Country and blues returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College as Grammy winner Shelby Lynne takes the stage on Saturday, November 1. Popular local blues performer Kirk James opens the show at 7:30 p.m.
A born country singer, Shelby Lynne was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart – characteristics Lynne has embodied throughout her career.
Harmonies came easily to Lynne as a young girl, as she vocalized with classics from The Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Everly Brothers and more. Lynne began playing guitar at age 7 to accompany herself with these songs. Her father taught her a three-chord progression in E, and from there her hunger for more was so intense, she learned the rest on her own. By high school graduation she was intent on a music career and headed to Nashville.
Once in Music City, a meeting with veteran songwriter Bob Tubert opened the door for an appearance on the show “Nashville Now” on the Nashville Network. After the performance she was offered a record deal by CBS Records where legendary producer Billy Sherrill came out of semi-retirement to produce her first record. After five albums in Nashville, Lynne sought something new and enlisted record producer Bill Bottrell, who had produced for Michael Jackson, Madonna and Sheryl Crow. The result was the highly acclaimed I Am Shelby Lynne.
Receiving the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2000, Lynne continues to amass a body of highly-acclaimed work, the most recent of which is Thanks, released in December 2013. A deluxe edition of I Am Shelby Lynne, including six previously unreleased tracks as well as a 90-minute promotional concert film will be released this month, with a new album scheduled for release in early 2015.
Shelby Lynne’s special guest Kirk James is recognized for being solidly grounded in the Texas Blues tradition, playing Ragtime, Texas Shuffles and funky grooves. His phrasing mixed with bottleneck slide is said to conjure up images of T-Bone Walker, Elmore James and Lightning Hopkins.A blues performer for more than 25 years, James is known for his strong blues guitar style and distinctive vocals. Performing both original material and classics from the Blues Masters, James is a popular entertainer locally and throughout the country.
Tickets for Shelby Lynne with special guest Kirk James ($28-$34) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com, or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. Ticket Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.