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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Even More Shannon McNally

Shannon McNally and some very talented musicians gave a great concert at the Filament Theatre in my Portage Park neighborhood in Chicago. Her singing style is a fusion of country, western, honky-tonk and Nawlins all rolled into one. Her latest album "Small Town Talk" features songs by Bobby Charles who helped shape rock & roll’s evolution during the ‘50s and ‘60s, by writing a string of hits for artists like Fats Domino, Bill Haley & the Comets, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Raised in southern Louisiana, he also pioneered the “swamp pop” genre, which blended the native sounds of his home turf — Cajun music, zydeco, New Orleans rhythm & blues — with the twang of mid-century country.

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