By the time Shelby Lynne won her Best New Artist Grammy, she had already completed six albums and had over a decade of recording experience under her belt. Yet in a way, the award was appropriate, since I Am Shelby Lynn was the album that finally found her taking control of her music, following years of casting about in search of an identity. Lynne’s work ranged from country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, and Western swing to jazz and adult contemporary pop. Once Lynne put all the pieces together, she found herself embraced not only by the country mainstream but by rock critics, British audiences, and the alt-country-Americana crowd. She began working on follow-up albums, including Love, Shelby, Identity Crisis, and her most sensitive album yet, Suit Yourself. She went on to release an homage to Dusty Springfield, Just a Little Lovin’, featuring the hit song “The Look of Love.” Most recently, she has embarked on the journey of opening her own record label.
There was not a moment of the event that wasn’t a joy.
Too harrowing to pass for casual entertainment, and too good to ignore