It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again: those who think Atlanta's Shawn Mullins’ discography starts and stops with his 1998 chart-topper, “Lullaby,” are missing out on one of today's most interesting and talented performers. Now in his early forties, Mullins has developed the sort of seasoned, lived-in baritone that suits his music and, like a musical tailor, he fits his songs perfectly those who understand the poetry of experience. As a result, Light You Up bridges the gap between “Lullaby,” with its easygoing acoustic ambiance and charm, and 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor, the roots rock album that reignited Mullins’ career in 2006. The songs shine their brightest whenever he digs deep into his Southern heritage, yielding scattered highlights like the boogie-jam-rock of “You Make It Better” and the swampy, six-minute soul number “Light You Up.”
Opening the show is Georgina Callaghan, who goes by simply Callaghan. Born in 1983 in Lincolnshire, UK, her influences include Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and James Taylor but it's her powerful yet soothing vocals that take center stage in her songs. In 2008 her self-released single “Look Around” achieved airplay on numerous BBC radio stations, and extensive local and national press coverage. A hardworking and committed singer-songwriter who's won over audiences in the UK and US, Callaghan' is working on her new album with Shawn Mullins.
Tickets for Shawn Mullins and Callaghan at the Iron Horse on Thursday, November 4th at 7PM are $17.50 at the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com.