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Love Me Like A Man

by Kari Kirkland

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While most covers of this Chris Smither piece, made most famous by Bonnie Raitt in 1972, are performed in a straight-ahead 12-bar blues style, Kari Kirkland has given it a seriously sexy, contemporary jazz twist. "We wanted to present this traditional blues song in a completely fresh style", says vocalist Kari Kirkland. Arranged by 4-time Grammy-nominee Shelly Berg (Arturo Sandoval, Gloria Estefan, Ray Charles), the song is brought to a new life with a cast of incredible jazz / pop legends: Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Diana Krall, Chris Botti), Carlitos del Puerto (Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Stevie Wonder), Dean Parks (Steely Dan, Madeleine Peyroux, The Crusaders) and Brian Kilgore (Daft Punk, ColdPlay, Live, Aerosmith). Kari brings a melted-chocolate, sugar-velvet vocal to elevate the sultry, sensual late-night vibe of this song recorded at Capitol Studios in LA.


These men that I've been seeing, lately
Got their soul up on the shelf
You know they could never love me
When they can't even love themselves
But I need someone to love me
Someone to really understand
Who won't put himself above me
Who just loves me like a man

I've never seen such losers
Even though I tried
To find a man who could take me home
Stead of takin' me for a ride
And I need someone to love me
I know you can
Believe me when I tell you
You can love me like a man

They all want me to rock them
Like my back ain't got no bone
I want a man to rock me
Like my back bone was his own
Darlin', I know you can
Believe me when I tell you
You can love me like a man

I come home sad and lonely
Feel like I wanna cry
I need a man to love me
Not some fool to ask me why
And I need someone to love me
Darlin', I know you can
Don't you put yourself above me
You just love me like a man


released April 8, 2022
Vocals / Producer: Kari Kirkland
Piano, Organ, Arrangement, Producer: Shelly Berg
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Drums: Peter Erskine
Acoustic Bass: Carlitos del Puerto
Percussion: Brian Kilgore
Engineer / Mix: Don Murray
Mastering: Paul Blakemore
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA




Kari Kirkland Palm Desert, California

The selection of songs on Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' cross musical boundaries, ranging from jazz, Adult Contemporary, pop, and blues, with moments of Latin and cabaret. The album features Roy Hargrove, John Daversa, Dean Parks, Kevin Axt, Gregg Field, Brian Kilgore, the Budapest Scoring Orchestra, and Shelly Berg. Engineered/mixed by Don Murray, and mastered by Paul Blakemore. ... more

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