LISTEN As “Lullaby” Singer-Songwriter, SHAWN MULLINS, Discusses His Newest Album, “My Stupid Heart”, His Lengthy Career and More!
Posted On 22 Feb 2016
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The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins released his newest album, “My Stupid Heart” on October 23rd on Rounder Sugar Hill.
Produced by Lari White (Toby Keith), and recorded at The Holler in Nashville, Tenn, My Stupid Heart features appearances by Michael Rhodes (bass), Gerry Hansen (drums, percussion), Jerry McPherson (electric guitar), Guthrie Trapp (mandolin, bazouki) and Dan Dugmore (steel guitar.) Mullins was also joined by Chuck Cannon (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Max Gomez (vocals), who helped to co-write several of the songs this release.
My Stupid Heart addresses some of the perceived relationship failures Mullins was experiencing when he wrote this album. The result is Mullins’ most revealing record yet. A collection of 10 deeply personal songs, it explores themes of love and loss. Mullins says, “This record came out of all that; all the feelings, all the heartache.”
Throughout the album, Mullins deftly balances songs of suffering — from the title tune and “Go and Fall,” to the powerful, yet subtle social commentary of “Ferguson” — with songs such as “Roll On By,” which strikes an upbeat note of hope.
There’s humor, too. “It All Comes Down to Love” targets preachers, politicians, the NRA, Wall Street, and street dealers; and “Pre-Apocalyptic Blues” hilariously lampoons the doom-mongers arming themselves against Armageddon. The Levon Helm-influenced “Never Gonna Let Her Go” reveals the thrills of riding that relationship roller-coaster, and even the sigh of resignation that is “The Great Unknown” contains lines so striking, you can’t help but smile at their brilliance and depth.
The theme of this record, he says, is summed up most succinctly by another song title: “It All Comes Down to Love.” In that respect, Mullins says, it’s not all that different from most of his discography, including his last release, 2010’s Light You Up. Mullins has garnered acclaim and amassed a devout fan base with his previous releases, including 1998’s Soul’s Core, the album that shot him to fame on the strength of its Grammy-nominated No. 1 hit, “Lullaby,” and 2006’s 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor, which contained his AAA/Americana No. 1,
Connect with Shawn Mullins:
www.shawnmullins.com | www.facebook.com/ShawnMullinsMusic
Shawn will be performing in Hollywood tomorrow (Feb 23) night at Hotel Cafe so be sure to catch him playing there!
Learn more about Shawn in the following All Access interview:
All Photos Courtesy of Concord Music Group.