Road To Redemption

I actually bought a new Shelby Lynne vinyl LP knowing full well that I already own the CD plus numerous digital versions on every music service imaginable. Not to mention, I don't have a proper turntable - you can't count the one in my 10 year old son's room.

I'm well aware that I just dedicated a post to Shelby Lynne in August but hear me out.

Last night I had the good fortune - with approximately 149 other lucky souls, of seeing her play live in a tiny venue in San Francisco. Alone on a dimly lit stage, with nothing but her guitars, she played her latest LP Revelation Road from start to finish and revelation it was. 

The official release was yesterday and while I've been listening to a pre-release copy for months, I don't think I really "heard" it until now.

It's safe to say I've gone from pretty sure to damn sure she is one of the most talented singer-songwriters in her genre - heck ANY genre if you throw in her ability to play that guitar.

I'm officially a convert and you will be too. You don't need to love country/folk/blues music or be from the South. All you need is time, a lot of time, to REALLY listen to her songs - the purity of her voice, the truth in her lyrics and the rawness and imperfections of her near-perfect guitar. 

Back to why I bought that vinyl. Although I have bought and sold a ton of records over the years, following the trends and converting vinyl to CD to MP3 to the cloud, I think I know enough about trends to predict the really good stuff will always have a place in any vinyl collection. Tears, Lies, and Alibis qualifies as really good stuff - plus it's THE one that got me hooked.