- Released: September 13, 2005
- Label: Sony BMG Music/Shout! Factory
Description by OLDIES.com:
contributing editor David Wild has called Shawn Amos an "American singer-songwriter of the first order." With this, his third release, Amos chronicles the career of his mother, a club singer in the 1960s. Shawn discovered his mother's professional life as Shirl-ee May only after her suicide in July 2003.
Featuring veteran heavyweights such as Ray Parker, Jr., Gregg Bissonette, and Chuck Findley, Thank You Shirl-ee May contains new songs influenced by various sounds of 1960s American music: from Brill Building pop to old school country to gospel tinged jazz.
- 1.Ladies And Gentlemen...
- 2.Thank You Shirl-ee May
- 3.New York City, 1964 (A Letter Home)
- 4.Bubble Hill
- 5.You're Groovy (For Boy Blue)
- 6.Make It
- 7.The Bottle Always Brings Me Down (with Garrison Starr)
- 8.Getting Over
- 9.(What's) Good Inside
- 10.Dear Lord (with Garrison Starr)
- 11.Bad Timing
Personnel: Shawn Amos (vocals); Garrison Starr, Solomon Burke (vocals); Ben Peeler (guitar, lap steel guitar); Patrick Milligan (acoustic guitar, banjo, bass guitar, background vocals); Clint Bennett (acoustic guitar); Ray Parker Jr., David E. Williams (electric guitar); David Henry (cello); Chuck Findley (trumpet, flugelhorn); Anthony Marinelli (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Mellotron, ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); John Thomas (piano); Roger Len Smith (bass instrument); Tim Landers (double bass, bass guitar); Gregg Bissonette (drums, tambourine); Robert Jolly (drums).
A New York City-based performer who has jokingly referred to himself as a "recovering black male," singer/songwriter Shawn Amos exudes both wit and raw emotion on THANK YOU SHIRL-EE MAY, his remarkably assured Shout! Factory debut. The son of cookie magnate "Famous" Wally Amos, the artist discovered the 1960s singing career of his estranged mother, Shirlee Ellis Amos, only after her death, and wrote this song cycle as a tribute. Boasting a vocal and lyrical style that often recalls Elvis Costello, Amos leads listeners on a compelling journey through musical genres here, touching on funk, folk, chamber pop, rock, soul, and more.