Shelby Lynne Music
February 7, 2012 by staff
Shelby Lynne Music, Shelby Lynne’s songs always provide insights into her triumphs, tragedies, love and heartache, but the album “Revelation Road” is her most personal yet.
Making it even a more intimate statement and the ultimate in creative control, she not only produced the album but also played every instrument on it without a single note plucked by anyone else. She even sang all the harmonies.
To celebrate the album, released in November on Lynne’s own independent label, Everso Records, she will perform solo acoustic with songs from “Revelation Road” and others at her debut show at Gruene Hall at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Like others on the album tour, it is billed as “An Evening With Shelby Lynne,” with no opening act. She is looking forward to her debut at Gruene Hall being solo instead of with a full band.
“I enjoy it. It’s really freeing. I’m on my own time, my own schedule,” she said. “I wrote them this way and will perform them this way. The point in writing songs is you want people to hear them so it’s really nice when they listen, especially in an acoustic setting – and I have the greatest audiences. They’re so sweet, and they dig it.”
The do-it-yourself idea came from her manager, said Lynne, who charted Nashville country hits in the 1990s before broadening her scope to the multiple musical styles of Americana and receiving critical acclaim – and a Grammy – with her 2000 album “I Am Shelby Lynne.”
“I thought, why not? It’s not that hard. Just go in and keep it simple,” she said. “It really was fairly easy. I let the songs do the work. I used whatever instrumentation the song seemed it needed.
“I don’t have the patience to learn any new instruments. I took what I know and just did it. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. If it sounded bad, I took it off. If it sounded soulful, I left it on. I just wanted a good feeling, emotional album.”
She said that while songs on the album have no theme, they loosely followed the vision of the title track of “Revelation Road,” a haunting tale of a conflicted search for redemption.
“That song has a lot of visionary landscapes for me. The rest just kind of folded in somewhere in that whole thing,” she said. “Individually, the songs don’t have anything to do with the other. But put them together and they go together.”
Others, such as “I Want to Go Back” and “Toss It All Aside,” reach into a broken heart with a pop/folk feel while “Even Angels” revisits the country scene of two decades ago.
“Heaven’s Only Days Down the Road” jolts listeners with the harrowing tale of a man with no hope who knows only one way to keep his woman – with a bullet. It’s an obvious but not overt song addressing her father killing her mother and then himself in front of 17-year-old Lynne and her younger sister, Allison Moorer-Earle.
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