Artist of the day: Sandy Atkinson
When you think about the blues in Tampa Bay, one of the first names that comes to mind is Sandy Atkinson.
One of the area's most active blues musicians, Atkinson once hosted an hourlong TV show called Gator Blues and News, about blues music. She's a veteran of local festivals like Tropical Heatwave and Dunedin Wines the Blues, and can frequently be spotted performing her own blend of slinky, R&B-influenced blues at venues like the Ringside Cafe and Dave's Aqua Lounge.
Over the years, Atkinson has worked with, and paid tribute to, a number of Florida blues legends in her music. She tapped the late blues harmonica great Rock Bottom to produce her 1999 album Why Baby Why, which contained a song called She Rocked that paid tribute to the late Diamond Teeth Mary. In all, she has four albums of
This weekend, Atkinson will attempt something completely new: Record a live CD. The show will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at the Palladium, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $10-$12. Click here to buy.
"I've never done a live one, so I'm excited about this," she said. "I'll be doing some songs from my other CDs as well as new originals and some covers I like.
Backing Atkinson will be her band, the True Loves, featuring keyboardist and organist Dean Germain, guitarist Cannon Quinn, saxman Frank Bowman, bassist Ben Jammin and drummer Phil Christman, with guests T.C. Carr, Scott Myers and DJ Marvelous Marvin.
Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*