Live at the Variety Playhouse

Live at the Variety Playhouse

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by Shawn Mullins
     
 
Perhaps it's tempting to dismiss Shawn Mullins as a one-hit wonder, as the artist enjoyed one chart-topping single (1998's "Lullaby") before fading away into the ether of forgotten singer/songwriters. On this engaging live release, however, Mullins emphasizes the strengths that have maintained his moderate fan base for years: a rich, worn-in baritone; a knack for

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Perhaps it's tempting to dismiss Shawn Mullins as a one-hit wonder, as the artist enjoyed one chart-topping single (1998's "Lullaby") before fading away into the ether of forgotten singer/songwriters. On this engaging live release, however, Mullins emphasizes the strengths that have maintained his moderate fan base for years: a rich, worn-in baritone; a knack for spinning tuneful narratives; and reverence for his red clay, roots rock predecessors. This is music for Southern highways and Georgia fields, dotted with the characters that occupy both locations, and Mullins receives an appropriately warm response following his hometown performances of "Anchored in You," "Sante Fe," and others. He's a veteran frontman, cracking an audible smile during some of his wryest lyrics ("She was buzzing like a battlefield tracer/She was grinding like the gears on a Pacer") and piloting his band through a mix of alt-country and heartland rock & roll. When presented in this element, playing to his fellow Atlanta natives with an ace band behind him, Shawn Mullins throws off that one-hit wonder stigma with little trouble. "Lullaby" does make an appearance on this disc, but it shows up late in the set, long after Mullins establishes himself as a competent, underrated songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707992329
catalogNumber:
79923
Rank:
1735

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Mullins   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Francine Reed   Background Vocals
Peter Stroud   Electric Guitar
Marty Kearns   Percussion,Hammond Organ
Clay Cook   Mandolin,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Steve Harris   Track Performer
Gerry Hansen   Percussion,Drums
Farrell Roberts   Leader,Track Performer
Brad Syna   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Glenn Phillips   Composer
Pete Droge   Composer
Wilbert Tillman   Engineer
Shawn Mullins   Composer
Marshall Altman   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Russell Carter   Management
Gerry Hansen   Composer
Pat Callocchio   Engineer
Jonathan Whitside   Cover Art

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Live at the Variety Playhouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
suebNY More than 1 year ago
Shawn Mullins travels the country meeting people and writing songs about them. His stories demonstrate his love for unique and unusual types of people, and his humanitarian view of the world. Shawn's voice really resonates with me, it is quite soulful and a little scratchy, and that adds another layer of admiration beyond the subject matter of the songs. And he is an excellent guitarist as well. It is rare to find someone with this amount of talent, and even more rare that the artist is so humble. If you cannot see Shawn live, this CD is the next best thing.