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Most days when pottering around the internet looking for quality content I feel as though I need a pair of cyber waders…..  because, frankly, there is a lot of rubbish out there. Then suddenly, and I don’t know whether it’s the result of an artful combination of words in google, dumb luck or simply that the search engine takes pity on me, something (I think) is interesting and exciting appears.

Todays joy is NPR  and this delicious link will take you to their complete archive of interviews with Shelby.  Enjoy!

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I’ve spent more money on dumb stuff in my life than I care to calculate. But the one thing I’ve never regretted spending money was music. If I go to a gig and see a new band, I buy their CD. If I go to a festival or a local market and there’s a muso there with a guitar case open for coins and a CD for sale, I buy it. And you know what? Not all those cd’s were great, one I bought recently only plays two of the tracks!!! I don’t care. The point is that Artists do something wonderful, they say no to playing it safe, getting a ‘real job’ and yes to following their hearts. In doing so they bring light into our lives. And that is worth every single cent.

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Musicians have been getting the short end of the stick for a long time. There are no shortage of stories about the wrong doings of managers, booking agents, etc and of course record labels.

But today we find ourselves in a battle with an enemy few of us understand. If we were to believe the writings and ramblings of the tech blogosphere, than they would have us believe that our enemy is our fans. This is simply not true.

The enemy are the for profit businesses making money from our recordings and songwriting illegally. Let’s be clear about this, our battle is with businesses ripping us off by illegally exploiting our work for profit. This is not about our fans. It is about commercial companies in the businesses of profiting from our work, paying us nothing and then telling us to blame our fans. That is the ultimate in cowardice…

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Shelby Lynne: On Vulnerability and Not Flinching – Huff Post

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A great interview by Deborah Stambler, published by Huff Post March 20th this year.  As I was reading this line leapt off the page;

As I immersed myself in the new album, Revelation Road, I felt I’d been listening to these songs my whole life.’

That was such a ‘Yes!’ moment for me, but even more fascinating is that every time I listen to the album I hear something new.  Now an unkind person might diagnose ADD…… but I’ve watched enough David Lynch films in my time to be confident I can stay even the most arduous course.

Let my try and explain by way of comparison; Tea & Sympathy by Bernard Fanning is an album that I love and will always love. But every time I listen to it, it’s the same album and I appreciate it for it’s predictability – great tunes with very little need for thought on my part.

Revelation Road is a relationship, now don’t lose it on me I’m not heading off down some weirdo stalker path here.  All music, poetry, film, literature or art that matters, that speaks to us soul to soul, is in a state of relationship which evolves, challenges and surprises over a lifetime.

If you missed the link to Deborah’s article at the top of the page here it is again;

Shelby Lynne: On Vulnerability and Not Flinching – Huff Post