A New Day
“One day I was sailing along/the very next day I was drowning instead,” explains Georgia blues/R&B singer/songwriter EG Kight on the opening track of her first release since recovering from a life threatening bout with meningitis and encephalitis. It’s no surprise that the experience created a change in her songwriting and outlook on life. Thankfully there’s nothing preachy about these songs, and even if the aforementioned “Holdin’ On, “”Don’t Give Up” and “Comin’ Down with the Blues” reference her recent struggles, this remains another terrific entry into Kight’s existing catalog of soul/blues/gospel infused discs that could only have emerged from someone born and raised in the South.
Her rich, soulful voice which, when she moves into vibrato, is reminiscent of Phoebe Snow’s, torchy and powerful. That’s especially evident on slow blues such as the noir-ish “Bad Times,” a co-write with the late Anne Rabson that features a show stopping duet with Greg Nagy. The diverse set shifts from New Orleans second line rockers such as the humorous “Low Mileage Woman,” the rollicking “Let’s Get Down” and the swampy “Misunderstood” to more laid back R&B infused fare like “Can’t Catch the Wind.” The focus, however, remains on Kight’s remarkably expressive voice.
She gets assistance from co-producer and Southern rock veteran Paul Hornsby along with notable regional musicians such as Randall Bramblett, Bill Stewart and Tommy Talton. But this is clearly Kight’s show. She attacks every performance with the passion, determination and resolve of someone who appreciates the second chance in life she got and delivers a powerhouse album that is arguably her finest yet.
EG Kight performs a solo show on Fri. Nov. 14, 2014 at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs and on Sat. Nov. 15 at Darwin’s in Marietta, she hosts an album release party with her full band.