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Mem Shannon

Mem is a former 15-year Bourbon Street cab driver who's since released 4 albums worldwide (2 on Rykodisc, 2 on Shanachie). Mem Shannon & The Membership are from New Orleans and while their music is rooted in the blues, it's soaked through with that Big Easy syncopated sound, oozing with funk. They've played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 12 years. They've won or been nominated for a ton of "Best Of" awards for Louisiana music and national blues - including 2 W.C. Handy Award nominations ('96 and '02). Mem emerged onto the scene in 1996 with his first release, "A Cab Driver's Blues" on Hannibal/Rykodisc

I'm From Phunkville

Label: NorthernBlues Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: The Reason; Swing Tiger Swing; Perfect World; Phunkville; I'll Kiss a Pitbull; Battle Ground; The Lights of Caracas (I Didn't Know); Sweet Potato; No Religion; Forget About Me; Eleanor Rigby; Ignant Stick; We Going.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mem Shannon: I'm From Phunkville

Read "I'm From Phunkville" reviewed by Jim Santella

Fifteen years as a cab driver in New Orleans gave Mem Shannon the experience that he needed to communicate effectively with his audience. He's gathered a common ground selection of songs for this latest album so that he can relate to folks from both sides of the tracks: those who've grown up with the “Big Easy" ...


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