Grammy-Winner Shelby Lynne Enchants

Shelby Lynne may have made her name as a country musician, but her performance at Johnny D’s a few days ago showed that she is a versatile singer-songwriter who is firmly ensconced in the broader category of American roots music.

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Shelby Lynne

This was the first stop on Shelby’s tour to promote her new album, I Can’t Imagine, produced by Massachusetts’ own Rounder Records and released two days prior to this show.

In an interesting twist on live performances, Shelby performed both this new album and her first album, I Am Shelby Lynne, in their entirety. The new album was performed first followed by the first album.

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby and her band took the stage to tremendous applause; noting that it had been a long time since she had played the venue, she immediately launched into the new album’s first song, ‘Paper Van Gogh’. From there, the songs were performed in the order they appear on the album, although they improvised to include instrumental solos (it is possible there are solos on the album, but I have not listened to it yet; this part of the set was longer than the album so I am surmising the solos are not on the album).

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby’s band is terrific; she said it was the first time they were playing together but that was not obvious. They are tight; they all kept their eyes on Shelby throughout the show, following her in the way good musicians know to do. The band members are Ben Peeler on guitar, pedal steel, and lap guitar; Lee Pardini on keyboards and vocals; Dave Raven on drums and vocals; Eli Wulfmeier on guitar, mandolin and vocals; and Ed Maxwell on bass and vocals.

Ben Peeler

Ben Peeler

Lee Pardini

Lee Pardini

Dave Raven

Dave Raven

Eli Wulfmeier

Eli Wulfmeier

Ed Maxwell

Ed Maxwell

Shelby was so vested in her performance that she appeared to be in a trance at times, almost oblivious to the audience in front of her. Appearances can be deceiving, however, since she was attuned to the crowd and responded to comments.

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby’s contralto singing voice fascinated me; she is a petite woman, yet she has a deep, sultry voice that belies her small stature. She is a powerhouse!

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Late in the show, Shelby turned to the band and said, ‘Make it sexy.’ Everything about the performance was already sexy, sensual, sultry, and seductive.

Shelby Lynne and Ben Peeler

Shelby Lynne and Ben Peeler

There are not a lot of shows on the band’s schedule, but if they are appearing anywhere near you, I recommend seeing them.

Ticket courtesy of Johnny D’s; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on May 10, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. A throughly awesome review! Shelby Lynne’s style of music is much bigger than saying she is a country artist. I call her a UNIVERSAL artist.

    Becoming reaquainted with Shelby has been one of the most positive changes in my life in many years. If people like me don’t sit up and take notice, they are missing out bigtime on a mighty fine change of life. I am so thankful that Shelby Lynne exists. I wouldn’t have missed her for the world. Thank you, Jesus, that I didn’t. I have been Blessed.

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