First Listen: Son of Pearl grooves "Black Licorice Ice Cream"

(April 15, 2021) The way that Tedi “Son of Pearl’ Robinson figures it, a man can never go wrong or too far in extolling the virtues, beauty and sensuality of his woman. He often does so by getting in that lane that nods toward 1970s and 80s era funk. And he brings both to the party with this latest record, “Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights It Up).”

The track finds the “Son of Pearl” shifting the funk into a lower, laid back gear that finds him adding an element of blues with some pretty nifty fingering on the guitar. That work is nifty indeed, considering that bass is his main instrument and he’s still trying to figure the six string out. Then too, with the song’s subject matter being a woman who makes the extraordinary appear ordinary, Son of Pearl probably felt the need to step his game up.

(April 15, 2021) The way that Tedi “Son of Pearl’ Robinson figures it, a man can never go wrong or too far in extolling the virtues, beauty and sensuality of his woman. He often does so by getting in that lane that nods toward 1970s and 80s era funk. And he brings both to the party with this latest record, “Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights It Up).”

The track finds the “Son of Pearl” shifting the funk into a lower, laid back gear that finds him adding an element of blues with some pretty nifty fingering on the guitar. That work is nifty indeed, considering that bass is his main instrument and he’s still trying to figure the six string out. Then too, with the song’s subject matter being a woman who makes the extraordinary appear ordinary, Son of Pearl probably felt the need to step his game up.

“Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights It Up)” is a track that is both an homage to the generations of sisters who manage to make juggling the burdens of the world look like a walk in a park, and a warning to brothers that they need to check themselves and make the appropriate adjustments before they think about trying to approach. Son of Pearl said that he wrote the tune as a tribute to all the women of the world, or as he says “there are no Mistahs without Sistahs.” Check out “Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights it Up)” here.

By Howard Dukes

Son of Pearl
“Black Licorice Ice Cream (She Lights it Up)”

 
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