October 23, 1947|
Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
|Origin||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Died||January 22, 2018
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genres||Electric blues, soul blues|
|Guitarist, singer, songwriter|
AllMusic noted that "Shannon's speciality is a blend of Southern-fried soul and blues, and his albums and live shows - always with a horn section - are an eclectic mix of danceable, grooving tunes and slow, soulful ballads". Among the songs he wrote are "Beale Street Boogaloo" and "Midnight in Memphis".
He was born in Olive Branch, Mississippi, and relocated with his family to nearby Memphis, Tennessee at the age of eight. Despite initial misgiving from his Pentecostal parents, Shannon developed an interest in the blues and played part-time with several local bands, whilst his daytime occupation was with a hardware firm. He began a full-time musical career when he secured a spot in Shirley Brown's backing ensemble.
In 1993, his own Preston Shannon Band played at the Long Beach Blues Festival in Long Beach, California. After being spotted leading his own band in Memphis' Beale Street clubs, he signed to Rounder Records subsidiary, Bullseye Blues, and released his debut solo effort, Break the Ice in 1994. After this followed the Willie Mitchell produced efforts, Midnight in Memphis (1996) and All in Time (1999). However, with no immediate follow-up available, Preston lost momentum.
After moving to Title Tunes, he released Be with Me Tonight (2006).
Preston died of cancer on January 22, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 70.
|1994||Break the Ice||Bullseye Blues|
|1996||Midnight in Memphis||Bullseye Blues|
|1999||All in Time||Bullseye Blues|
|2006||Be with Me Tonight||Title Tunes|
|2011||Goin' Back to Memphis||Continental Blue Heaven|
|2014||Dust My Broom||Continental Blue Heaven|
|1999||"Tired of the Ghetto Bringing Me Down"||Bullseye Blues|