By Anita Stewart, Tampa Correspondent
A Bayou Blues Kind of Country Rocked the Cap in Clearwater, Florida June 2nd, 2015
From “Paper Van Gogh” all the way through to the end of her latest album and then a string of her older hits one right after the other, Shelby Lynne and her fantastically tight band played and crooned in waves of slow ballads and love songs dripping with yearning and promises of what was to come. Through the waves of sound she and the band would crest and wail with rip-rocking jams that vibrated the walls of “the Cap.” The audience serenaded her as she sang each song.
“I Can’t Imagine” is Shelby Lynne’s 13th studio album. The songs bended the genres making new listeners and older fans unable to cast Shelby Lynne, her band and her songs in a particular format or category. Her Facebook page simply states “Americana Soul” as the genre of the music. And her voice is flawless; sometimes growling, whispering, raging and holding those incredibly long and powerful notes.
An elegant performance from start to finish, this writer was front row center courtesy of an Instagram contest by Creative Loafing Tampa and was made to feel like an intimate part of the show.
The Capitol Theater was the first movie theater in Clearwater, Florida and has gone through several renovations in past years and is now part of Ruth Eckerd Hall. A great place to see a performance…and a glass of wine on the rooftop overlooking the downtown and the water set the before the show ambience.
“I Can’t Imagine” is a poignant album, a reflection of the wide opened soul of the artist. “Paper Van Gogh” was the opening song and “Down Here” rocked reminiscent of the guitar work of Neil Young. Every cut is great! The video for the title track was shot by Alexandra Hedison. The amazing scenery was close to Shelby’s home in the desert scrubland near Palm Springs, California.
Shelby Lynne is touring now in support of this album. Definitely a show to see!