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SHAWN MULLINS; with special guest Michelle Malone

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SHAWN MULLINS; with special guest Michelle Malone
Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:30 PM
The Towne Crier Cafe, Beacon, NY
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  • Ticket Price: $30.00
  • Show Type: Americana
After a series of indie record releases, Shawn Mullins’ critical breakthrough came when 1998 “Soul’s Core” album shot him to fame on the strength of its Grammy-nominated No. 1 hit, “Lullaby,” followed by AAA/Americana No. 1 “Beautiful Wreck” from 2006’s “9th Ward Pickin Parlor.” His song “Shimmer” was used in promotion of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and was included on the “Dawson’s Creek” soundtrack. He co-wrote “All in My Head,” which was featured in Episode One of the hit TV sitcom “Scrubs.” Mullins also co-wrote the Zac Brown Band’s No. 1 country tune “Toes.”

Mullins is currently embarking on a recording project in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the release of “Soul’s Core.” He will revisit the music on that album on two new recordings; he is calling this “Soul's Core Revival.” This is not a remix or a remaster of the original, but rather brand-new recordings with new arrangements of the songs – one album will be new stripped-down solo performances, some on guitar, some on piano and maybe one a cappella; and the second will be a new studio recording with his full band, Soul Carnival.

Mullins always performs songs from “Soul's Core” in his live sets, including “Lullaby” (Rockabye), “Gulf of Mexico,” “Twin Rocks Oregon,” “Shimmer” and “Anchored in You.” The song arrangements have evolved through the years as he continues to perform them live and grow as an artist.

In early 2002, Mullins formed super group The Thorns with Matthew Sweet and Peter Droge. Mullins’ most recent album, “My Stupid Heart,: was released in 2015, the theme of which, Mullins says, can be summed up most succinctly by the song title, “It All Comes Down to Love,” the guiding force behind just about every song on the album.

Compared to most musical artists in the Americana genre, Michelle Malone seems like a pair of distressed blue jeans amid a sea of pantsuits. Unlike the surplus of self-professed rootsy rebels, one listen to this woman from Dixie and you know you’re hearing the real thing. Credit Malone with doing things her own way for the better part of the past three decades, and defying expectations in the process.

She’s had her share of success, courtesy of some 15 studio albums, her own independent SBS Records label, numerous top flight film and TV soundtracks, kudos from the critics and collaborations with a remarkable roster of amazing artists, among them, the late Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, Ellen DeGeneres and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Chuck Leavell, the master keyboardist who has backed both the the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers, cited her as “One of the best female vocalists I’ve ever heard.” It’s little wonder that Guitar World once hailed Malone as “Equal parts guitar slinger and sweet songstress, with masterful lyrical introspection – sublime to raucous.”

A singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer whose music is informed by blues, roadhouse rock & roll and Georgia soul, Malone’s stunning and stirring new album, “Slings and Arrows,” pushes the parameters even further. It’s upbeat, defiant and jubilant, flush with the raw energy and emotion that’s always been a part of her signature sound all while nudging her deeper into some personal territory she hasn’t explored before. Malone deals with issues that have been burned into her psyche and affected her deeply. These songs speak to desire and disappointment, optimism and awareness, all with a driving and fiery conviction.

$30 advance/ $35 at the door