I'm From Phunkville

I'm From Phunkville

by Mem Shannon


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I'm From Phunkville

For his fifth album, Mem Shannon continues the mix of funk -- well, soul, really -- and blues that's been his trademark. Along with his own work, he turns in a delightful, heartfelt and bluesy cover of "Eleanor Rigby" that does full justice to the song and adds a tasty midnight-tenor sax solo from Jason Mingledorff. On the way to that cut, there's plenty of meat, like the opener, "The Reason" and "Perfect World," both of which bring political overtones to soul, and the humorous "I'll Kiss a Pitbull" whose spoken opening harks bark to the quiet storm years of soul music in the 1980s. Shannon doesn't exercise his powerful guitar chops a huge amount on this disc, but at this stage he doesn't need to; a decade into his recording career he has nothing to prove. But when he does crank it up, as on "No Religion," it's obvious he means every note. Instead, it's his singing that's front and center, and he's never sounded better, with more depth and resonance in that warm voice. The closer, "We Going," has his guitar sounding more than a little like B.B. King, his most obvious blues influence, but the horns give the whole piece a Memphis swing and he leaves on a good workout. Once again, Shannon hits the bullseye.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
Label: Northern Blues
UPC: 0809509002924
catalogNumber: 29

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mem Shannon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Robert Dabon   Keyboards
Billy Martin   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Barney Floyd   Trumpet
Jason Mingledorff   Clarinet,Saxophone,Soloist
Doug Belote   Drums
Michael Ian   Bass
Josh "The Little Kid" Milligan   Drums
Tyrone Pollard   Background Vocals
A.C. Gayden   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Mem Shannon   Producer,Audio Production
Jason Mingledorff   Horn Arrangements
Adam Sloat   Executive Producer,Art Direction,Management
Chris Finney   Engineer
Jimmy Glickman   Executive Producer
Jay Stakelon   Art Direction

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