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Growing up and learning to play music in South Louisiana in the 1960s, I got to hear G.G. Shinn sing with the legendary swamp-rock band The Boogie Kings. I remember a Boogie Kings concert in the Atchafalaya Basin when G.G. brought the audience to its feet.  As he walked by me on his exit from the stage, he said, “I am the King of this Bayou!” No one could deny that.

 Thus began my lifelong admiration of perhaps the greatest “Blue-Eyed Soul” vocalist ever.  In 2000 a dream came true for me:  I got the chance to produce the album “You Can Never Keep a Good Man Down” for G.G.

Early in 2015, G.G. called to say that he’d found an unreleased album that he recorded in the 1990s. The musicians were from his band: George Bitzer: Keyboards, Joel Carr: Guitar, Roger Blevins: Bass, Randy Carpenter: Drums. When you listen to this album, you’ll agree that G.G.’s voice was at its amazing best, and the musicians were absolutely perfect.  -- Gary J. Edwards, Producer.

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 I will never forget the first time I heard him sing. He took over the entire room - the band, the crowd, the help. I was mesmerized.  As a nineteen-year-old singer still in the development stage, that night started a lifetime of hero worship for me. I went to see him every chance I could, I acquired his recordings, I studied, I learned, I emulated, and he became my mentor and my friend.

A talent like G. G. Shinn comes along maybe once in a lifetime, if at all. He should have been a household name everywhere for the last fifty years but, like many others, he somehow slipped through the cracks of the star maker machinery. Here on the Gulf Coast, he remains a legend, larger than life. His voice is simply extraordinary.

To me, finding unreleased recorded material from G.G. Shinn is like discovering gold. -- Gregg Martinez, leader of the Delta Kings.

 
   

 

 

CERTAIN KIND OF SOMETHING

THAT'S WHEN YOU NEED ME GIRL

SASHAY

CANCEL EMOTION

SUCKERPUNCH

ONE LAST KISS

COME SEE YOUR DADDY

MEAN OLD LADY

CLOSING IN ON YOU

IT USED TO BE MY TOWN

GROOVE TRACK

 

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