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Cab Driver's Blues
Mem Shannon
Cab Driver's Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
 
Shannon really was a New Orleans cabbie when this CD was made, and his concept of interspersing conversational snippets from some of his fares between his autobiographical blues vignettes is inspired. Fortunately, he also ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mem Shannon
Title: Cab Driver's Blues
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Release Date: 10/3/1995
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Regional Blues, New Orleans Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257138727, 031257138765, 4015698888720, 031257138727

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Shannon really was a New Orleans cabbie when this CD was made, and his concept of interspersing conversational snippets from some of his fares between his autobiographical blues vignettes is inspired. Fortunately, he also has the talent to take it beyond novelty status. Combining unhurried guitar picking with a burly, dialectically southern voice that's just right for his beleaguered everyman persona, Shannon's abiding strength is his funny, incisive compositions. His lyrics carry the gift of gab, from the woman who "bought Cadillac hubcaps for earrings/and a dress lit up like a Christmas tree" on "My Baby's Been Watching TV," to the conversational father-son rapport that resonates through "Play the Guitar Son." Shannon's offhand poetry deepens what would otherwise be a competent arsenal of blues skills. He's the sort of character who drives around with the weight of the world on his shoulders that he can temporarily get rid of with a single shrug. --Britt Robson

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CD Reviews

Mem's Most Memorable Album
Chip Cella | Wallingford, CT USA | 07/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This was a real surprise when I first heard it. In between some great gutiar riffs and new songs,not retreads, are some "Taxi Cab Confessions" which are quite amusing. The sound is a bit raw but certainly works with the over all feel of the album. Mem's songs have a gritty feel to them and its a great cruising album. But what would you expect from a former cab driver. This album is good but his second album is even better."
Good Blues
B. Berger | NEO | 06/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Unique album; songs interspersed with dialogue recorded when artist was a taxi cab driver. Some of the dialogue is r rated. Great blues songs"