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Shawn Pittman

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Although he’s often closely associated with the Lone Star State since taking up residence in Dallas,Texas in the early 90’s, vocalist/guitarist Shawn Pittman is actually an Oklahoma native. Pittman was born in the small town of Talahina 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 age 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 seventh grade football team. Their friendship would prove significant as Hale would later collaborate with Shawn on writing material for many of his albums. He was also turned on to Elmore James and Albert King by Tulsa native and early guitar mentor Bernard Bigby.

Pittman moved to Dallas when he was seventeen and attended Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual arts. He later dropped out ironically, because he was failing his guitar class. He picked up his music education courtesy of his uncle who would take him over to the Schooner’s Jam in Dallas where he first met Hash Brown,Mike Morgan, David ‘Bottlehead’Miller and was able to jam with players like Sam Myers.

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