SHELBY LYNNE + ALISON MOORER (EVERSO) ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

December 15, 2010

WEDNESDAY

DECEMBER 15, 2010

http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/


SHELBY LYNNE (EVERSO) PEOPLE MAGAZINE CD REVIEW 12.13.10

December 6, 2010

Shelby Lynne "Merry Christmas" CD review in People Magazine’s "Spotlight On Holiday Music" section that appears in the new issue dated 12/13 on Page 52 and on stands today. Rating is 3 1/2 stars!

Shelby Lynne “Merry Christmas” (EVER180 / 00044003106307 / C12)


SHELBY LYNNE (EVERSO) THE TONIGHT SHOW – CONFIRMED 12/8

December 4, 2010

Shelby Lynne to be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday, 12/8. She will perform "Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas."

Shelby Lynne “Merry Christmas” (EVER180 / 00044003106307 / C12)


INSANE CLOWN POSSE (PSYCHOPATHIC) CHARITY DRIVE

December 1, 2010

INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS TO SPONSOR FIRST CHARITY DRIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

“’Sugar Slam’s Super Live Toy Drive’ is Targeting Juggalos to Donate New Winter Necessities and Toys for Children in Need by Giving Away an Exclusive Psychopathic Family CD to Each Donator.”

Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records’ first charity event, “Sugar Slam’s Super Live Toy Drive” is giving away an exclusive holiday CD, Holiday Heat, to every person who donates a new toy and/or new children’s winter outerwear.

Get into the giving, family spirit with Insane Clown Posse, Sugar Slam and the whole Psychopathic Family as they aim to help out numerous children who will go without holiday gifts this season, and even warm clothing this coming winter. Insane Clown Posse and Psychopathic Records are sponsoring their first, very own charity drive “Sugar Slam’s Super Live Toy Drive”, which continues up until January 31, 2011. Watch Sugar Slam and some of the other Psychopathic Family break it all down in this new infomercial here:

The rules are simple – for every donation of a NEW toy or NEW winter clothing item worth a minimum $5.00, Psychopathic Records will give that donator a collector’s item CD, Holiday Heat , which is made up of fifteen (15) holiday songs from the Psychopathic Records artists, including Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, and others. Holiday Heat will only be available to people who donate to “Sugar Slam’s Super Live Toy Drive”, and there are two ways to participate:

(1) Send donations to Sugar Slam’s Super Live Toy Drive, P.O. Box 620, Farmington, MI 48332. Please provide your name and address within the package so that the CD may be sent back as quickly as possible; and/or

(2) For those attending any of the Insane Clown Posse Old Shit shows, there will be booths at each venue where attendees may drop off donations and receive their CDs at that same time at the following shows:

12/01/10 New Orleans , LA Republic New Orleans
12/02/10 Little Rock, AR The Village
12/04/10 San Antonia, TX White Rabbit
12/05/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
12/06/10 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
12/08/10 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen AL
12/09/10 Jacksonville, FL Plush
12/10/10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
12/12/10 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
12/13/10 Norfolk, VA The Norva
12/14/10 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo
12/15/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
12/17/10 Worcester, MA The Palladium
12/18/10 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
12/19/10 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
12/23/10 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall


SHELBY LYNNE (EVERSO) QUOTE SHEET

December 1, 2010

“…the 11-song platter was worth the wait. With nine classic tracks — ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ among them — along with a pair of originals penned just for the CD, her full, rich voice is warm and lustrous. The instruments are subdued but buoyant, wrapping her vocals like a favorite muffler and mittens. One of the originals, ‘Xmas,’ is a bluesy acknowledgment that not all Christmas memories are warm and fuzzy. The song is like a slow burn, gaining strength and ferocity that evokes not just Dusty Springfield but Nina Simone in its delivery.”

– Associated Press

“’Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,’ one of Ms. Lynne’s two originals, wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an Elvis Christmas album…"

The New York Times

"This one feels like an instant classic. The incomparable Lynne reinvigorates nine standards…"

Parade Magazine

“Lynne brings her signature blend of honky-tonk, blues, and dusky jazz to her first album of Christmas songs. She knows when to have a good time (‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’) and when to give the classics a twangy makeover (‘Silver Bells,’ ‘Silent Night’). Two of Lynne’s originals (‘Xmas’ and ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’) work nicely alongside the chestnuts.”

The Boston Globe

“Shelby Lynne brings the Muscle Shoals studio sound to the Christmas party.”

