Just a Little Lovin' is the tenth studio album by Shelby Lynne, released in the United States and Canada on January 29, 2008. The album is a tribute to British singer Dusty Springfield, and features covers of nine songs popularized by her, in addition to "Pretend", an original song written by Lynne. Three of the covers are of songs from Springfield's debut album, while another four are of selections from Springfield's widely acclaimed fifth album, Dusty in Memphis.
Lynne's tenth studio album is also her debut album for Lost Highway Records; the label released a promotional EP recorded in conjunction with radio station KCRW four days prior to the album. This album marks a return to Universal Music Group after Lynne released her previous two studio albums through Capitol Records. Though recorded at Capitol's Studio A in Los Angeles, California during January 2007, Lynne initially found her completed album without a distributing label amidst Capitol's merge with Virgin Records. Lynne told the Sydney Morning Herald in a January 25, 2008, interview, "We cut the record the week Capitol Records busted up. So we're downstairs wondering why upstairs isn't coming down to check us out. Turns out there was no upstairs there."
Outside the United States and Canada, the album is distributed by Mercury Records, the initial distributing label for her critical breakthrough album, I Am Shelby Lynne, when it was released in the United Kingdom prior to its American distribution.
In a January 29, 2008, article in The Advocate, Lynne discussed the inspiration she gained for the project, with Springfield having been a favorite singer of Lynne's since she was 28. Lynne further credits suggestion from Barry Manilow for her consideration in making the album, stating on her website and various interviews that the idea of covering Springfield's songs had come as early as spring of 2005, close to the release of Lynne's ninth album, Suit Yourself.
Aside from influences Lynne has discussed, her performance on I Am Shelby Lynne had drawn critical comparisons to Springfield's Dusty in Memphis, with each album said to be pivotal to the career of the respective artist.
Style and reception
In contrast to the more fully instrumented original versions Dusty Springfield recorded, Lynne's recordings of many of the covers are presented in comparatively spare arrangements, favoring acoustic guitars and pianos rather than a string or horn section. The reimagining of Springfield's songs has been a frequent mention in reviews of the album, notably in the four-star critique by Bill Friskics-Warren in Nashville's largest newspaper, The Tennessean. Jim Farber, a critic for the New York Daily News, stated in his review that Lynne " Springfield's hits her own by inverting them on almost every level." Rhapsody (online music service) praised the album, calling it one of their favorite cover albums. Referenced August 1, 2010
While reviews have generally been favorable for the album, some critics have noted desire for a more forcefully delivered performance as Springfield had provided on many of the songs — and as Lynne herself had shown on her own early projects. As Louisville Courier-Journal critic Jeffrey Lee Puckett wrote in his album review, "She instead decided to make the record one long, slow burn — very slow, to the point where most songs tend to barely ignite or even bleed together. The result is, at best, killer make-out music and, at worst, background for a pleasant meal."
The album garnered one award nomination in the Best Engineered Non-Classical Album category for the 51st Grammy Awards, recognizing the work of album engineer Al Schmitt. Just a Little Lovin' lost to the eventual winner, Consolers of the Lonely, performed by The Raconteurs.
Charts and sales
In its debut week of sales, the album garnered a career sales high for Lynne, according to Billboard. While this album entered the magazine's main album chart (the Billboard 200) within the 50 most popular albums of the week, Lynne's previous album (Suit Yourself) had failed to make the chart. As of August 20, 2008, the album has sold 81,000 copies in the US.
The sole single from the album, Lynne's cover of "Anyone Who Had a Heart" from Springfield's debut album A Girl Called Dusty, was released through the U.S. edition of iTunes on December 18, 2007. The song, along with "The Look of Love" (a U.S. exclusive release for Springfield), is one of two selections from the U.S. edition of the album written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. (A cover of "Wishin' and Hopin'", another Bacharach/David selection referencing Springfield's debut, was added as a bonus track to the British edition of the album.)
*Kevin Axt — Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright)
*Curt Bisquera — Drums
*Jill Dell'Abate — Production Coordination
*Sue Drew — A&R
*Gregg Field — Drums
*Steve Genewick — Assistant
*Gary Gilbert — Legal Advisor
*Elizabeth Jordan — Management
*Russell Lefferts — Legal Advisor
*Shelby Lynne — Guitar
*Rob Mathes — Keyboards
*Karen Naff — Design
*Dean Parks — Guitar
*Phil Ramone — Producer
*Randee Saint Nicholas — Photography
*Doug Sax — Mastering
*Al Schmitt — Engineer, Mixing
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Shelby Lynne (born Shelby Lynn Moorer, October 22, 1968, Quantico, Virginia) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. The success of the 1999 album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, even though she had been active in the music industry for some time. She released a Dusty Springfield tribute album called Just a Little Lovin' in 2008. Since then she has started her own independent record label, called Everso Records, and released two albums: Tears, Lies and Alibis and Merry Christmas.
