Sweet Pea Atkinson review….November 22, 2017….

SWEET PEA ATKINSON

GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

BLUE NOTE RECORDS

ARE YOU LONELY FOR ME BABY–SLOW DOWN–AM I GROOVIN YOU–AIN’T NO LOVE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY–YOU CAN HAVE WAYTERGATE (FEAT. MINDI ABAIR)–YOU’RE WELCOME, STOP ON BY–JUST LOOKIN’–JUST ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT-LAST TWO DOLLARS–GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

We’ve been fans of Sweet Pea Atkinson from the beginning of his tenure with soul/blues outfit The Boneshakers.  For Sweet Pea’s latest album, he employs the services of guitarist and long-time collaborator Randy Jacobs for “Get What You Deserve” on Blue Note Records.  Seven of the ten cuts were produced by Keb’ Mo’, while the remaining three were done by Don Was, and Sweet Pea’s soul-man’s vocals carry the day.

Leading off is a cut from the Freddie Scott canon, “Are You Lonely For Me Baby,” and brings another Scott hit to life later in the set, a funky one for the ladies in the house, “Am I Groovin’ You.”  Speaking of songs for the ladies, Sweet Pea gets his smooth groove on, explaining to his lover that he’s “tired of being the second guy,” and urges her to “Stop On By, You’re Welcome.”

He pays tribute to some of the best in the bidness on our three favorites.  He shows some love to Johnnie Taylor with the iconic tale of the “lady at the casino,” and her “Last Two Dollars,” and comes out swinging on the hard-hitting, gritty story of “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City.”  The funk sho’ nuff hits the fan as Sweet Pea and Mindi Abair, our favorite “Sax Machine,” get down’n’dirty on a vintage cut from Fred Wesley And The JB’s, the Seventies’ throwback throwdown, “You Can Have Watergate!”

Sweet Pea Atkinson has always loved the soul/blues greats, and that love is all over the cuts that make up “Get What You Deserve.”  His unique voice and delivery puts him in their category, as he can be a crooner or a testifier, doing whatever the occasion calls for.  Fans, enjoy a fine set from a classic soul man!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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