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“I’ve always enjoyed Sandy’s friendship and her deep blues singing when we jam together. I’m thrilled to play on her romantic Christmas song, Please Come Home For Christmas. Sandy inspires me to my best playing. We have musical chemistry and I think you’ll feel her womanly sensuality in all her music.” Bob Margolin  - American Blues News - 

Sandy Atkinson – Collection

Just like many other musical performers, Sandy Atkinson began performing as a child in Church. Her vocal talents are nothing short of extraordinary throughout this disc, but what really stands out to me is the great

songwriting on each of the 21 cuts here. She’s a musician who knows exactly what she wants to do on record, and does it very well.

Where do I start? I guess the beginning. She turns up the intensity from the start with “Let It Go,” and seemingly raises the bar with each track. Some of the better cuts here include “Tired Of The Crying,” “Do You Ever Think About Me,” and vibe of “Takes A Bitch To Rock ‘n’ Roll.” I love her energy on record, as well as the various sides and layers to her songwriting, which dazzles on every cut.

Sometimes, artists try too hard to be different, and the results usually go above the  listeners’ head. Not in this case. Atkinson is simply being herself, and to quote Gleason (Jackie), ‘How sweet it is!”

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"Atkinson commands all bases of blues-based music..."


Sandy Atkinson - Collection

Gator Blues Publishing

21 songs; 78 minutes

Styles: Electric and Acoustic Blues; Blues Rock; Jazzy Blues; Ballads

In the world of collectors, each aficionado has a specific name. For example, philatelists treasure stamps, and numismatists gather coins. What, then, is the proper term for a Tampa FL songstress such as Sandy Atkinson, presenting her latest “Collection” via Gator Blues Publishing? This reviewer has invented a title for her: an “azulist,” from the Spanish word meaning “blue.” Atkinson collects blues songs in all of their artistic varieties: electric, acoustic, blues rock, jazz-influenced blues, and ballads. Her vocals, breathy, raspy and low, are more reminiscent of Macy Gray than Ma Rainey. Fans of that particular singing style will be impressed. Throughout twenty-one original tracks, Sandy reminds us that what makes any collection precious is the uniqueness of each item within it. Just as no two coins or stamps are exactly the same, no two songs are identical on this album. Even though they have been featured on her previous five CDs, devotees will find them worth another listen.

What inspired this new “Collection?” Atkinson candidly explains, “Music is fun and it is my refuge. It will always be my first true love, no matter what happens.”

Songs of note:
Track 4: “Wild Thing”--Subtitled “Mary's Blues.” This is a heartfelt acoustic tribute to a “real blues mama.” Containing slight echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughan's “Life by the Drop,” its rollicking tempo and wicked acoustic guitar (Tomcat Blake) and Dobro (Richard Price) are this song's greatest draws. Forget the Kingsmen classic of the same title; this “Wild Thing” is a totally different animal!

Track 13: “She's Just a Floozy”-- For a sample of the most traditional acoustic-led blues, heed Atkinson's warning. Its track number, 13, is bad luck and perilous, as is its female subject! Sandy minces no words, and spares no sneering in her vocals here: “She's got a reputation for flirting with the men, of going out and staying out, not telling where she's been. I know what I'm talking about....” Blues fans will, too, once they know of this “floozy!”

Track 21: “Blues Christmas Dream.” Just in time for the holiday season comes this whispered twist on a classic Christmas poem: “He tossed and he turned, and he hummed a blues tune. Then he curled up his lips as his fingers started to move. And all of a sudden, with no warning at all, he jumped straight up in the air and just didn't fall! But he reached down the line and he picked up his harp. He started to play like some W.C. Handy star! He played Lightning, Sonny Boy, Howlin' Wolf, too!” Is this track surreal? Yes. Is it intriguing? Also yes! Perhaps, deep down in their hearts, every genuine blues fan wants to have this dream.

If one wishes to see Sandy Atkinson live, one might find her at such Florida venues as Skipper's Smokehouse, Ale and the Witch, and most notably, the Palladium Theater. Before heading down to the Sunshine State, however, one should take a look and listen at her 2011 “Collection!”

"The singer encompasses many musical genres such as blues, rock, soul, folk and even jazz, making her hard to categorize but delightful to listen to.  Atkinson’s smoky and sultry vocals captivate the soul.  Beautifully dynamic, this amazing singer offers something for every type, no matter their style."

Sandy Atkinson & The True Loves ( Tampa area blues queen Atkinson gets soulful, sultry and serious ("Greed & Lust (The Gulf Is Crying)") on the five studio cuts. Eleven live cuts range from solo acoustic numbers to full band blasts. Standouts include Atkinson's take on "Do Right Woman," accompanied only by Dean Germain's piano, and a rowdy workout on "Daddy Rolling Stone."

"Ms. Atkinson's hot and humid vocals coordinate her sultry songwriting skills like garters and silk stockings."

"Sandy Atkinson is a charmer of the red hot mama variety: Piedmont blues"

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Music News, Nashville Review

"Her vocal talents are nothing short of extraordinary throughout this disc, but what really stands out to me is the great songwriting on each of the 21 cuts here."

Read the review: Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

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