Cute country singer Shelby Lynne is as much a Nashville iconoclast as Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. This Alabama-native (sister to Allison Moorer, aka Mrs. Steve Earle) lives in the California desert and just released “Tears, Lies, and Alibis,” her first album on her own newly founded Everso Records.
“I have the freedom to do whatever I want to do musically, especially now with my own label,” Lynne declares. “Even in the Nashville days when I was there making records, I don’t think I was ever a part of the scene. I just never fit in there. That’s just the whole rebel outlaw thing in me. I don’t think I ever wanted to be in any kind of a scene anywhere. It just didn’t work for me.”
When her deal with Nashville-based Lost Highway went south, setting up her own label was a no-brainer. “After being on labels for 20 years, I think I’ve got the hang of it,” she says sardonically. “It’s kind of ridiculous for someone like me to be on a label. I don’t sell a ton of records. I have a base that stays by me loyally; I’m so lucky to have been around for 20 years. Being independent’s just what’s right for me right now.”
Shelby Lynne with Findlay Brown
The Concert Hall
2 W. 64th St.