Although he’s often closely associated with the Lone Star State since originally taking up residence in Dallas, Texas in the early ‘90s, vocalist/guitarist Shawn Pittman is actually an Oklahoma native. Pittman was born in the small town of Talihina at the Choctaw Nation Indian Hospital and raised in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. At eight years old he began taking piano lessons under the encouragement of his mother, but later began sneaking into his older brother’s room to play on his drum kit. By the age of fourteen he had switched to guitar and was soon introduced to the mysterious sounds of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters by Bracken Hale, a good friend and member of his middle school football team. Their friendship would prove significant as Hale would later collaborate with Pittman on writing material for several of his albums. A friend he met while playing basketball at the local ‘Y’; Ben Bigby, introduced teenage Pittman to his father Bernard in Little Axe, Oklahoma. Pittman recalls: “Bernard showed me Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, and Albert King. He also told me I need to learn to sing. I took his advice.”
And so, now began the wild ride of his life, from the humble beginnings in his youth, to this place in his life where his new album “Make It Right” is the culmination of his talent and the magic of his music.
“Make It Right” is a collection of tracks, each and every one a powerful Blues anthem in each of their own right, Shawn Pittman’s album was released on May 5th on Continental Record Service (CRS) and has been well received by fans old and new.
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Opening with the song Done Told You So, we hear the classical Blues influence with a modern powerful “dirty” guitar reverb, which lends an emotional grace to the song’s foundation, topped with crystal clear sounds. In fact, with each track we get a deeper insight into Shawn Pittman’s view, each song is a lesson to be learned in how life can deal the deck, sometimes you get a winning hand, sometimes a losing hand, and always seems like aces wild.
One track I am fond of is Woke Up Screaming, just another of his amazing works where he has taken a classic Blues structure and made it wholly his own, and it is in the details, this devil, the subtle nuances that make this song so powerful.
Unlike other reviews, I really think going “track by Track” will not do “Make It Right” a reasonable justice, this is one album that must be heard, and owned, this way you can truly appreciate this Blues Masters album justice.
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