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
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.
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.