Shelby Lynne | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Shelby Lynne Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. 2011

After more than two decades of making music for various majors, last year Shelby Lynne launched her own label, Everso. She's gotten even more independent on her impressive new Revelation Road, spurning the help of the skilled studio musicians who've populated her past recordings to play everything herself—not just guitar (her usual go-to instrument) but also drums and keys. The execution is basic and direct, but occasionally Lynne drops in a killer touch, like the desolate three-chord guitar line near the end of the Bobbie Gentry-flavored "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road." It sounds like working alone helped her; she reflects on her turbulent youth, grapples with broken relationships, and confronts death, making this one of her most personal, emotionally scarred efforts. And there's something almost therapeutic about her twangy blue-eyed soul melodies too; on "I Want to Go Back" she declares, "Singing don't always suit my every need / Mmm, it's a necessity / So I won't fall to pieces in my empty room." —Peter Margasak

Price: $35, $30 in advance

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