Dee Mullins kicked around Texan independent labels such as Pappy Daily's D Records before Shelby Singleton signed him to his Nashville independent SSS – later Plantation Records – in 1967, having Mullins sing the answer song "The Continuing Story of Harper Valley P.T.A." to the label's first big hit from Jeannie C. Riley. "The Continuing Story" provides the title for this 2009 compilation from Omni Records, a compilation that rounds up a generous 27 tracks that stretch all the way from 1959 to 1978, but focus on those hippie-era oddities from SSS and Plantation, pushing all 16 of those cuts toward the front. If any country music could be called psychedelic, this is it: Singleton surrounded Mullins with vocal effects, sitars, and fuzz guitars, creating genuinely odd music ranging from the eerie and unsettling ("I Am the Grass") to the absurd ("Beers").
Recorded before a sold out hometown crowd at the historic Atlanta venue. The two sets, one acoustic and one with an all-star band, showcase songs spanning the entirety of Shawn's illustrious career. Included amongst the selections are Shawn's biggest hits "Lullaby," "Beautiful Wreck," Shimmer," and "All in My Head," along with fan favourites such as "Twin Rocks, OR" and "Gulf of Mexico," and a stunning rendition of "House of the Rising Sun." A must have for any Shawn Mullins fan, Live at the Variety Playhouse is a comprehensive document of a truly special evening.