Chicago Sun-Times

“[a] showcase for Lynne’s gifts as an interpretive singer and songwriter. It’s enjoyable throughout, and the immediacy and warmth of the recording set it apart from the usual holiday fare.”

– AllMusic.com

“’Merry Christmas!’ has Shelby Lynne’s unique fingerprint on it.”

Country Standard Time

“a warm and heartfelt collection”

Flint Journal

It can be a fine line, putting your own spin on traditional material without losing the charm that made it traditional in the first place. Lynne knows exactly how to walk that line, and her less-is-more studio sensibility helps. Highlights include a meditative take on ‘Christmas Time is Here,’ from Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album; ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,’ a boogie propelled by a romping acoustic bass; and the delicate bluegrass instrumental flourishes on ‘Silver Bells.’ ‘Merry Christmas’ is a quiet gem.”

Mobile Press Register

“Lynne does a fine job interpreting Vince Guaraldi’s ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ and the carol ‘O Holy Night,’ but is at her best on ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ and ‘Xmas,’ the two originals she wrote for this project.”

Detroit Free Press

“Lynne’s lived-in, country/soul voice is distinctive, and this disc’s relaxed, late-night vibe is presented with a welcome lack of studio sheen. Such unvarnished informality makes well-worn standards – both religious (‘O Holy Night,’ ‘Silent Night’) and secular (‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ ‘White Christmas’) – privileged moments…Shelby’s own exemplary Memphis get-down ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ is superb…”

Iowa City Press Citizen

“one of the best Christmas releases of the season…Merry Christmas is an honest musical gift with an organically raw recording that practically places Lynne next to your holiday fire, strumming her way through the 11 tracks contained on this disc. If you need one reason to buy this, check out the wonderful rendition of Vince Guaraldi’s "Christmas Time Is Here." Somewhere, good ‘ol Charlie Brown is smiling…”

– AddictedToVinyl.com

“On Lynne’s first Christmas album, appropriately titled Merry Christmas, the Country/Soul chanteuse tackles a handful of traditional holiday favorites and throws in a couple of seasonal originals to spice the egg nog…Merry Christmas is most engaging when Lynne plays to her strengths, like her take on ‘Christmas Time Is Here,’ the wistful Vince Guaraldi classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and her readings of the majestic ‘O Holy Night’ and the elegant ‘Silent Night.’ She gives a similar twilight feel to ‘Silver Bells’ and invests ‘White Christmas’ with the appropriate long-way-from-home longing.”

Cincinnati City Beat

“Shelby Lynne’s been on a roll lately. Her Tears, Lies and Alibis from earlier this year was an impressive first outing on her own label, and now she’s following it up with Merry Christmas, her first holiday record—a spirited, but typically well-thought-out and emotionally layered set. The stacked vocals of the opening ‘Sleighride’/’Winter Wonderland’ mash-up kick things off, and the effect of many Shelbys at once like that seems to emphasize the natural moodiness of her voice, even on standard holiday chestnuts, of which there are plenty here, each rendered with subtlety and rootsy economy. Her inclusion of Vince Guaraldi ‘s searching ‘Christmastime Is Here’ is an inspiration, but the real knockouts are her two originals: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ and ‘Xmas’ outline the pleasures and pains that can accompany holiday time…It’s a warm, inviting album, and also one which invites deeper thought about December.”

– blog.napster.com

“the most interesting cuts on Merry Christmas were penned by Lynne. ‘Ain’t Nothin’ LikeChristmas’ sounds like it was inspired by the light jazz of Les Paul and Mary Ford, while ‘Xmas’… is a simmering ’60s-style soul tune”

Campus Circle

“Merry Christmas by Shelby Lynne will make a fine addition to any holiday collection. Its relaxed and ultimately inspired music should warm any hearth and home.”

– BlogCritics.org

SHELBY LYNNE “MERRY CHRISTMAS” (EVER180 / 044003106307 / C12)


SHELBY LYNNE (EVERSO) NEW YORK TIMES “HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE”

November 29, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/arts/music/26holiday.html?ref=music

Like gifts themselves, Christmas albums shouldn’t be obligations, though they all too often are. And also like gifts, the ones worth receiving and embracing are those that in spite of the familiar structure, find new ways to deliver old thrills. Or even, sometimes, new thrills. Or even more rarely, something not thrilling, but bracing; not all holiday experiences are cheerful. Here, the pop and jazz critics of The New York Times look for meaning, and hidden presents, in this year’s crop of holiday releases. JON CARAMANICA

