Review: Them folks at Bonedog Records have done it again with another Staxy Soul/Blues record- this time by Robert Peckman. “Stirrin’ Up Bees” (****) is Peckman’s first disc under his own name but his resume includes singing lead on the disco group Q’s LP “Dancin’ Man”, which had a Top 23 Pop hit with the title cut. buy mu legend zen Prior to this he sang for the groups Mike And Ike and Sparkz. adidas eqt “Bees” kicks off with a Funky slider called “Put It In The Pocket” featuring delicious horns by Don Donohoe & Robert Klein. Irresistible. The hilarious, thesaurus-raiding “Bamboozled” follows with some loose-jointed piano by Jimmy Britton. Still both these winners are trumped by the title cut which includes the uber-clever line describing a date that ended without a “payoff”: “It’s like stirrin’ up bees…and not getting any honey! Like robbing a bank and not getting any money/Like telling a joke that’s not even funny”. Sorry Robert, but good for her! Marry the girl first. Parajumpers Homme I immediately recognized track 4, “A Man Must Stand For Something”. It was first covered by labelmate Billy Price but it’s equally strong here. As a bonus “Bees” features the return of former Stax artist Johnny Daye to sing on two cuts (“Let’s Talk It Over” & “Stop And Take A Look”) though Peckman is a perfectly capable singer on his own.This is gritty, earnest blues-eyed Soul/Blues music at it’s zenith.

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