Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

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Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

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Shelby Lynne

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Folk, rock, country & gospel swaggers with gratitude

Major labels never knew what to do with Shelby Lynne. In the 1980s, Epic Nashville tried to turn the Alabama ingénue into a bighaired, video-friendly firecracker. In the '90s, Island tried to tum her into an alt-country/ pop/R&B hipster. Lynne was all of that and none of it-at least not a major label's view of it. So, it wasn't suprising that her music began to make more sense when she started putting it out on her own. She played and produced everything on 2011's Revelation Road, and penned some of her best songs, including one in which she finally addressed the murder-suidde of her parents by her father. Heavy, heavy stuff.

And now this: a simple, five-song EP that finds Lynne testifying to some higher power in a living-room jam session of vigorously strummed acoustic guitars, mandolins, a little dobro and pedal steel, and some fuzzy, David Lindley-like lead work that sounds straight off Jackson Browne's Running on Empty. …

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