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Memphis in the Morning

  • 1. Drowning on My Feet
    2. Why I Sing the Blues
    3. Memphis in the Morning
    4. S.U.V.
    5. Invisible Man
    6. Tired Arms
    7. I Smell Something
    8. You Belong to Him
    9. I Love the Way You Love
    10. Unconditional Love
    11. Shake Up the Floor
    12. Doing the Best That I Can
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9031

  • Credits
    ProducerDennis Walker; Mem Shannon
    EngineerMatt Martone

    Personnel: Mem Shannon (vocals, guitar); Robert "Rhock" Dabon (piano, keyboards); Joe Sherman (bass); Doug Belote (drums); Dennis Walker (percussion).
    The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone).
    Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Mem Shannon.
    Personnel: Mem Shannon (vocals, guitar); Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone); Robert Dabon (piano, keyboards); Doug Belote (drums); Dennis Walker (shaker, triangle).
    Audio Mixers: John Hampton; Bill Bailey.
    Liner Note Author: Mem Shannon.
    Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN.
    Photographer: Jim Herrington.
    Mem Shannnon has come a long way from his days working as a cab driver. Six years after giving up his hack license, Shannon has four critically acclaimed albums under his belt. His fourth album, Memphis in the Morning, is his most polished effort to date. For Memphis in the Morning, Shannon collaborated with Dennis Walker, the Grammy-winning producer who has worked with artists such as Robert Cray. Shannon has evolved into an outstanding instrumentalist, mixing in blues with a little bit of funk la the Meters. Shannon also brings a hearty sense of humor to his music, singing about traditional topics of heartbreak and loss as well as modern annoyances, as he does on the track "S.U.V." He also has a political edge, which comes through on his cover version of B.B. King's "Why I Sing the Blues," including new verses that attack the state of U.S. politics and education. After listening to Memphis in the Morning, it's easy to understand why Mem Shannon is considered one of the best modern bluesmen around. ~ Jon Azpiri

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (9/01, p.88) - "...With a bag full of witty, insightful observations about life...Mem keeps it typically funky..."
    Living Blues (11-12/01, p.43) - "...This disc illustrates his philosophy wonderfully: from down-home country through 12-bar gospel-soul testifying..."
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