|Shelby Lynne — I Am Shelby Lynne [Deluxe Edition]|
Shelby Lynne — I Am Shelby Lynne [Deluxe Edition]
♠ A critically acclaimed soul–tinged country singer of the 1990s and 2000s with a deep, fluttering voice, she has also experimented with classic pop, rock, and soul.
Birth name: Shelby Lynn Moorer
Born: October 22, 1968, Quantico, Virginia, United States
Location: Jackson, Alabama
Origin Release Date: January 25, 2000
Album release: 2014
Record Label: Rounder/Concord
01 Your Lies 2:54
02 Leavin' 3:11
03 Life Is Bad 3:18
04 Thought It Would Be Easier 3:55
05 Gotta Get Back 3:37
06 Why Can't You Be 4:19
07 Lookin' Up 3:28
08 Dream Some 4:12
09 Where I'm From 3:49
10 Black Light Blue 3:23
11. Bless the Fool 4:18
12. Wind 3:56
13. She Knows Where She Goes 3:10
14. Miss You Sissy 4:12
15. Sky Is Purple 6:59
16. Should Have Been Better 2:32
℗ 2014 Concord Music Group, Inc.
♠ Bill Bottrell / Shelby Lynne 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10
♠ Shelby Lynne 2
♠ Bill Bottrell / Roger Fritz / Shelby Lynne 3
♠ Bill Bottrell / Shelby Lynne / Dorothy Overstreet 5
♠ Jay Joyce / Shelby Lynne / Dorothy Overstreet 8
♦ 2001 I Am Shelby Lynne The Billboard 200 #165
♦ 2000 I Am Shelby Lynne Heatseekers #6
♦ 2000 Gotta Get Back Adult Contemporary #26
♦ 2001 — Best New Artist (Won)
Academy of Country Music Awards
♦ 1990 — New Female Vocalist of the Year (Won)
→ Thomas Bird Art Direction
→ Bill Bottrell Bass, Clapping, Composer, Drums, Drums (Snare), Guitar, Guitar (12 String), Harmonica, Keyboards, Mixing, Organ, Pedal Steel, Percussion, Producer, Stomping, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
→ Jameson Brandt String Contractor
→ Mark Cross Engineer, Mixing
→ Greg d'Augenlli Flute, Horn, Keyboards, String Bass
→ George Del Barrio Arranger, Conductor, String Arrangements
→ Terry Doty Project Administrator
→ Roger Fritz Composer, Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Slide Mandolin
→ Jay Joyce Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Musician, Organ, Songwriter
→ Rick Lecoat Design
→ Shelby Lynne Clapping, Composer, Guitar Ac+El, Stomping, Vocals, Voc. bcgrnd)→ Dorothy Overstreet Composer, Drums, Drums (Snare)
→ Rick Patrick Art Direction
→ Rankin Photography
→ Ivy Scoff Project Coordinator
Written by Hal Horowitz October 6th, 2014 at 9:30 am; Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars
♣ It’s safe to assume that few country fans were prepared for the sweeping artistic makeover they heard when Shelby Lynne released her sixth album in January, 2000. ♣ Five years after her previous disc, the tellingly titled I Am Shelby Lynne introduced — or re–introduced — the artist as a sharp singer/songwriter whose edgy, tough and tender soul, folk and blues was far removed from the less introspective country and swing she had been identified with until that time. That same audience was likely just as surprised when she took the stage for the subsequent tour, opening with the full blown blues rocker “Should Have Been Better,” a tune recorded for, but not included on, the album’s short 10 song track list.
♣ Fifteen years later, Rounder (who recently signed Lynne for a 2015 release) emphasizes this time in the singer’s life by reissuing, expanding and remastering I Am Shelby Lynne and, more importantly, adding a blazing 90 minute live show to the package. A decade and a half hasn’t lessened the impact of the studio album’s genre hopping songs. Credit goes to producer/co–songwriter Bill Bottrell for crafting the disc’s contemporary yet retro leaning arrangements. That includes bringing in a full orchestra with sweeping strings on the explosive opening ballad “Your Lies,” sounding like something Phil Spector might have created and the tough, raw blues stomp of “Life is Bad.” Soul, especially of the slicker Philly variety, is smothered all over these songs. From the relatively laid back Dusty Springfield influenced “Dreamsome” to the smoky, after hours cheating pillow talk of “Leavin’” complete with gospel female backing vocals.
♣ Through it all, Lynne’s powerful husky voice and feisty confidence kicks the already solid material up a few notches. That results in a classic well worth seeking out for anyone who missed it the first time or those that might not have visited it in a while. ♣ Better still, half a dozen terrific additional tracks recorded at the sessions but left off the original are tacked back on to double the playing time and make this expanded reissue well worth the price even for those who already own it. They include the riveting seven minute acoustic “The Sky is Purple” that addresses the troubling incidents of her teenage years as well as the aforementioned “Should Have Been Better.”
