One of his writing partners, Nashville veteran Chuck Cannon, helped Mullins create “California,” the first song on “Light You Up,” which Mullins called “one of the best songs I’ve ever written” in a blog.
“I’ve learned a lot about writing from Chuck Cannon, about getting into the depths of songwriting,” he said. “He’s written over a thousand songs, and I’ve written four or five hundred.”
But no matter how many stories Mullins tells in song, he never forgets that he is writing them for an audience that brings meanings of their own to his lyrics and melodies.
“I think it’s beautiful whenever someone comes up at a show and tells me how a song moved them, in a way I wouldn’t have known,” he said.
Opening for Mullins tomorrow will be South Carolina native Carey Murdock, who now lives in Nashville and has recorded an album, “Baby Don’t Look Down,” that was named a staff pick favorite at the music website Bandcamp.
Murdock tours the U.S. and Europe regularly and recently recorded several “digital 45” releases, including the new songs “Shot in the Dark” and “You’re Leaving Me.”
IF YOU GO What:@boxText_Bullet: Shawn Mullins, with Carey Murdock When:@boxText_Bullet: Tomorrow, doors open 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 Where: @boxText_Bullet:Me&Thee Coffeehouse, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead Tickets:@boxText_Bullet: At the door, $28. In advance, $25, available at www.meandthee.org or in Marblehead at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St., and Spirit of '76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., until noon the day of the event. A small service charge may be added to ticket price. More information:@boxText_Bullet: 781-631-8987 or firstname.lastname@example.org