Date(s) - February 18, 2024
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
128 W Broadway Ave
The Smoky Mountain Blues Society
KAT RIGGINS & her Blues Revival
at Bluetick Tavern, Maryville TN
On Sunday, February 18th, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Bluetick Tavern will be pleased to present KAT RIGGINS & her Blues Revival.
Tickets cost $20 for SMBS members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 4 pm and the performance will run from 5 pm – 8 pm.
Bluetick Tavern has a wonderful selection of food, beer, and liquor available to purchase and is located on 128 W Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37801
KAT RIGGINS BIOGRAPHY
Kat Riggins was born Katriva Riggins in Miami, Florida on February 7, 1980. She 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.
She was drawn to the smoky gritty sounds of artists like Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, Denise LaSalle, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Mavis Staples, Tracy Chapman, Janis Joplin and the list goes on. She grew up singing in local programs, church events, and family gatherings with her sister and cousins. At age 23 Kat landed a gig singing jazz and blues standards in a small lounge in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with the accompaniment of only a piano player. Fast forward to today, and she has since performed with extraordinary musicians throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, the U.A.E., the Dutch Antilles and Europe.
In 2018 and 2019 Kat was featured in the Johan Derksen Keeps the Blues Alive tour, which stole the hearts theatre goers in sold out shows throughout The Netherlands. She has also appeared on two of the highest rated prime time television shows on Dutch TV (Voetbal Inside and PAUW) where she mesmerized millions of viewers and helped to introduce the Blues to hordes of new fans!
Kat’s own musical style is a blend of the Blues with elements of all of the genres born from it. Aside from the hip shakin’ fun stuff…Kat writes songs that hope to uplift, enlighten and inspire. Her approach is refreshing and unapologetically authentic.
With her first two works (an EP called “Seoul Music” and an original album called “Lily Rose”), Kat penned each song with subtle hints of her love of the blues. Her follow-up album, aptly named after her movement “Blues Revival”, however, is a loud and proud declaration of that love!
“Blues Revival” is a clever mash-up of Gospel-Blues, Blues-rock, Blues- soul, funky Blues, contemporary and traditional Blues, with BLUES being the operative word! Her third album (“In the Boys’ Club”) is an homage to the Blues women who came before her, a shout out to those who walk beside her and encouragement for those women in Blues who will come after.
In January of 2020 Mike Zito and Guy Hale welcomed Kat Riggins to their Gulf Coast Records family! Kat’s debut album on the record label earned the artist her first Blues Music Award nomination. In addition to the BMA nod for Contemporary Blues Album, the “Cry Out” project won Kat two Independent Blues Awards (Contemporary Blues Album and Contemporary Blues Band) and it continues to receive rave reviews! Kat was honored to score her 2ND BMA nomination the following year for Blues Soul Artist female!
Kat’s second release on the label, “Progeny”, debut at #13 on the Billboard Blues charts to critical acclaim! The album got Kat her first Blues Blast Awards nomination and 5 MORE Independent Blues Award nominations! Progeny continues to be well received worldwide, and is said to be the singer- songwriter’s best to date, by critics and fans alike. With these and albums to come, Kat Riggins’s Blues Revival Movement endeavors to be a part of this musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind Blues music!
“The diminutive Ms. Riggins may be small in stature, but she’s blessed with a powerhouse voice that will grab listeners.” Graham Clarke
“Not unreconstructed but not modern just for the sake of it…The spiritual granddaughter of Koko Taylor and southern blues show bands; Riggins has the stone cold knack for hitting it out of the park that would make all the blues greats before her quite proud.” Midwest Records
“A petite vocalist with a potent delivery and electrifying voice, Kat Riggins holds nothing back…” Blues Blast Magazine
Interview: Who is & what is Kat’s music about: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=253765670841246&ref=sharing
Interview: Live impression of her show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt7SVZz77Eo&t=320s
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zepplin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UJtuss-TAc
Interview, Rising Star https://voyagemia.com/interview/rising-stars-meet-kat-riggins-of-we-are-mobile/
Kat Riggins and Marquise Knox: http://www.elmoremagazine.com/marquise-knox-and-kat-riggins
Rootsville, Album Review: https://rootsville.eu/2020/album%20reports%202020/reports/kat%20riggins.html
“Support LIVE music, because if you don’t… eventually you’ll have to
settle for YouTube alone. It’s just NOT the same.”- Kat Riggins
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