Shannon McNally

Shannon McNally

Everybody knows Bobby Charles through his songs. Charles wrote such instantly recognizable hits as “See You Later Alligator,” “Walking to New Orleans” and “But I Do,” but the reclusive singer/songwriter, who passed away in 2010, is relatively unknown for his own recordings.

Vocalist Shannon McNally and New Orleans musical legend Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack have made a new LP to shine a spotlight on Charles’ body of work. Small Town Talk is an album of songs by the great but under-appreciated American songwriter Bobby Charles, which features guest performances by Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson, and Vince Gill.

Small Town Talk is a labor of love that was recorded with Charles’ approval and input before his death, offering a posthumous tribute to this wonderful artist’s career. Shannon and Dr. John unearthed some little known gems that Charles had written over the course of the latter’s career. “We ended up doing ‘But I Do,’ which was a big hit for Frogman Henry in 1961. We cut ‘I Don’t Want To Know,’ which I knew from Lil’ Band o’ Gold, a later Bobby album. Then Bobby suggested a song called ‘String of Hearts’, also from one of his later records, which Vince Gill sang on.” Finally, Dr. John also gave Shannon a cassette of a rare recording of Joe Cocker singing ‘Smile’ [‘I’m So Glad You Came Along’]. “I’m not sure what year Cocker did it, but he still had that Mad Dogs and Englishmen growl and I thought it was hip. For some ridiculous reason it never got released and so no one’s ever heard it.”

Expect to hear a taste of these songs and more from Shannon McNally, a soulful singer and an entrancing songwriter. Drawing on the defiant spirits of outlaws and visionaries such as Jesse James, Susan B. Anthony, Little Richard, she takes her listeners on a timeless and haunting journey. Armed with a spine tingling voice, easy inner beauty, and songs that linger, she almost makes you wish she’d rob your bank. The native New Yorker moved to New Orleans several years ago, and the city’s musical flavor is evident in her striking, incisive songs.

Dan Sarkissian

They say as we grow in life, we often acquire traits from those who nurture us along the way. 35 year old singer-song writer Dan Sarkissian embodies this theory, proving one’s musical journey can be greatly enhanced when one’s upbringing is cultivated through musical synergy.

A veteran to the stage, Sarkissian has been performing for nearly half his life. Born into a real world “Partridge family”, he combines his folk upbringing with youthful exuberance and a soulful vibe to consume and captivate audiences throughout the tri-state area. Sarkissian draws upon roots in percussion (a drummer since the age of two) to concoct a guitar style uniquely his own, and a voice molded by the likes of John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Coldplay and the Counting Crows. He is one performer you will not want to miss.



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