LIVE: Shelby Lynne @ The Egg, 3/30/12

April 16th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Shelby Lynne @ The Egg, 3/30/12

Shelby Lynne

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No, she didn’t bring a band, fancy guitar work or a belt-it-to-the-ceiling, Dusty Springfield approach (though she should have, some critics may quibble). No, Shelby Lynne arrived at The Egg to deliver an astounding set of nineteen songs old and new with a whole lot of country soul. The night was a revelation road, to cite the title song of Lynne’s latest album, which opened the show.

After a sublime “Lead Me Love,” Lynne – clad in black and playing a red Gibson acoustic – joked, “Thank you for coming out on date night!” Shifting gears, she reminisced about her Alabama childhood, singing three-part harmony with her little sister (recording artist Allison Moorer) and their mother in the car. Her childhood was a mixture of light and dark, as was the soul-baring “I’ll Hold Your Head.” A spine-tingling a cappella gospel introduction set the stage for “Woebegone,” a song that hinged on the haunting line, “I should have seen it coming.”

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CD: Shelby Lynne’s “Merry Christmas”

December 21st, 2010, 10:00 am by Greg

Shelby Lynne: Merry Christmas

(Everso Records, 2010):

For the first time in many years, I’m not doing a big round-up of all the new holiday music albums. But I am going to pluck three of my favorite discs out of this year’s batch and review ’em.

This is the second one:

A swing blues rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” with harmonica.

A snappy bluegrass blitz through “Christmastime’s A-Coming.”

A Brenda Lee-like pop-a-billy romp through “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

A straight forward version of “White Christmas” adorned with dobro and inexplictable jazz flute.

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