It's hard to imagine any person on the planet who has not heard Shawn Mullins voice at least once. His song "Lullaby" a.k.a "Rockabye" ear-wormed it's way into all of our heads and by most accounts has never left. If that's all you know of Shawn's music, you have missed thirteen albums that explore far greater landscapes than the one he crafted in that song.
His latest release on Vanguard, entitled "Light You Up" is a solid collection of songs that successfully marry his love for rootsy Americana and his enduring passion for the melodic pop tune. The majority of the songs on the album were co-written with a number of talented songwriters including Chuck Cannon and Glenn Phillips.
In this episode of Take Me to the Bridge, Shawn talks about his beginnings in music, his struggle with the overwhelming success surrounding "Rockabye" and his approach to writing these days. He also performs acoustic versions of "Shimmer" and a haunting Civil War song from the new album called "Catoosa County."