Although she now lives and records in the California desert, Shelby Lynne's soul and her extraordinary, soulful music are inextricably tied to the Deep South of her childhood and the music—classic country, blues, gospel, but above all Memphis R&B—she absorbed there. Freed from the Nashville commercial aspirations that entwined her early career, Lynne issued a string of albums remarkable for the raw intimacy of her lyrics and a gorgeous voice that can drip with sultry insouciance or draw taut with sinewy anguish. The latter surfaces with howling angst on "Woebegone," a gospel-rock stomper (that alone should warrant an invitation from Garrison Keillor) at the center of her new album, Revelation Road. Lynne calls the new record her most personal and private. It's about her family, whose history is steeped in tragedy, and the songs attempt to purge her residual devastation. So it's little wonder she did it all herself, producing and playing every instrument. Stylistically she ranges from the bluegrass-tinged title track to Dusty-in-Memphis pop-soul laments like "I Don't Need a Reason to Cry." Like the album, her performance will be a solo tour de force.
Thu., Oct. 27, 7 p.m., 2011
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