Joyann Parker And Sweet Tea review….December 28, 2015….

JOYANN PARKER AND SWEET TEA

ON THE ROCKS

SELF-RELEASED

YOU–WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOU–AIN’T GOT TIME TO CRY–WHAT HAPPENED TO ME–JIGSAW HEART–HIT ME LIKE A TRAIN–FOOL FOR YOU–EVIL HEARTED–CLOSING SOMEONE ELSE’S BLINDS–GO FOR THE MONEY–EITHER WAY

Sweet Tea have been a staple on the Minnesota blues scene since 2012, comprised of four premier musicians.  In August, 2015, they added powerhouse vocalist, composer, and pianist Joyann Parker to front the band, making this now quite a formidable quintet.  They have just released their all-original debut, “On The Rocks.”  It’s a dynamite blend of blues and soul that’s full of bad girls, bad boys, and the things that bring them together, and, ultimately, break them apart.

Joyann is on vocals, piano, and guitar, and is joined by Mark Lamoine on guitar, David Harris on bass, Mick Zampogna on keys and accordion, and Nick Zwack on drums.  Comparisons to Joyann and Ann Wilson of Heart are inevitable, and rightfully so.  Check out her defiant take on the leadoff cut, “You,” where a “silver-tongued” cheatin’ lover gets his walkin’ papers, featuring some fine keyboard work.  She takes the opposite route on “What’s Good For You,” as she tells a lover that “baby, it ain’t me!”

She plays the part of the pained lover, trying to figure out “how a heart chooses its mate” in the poignant ballad, “Jigsaw Heart”  Her stilettos tread the path of the “bad girl,” too, as she states in the jazzy, keyboard-driven tale of a girl who’s “never been no good,” “Evil Hearted.”

We had two favorites, too.  Joyann is the scorned lover waitin’ at home alone while he’s out “Closing Someone Else’s Blinds.”  And, the band goes into full-on Chuck mode in the Berry-riffic tale of Joyann burnin’ her candle at both ends, thanks to “such a bad boy!”  It’s a joyous rocker aptly-titled “What Happened To Me.”

Joyann Parker And Sweet Tea are poised for a serious run at the 2016 IBC’s in Memphis in a few weeks.  They’ll be a part of the Blind Raccoon Showcase during that week, and we wish them well.  We’ll take a double shot of this one, “On The Rocks,” if you please!  Until next time..Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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