Written by Eddie Ferranti
May 18, 2010 at 08:00 PM
ImageShelby Lynne is a performer who has always been known for defying the traditional ways of doing things. That is one of the things that drew me to catch her act this night at the Warehouse Studio.

She had not been out on the road since her 2008 release “Just a Little Lovin'” which was a tribute type album to Dusty Springfield. Lynne had played the likes of the Verizon in the past and being in this intimate setting was a steal-even on a “school night”!

Bringing a heavy dose of “I’m here let’s do it” attitude,  SL broke into the killer track “Rains Came” from her latest “Tears, Lies, and Alibis”.  “Why Didn’t You Call Me” followed and it played out quite well along with most of the CD that Shelby leaned heavily on this night. And rightfully so, this Alabama native has been making records for 20 years now. Hard to believe.

She has the moxie I like in a performer to be proud of taking creative and circulation control to make herself feel right about her music-not what some label wants. “Like a Fool” and “Alibi” were heartfelt and tender.  Whether is was tellin’ tales about “Airstreams” (travel campers) which she described as a rolling home of silver or cryin’ in her cocktail crooning “Old #7”, Shelby seemed to be havin’ a good old time. She proclaimed she felt damn good at the age of 40 and damn hates the corporate style of doing things in the music world these days. I hear ya there woman!

All in all Lynne displayed a really good vocal range the entire gig.  And you had to love her comeback when requests were being shouted out ; “I’ve gone 20 years without taking them and I see no reason to change that now….”  There’s SL being herself again and I’d prefer it no other way myself…CYA around town !