First off, I love Shelby Lynne. Think she is GREAT. Writer, singer, performer, nobody better.
This show had the chance to be a fantastic one. Held in a church, you had to figure the crowd would be attentive and listening, not the usual gaggle of men/women in bars drooling over her with catcalls like she is some kind of object. Going to her shows, I sometimes feel embarrassed for my fellow fans, they act so ignorant around her, yelling all night how hot she is. Never mind listening to the music.
I was right about an attentive, good crowd. The room was packed and everybody was listening.
Shelby put on a great, soulful show, accompanied by a lead guitarist and bass player. The trio was so good! She did much from the new record "Tears, Lies and Alibis" and also her entire catalog. Ended on a Willie Nelson cover, "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground." Real nice touch.
Now for the drawbacks to the church show. After the first 2 songs Shelby said the lights were too bright, turn them down. So, they turned them off. All we saw the rest of the evening were 3 shadows on a stage. I think tickets were maybe $35? I'm not interested in paying good money for an intimate venue to try and follow shadows. Secondly, the sound. It's a church. It had very high ceilings with different angles so the sound was not the greatest. It wasn't terrible, just not pristine. So, all in all, I would say it was a bit of a disappointment. You don't get to see her that often so when you do, you'd like to see her and the band and she deserves great sound.