Shawn Mullins is a product of the Eddie’s Attic scene in Decatur. But his chart-topping success hasn’t changed him, and it certainly hasn’t changed the way he creates his music. The Atlanta native is a master storyteller, a veritable fly-on-the-wall observer and chronicler of life’s circumstances. His influences include fellow songwriters such as Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and, of course, Bob Dylan. But Mullins is also a dyed-in-the-wool fan of country and rhythm and blues who counts Prince, Gil Scott-Heron, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, Percy Sledge and Otis Redding among his faves. His country preferences lean towards Hank Williams and Kris Kristofferson.
On his latest album, 2010’s “Light You Up,” Mullins explores his Southern musical heritage with numbers such as the title cut, which combines his deep baritone singing with a Memphis-style soul groove.