Preston Shannon

Hailed as the reigning "King of Beale Street", Memphis’ own Preston Shannon is a powerful guitarist with a compelling and soulful voice that sounds like a cross between Otis Redding and Bobby Womack. He has performed on Bourbon Street and in Memphis area casinos, Shannon is a singer guitarist who can “solo” through a fire-breathing set of slick, urban blues. Preston exemplifies the power of Southern "deep soul" - hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an “emotional way” with both party tunes and aching ballads. Shannon's lush guitar playing contains echoes of the Kings; Albert & B.B., as well as T-Bone Walker and the rhythmic sensibilities of Little Milton. Born in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Shannon's family moved to Memphis when he was eight. Although his Pentecostal parents didn't initially accept his fascination with blues music, they eventually relented when they saw how serious he was about pursuing the music for his livelihood. The seeds of his enduring talent were sown deep in the blues-rich Mississippi Delta, and his specialty is a blend of Southern soul and blues. His albums and live shows, always with a horn section, are an eclectic mix of danceable, grooving tunes and slow, soulful ballads.