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Anyone who went to see Shelby Lynne at Warehouse Live two years ago and didn't come away with a case of drop-jaw respect for both her talent and her presence just isn't dialed into the right human frequency. The multitalented Southern woman who now calls Los Angeles home just dropped a new album, Tears, Lies, and Alibis, on an unsuspecting world April 20. Within days, the stripped-down album record raced into the top tiers of most of the Americana charts, and as of Monday had reached as high as No. 3 on amazon.com's Movers and Shakers chart. It has already become one of Lonesome, Onry and Mean's new favorites. Lynne is a true craftswoman, and she's done yeoman's work on Tears, writing all the songs, doing all the vocals, playing guitars and producing. She's also released the record on her own label, Everso. What she has produced is something so often sorely missing today: A real album, not a couple of singles surrounded by ten filler tracks with all the taste and passion of day-old oatmeal. LOM's biggest problem has been getting stuck on one particular song; for almost a week it was "Something To Be Said" over and over; then it was "Family Tree." Today it's become her ode to fickle love and Jack Daniels, "Old #7."
Has your new love gone away? Did you skip out on the pain? Were you hungry for the unknown kind of love? Was it perfect, yes it was You just didn't stay because You were weary that I might be what you need
But baby, oh baby I'm going, yes, going crazy Please help me, make it a double Old #7
Fans of soulful, dead-on emotional songwriting and singing will want to double-time it to their local record store and grab this one. Lynne plays Warehouse Live Tuesday, May 18, with a band including former Bob Dylan guitarist John Jackson on guitar and Brian Harrison on bass. Look for our interview with Lynne in the May 13 print edition.