She brought her Blues Revival Band with her as well as special guest fiddle player Ilana Katz Katz. Ilana had never played any of the original material that Riggins played that night. That's not an easy task to pull off. Learning material extremely quickly is one of the hardest parts of being a professional musician. When Ilana revealed that she hadn't played most of the songs before, the crowd was very surprised to hear that, which shows how well she pulled it off.
The clear standout musician in her band was bass player George Caldwell. He has everything you'd want in a bass player. I thought that he was terrific, and he deserves to be recognized. He is definitely the unsung hero of the band.
I really felt that guitarist Peter Roland has a true understanding of the blues. He knows what the genre is about, and he plays from the heart. I just found his playing to be a little bit too loud. Other than that, I thought Roland was excellent.
I thought that drummer Cameron Lewis was also very good. I think that Lewis threw in too many ghost notes that weren't needed. However, Lewis has the ability to play to a room. That is a huge blessing to have in a drummer.
A clear highlight of the night was Riggins' cover of "It Hurt So Bad" by Susan Tedeschi. In my opinion that's one of the hardest blues songs to cover. Very few people can sing that song with the soul that Tedeschi did. Riggins' version is by far the best I've ever heard besides the original by Tedeschi. Kat sang it with so much soul it's impossible to describe. She makes you feel her pain, it's amazing.
Kat's song "Hear Me" was another big highlight. She sang part of it without the microphone and poured her heart out. I just wish she did the part without the microphone for another minute. If she did, it would've brought me and a lot of other people to tears. Her voice is unbelievably powerful. How her gigantic voice fits in her body is a mystery to me.
Something really interesting that Kat can do is make herself look much taller on stage than she is in real life. I assumed she was about 5'4" or 5'5" from the videos I saw of her. In reality she's only about 4'11" tall. I don't know how she does it because she doesn't wear heels on stage.
If Kat Riggins' career breakthrough was in the 1960's, she'd be seen as one of the greatest soul singers of all time. She is one of the best in the business. She has everything you'd want in a performer. She has incredible talent, stage presence, she's a great performer, and she's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
There are two types of music listeners in the world: Those who are fans of Kat Riggins and those who've never heard of her. And for those who haven't heard of her, check her out. One of the best undiscovered soul singers out on the market. Kat Riggins is a must see performer. If she's in town, go see her. You'll thank me later.