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The Preston Shannon Band


The Preston Shannon Band - Break The Ice - 1994 - Rounder/Bullseye

Preston Shannon is a very underrated vocalist and guitarist whose vocals are reminiscent of Bobby Womack and Otis Redding. His guitar technique evokes the sounds T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, and Albert King. As soul blues music goes, the album is on a different level. Everything about this album is good, and it's HR by A.O.O.F.C. Buy Preston's great "All in Time" album for more inspiring Memphis soul blues. Preston's "Midnight in Memphis" album can be found @ PRSHANN/MIM


Trouble - Niko Lyras, Joe Mulherin (3:04)
Break the Ice - Niko Lyras, Joe Mulherin (3:51)
You're the One - Jimmy McCracklin, Robert Geddins (3:46)
Have Your Woman Ever Loved You So Good - A. Adams (3:56)
I Got Everything I Need - Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, A. Isbell (4:07)
Beale Street Boogaloo - Preston Shannon (3:21)
Put a Dollar in Your Pocket - Oscar Perry (3:45)
Forty Days and Forty Nights - Bernard Roth (3:43)
Looking for a Love - James Alexander, Zelda Samuels (3:33)
I Got Somebody - Jimmy McCracklin (2:52)
Crosscut Saw - R.G. Ford (4:21)
You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - unknown (3:10)


Preston Shannon - (Guitar), (Guitar Rhythm), (Vocals)
Stephen Hines - (Bass), (Percussion), (Vocals Background)
Archie Turner - (Piano)
Billy Ross - (Organ)
Claude Franklin - (Drums)
Andrew Love - (Saxophone)
Wayne Jackson - (Trombone), (Trumpet)
Rusty McFarland, Lynn Hines, Darby Hicks, Jr. - (Percussion), (Vocals Background)


Memphis-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Preston Shannon delivers soul-filled vocals atop his burning, venom-tipped guitar chords. His voice is deep and guttural, and he's a veteran of hundreds of live club shows and recording sessions as a sideman. Shannon's specialty is a blend of Southern-fried soul and blues, and his albums and live shows — always with a horn section — are an eclectic mix of danceable, grooving tunes and slow, soulful ballads. Born in Olive Branch, MS, Shannon's family moved to Memphis when he was eight. Although his Pentecostal parents didn't initially accept his fascination with blues music, they eventually did when they saw how serious he was about pursuing the music for his livelihood. Shannon served as a member of a popular '70s bar band Amnesty and played in a succession of other Memphis-area bands while working by day for a hardware company. Finally, he decided to play music full-time when he landed a spot in soul-blues belter Shirley Brown's band. It wasn't until 1991 that he put together his own band and began playing the clubs on Beale Street and other places. In the early '90s, he was discovered playing in a Beale Street blues club by producer/keyboardist Ron Levy, who brought Shannon's talents to the attention of executives at Rounder Records. Shortly afterwards, in 1994, his first widely distributed recording was issued on the label. Shannon has recorded three albums for the Rounder Bullseye Blues subsidiary, Break the Ice (1994) Midnight in Memphis (1996), and All in Time (1999). All three albums more than adequately showcase his talents as a singer who can alternate between uptempo, gospel-inspired numbers and slower, soulful love songs and ballads. Shannon's guitar playing contains echoes of the Kings, Albert and B.B., T-Bone Walker, and some of the rhythmic sensibilities of Little Milton Campbell. For many years a homebody who couldn't be heard much outside the Memphis city limits, Shannon has done some road work in recent years, traveling to blues festivals around the U.S. © Richard Skelly & Al Campbell, allmusic.com, http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wpfixqegld6e~T1


A.O.O.F.C said...


p/w aoofc

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A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks,GP (No.1). Whats the weather like in Ba?

Anonymous said...

thanks - steve.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Steve. Thanks 2U also. ATB