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Shawn MullinsAudio CD
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Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song ... Read more in Amazon's Shawn Mullins Store

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B0012X9KLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All in My Head : The song s theme of self-examination belies the fact that it was written by Mullins and Hansen as a prospective theme song for the sitcom Scrubs. The original 2002 recording was lighter and more uptempo than this powerful new version, in which Mullins delivers an arching falsetto vocal in the chorus. When we FIRST started the recording, I was having a block, and Gerry said, Shawn, I m tellin you, that stuff's all in your head, just like that song we wrote. And I said, Man, we oughta dig that up. The next thing I knew, we were all sitting around working it up in a whole different groove.

Home : The first verse is about my dear friend Melissa Hadley, a musician in Athens and the funniest woman I ever knew, who died at 38 of ovarian cancer. The second verse came to me as I was looking at old pictures of Cabbagetown, a section of Atlanta that was once inhabited by Irish immigrant mill workers. In one photo, there s a boy sitting in front of a dimestore, looking as emaciated as a POW. I got to thinkin that it wasn t that long ago, right here in my hometown.

The Ballad of Kathryn Johnston : Literally ripped from the headlines, the song is about an aged woman living in a crime-infested Atlanta neighborhood who got a gun to protect herself. When intruders broke down her door one night, the woman started firing, not realizing her assailants were police officers, who, it turned out, had targeted the wrong house in search of drug dealers. Reading Dylan s Chronicles inspired me to look for news stories, and this one really grabbed me. So little was said about it because that s how things are in rough neighborhoods, which is what I meant by the line, everything stays the same. But it all changed for me, because I connected with her. Sometimes I don t feel safe, especially after we got cleaned out last year. But we don t have a gun in the house. Even though I ve got a little army in me [after college, Mullins was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve], I don t wanna live that way.

Homeless Joe : There really is a Homeless Joe here in Atlanta, along with Shorty, Blind Bob, Wolf and other strumming, homeless troubadours. They re living through their art, even though their lives are tough, without enough to eat or a place to sleep, and they re viewed as winos on the street. The song is a celebration of those people who are following their bliss, even in the most difficult of circumstances. I ve always connected with them; I see them as modern-day examples of the wanderer.

Leaving All Your Troubles Behind : This is the story of a girl who lives in a town in the North Georgia Mountains where there were once textile mills, but now the biggest industry is trailer meth, cooked up by the grandkids of moonshiners. There are a lot of people in small towns in the South that try to escape, and most of them wind up coming back. But not this girl; she s seen enough to know that s not where she belongs.

Fraction of a Man : A modern-day traveling salesman finds himself in Biloxi, and suddenly it hits him What am I doing with my life? That s a really common thing for a lot of middle-aged American men, who want to follow their bliss and really go for it, but somehow they never do. This one leaves you with a reality check, with the
alcoholism, the loneliness, and the nomadic existence. It d make a bummer of a movie.

See That Train : I love trains. My grandfather, father and brother-in-law all worked for the railroad, and I miss all the stories I used to hear. The song is about a hobo whose girl has left him asleep under a water tower and taken the train to Birmingham. I feel so unhip, because all the stuff I m interested in is

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically Home Again March 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Shawn has been one of my favorite musicians for a long time. Souls Core exposed him to many but Big Blue Sky, Eggshells and Jeff's Last Dance, I,II, and III built a solid foundation for that popular explosion. Shawn comes across as a rootsy, folksy, rocker on disc but his live shows are that much better. My wife and I have seen Shawn lots of times and he remains a grounded, down to earth talent that connects the dots through his songs.
His voice is unique and is perfectly suited for the type of music he delivers on Honeydew. Beneath the Velvet Sun had some high points but it almost seemed as if Shawn was in a slightly foreign land with all the effects money can buy. Here he is back home again. Sure there is a band behind him, but this is a close and intimate recording. Shawns voice and guitar stand out as they should. Jack Nicholson pays the money for Lakers tickets to see Kobe Bryant, not Luke Walton. Here, Shawn is once again the Kobe Bryant on the album. This is uncomplicated musicianship and it is freaking awesome.
If there is ever a time that one would consider music "honest", this is it. The stories define what is Americana and are applicable all across our country. Ironically, just before this was released, after it was recorded, a converted mill in Cabbagetown, now a loft community was struck by a tornado. Yes Cabbagetown is real, the mills were real, and of course, they are almost all lofts now. There is one more great Cabbagetown converted mill story out there just waiting to be a Shawn Mullins song. A firefighter rescued a crane operator from the tip of the crane while hovering over a fire, in a harness from a helicopter, all on live TV several years ago. I can't wait to hear about it on the next album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn is back! April 6, 2008
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This is Shawn Mullin's best album since Soul's Core. The album has a distinct old time feel to it, but it also has a vibrance to attract youth. Mullins is a highly underrated artist, and I would strongly recommend this album to fans of his previous work or someone who is looking for something different from mainstream music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening January 14, 2010
By Longday
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I've been a fan of Shawn Mullins since Soul's Core and have seen him play and met him several times. That said, there are some of his CDs that I listen to rarely, and others not at all.

Honeydew demonstrates his continued development and evolution as a songwriter with pleasing results. While the previous album, 9th Ward Picking Parlor, took genre experimentation to slightly grating extremes (Cold Black Heart), Honeydew delivers evocative snapshots of the lives often overlooked - the homeless, the disenfranchised and the "every man" - weaving them into a seamless tapestry.

Shawn writes for his voice, which has also developed nicely since his early material, evoking the way that life wears on each of us.

Two years after it was released, I still listen to this CD regularly...when I listen to it, it feels going home (though perhaps to a big glass of wine or a whiskey). It's that comfortable, and speaks like a conversation.

It's great to see an artist like Shawn keeping the stories and people alive, and maintaining American musical traditions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Soul's Core September 23, 2009
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I feel in love with Mullin's music on his Soul's Core album, and haven't felt like any of his other albums have measured up to Core. After a long wait, Honeydew comes along and it definitely does measure up. Catchy tunes sung in his mellow voice. Guitar sounds picking in the background. This is one you can sing along with the whole album. If you like Mullins, this is the one you should buy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 14, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique sound February 19, 2014
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If you like the "swampy, bluesy" type music, you'll love this. Extremely easy to listen to and quite toe-tapping at times. it rates right up there with Tony Joe White and Gurf Morlex. Worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musician for America October 7, 2013
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My first exposure to Shawn Mullins was "Beneath the Velvet Sun" (2000). I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of folk, country, blues, and rock; somehow I just never dove any more deeply into his music than that excellent album.

I recently ordered two more pieces of Shawn's work - "Soul's Core" and "Honeydew". Although Soul's Core contains the two hits, "Lullaby" and "Shimmer", I was a little disappointed. That disappointment disappeared when I heard Honeydew.

Shawn's writing and playing are the strongest here of any of these three albums. His voice and style are distinctively American, as are the people and places he describes. I have listened to Honeydew several times through and have not found a clinker in the batch. His guitar playing is spot on, and his matching of subject and style is superb.

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album May 13, 2013
By Jo
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We love this album, it's so down to earth and he tells a story with every song that comes from the heart, some of the songs really touch home. What an artist, I just wish he would come to Australia on a tour, we know so many people that would come along and enjoy his concert, would love him to come to the Palais Theatre in Melbourne Australia!!!!!!
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