Shelby Lynne

There would seem to be a natural affinity between Shelby Lynne and Dusty Springfield. But it took a suggestion from an unlikely source—schmaltz king Barry Manilow—for Lynne to finally recruit producer Phil Ramone and put together what has to be considered the definitive tribute to the late blue-eyed soul diva. On Just a Little Lovin' (Lost Highway), released earlier this year, Lynne easily asserts her own personality and style while finding the essence of Springfield in songs running the gamut from her mid-'60s British pop hits to her later, landmark foray in Memphis. Both singular singers with deep currents of soul, both somewhat misunderstood and eclectic enough to bristle at constraints, Springfield and Lynne each gain added dimension on Lovin'. Glossy pop nuggets like "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "I Only Want to Be with You" become intimate emotional exercises in the adept hands of Lynne and her spare band. On some of Dusty's Memphis material, like Tony Joe White's "Willie and Laura Mae Jones," Lynne lets out her sultry, swampy side while guitarist Dean Parks paints the blues, one classic inspiring another. With David McMillion. $30. 8 p.m. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651.690.6700.
Sat., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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