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Posted on Saturday, August 04, 2007 @ 01:16:57 UTC
Artist: Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat
CD: The Kitchen Sink
Home: Los Angeles, California
Quote: "Sean Wiggins proves to be one eclectic cowgirl throughout this CD, and listeners will be glad that she decided to throw in the kitchen sink."
By Dan MacIntosh
Sean Wiggins is dressed like a true cowgirl on the cover of The Kitchen Sink. She’s got the hat, the Levis, and the boots. So you might expect this CD, which was cut with her band Lone Goat, to sound like a real hoedown. But a gander at Wiggins’ MySpace site reveals that her influences include Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, and Tina Turner. Notice anything un-country about this group? That’s right, there’s not a hat act in the bunch.
A key to Wiggins’ story can be found on her website, where it states that she was born in New York City, before settling in Los Angeles. “Sean Wiggins has honed her skills as a rock/country goddess with a blues edge.” I tend to see that description a little differently; she sounds to me like a blues mamma, with a touch of twang. But that’s all semantics anyhow.
Wiggins is a girl brought up in the country but raised on soulful rock & roll. And the first two tracks on this CD, “Into The Blue” and “I’m Not Your Maid," bring out Wiggins' soulful side. But “Watchin’ the World Go By," which bemoans the high cost of living these days, is a toe-tapping, country tune. Wiggins sings it nicely, with just a slight yodel in her voice. But she’s back to her soul sister ways with “Crazy," which is a pumping bass and guitar workout. “I might be crazy,” she states during this one, “but I’m feeling fine.”
I particularly like the track “Taking It Slow." Backed by unobtrusive acoustic guitar, Wiggins sings about the wisdom of taking it easy. It’s one song where the sonic perfectly matches the lyric.
With its soul shouts, country weepers, and ballads, this CD has a little of everything. “There is no rhyme or reason to the style of the tunes,” Wiggins states in the liner notes. “We threw in everything…including the kitchen sink.” And for what it’s worth, that lone goat shows up pictured inside the CD booklet.
The lone goat band includes Paul Houston on electric and slide guitars; Todd Connelly at the bass; and Robert Dill holding down the drums. Sylvia Owens also adds bass to “More," and Jim Patterson is the bassist for “Crazy." This disc also sports a few guests. These include Linda Kodaira, who plays violin on “You Done Me Wrong”; Candler, who adds percussion to the acoustic version of “Watchin’ the World Go By”; and Jeddrah Schmit, who provides backing vocals for “Whole Enchilada."
Wiggins is not only a vocalist to be reckoned with, but she is also a writer. She wrote eight of these twelve tracks, and collaborated on four of them. Her guitarist, Paul Houston, helped her produce it.
Sean Wiggins proves to be one eclectic cowgirl throughout this CD, and listeners will be glad that she decided to throw in the kitchen sink.
Artist Website: http://www.seanwiggins.com
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