Reggie P. released a pair of obscure albums ("Who Am I", "Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife" ) before his third album "Why Me?" became extremely popular in the South; elevating him to one of top Southern Soul artists. He dubs himself the "Bad Boy" or "Rude Boy" of Southern Soul.
Reggie P died in his sleep in April of 2011.
"Who Am I?" (Avanti 2000)
1. Let's Start All over Again
"Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A Housewife" (K.O.W 2005)
1. Can't Turn A Street Woman Into A
"Why Me?" (Allison 2006)
1. Why Me?
"Your Love Is A Bad Habit" (Rude Boy 2008)
***1/2 P's last full length, "Why Me?", is still selling well after 2 1/2 years- especially in his habitat Louisiana. Without much hype or promotion P has managed to climb up the southern soul mountain via a couple regional hits and word-of-mouth about his soulful vocals. Album number 4 "Your Love Is A Bad Habit" may only have seven actual songs (plus 1 remix and a glorified intro, "Witness") but most deliver, staring with the buoyant "I've Got That Feeling"; a serious nod to Sir Charles Jones and a surefire hit. Better though is the bluesy title cut, an emotional ballad with an impassioned vocal. The cut appears in two versions- one without a rhythm section and one with. Perhaps the former packs a harder punch. Pure Bobby "Blue" Bland if you ask me. The downhome Blues "Motel 2" meanwhile tips it's hat to ZZ Hill
The cat can sing a soulful ballad too evidenced by the Lenny Williams-like slowies "No More Tears" and "Unforgettable Dreams". The former has a particular strong refrain. Here's to hoping for more songs and a full band behind next time.
"Reggie P (The Rude Boy Of Southern Soul)" (Rude Boy Ent. 2010)
1. Enough Is Enough