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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Gulf Coast Recordings artist: Kat Riggins - Cry Out - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Cry Out, by Kat Riggins and it's a cool mix of blues, R&B, pop and soul. Opening with funky, Son of a Gun, Riggins leads the band with attitude. With Doug Byrkit on bass, Brian Zielie on drums, Louis Stevens on keys and Mike Zito on guitar, this is a solid opener. R&B track Meet Your Maker, has a great bass line by Byrkit and a great overall flow with the addition of cool sax work  by Eric Demmer and Fernando Castillo on trumpet, making it one of my favorites on the release. Soul tune, Heavy, has a really nice feel with strong vocals, a warm undercarriage of keys by Stevens and slide guitar by Zito making this an easy selection for radio track on the release. Wicked Tongue is a great showcase for Albert Castiglia who throws down a great flurry of hot riffs in support of Riggins' sassy lead vocals. I love the crunch on Zito's guitar on Burn It All Down, a solid shuffle. Riggins's vocals are strong and with a tight rhythm, Zito lets the dog off the hook with some great guitar work. Wrapping the release is bluesy, The Storm, with gripping vocals by Riggins working nicely in pairing with wailing guitar riffs from Zito. Excellent closer!

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