Shawn Mullins vibrant album Honeydew
is teeming with humanity--hobos, railroad workers, traveling salesmen, homeless troubadours, fearful old people, youngsters yearning to escape from a dead-end existence, and several generations of family members, living and dead. Theres a ton of heartache in this record, and a ton of hope as well, as Mullins explores the dark corners of contemporary existence while also delving back into the past, capturing vivid pictures of his native Atlanta and the surrounding South in a voice of plainspoken eloquence and uncommon genuineness. This richly interwoven, character-driven work is at once the most panoramic album of Mullins distinguished career and the most intensely personal.
Produced by the artist, the recording took place at Creekside Station, the rural Georgia studio of Gerry Hansen, Mullins longtime drummer, who engineered and mixed the record. Other regulars include bassist Patrick Blanchard, multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook, B3/Wurlitzer specialist Marty Kearns and mandolin player Kip Conner. Mullins managed to snag guitarist Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow) during a break in his touring schedule. Also making appearances are Atlanta blues and soul legend Francine Reed (Lyle Lovett) on "Homeless Joe" and "All In My Head", and Australian alt-country artist Kasey Chambers on "Cabbagetown".