Shelby Lynne to take ‘Revelation Road’ to Ann ArborWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby Lynne is constantly looking for a melody or a line.
“I’m sitting around always ready for a song to come, no matter where I am,” she said. “But when I’m home, I’m ready. I’m sitting around in my ready place and if that guitar calls me and my pen and paper call me, I’m ready.
“That’s definitely what I’ve learned to do in my older years — hell, we’re all getting old — but I guess you learn how to appreciate it and be ready for the song angels when they come.”
The 43-year-old talked about her new disc, “Revelation Road,” during a call from her California home.
“Basically, the inspiration came from the world we live in,” she said of the title track. “I wanted to write something that kind of means we’re all the same as humans and we’re on the same path; we might take different paths to get there, but it’s the same revelation road because we’re going to wind up in the same place, so we might as well be nice to each other on the way.”
Lynne wrote, recorded and produced the disc on her label, Everso Records.
“This particular album, it was just in my own head and heart, and much easier to do the communication within myself,” the singer, who was raised in Alabama, said in her Southern drawl.
Recording the new disc meant playing mandolin, banjo, drums and congas.
“It was fun,” she said of learning new instruments. “I just made sure that I kept myself safe and complemented the songs in a very simple way.”
Critics love Lynne, who released a tribute to Dusty Springfield, “Just a Little Lovin’” in 2008. Her landmark release, “I Am Shelby Lynne,” brought her a Grammy Award for best new artist in 2000 after she’d been in the business more than a decade.
“[‘I Am Shelby Lynne’] was a turning point for my career, so it’ll always be special,” she said. “I found my voice on that record as far as singing goes and songwriting.”
She realizes she’s fortunate to be a successful independent artist.
“Music is my job, my work, and I’m very lucky,” she said. “I’m lucky I have music as my friend, and she’s in my heart and soul.”
Her passion is evident when she talks about lyrics: “I love words and how powerful they can be, and I take that seriously when I put words on paper; communication of the universe through music is the greatest gift of all.”
Lynne will play a solo show at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Ark in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
“I feel like as long as people want to hear me sing, I’ll be there,” she said.