King of Hearts

King of Hearts

by King Ernest


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King of Hearts

The title is descriptive of why Ernest deserves a royal title, as his punchy vocals are blues laden with a splash of soul. Also, the title serves as the central theme of the material which runs the gamut of emotions ranging from heartbreak ("Tell Me the Reason," "Better Days," and "Cryin' for My Baby"), doubt ("I'm Not the One"), preference to escape life's problems ("Black Bag Blues"), disgust ("I Resign"), jealousy ("In the Dark"), desire ("Sadie"), and remorse ("Forgive Me"). Ernest's musicians are proven blue(s) bloods, some of them being Paul Bryant (Robert Lucas), "Jimmy Rip" (Mick Jagger), and Lester Butler. Jagger's contribution, "Better Days," was originally slated for one of Jagger's solo albums, but then rightfully deeded to Ernest's pipes. Other well-chosen royal subjects come from songwriters/artists Junior Parker, Charlie Musselwhite, and Hound Dog Taylor. Hats go off to producer Randy Chortkoff, whose bold moves to record Ernest rightfully grants him the throne that's been denied him for far too long.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182608427
catalogNumber: 26084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Ernest   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Bryant   Guitar
Lester Butler   Harmonica
Lee Campbell   Drums
Randy Chortkoff   Harmonica
Andy Kaulkin   Organ,Piano
Tom Leavey   Bass
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Lee Smith   Drums
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone
Zach Zunis   Guitar,Texicali Horns
Jimmy Rip   Guitar
Mitch Kashmar   Harmonica
Pete Kay   Drums
Ronnie Macrory   Drums

Technical Credits

Randy Chortkoff   Producer
Scott Dirks   Liner Notes
Jerry Gordon   Executive Producer
Glenn Nishida   Engineer
Zach Zunis   Contributor
Mark Castle   Art Direction

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