Shiver and Sigh

Shiver and Sigh

by Kara Grainger


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Shiver and Sigh

She plays slide guitar and sings soulfully, so comparisons to Bonnie Raitt are perhaps inevitable for Kara Grainger and, truth be told, they do hold some water; they share a common vernacular and some interests, grounded heavily in the blues but reaching beyond that into R&B, soul, and rock, and they're both skilled interpreters as well as accomplished songwriters. Nevertheless, a quick listen to Shiver & Sigh, Grainger's second album, will reveal the differences. Grainger isn't as flashy a guitarist as Raitt and, more importantly, she's prefers a groove that's nearly as sultry and supple as her voice. This is music that doesn't scream; it insinuates, slowly building to a boil. Grainger lays back, both as a singer and guitarist, and that restraint is alluring, as it slyly commands attention. Grainger wrote a good chunk of the album, punctuating the originals with covers of Robert Johnson's classic "Come on in My Kitchen" and Al Jackson's "Breaking Up Somebody's Home," along with several other versions of newly written soul-blues songs, and the whole thing feels of a piece: it's all slow-burning soul-blues. Grainger doesn't indulge herself -- her leads are clean and efficient, her singing never burdened with excess grace notes -- and that's why Shiver & Sigh elicits the responses of the title: everything is delivered just right, so it's easy to succumb to its cool sensuality.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Eclecto Groove
UPC: 0850021001780
catalogNumber: 514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kara Grainger   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Mike Finnigan   Keyboards
Josh Sklair   Rhythm Guitar
Jimi Bott   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
James Gadson   Drums
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Kirk Fletcher   Rhythm Guitar
Paulie Cerra   Saxophone
Mitch Grainger   Harmonica
George Stanford   Trombone
Paul Litterall   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Randy Chortkoff   Executive Producer
David Z.   Producer,Engineer
Robert "P-Nut" Johnson   Composer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Bruce McCabe   Composer
Wayne Perkins   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Andrew Murdock   Engineer
Kevin Bowe   Composer
Paulie Cerra   Horn Arrangements
Ben Rosen   Engineer
David Spreng   Engineer
Kara Grainger   Composer
Mike Zito   Composer
Joshua Temkin   Artwork
Mike Lee   Engineer

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