Kristie Agee & Big Potential | Use What You Got

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Use What You Got

by Kristie Agee & Big Potential

Kristie Agee & Big Potential's debut CD, "Use What You Got" combines the mighty talents of husband/wife team Roy and Kristie Agee to produce a heaping handful of empowering, horn-driven, "big band blues" tunes that will keep your feet movin' and your soul
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Long Slidin' Thing
3:45 $0.99
2. Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style
3:36 $0.99
3. Big Red Caboose
5:03 $0.99
4. Fat Meat Is Good Meat
2:51 $0.99
5. My Funny Valentine
5:47 $0.99
6. Roy's Blow
1:23 $0.99
7. Meat On Their Bones
3:57 $0.99
8. Built For Comfort
2:59 $0.99
9. Use What You Got
5:09 $0.99
10. When You Wish Upon A Star
5:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Kristie Agee is a powerhouse! With the help of her husband Roy, they have put their collective talents to work in what has turned out to be a wonderful recording. I am honored to be a part of it. Check out the great music!"
~ Jeff Coffin, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones

Kristie Agee & Big Potential's debut CD, "Use What You Got" combines the mighty talents of husband/wife team Roy and Kristie Agee to produce a heaping handful of empowering, horn-driven, "big band blues" tunes that will keep your feet movin' and your soul groovin'. Guided by their burgeoning independent record label, Old King Records, this former opera singer and her trombone-playing husband have cooked up a brew of jazz, blues, big band and funk that not only challenges the boundaries of genre, but also calls for its listeners to be their authentic selves.

Blending influences from Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith to Stevie Wonder and Lyle Lovett, the Agee's have hit a hot note with "Use What You Got". Listening to the opening track, "Big Long Slidin' Thing" you will be transported to a time when big band horns were the norm. The heavy trombone introduction, arranged fearlessly by Roy, leads into Kristie's smokey vocal that spans over two octaves in range.

The next cut, "Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style" is a salute to the jump/swing movement of the 1920s and 1930s. You can't keep yourself from smiling and your toes from tapping as you listen to Kristie's emphatic lament, "Listen sisters/You should wear a smile/Jump for joy just like a child/'Cause Big Fat Mamas Are Back In Style". One excited audience member even declared "Big Fat Mamas" to be "the empowerment song of the new millennium!" Other magnificent moments abound in this effort including the second line treatment of Willie Dixon's blues classic, "Built For Comfort" and the ultra cool title track, "Use What You Got".

Not to be overlooked, however, are the two beloved ballads of the bunch. Kristie and Roy treat "My Funny Valentine" and "When You Wish Upon A Star" with care as they subtlety nudge listeners in the direction of their dreams. Kristie says, “Wherever you are on this journey, get up and enjoy every minute of it. Don’t waste one moment of this precious life. Live your life with abandon, right now, just as you are. Use what you got!”



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Jeanette DePatie

This CD is the BOMB!
Haven't had this much fun since Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows. A big, fat, rockin' sound, this CD is a blast from beginning to end. This CD showcases a bunch of big, big talent and I guarantee you'll have loads and loads of fun. Buy it, put it in the car stereo and head out for a real good time!

Seriously, buy this CD.


Blues Bunny

Big voice, big band style and a real big sound.
An excellent album in a big band, bluesy, swing style that at times is somewhat reminiscent of Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan in their prime. It flies out of the stalls with the opening track “Big Long Slidin’ Thing”, with Kristie’s fine vocals supported by a solid horn backing. Other tracks that will get you jumping are “Big Red Caboose” and Chick Willis’s “Use What You Got”, as well as an outstanding feminine take on Little Sonny’s “Meat On Their Bones. A great fun-time party album.

Mary Ray Worley

Awesome fat sound!
This CD will make you want to jump for joy! It is spirited, original, gutsy, and loads of fun. It will make you feel great about yourself, about music, and about the world. You owe it to yourself to give it a listen and then buy a copy for all the people you love. In The Blues Brothers, when Jake and Elwood are trying to put the band back together, one of their mates tells them that they'll never get that fat sound again. If you're still looking for that fat sound, you have found it in "Use What You Got." Enjoy!


Hot, Down & Dirty, a Big, Bad Sound
Kristie and Big Potential are having a blast and you will too. Sexy Vocals, killer horn arrangements, a real party CD.