9th Ward Pickin' Parlor

9th Ward Pickin' Parlor

by Shawn Mullins


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The Ninth Ward referred to in the title of the latest release by erstwhile singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins is the New Orleans neighborhood where he recorded the disc -- before Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. Other than a cover of the classic "House of the Rising Sun" -- which builds intriguingly from mournful acoustic beginnings to a full-throttle electric outro -- he doesn't delve all that deeply into the Crescent City's innate sound. He does, however, capture its restless spirit, calling on previously untapped influences such as gospel (the bedrock of the insistent "Faith") and medieval British folk (which imbues the mandolin-laced "Cold Black Heart" with a palpable sense of portent). Fans who came to know Mullins's work through his hit "Lullaby" will find a few things to like here -- notably "Blue as You," which was co-written by his Thorns bandmates Pete Droge and Matthew Sweet -- but for the most part, the disc eschews pop convention to document Mullins's explorations of the roots of American music. To his credit, he not only manages to excavate some fascinating stuff but also to put enough personal spin on the unearthed material to make it his own.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707980722
catalogNumber: 79807
Rank: 149022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Mullins   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rob Gal   Electric Guitar
David LaBruyere   Electric Bass
Kenny Malone   Conga,Cymbals,Bells,Djembe,Rainstick
David Patterson   Electric Guitar
Peter Stroud   Electric Guitar
William Tonks   Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Mike West   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Choir, Chorus,Banjolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Brandon Bush   Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Glenn Matullo   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Leahy   Vibes
Rob Henson   Upright Bass
Matt Mangano   Electric Bass
Gerry Hansen   Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Shaker,Hand Drums
Chuck Hoseman   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Matthew Sweet   Composer
Pete Droge   Composer
Russ Fowler   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Shawn Mullins   Composer,Producer
Mike West   Engineer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Marshall Altman   Composer
Glenn Matullo   Engineer
Robin Geary   Photo Stylist
Traditional   Composer
Clay Cook   Engineer
Stephen Brower   Marketing
Gerry Hansen   Engineer
Shannan Shepard   Photo Stylist

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9th Ward Pickin' Parlor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for the "Beautiful Wreck" track and was blown away by the entire CD. He mixes the energy well: solemn, soulful, steering-wheel thumping ("Cold Black Heart"). Love "Blue As You." It's a good thing this isn't on vinyl or I would be wearing out the grooves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long wait Shawn's first album with Vanguard is classic Shawn. Lots of string instruments and of course ,the unmistakable voice. Shawn is a great story teller with his music and this album contains songs for the folk music lover as well as a few we should hear on the radio.