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Mem Shannon

Live: A Night At Tipitina's

(NorthernBlues Music; US: 10 Jul 2007; UK: 10 Sep 2007)

Recorded in his hometown of New Orleans, Mem Shannon is trying to bring the blues back to a town that has had more than its fair share of troubles. And Shannon has the chops to make the most of the opportunity with “Smell Something” being a funky, elongated groove. The album truly takes off in the vein of Robert Cray and other quality bluesmen when Shannon gets into the rolling blues of “No Religion”. While there are no real highlights, the remaining selections are strong with the horn-laced “Who Are They?” and the particularly poignant “All I Have”, which talks about returning home to a New Orleans full of nothing but debris. But perhaps the biggest surprise is how well executed his cover of Tom Petty’s defiant “I Won’t Back Down” comes across. Then Shannon closes the record out with two lengthy jams including “Voodoo” which has its mojo working.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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