling the distinctive smooth singing of Phoebe Snow. E.G. (Eugenia Gail) Kight has opened shows for the late Luther Allison, Susan Tedeschi as well as George Jones. Her latest CD, "Come Into The Blues" has everything from electric, groovin' shuffles to sweet soulful ballads that will leave you wanting more!
This CD kicks off in high gear with, "Somewhere in Atlanta," featuring Kight's strong vocals backed up by a powerful team of musicians. There's a wonderful sax solo that mimics Kight's lyrical vocal phrasing. After this rousing tune, Kight leads into a slow, sultry "Unlove You," written by Kight and Tom Horner. Kight slides into her lyrics with emotion, while the horns steam up like something out of an old detective movie. The words, depicting the heartfelt misery of letting go of a lover, spill out with her declaration, "I've learned to unlove you."
Kight co-wrote five of the eleven tunes on this CD. She also plays a wicked guitar. She started playing the guitar at the age of four! She also has one talented group of musicians backing her up...I only wish the CD jacket let us know who played which solos on the various songs. The guitars, horns and keyboards all have their shining moments throughout the CD. Twenty musicians take part in this musical project, and together they serve up one great collection of tunes!
Kight shows her versatility while belting out, "I Don't Care No More" by Ted Taylor. This fun, high energy tune is highlighted by Kight's gravely, powerful stylings...a la Koko Taylor. Her greatest strength, however, comes through in the soulful, more melancholy tunes such as Walt Aldridge's "Bits And Pieces." She has a way of making the sentimental lyrics softly weave into the fabric of your soul. The final cut, Otis Redding & Jerry Butler's "I’ve Been Lovin' You Too Long (To Stop Now)" is dedicated to the memory of Otis Redding and Gus Hardin. The great guitar playing echoes her heartfelt words, as she sings "I've been loving you too long....you've become a habit to me."
After listening to E.G. Kight's solid performance on this CD, "Come Into The Blues," catching more of her music could easily "become a habit to me!"
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