SHELBY LYNNE: ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ (Everso, $12.98). There are 11 songs on “Merry Christmas,” Shelby Lynne’s first holiday album, and almost as many styles: a bluegrass “Christmastime’s a-Coming,” new age flutes on “White Christmas,” and a Bakersfield, Calif.-style “Winter Wonderland.” “Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,” one of Ms. Lynne’s two originals, wouldn’t have sounded out of place on an Elvis Christmas album, and her takes on “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” are smiling. But Ms. Lynne, who flirts with the outskirts of the country mainstream, isn’t a genial singer. She brings bruised, anguished colors to “Silent Night” and “Christmas Time Is Here.” And “Xmas,” her other original, is pure lament. “Christmas makes me sad/And I’m being bad,” Ms. Lynne sings, over questionable smooth-jazz saxophone. “Holiday cocktails make me forget/The gifts that Daddy never opened.” JON CARAMANICA

Shelby Lynne “Merry Christmas” (EVER180 / 00044003106307 / C12)


SHELBY LYNNE (EVERSO) QUOTE SHEET

November 23, 2010

“…the 11-song platter was worth the wait. With nine classic tracks — ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ among them — along with a pair of originals penned just for the CD, her full, rich voice is warm and lustrous. The instruments are subdued but buoyant, wrapping her vocals like a favorite muffler and mittens. One of the originals, ‘Xmas,’ is a bluesy acknowledgment that not all Christmas memories are warm and fuzzy. The song is like a slow burn, gaining strength and ferocity that evokes not just Dusty Springfield but Nina Simone in its delivery.”

– Associated Press

“[a] showcase for Lynne’s gifts as an interpretive singer and songwriter. It’s enjoyable throughout, and the immediacy and warmth of the recording set it apart from the usual holiday fare.”

– AllMusic.com

“’Merry Christmas!’ has Shelby Lynne’s unique fingerprint on it.”

Country Standard Times

“It can be a fine line, putting your own spin on traditional material without losing the charm that made it traditional in the first place. Lynne knows exactly how to walk that line, and her less-is-more studio sensibility helps. Highlights include a meditative take on ‘Christmas Time is Here,’ from Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album; ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas,’ a boogie propelled by a romping acoustic bass; and the delicate bluegrass instrumental flourishes on ‘Silver Bells.’ ‘Merry Christmas’ is a quiet gem.”

Mobile Press Register

“On Lynne’s first Christmas album, appropriately titled Merry Christmas, the Country/Soul chanteuse tackles a handful of traditional holiday favorites and throws in a couple of seasonal originals to spice the egg nog…Merry Christmas is most engaging when Lynne plays to her strengths, like her take on ‘Christmas Time Is Here,’ the wistful Vince Guaraldi classic from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and her readings of the majestic ‘O Holy Night’ and the elegant ‘Silent Night.’ She gives a similar twilight feel to ‘Silver Bells’ and invests ‘White Christmas’ with the appropriate long-way-from-home longing.”

Cincinnati City Beat

“Shelby Lynne’s been on a roll lately. Her Tears, Lies and Alibis from earlier this year was an impressive first outing on her own label, and now she’s following it up with Merry Christmas, her first holiday record—a spirited, but typically well-thought-out and emotionally layered set. The stacked vocals of the opening ‘Sleighride’/’Winter Wonderland’ mash-up kick things off, and the effect of many Shelbys at once like that seems to emphasize the natural moodiness of her voice, even on standard holiday chestnuts, of which there are plenty here, each rendered with subtlety and rootsy economy. Her inclusion of Vince Guaraldi ‘s searching ‘Christmastime Is Here’ is an inspiration, but the real knockouts are her two originals: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas’ and ‘Xmas’ outline the pleasures and pains that can accompany holiday time…It’s a warm, inviting album, and also one which invites deeper thought about December.”

– blog.napster.com

“the most interesting cuts on Merry Christmas were penned by Lynne. ‘Ain’t Nothin’ LikeChristmas’ sounds like it was inspired by the light jazz of Les Paul and Mary Ford, while ‘Xmas’… is a simmering ’60s-style soul tune”

Campus Circle

“Merry Christmas by Shelby Lynne will make a fine addition to any holiday collection. Its relaxed and ultimately inspired music should warm any hearth and home.”

– BlogCritics.org

Shelby Lynne “Merry Christmas” (EVER180 / 00044003106307 / C12) Available Now