When: Wed., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2012
You could say that Shelby Lynne’s entire music career — the transformation from radio-friendly country singer into deep-seated Southern pop singer-songwriter; the transition to self-producing after having worked with some legendary names; the satisfaction she took in ending her major label run and starting her own itty-bitty indie — has led her to this point, and has earned her a healthy-sized audience along the way. This time around, Lynne is touring solo behind songs from last October’s Revelation Road — all of which she wrote, produced and performed on her own, even down to the album’s fairly primitive drum parts. She’s taken a stripped-down approach before — live and in the studio — but not like this, and she's stepping onto the ultimate proving ground for an artist’s self-sufficiency with just her sensual, in-the-shadows voice and her acoustic guitar. Lynne will no doubt pull it off, because these new songs are the strongest she's written in a while, and they don’t need embellishment.