Shelby Lynne I've made records for 20 years

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"I've made records for 20 years and never been more excited," says Lynne, who has released 10 studio albums in that period, including her 2000 breakthrough, I Am Shelby Lynne. "I finally have the creative control I've needed to get my vision out there."

Shelby Lynne (born Shelby Lynn Moorer, October 22, 1968, Quantico, Virginia) is an American singer, songwriter and actress.

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"Rains Came," the album's first song and lead single, came about in an equally organic fashion, inspired by a rare storm in the Southern California desert where she resides. As the rain fell one Sunday morning, Lynne, who misses the Southern rainstorms of her Alabama childhood tremendously, resisted the impulse to go outside and stand in it and grabbed a pen instead. The resulting song, with Randy Leago on horns and Val McCallum on guitar, is perhaps the sunniest sounding one ever written about having the blues. "The dark side of me seems to like how it feels when it's pouring," she sings with unabashed exuberance. Like "Something To Be Said," her ode to the iconic Airstream trailer, it's a song that might not have made the album if her collaborators hadn't encouraged her to "give it a whirl."

After failing to reach agreement with Lost Highway about how her new album should be recorded, Shelby Lynne walked out again. The result is the first album on her own label, Tears, Lies, and Alibis (Everso Records). Full control comes with a lot of responsibility. There’s no one else to blame if the work comes up short. Fortunately, there’s no need to worry about that. The new album is another in a line of powerful personal statements from this artist.

The recording of Tears, Lies, and Alibis began with vocals, guitars, and harmonies recorded in Lynne’s home studio in the California desert. After adding some overdubs, the project moved to Nashville. Lynne numbers some wonderful musicians among her friends, and the contributors include such A-List players as guitarist John Jackson, drummer Bryan Owings, and a couple of the Muscle Shoals Swampers – bass player David Hood, and keyboard player Spooner Oldham.

ongwriting has often exuded an easygoing, laidback vibe, and that tone carries over to the generally light hand she shows at the soundboard on Tears. Her to-the-point acoustic guitar licks dominate the record and reflect the at-home origins of the songs, but she adds some effective flourishes, such as a clarinet on opener "Rains Came" and Hammond organ courtesy of Spooner Oldham on "Why Didn't You Call Me," to give the album a sense of depth. Her production instincts are spot-on, never overindulging in the freedom afforded by her role as the producer.
Unfortunately, Lynne's songwriting isn't as sharp here as it has been on records like Suit Yourself and Identity Crisis. "Call" is one of the standouts and wouldn't have been out of place on her Dusty Springfield album.

"Family Tree" surprises for its vitriol, but nearly four straight minutes of rhyming couplets like "I'm sick and tired of throwing stones/'Cause all that leaves is broken bones" quickly becomes tiresome. The premise of "Loser Dreamer," about relationships that never quite get off the ground, is more interesting than its actual execution, with a hook that Lynne attempts to shoehorn into the song's meter. She extols the virtues of life in an Airstream trailer on "Something to Be Said," but Miranda Lambert covered that territory better on "Airstream Song." Ultimately, most of these songs are adequate and work well enough together, but they lack Lynne's usual wit and spark.

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