Preston Shannon

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A contemporary soul singer whose songs are mixed with discernible elements of southern funk and blues, Preston Shannon made his Bullseye Blues Records debut in 1994 with Break The Ice. With a voice clearly modelled on Otis Redding, this saw him combine classic soul phrasing with guitar work drawing on the Delta blues style of Albert King. It won over numerous critics, many of whom saw his style as a powerful distillation of the traditions at work behind twentieth-century music in Memphis. The follow-up set, 1996’s Midnight In Memphis, was recorded at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studio with brothers Ron and Willi Levy on production. Featuring a full horn section, the title track was a joint Shannon/Levy composition. Once again, the album provoked critical approbation.

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