My good buddy Shawn Mullins has a brand new project coming soon ...
It's called "LIGHT YOU UP" and having written some of the songs with Shawn, I ended up getting an advance copy ... the whole project, from start to finish, is crazy good!!!
It's an honor to be part of this project and even more an honor to call Shawn my dear friend ...
Here's a recent 5 star review:
Album Review: Shawn Mullins - Light You Up
Light You Up will be released by Vanguard Records on October 12, 2010.
Shawn Mullins "Light You Up"
Invoking the name of Johnny Cash can easily come off as an attempt to cash
in on the legacy of one of music’s greatest icons (see: Jason Aldean’s
“Johnny Cash”), but the spirit of The Man in Black is corporeal on Shawn
Mullins’ thirteenth studio album, Light You Up.
Haunting album highlight “The Ghost of Johnny Cash” paints the late
country star as a patron saint of the downtrodden, through stunning lyrics
that amount to breathtaking poetry: “Some sinners need their saints to be
survivors of the fall/’Cause when you’re down here on your knees most
angels look too tall,” sings Mullins, in a quiet growl. “So I’ll just
live this life out, dust to dust and ash to ash/With my guide from the other
side, the ghost of Johnny Cash.”
Mullins doesn’t sing of this allegiance to the House of Cash only on
“Ghost.” All of his songwriting-fearless, gritty and plump with stories
about sin and redemption-owes a debt to Cash, Kristofferson and their ilk.
“I turned 17 in the spring of 1861/I killed 20 men ‘fore I turned 21,” he
sings on “Catoosa County,” a breathtaking tale of a young civil war
soldier who would, “Place a hundred million dollar bounty/On the hate that
makes the wars and digs the graves of Catoosa County.”
Mullins’ veracity and eye for detail bring his songs to life in brilliant
color, whether affecting chunks of Americana or more light-hearted fare; the
album’s up-tempos, such as the sex-powered rocker “Light You Up,” are
just as fully-formed as its more thematically adventurous numbers.
Ultimately, however, it’s Mullins’ ability to call forth a spirit, to
capture the hopelessness of an economically battered community (as he does
on “Can’t Remember Summer”), or to make you smell the black powder and
flesh emanating from a Georgia battlefield that are his greatest strengths.
He’s a capable pop star, but an engrossing storyteller.
Wrapped up in sparse, organic arrangements that remind of Cash’s late-life
American recordings, the songs on Light You Up are fresh, incisive and
Light You Up isn’t just captivating-it’s essential.