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I'm From Phunkville
(Northern Blues Music NBM0029)
Review Date: October 2007
by Arthur Shuey
Subject to both the clarity and restrictions inherent in self production, this is the late night cab driver's tour of “Phunkville,” a place the listener osmoses as Shannon's destination when he's operating under the influence of his music. The nice thing about it is that it's a groovy place, swingin', happenin'; a place to drop your “Gs” and lose your keys, a place close enough to the real world to have funk, but distant enough for the word to have a different spelling.
On to some Phunkville landmarks – It's a small town, you see, but deep. Of the thirteen tour stops (songs) here, thirteen are colorful. Shannon's soulful voice is big enough to front some hefty ensembles. Several cuts are no less than intense. Lyrics range from poignant (“Forget About Me”) to playful(I'll Kiss a Pit Bull). “Eleanor Rigby” is played with rather than played, which is one way to handle covers. It can be interesting.
In general, it's a translation piece between Reality and Phunkville, and also between blues and soul. If you care for either musical genre, I think you'll like this CD.
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