Out of the Blue
The following is a quote which appeared in Cadence about Shannon's last CD. "Bright and free wheeling and full of the blusey accents that can't help but bring a smile to your face' 'A fun bent note swagger in his playing." This quote sums up quite well that the Blues influence is prevalent in Jim's playing. Given the fact that he had his own rhythm and blues group in high school, this is not surprising. He still has the green tux jacket to prove it. The following years of working with B3 organ groups only helped to reinforce this influence and may help explain the "bent not swagger.' There are three blues forms on this CD, all are Jim's compositions. The first piece on the CD is the title tune "Out of the Blue" which demonstrates some of the influence afore mentioned. Notice the fine solo work of Bassist Seaton and the clever fours of Drummer Griffith. Number four on the CD is a medium tempo Blues which demonstrates Shannon's versatility via finger style solo guitar. The catchy Three Four for Flo was penned in honor of Flo Green who was leader of one of the first B3 Organ groups Jim worked with. We know she is smiling. And we hope you smile as much listening to this CD as we did in bringing it to you.