Kat is back!
“Uh oh, fellas. There’s a girl in the boys’ club” … A fitting line for not only the title track of Kat Riggins' new album, but for the project as a whole. Much like Kat’s “Blues Revival” album, “In the Boys Club” is a collage of all things blues. From traditional blues tracks like “Cheat or Lose” or “Kitty Won’t Scratch” to the hard-driving blues-rock of “Fistful O’ Water” and "Johnnie Walker," Kat Riggins encompasses everything she loves about this ever-flowering genre.
This release is meant to be a bold representation of the female presence in this “man’s world.” All twelve songs were penned by Kat and arranged together by Kat and her band to highlight a woman’s strength, humility, resilience, ambition, passion and compassion. This is not just for the blues lover; it's is for all those who love music.
Kat Riggins was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in a household where there was always background music. Because of the wide range of genres in her parents’ collection, Kat developed a love for all types of music from gospel and soul to country and rock and everything in between. "I can remember being in the car with my mom and sister singing along to Tracy Chapman one minute and Chuck Berry the next", says Kat. However, even then, she was drawn to the smoky gritty sounds of artists like Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Denise LaSalle, Etta James, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and the list goes on.
Kat's own musical style is a blend of the blues with hip hop, pop, rock, gospel and even country music. "It's all related anyway", she exclaims. She is inspired by young artists such as Janelle Monae, Karreim Riggins, SyncOpera and ZZ Ward and Andra Day who share in her passion to revive music from the vinyl days. "It's about the raw emotion in every note", Kat says. " If I can move someone to feel what I feel when I sing a song, then it's all worth it". With her own band, Blues Revival, she travels the world with the intent to "wake up the blues one song at a time"!
official website: https://www.katriggins.com
Marty's review: Kat Riggins' new release is nothing short of a contemporary blues masterpiece. Featuring 12 self-penned songs taking in all styles of blues from rootsy traditional to the power of blues-rock, this is a collection of the finest in blues-roots music. With Kat's dynamic vocal delivery and a musical production that is top-flight and thunderous, this is one that delights from start to finish.