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March 1997 the first tremor was The Boneshakers debut album Book of Spells. March 1999 the second tremor is the sophomore release, Shake the Planet. Feel the ground shake! Eager to meet the masses, guitarist/songwriter Randy Jacobs and master vocalist, Sweet Pea Atkinson, hit the road spreading their message and showing the power of funkified rock and soul throughout America and beyond. Many of the tracks on the new record were "road tested" with fans everywhere. Shake The Planet reiterates the magnetic power of the unique musical prowess as only they can achieve "Boneshaker style."
You probably remember The Boneshakers. Previously, the pair lent their talents to Was (Not Was), and have worked individually with everyone from Coolio, Elton John, Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt, to Iggy Pop, Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Ofra Haza.
Randy and Sweet Pea give a full musical spectrum to Shake The Planet, from the big house thunder of "Ball and Chain," "Hand Over Fist," and "Pouring Gasoline On A Burning Man" to the classic soul sound of "Compromise, Communicate,"and the jazz tinged "Livin." Not to forget their roots, "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of the Stream" is a tribute to Tower of Power funk at its best.
Shake the Planet marks the latest chapter in the careers of two musicians perhaps best known for their crucial contributions to the offbeat sound of Was (Not Was) in the 1980s. Their collaboration with Was (Not Was) spanned numerous albums; international tours; and ear-grabbing singles, including the hit "Walk the Dinosaur," which Randy co-wrote with Don Was.
In addition to their pivotal work with Was (Not Was), both Sweet Pea and Randy possess intriguing backgrounds. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, Sweet Pea Atkinson left his 14-year-long job as a Chrysler assembly line auto worker to sing for such Detroit R&B groups as the Exquisites and Energy (while with Energy, Sweet Pea first worked with a then-unknown Detroit producer named Don Was). He has since gone on to sing with greats such as Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson. Meanwhile, Detroit native Randy Jacobs played his first guitar session at the tender age of 13. He eventually joined forces with bass funkmaster Michael Henderson, and co-wrote Henderson's top five R&B hit "Wide Receiver." Randy's authoritative guitar sound has been sought by a diverse group of artists that includes Tina Turner, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bonnie Raitt, Coolio, Willie Nelson, Bruce Hornsby, Seal, and many others.
Feel the tremors for yourself. Randy and Sweet Pea are hitting the road and will bring their unique musical mixture to you. A harbinger of the onstage conflagration, Shake the Planet illustrates mystical properties of rock, funk, and soul. So let The Boneshakers rock your world -- just one go-around on the dancefloor is all it will take to make you a true believer.