Lynne imagines new CD
Friday, February 20, 2015
– Shelby Lynne will release her 13th full-length album, and first for Rounder Records, "I Can't Imagine," on May 5.
Comprising 10 new songs written or co-written by Lynne, the disc reflects her influences - from Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country and western to the social consciousness of precursors like Woody Guthrie and the roots 'n blues vocalizing of Billie Holiday.
The Virginia-born, Alabama-bred Lynne - who has lived in Southern California for the last 16 years - went to the Dockside Studio in Maurice, La. As she has on four of her last five albums (the exception being the 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute "Just a Little Lovin'," helmed by the late Phil Ramone), Lynne produced the new album herself.
Besides five songs composed alone by Lynne, the album includes two tracks ("Love is Strong" and "Be in the Now") co-written by Ron Sexsmith and three authored with Lynne's band mates -- "Better" and "I Can't Imagine" with guitarist/keyboardist Pete Donnelly and "Sold the Devil (Sunshine)" with Los Angeles-based guitarist (and band leader) Ben Peeler. The other core band members here include drummer Michael Jerome and bassist Ed Maxwell. Citizen Cope added his vocals to three tracks.
Tour dates will be announced soon.
The track listing is:
1. Paper Van Gogh (3:22)
2. Back Door Front Porch (4:31)
3. Sold the Devil (Sunshine) (4:08)
4. Son of a Gun (5:19)
5. Down Here (4:57)
6. Love Is Strong (3:44)
7. Better (4:32)
8. Be In The Now (3:28)
9. Following You (3:42)
10. I Can't Imagine (3:04)
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