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Mem Shannon
MEMPHIS IN THE MORNING
(SHANACHIE)

Its been six years since Mem Shannon traded his cabbies license for a full-time gig behind the wheel of a crisp, old-school New Orleans blues and soul band. It was a good move Shannon commands a lively and fluid guitar sound and a distinctive, molasses-rich voice. But in most ways hes a common man, dedicated to what he calls the three Fs family, fishing, and funk. And though hes unfailingly and endearingly sincere, a few of the tunes hes chosen to include on his fourth CD " You Belong to Him " and the title track, in particular veer toward maudlin. Still, his down-home spunk and soul come through on the amusing " SUV, " which finds the former cab driver doing battle on the road in his 71 Maverick. And his band, the Membership, joined here by the punchy Memphis Horns, suit his stylings fine just as long as he sticks to the funk, which he probably should have done a little bit more of this time around.

BY BILL KISLIUK

Issue Date: July 5 - 12, 2001





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