Mike Shannon got a late start into the world of playing music professionally. It was 1989, he was recently divorced, his construction business went bankrupt, and he had just started playing harmonica. He formed his group, Dan Electro &...
Mike Shannon got a late start into the world of playing music professionally. It was 1989, he was recently divorced, his construction business went bankrupt, and he had just started playing harmonica. He formed his group, Dan Electro & the Silvertones in Sarasota, Florida and gigged in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando
Luckily, they were playing mostly Jump Blues and were able to ride the Swing Craze cycle that swept the nation in the 90’s. He put out two CDs, Mr. Smooth in 1997, and Reason to Lie in 1999, both received great reviews from local and national press and brought them better gigs and they played major festivals throughout the Southeast and Eastern Seaboard states
Mike had the opportunity to jam or work with a lot of great musicians like; Pinetop Perkins, they were his back-up band for the 1995 Sarasota Blues Festival, Brian Setzer joined them on stage at the Atlantic City Ball Room in Orlando for a version of Jump, Jive & Wail, and when the song was finished Brian shouted to the audience, “these guys are players!”, Jeff Healey felt impelled to play a few tunes with his group when he was in the Tampa Bay area for a blues festival, and Brian Johnson from AC/DC asked him to play harp on one of his solo projects. In addition, he has had great musician friends work in his group like Danny and Frankie Toler from Dickie Bett’s Great Southern Band, Matt Epps from Gov’t Mule, and Billy Ashbaugh from N’SYNC. Plus, being from a very rich musical area he has jammed with Gregg Allman, Gary Primich, Lucky Peterson, and Mark Hummel.
Mike immigrated to Europe in June 2001, and after tours to Norway and Italy settled in Barcelona, Spain. He was deeply influenced by an Antonio Gaudi quote, “originality consists of returning to the origin” and so his originals include country, and early rock as well as blues, all flavored by musical memories of the 50’s and 60’s. Over the next several years his group has played many blues festivals and fiestas mayors throughout Spain; Antequera, Córdoba, Cerdanyola, Reus (2 times), Almería, Roses, the Ritmo y Blues festivals in Zaragoza, Tereul, and Huesca, and the fiesta mayor of Manresa
Mike produced a new CD, January 2008, called What You’re Looking For, with a friend and extraordinary guitarist from Florida who now lives in France, Tom Cat Blake. They recorded in a tiny village studio near Besançon, called Cube Recording with Tom’s rhythm section; Jack Gouré on bass and Stéphane Mignot on drums. His director friend, Freddy Lucas of evenmen.com was so taken by the song, Heart as Cold as Ice, that he insisted they make a music video and used his considerable talent and creativity to make an excellent clip that is included on the new CD.
Vicente Zumel, Pres. of the Barcelona Blues Societ by Radio PICA Barcelona, Spain The Mike Shannon Group “What You’re Looking For”. CatTones 2008. Gifted singer, harmonica player and song writer, Mike Shannon, formerly known as Dan Electro, surprises us with his first CD...
Vicente Zumel, Pres. of the Barcelona Blues Societ by Radio PICA Barcelona, Spain The Mike Shannon Group “What You’re Looking For”. CatTones 2008.
Gifted singer, harmonica player and song writer, Mike Shannon, formerly known as Dan Electro, surprises us with his first CD recorded under his own name (some years ago, when he was still living in Florida and before he settled in Barcelona, Mike recorded a couple of CDs with his own band, Dan Electro & The Silvertones). In “What You’re Looking For”, Mike gives rein free to his musical ideas, ten original songs, where he tastefully combines pop, rock, blues, country and ‘Americana’, cleverly shaken and mixed through his original musical vision, which gives as a result a cool well balanced powerful and vital record. Shannon also has cleverness, maturity, good ideas and a very commercial vision of the final result he wants to give us, that is to say, he really knows what he wants to do and how to get it. In short words, a well performed CD with a fine recording and a good final production. The CD also includes an original interesting video clip. GREAT.
Cantante, armonicista y compositor de mucho talento, Mike Shannon conocido en otro tiempo como Dan Electro, nos sorprende ahora con el primer álbum grabado bajo su verdadero nombre (años atrás, antes de de instalarse en Barcelona, Mike realizó un par de discos bajo el nombre de Dan Electro & The Silvertones cuando aún residia en su Florida natal). En este “What You’re Looking For”, Mike da rienda suelta a sus ideas con diez temas de factura propia, donde mezcla con habilidad y buen gusto pop, rock, blues, country y ‘Americana’, todo bien agitado y pasado por el turmix de su licuadora particular, dando como resultado un disco equilibrado, refrescante, poderoso, ecléctico y lleno de vitalidad. Shannon tiene asimismo madurez, energía y las ideas muy claras, con una visión muy comercial y sin fisuras de lo que debe ser el producto que ofrece, es decir, sabe a donde quiere ir y lo que tiene que hacer en cada momento para conseguir lo que quiere. Disco muy bien interpretado, bien grabado y una más que aceptable producción final. El cd incluye también un interesante y original video clip. MUY BUENO.