FTC welcomes Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Shelby Lynne

Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes the acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter Shelby Lynne back to StageOne Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

By the time Shelby Lynne won her Best New Artist Grammy, she had already completed six albums and had over a decade of recording experience under her belt. In a way, the award was appropriate, since I Am Shelby Lynne was the album that finally found her taking control of her music, following years of casting about in search of an identity.

Lynne’s musical works have ranged through country, blues, Southern soul, roots rock, Western swing, jazz, and adult contemporary pop. Naturally that eclecticism made her difficult to market. It also resulted in pressure to record more commercial radio-friendly material that didn’t really suit her style. However, once Lynne put all the pieces together, Lynne found herself embraced not only by the country mainstream crowd, but by rock critics, British audiences, and the alt-country and Americana crowds.

Born in Virginia in 1968, Lynne spent most of her childhood in Jackson, Alabama. Her father was a local bandleader and her mother a harmony-singing teacher.  As a child she and her younger sister Allison (a country recording artist in her own right) sometimes joined their parents on-stage.  It wasn’t till a life changing event of losing both parents at the age of 17, that Lynne took charge of her life and raised her sister and moved to Nashville, Tennessee after marrying her high school sweetheart.  It was while in Nashville, that Lynne recorded some demo songs, which landed her an appearance on TNN’s Nashville Now series and soon led her to do a duet with George Jones, for 1988’s Top 50 hit “If I Could Bottle This Up,” and a record deal with Epic.

Since having placed several songs on the country charts, she was generally regarded as a promising talent, and she even won the CMA’s Horizon Award (given to the year’s top emerging artist) in 1991. Yet, it wasn’t till she left Epic and signing with Island Records in 2000, and released I Am Shelby Lynne (celebrating its 15 year anniversary), a roots rock album with Sheryl Crow overtones and strong hints of Lynne’s eclecticism, that her talent was truly recognized. It was greeted enthusiastically in the U.K. Positive word of mouth led to effusive critical praise, with many hailing I Am Shelby Lynne as a major statement of purpose as confident as its title’s declaration.

Now Lynne returns to StageOne in support of her 13th full-length album, I Can’t Imagine, released on May 5, of this year. This new album is Lynne’s first release on Nashville based Rounder Records and features a total of ten tracks all written or co-written by Shelby Lynne. Singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood, AKA Citizen Cope, who recently just performed at the Klein in Bridgeport back in April, is also featured on three tracks: “Back Door Front Porch,” “Down Here” and “Better.” According to Rolling Stone magazine, part of the inspiration for the title track came from relaxed atmosphere of California:

“I always had a fascination with the bigness of California, and then just making my path here, it’s gotten in me,” Lynne tells Rolling Stone Country of the easygoing song’s inspiration. “I was out here making the I Am [Shelby Lynne] record.. . . It was about just getting in the car and driving, finding just desert and being at home, knowing I’m in the right place. I had left and found my place. It’s kind of … ‘I can’t imagine I made it.’ It’s a song that puts you in a place.”

Come join the Fairfield Theatre Company as they welcome back this dynamic songwriting star as she begins touring in support of her new album and hear for yourself as Shelby Lynn presents a night of great new material and old that shouldn’t be missed.

For tickets, at $48 in advance with a $3 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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