Sweet Pea’s Revenge brings southern sounds to Summit
KEYSTONE – Dust off your air guitars and get ready to rock because Louisiana natives are bringing the sounds of the new southern rock to Summit County.Southern band Sweet Pea’s Revenge plays at the Goat at 10 p.m. tonight. “There’s a big wad of people who like what we do,” drummer Stephen Randall said. “And the crowd just gets bigger every time.”
Jim Brown is the singer, songwriter and guitar player of Sweet Pea’s Revenge. Stephen Randall plays the drums, and Andy Mayer plays the bass. Randall describes the music as “Americana rich rock.”The band is based out of New Orleans. It has played just about everywhere and has a name in the southeast states at such places as the House of Blues in New Orleans and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Key West, Fla.
The band has been together about seven years, and Mayer is the newest member, having joined the band two years ago. Sweet Pea’s Revenge has released four albums – three studio and one live recording. It’s most recent release is called “Side Road to Paradise.” Sweet Pea’s Revenge is also the group to see at festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Florida SpringFest in Pensacola and the Steel Pony Biker Fest in New Orleans.As a group, the band creates what they like to call “gutsy garage rock” that draws from influences such as the Rolling Stones, the Black Crowes, Santana, the Allman Brothers, the Meters, the Radiators and Widespread Panic.
The live show features dozens of polished original songs and a few inspired covers of classics such as “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The musicians have played with the likes of Government Mule, George Porter Jr., Delbert McClinton and Galactic, and they are consistently rebooked wherever they play, according to their website.Randall said the group generally plays in the Gulf south where they constantly get a great response, but they’ve added Summit County to their list of venues because they’ve received such a positive reaction to their hip bluesy style here. “We always have a great crowd in Summit County,” Randall said.
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