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.”