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Interview:
Shelby Lynne Takes Charge With New Album
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Being the head of a record label was never one of Shelby Lynne’s goals. But that’s the position the Virginia-born singer and songwriter finds herself in with the release of her latest album, “Tears, Lies, and Alibis.”

The 10-song set is the first release by her Everso Records imprint, and it comes after Lynne, the older sister of fellow singer Allison Moorer, parted ways with her previous label, Lost Highway, during the making of “Tears.”

“They were looking for a man to be the record producer,” says Lynne, 41, who produced “Tears” herself, “and looking for songs that they understand, and my singing about Airstreams (mobile campers, in ‘Something to Be Said’) is not one of them. They were looking for a way to make money, and I’ve never made any money for anyone, so I don’t know what the hell made them think I was gonna make them some money.

“I just had it with the corporate money, money, money label thing. I took my little nest egg and said ... ‘Let’s do this thing.’ So here we are. It was just time to do this.”

Lynne has no plan to sign any other artists to Everso — “I don’t feel like taking anybody’s money,” she explains — but she has plenty of plans for her own work, including a Christmas set she’ll be recording in June for a fall release. She also has a head start on her next album, having written more than 20 songs for “Tears.”

“Finally I can do whatever the hell I want to do without getting the big ‘no’ from the record company,” Lynne says. “I plan on taking advantage of my freedom and working hard and putting out a lot of records. It’s the most liberating feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”



Shelby Lynne performs at 8 p.m. Monday, May 3, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $25. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: theark.org

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