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When: May 26-27, 8 p.m. 2015

Shelby Lynne hits the road to join the classic-album circuit, performing her 2000 breakthrough I Am Shelby Lynne in its entirety (Rounder reissued the album in a deluxe edition last fall). The Bill Bottrell-produced effort marked a formal break from her time in Nashville, which yielded five albums but little success. The record also brought out the blue-eyed soul that had long lurked in the voice of the native Alabaman, and it touches on Dusty Springfield’s classic Dusty in Memphis as well as 70s soft rock and soul-pop in its mixture of seductive strings, low-tech drum machines, husky harmony vocals, and bluesy raunch. Since then Lynne has released a string of relatively consistent albums, none quite as good but nearly all worthwhile. Nostalgia fiends who bought tickets for tonight (or tomorrow) will also hear tunes from Lynne’s solid new record, I Can’t Imagine (Rounder). Cut with her working band, the personable, self-produced effort mines more rustic terrain without ditching the soul accents, and rather than falling back on the anger that seethes from I Am Shelby Lynne, it draws on a broader range of songwriting ideas. “Back Door Front Porch” is a lovely meditation on leaving home that features pangs of both hesitation and sadness; “Sold the Devil (Sunshine)” is a Dusty-ish embrace of life’s unpredictability; and “Following You,” one of the album’s most gripping tunes, starts with a young narrator following her father’s lead before realizing the path seems to lead to destructive behavior. —Peter Margasak

Price: $40-$45

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