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Shelby Lynne looking forward to making an album with her sister

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011

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You could forgive Shelby Lynne a bit of post-Christmas blues.

After all, she released her first holiday album, “Merry Christmas,” in October, but the turn of the year came quickly and placed it on the back burner. But the Virginia-born singer assures us she’s OK with that.

“I really didn’t have a tour with the record itself, you know,” says Lynne, 42, who also released her 11th studio album, “Tears, Lies and Alibis,” in 2010. “I did a few of the songs when I was out on the road with my sister (Alison Moorer). We did two or three Christmas songs ’cause it was that time of year, but I haven’t thought about it since.”

Nevertheless, Lynne is happy with the project.

“It was fun,” she notes. “It was quick and easy. With Christmas songs you kind of go in a little prepared because you’ve sung them all your life. So it was an enjoyable experience, and it’s actually on the shelf for people to purchase. I didn’t think about it at first, but then I realized, ‘Hell, I can put this out every year!’ That’s pretty cool.”

Lynne is still promoting “Tears, Lies and Alibis” but she’s also looking forward — and the future holds a full-length album collaboration with Moorer that fans have wanted for years. The two are planning to start writing in March with an eye toward a 2012 release, and Lynne says they’ll be as surprised as everyone else with what comes out.

“We’re going into uncharted territory here, so we’ll see what happens,” she says. “The tour was fun; haven’t not written anything yet, we just did each other’s songs and reached back into our childhood and grabbed a couple of things we grew up singing. It worked brilliantly.

“So I expect (the album) to be really good and really soulful, a couple of singers who happen to be sisters. We don’t fight or anything like that. I know everybody would love that to be the case, but it’s not the way it was and I don’t see anything like that happening. We’ll just get in there and knock something out, and I think it’ll be really, really good.”

Shelby Lynne performs Friday, Feb. 4, at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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