Last week, I happened to catch in the Observer that Shelby Lynne was coming to town. She’s one of my all-time favorite female vocalists and I jumped at the chance to go see her. Though once considered more of a country artist, she’s never really fit that mold. More than country, more than soul, she sounds like she rose straight up out of the Mississippi Delta.
The concert was at the Bijou – a tiny historic venue which provided a real intimate feel to the show. Her opening act, Jim Bianco, was a delightful singer who interacted with the audience and kept us all highly entertained.
Shelby came out and rocked the place, singing a good 20, maybe even 30 songs. Her most recent album is a tribute to Dusty Springfield, so she sang many of those. It was her last night on tour for a while, so I think we might have benefited from a few extras.
At the end of the show, Shelby came out to sign autographs and chat. She was a very sweet southern lady. Hard to believe she belts them out as deep and strong as she does for such a tiny woman.
I’m not much of a music critic, so I’ll just list a few of the songs she performed below. I can say that we thoroughly enjoyed every song and hope that she comes back to K-Town again in the near future.