Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 8 p.m.
A rich Southern voice
The voice of Alabama songstress Shelby Lynne is an addictive thing, whether applied to classic or contemporary country, pop, R&B, or any other style she’s favored since coming on the scene in Nashville in the 1980s. Shelby has sung with bands of various kinds, and a few years back she did a legendary Ark show that proved she was one of the very few artists who should be permitted to cover the songs of Dusty Springfield. Over the years, her music has become steadily more personal and more committed as she has exerted greater control over its sound and distribution. Join us for this intimate evening with a major artist in the field of American roots music who has followed her instincts and forged her own brilliant path.
August 22, 2018, 8 p.m.
Discoveries from the history of American song
Eilen Jewell laughs when told her label’s president called her a musicologist. But she confirms she and her husband and bandmate, Jason Beek, have a passion for studying American music. “We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” she says. “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word early in front of it.” For her latest album, “Down Hearted Blues,” they unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.