9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor CD by Shawn Mullins

by Lynnette

CD Reviews, Music And Songwriters, Shawn Mullins

Shawn’s new record, 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor is an acoustic-based CD named for the New Orleans home studio where most of the album’s acoustic tracks were cut.

Owned by friend, songwriter, musician, and producer Mike West, “the house was located on Dauphine Street by the levee. Mike made it out of the city before Katrina, but the studio is a total loss.

 –Shawn Mullins press release

More About Shawn’s New CD

The first release from the album, “Beautiful Wreck” is doing quite well on the charts.

According to SoulsCore.com (Shawn’s kick-butt fansite): “Generally Shawn has been popular on the “Triple A” format stations: Adult Album Alternative, otherwise known as “Triple A”, is an eclectic format that blends rock, folk, blues and world music among other genres.

According to Shawn on 4/4/06:
“Things are going good. Beautiful Wreck is moving up the AAA charts and the label is asking if I would interesting in making a video – always a good sign.”

Reviews of 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor

I bought Shawn’s new CD, 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor the other day, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since.

It’s getting very good reviews, too:

And we thought they didn’t make ’em like this anymore. Occasionally, though not often enough, a singer-songwriter comes along with a sound so pure and a talent so rare the listener can scarcely believe it. Shawn Mullins is such an artist, and his latest CD, “9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor,” is brilliant.

— Tucson Citizen
Shawn Mullins picture (c)2005 Vanguard Records

[He’s] a seasoned veteran. “9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor,” Mullins’ new album, isn’t likely to return him to the stratospheric days of “Soul’s Core, “which suits him just fine. But it does herald a new chapter in Mullins’ career — from a million-selling pop fixture to a seasoned songwriting veteran, one with more modest sales but a corresponding increase in artistic freedom and growth.

— The Sunday Paper

From Shawn himself:

Mike [West] played all over my Soul’s Core album, and I love the sounds he gets on his own records,” Mullins said. “I wanted that same, raw, unpolished sound for my new project, and luckily Mike had a week open. So I packed my things and together with my tour manager and my dog Roadie, some guitars and dog food, we headed west on I-10. We hit the brakes at the corner of Jourdan and Dauphine, in the heart of the 9th Ward in New Orleans. The Pickin’ Parlor stood about one block from the Industrial Canal in a 100-year-old shotgun house. I tracked about half the album there, mostly the acoustic cuts. And like the rest of the record, I aimed for that ‘old school’ vibe. No loops or samples, live instruments only. If a note isn’t perfect but the overall performance is there, that’s what we kept.

— Shawn Mullins
Shawn Mullins photo (c)2005 Vanguard Records

More About Shawn Mullins

Be sure to check out Shawn’s MySpace page to hear several of his songs! There’s an incredible acoustic version of Lullaby (from Soul’s Core), plus full-length versions of his newest hit “Beautiful Wreck”, and the songs “Blue as You” and “Faith” (from 9th Ward Pickin’ Parlor).