♣ The professionally shot April 2000 DVD captures Lynne fronting a six piece crack band who easily shifts from soul to rock and pop. They are as comfortable cranking out “Wichita Lineman” and a spellbinding version of John Lennon’s knife–twisting “Mother” as they are with the more R&B laced material of the entire I Am… album that is reprised live. Lynne is in total control and displays the honest and intense wild child charisma she honed through the years it took before this artistic breakthrough. The inclusion of the rousing concert DVD makes an already superb album even better and helps justify the “deluxe” adjective in the title of this wonderfully compiled reissue.
Artist Biography by Steve Huey
♣ By the time Shelby Lynne won her Best New Artist Grammy, she'd already completed six albums and had over a decade of recording experience under her belt. ♣ Yet in a way, the award was appropriate, since I Am Shelby Lynne was the album that finally found her taking control of her music, following years of casting about in search of an identity. Lynne's work ranged through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop; naturally, that eclecticism made her difficult to market, and it also resulted in pressure to record more commercial, radio–friendly material that didn't really suit her. Once Lynne put all the pieces together, she found herself embraced not by the country mainstream, but by rock critics, British audiences, and the alt–country/Americana crowd.
♣ Lynne was born Shelby Lynne Moorer in Quantico, Virginia, in 1968 and spent most of her childhood in Jackson, Alabama. Her father was a local bandleader and her mother a harmony–singing teacher; as children, she and her younger sister Allison — later a country recording artist in her own right — sometimes joined their parents on–stage to sing along. However, Lynne's father was a violent alcoholic who at one point had her thrown in jail; when Lynne was 17, he shot his wife dead in the family's driveway, then turned the gun on himself while his daughters looked on. Lynne took charge of raising her sister and married her high school sweetheart (albeit briefly) prior to their move to Nashville. There, Lynne recorded some demo songs, which landed her an appearance on TNN's Nashville Now series. That, in turn, led to a duet with George Jones, for 1988's Top 50 hit "If I Could Bottle This Up," and a record deal with Epic, where Lynne teamed up with legendary producer Billy Sherrill for her 1989 debut album, Sunrise. The follow–up, 1990's Tough All Over, took more of a Reba McEntire–esque direction, and 1991's Soft Talk found Lynne moving into slick country–pop.
Lynne placed several songs on the country charts during this period, but none managed to break into the Top 20. Critics generally regarded her as a promising talent, and she even won the CMA's Horizon Award (given to the year's top emerging artist) in 1991. However, she was tiring of the lack of control she was afforded over her image and musical direction. She split from Epic and signed with the smaller Morgan Creek label, debuting with 1993's Temptation, an exercise in Bob Wills–style Western swing and big–band jazz. Unfortunately, the label folded not long after, and she moved on to Magnatone for 1995's Restless, which marked a return to contemporary–style country. Afterward, Lynne disappeared from recording for several years. During that time, she moved to Palm Springs, California, and convinced producer Bill Bottrell — best known for his early work with Sheryl Crow — to work on her next album.
♣ Lynne signed with Island Records and finally returned in 2000 with I Am Shelby Lynne. Effectively a roots rock album with Sheryl Crow overtones and strong hints of Lynne's eclecticism, the record was greeted enthusiastically in the U.K. and was released in the U.S. several months later. Positive word of mouth led to effusive critical praise, with many hailing I Am Shelby Lynne as a major statement of purpose as confident as its title's declaration. It won her a Grammy for Best New Artist in early 2001, and she began working on a follow–up with producer Glen Ballard, best known for his work with Alanis Morissette. Love, Shelby appeared later in 2001 but was received with confusion and disappointment by many reviewers, mainly because of its smoother, less country–infused production. Two years later, Lynne returned to form with Identity Crisis. Her debut release for Capitol, it was her most sensitive album yet. ♣ Suit Yourself appeared in spring 2005, and in 2008, an homage to Dusty Springfield, Just a Little Lovin', produced by Phil Ramone, was released on Lost Highway.
♣ Lynne appeared as Peter Wolf's duet partner on the single "Tragedy," the lead-off single from his 2010 album Midnight Souvenirs, and made a performing appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late–night show with him. More importantly, less than a month later, the Tears, Lies and Alibis album was released on her own Everso imprint, distributed by Fontana. Lynne wrote all ten songs on the recording, and cut it at home in Rancho Mirage, California, as well as at the Rendering Plant in Nashville. She co–produced the album with Brian Harrison, and was able to coax a few former Muscle Shoals sidemen (most notably Spooner Oldham) to accompany her. After recording for over 20 years, Tears, Lies and Alibis marked the first album over which she had complete freedom of creative control. Later that year, she issued her first holiday collection entitled Merry Christmas. Tears, Lies and Alibis eventually reached the Top Ten at Americana radio. She toured for a solid year behind it. In 2011, Lynne commenced writing, producing, and performing virtually all instruments and voices for her next release on Everso, Revelation Road. The album was advanced by the pre–release of its title track as a download single in August, and was released in October of 2011. In 2013, she returned with a five–track EP entitled Thanks. Co–produced by Ben Peeler, it featured influences such as blues and gospel. :: http://www.allmusic.com/
INTERVIEW with Mikael Wood :: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-et-ms-conversation-shelby-lynne-country-music-20141207-story.html
|Shelby Lynne — I Am Shelby Lynne [Deluxe Edition]|