Shelby Lynne was born in Virginia but grew up in the small town of Frankville, Alabama, near Chatom, Alabama, where she attended Washington County High School. Music was an important part of the Moorer family. Her father, who worked as an English teacher and a juvenile corrections officer, played the guitar, while her mother was a singer. Her father also drank a lot and eventually became abusive. In August 1986, when Lynne was 17, her father shot and killed her mother and then himself. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.
Lynne appeared on TNN's country music show Nashville Now in 1987. She soon landed a recording contract with Epic Records. Her first recording for Epic was a duet with George Jones, "If I Could Bottle This Up", which became a top-50 hit in 1988. Epic teamed Lynne with producer Billy Sherrill for her 1989 debut album Sunrise. The follow-up, 1990's Tough All Over, took more of a mainstream country direction, and 1991's Soft Talk found Lynne moving into slick country-pop.
Lynne placed several songs on the country charts during this period, but none managed to break into the top 20. Critics generally regarded her as a promising talent, and she won the ACM's Top New Female Vocalist in 1990.
However, she was tiring of the lack of control she was afforded over her image and musical direction. She split from Epic and signed with the smaller Morgan Creek label, debuting with 1993's Temptation, an exercise in Bob Wills-style Western swing and big band jazz. The label folded not long after, and she moved on to Magnatone for 1995's Restless, which marked a return to contemporary-style country. Afterward, Lynne disappeared from recording for several years.
Lynne moved to Palm Springs, California in 1998. For her next record, she worked with producer and songwriter Bill Bottrell. The result was the confessional and eclectic alternative country album I Am Shelby Lynne. "That album came from the most vulnerable, desperate place," she recalled years later. "I think about it every day." Island Def Jam released the album in England during the fall of 1999 and then in the U.S. the following year, to wide critical acclaim. At the 43rd Grammy Awards, held on February 21, 2001, she won the award for Best New Artist. "Thirteen years and six albums to get here," said Lynne during her acceptance speech.
Her 2001 follow-up album Love, Shelby was produced by Glen Ballard and featured a slicker, more pop-influenced sound. The album received mixed reviews. One of the songs, "Killin' Kind", also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Bridget Jones's Diary.
Lynne took a more low-key approach on her next effort. Identity Crisis was self produced, recorded largely in her home studio and with few additional musicians. Many of the 12 tracks focused on dark themes, but there were also lighter songs such as "One With the Sun" (inspired by a conversation she had with Willie Nelson). The album found a home on Capitol Records and was released in September 2003. The critics gave her high marks; AllMusic's Thom Jurek wrote, "There is no identity crisis here, just the indelible mark of a mature, intense, always engaging artist." Suit Yourself (2005) also received praise from critics. However, neither record was commercially successful.
Her album Just a Little Lovin', released in early 2008 by Lost Highway Records, paid tribute to the late British singer Dusty Springfield. The producer was Phil Ramone, who had worked with Springfield on "The Look of Love". Just A Little Lovin became the highest charting album of Lynne's career, reaching number 41 on the Billboard 200. In a review for Entertainment Weekly, Marc Weingarten wrote that the album "is a stark reminder of Lynne's empathetic skill as an interpreter".
Following a dispute with Lost Highway, Lynne started her own label, called Everso Records. "I plan on taking advantage of my freedom and working hard and putting out a lot of records," she said in an interview. The first release was her album Tears, Lies and Alibis (2010). She followed up later that year with the holiday album Merry Christmas, featuring such classics as "Christmas Time Is Here" and "O Holy Night", as well as two original songs.
Lynne and her sister, Allison Moorer, have announced plans to collaborate on an album.
Lynne performed the John Lennon song "Mother" at Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music in October 2001 and at Theatre Within's 30th annual Lennon tribute in November 2010.
She has worked professionally with Allison Moorer. On Moorer's live album Show, released in 2003, Lynne performed three duets with her sister. Lynne wrote "She Knows Where She Goes", one of the songs featured on Moorer's 2008 album Mockingbird. The two sisters performed five concerts together during what they called the Side by Side tour. The concerts took place from October through December 2010 in San Francisco, New York, Virginia, and Alabama.
In 2002, she sang a duet with Raul Malo (formerly of the Mavericks) on his first solo-album Today. The song is titled "Takes Two To Tango". In 2004, Lynne was featured in a duet version of alternative rock band Live's song "Run Away." This rendition can be found on the band's greatest hits compilation Awake: The Best of Live. In 2007, she performed background vocals on Marc Cohn's fourth album, Join the Parade. She contributed to Forever Cool, a 2007 album from Capitol/EMI featuring contemporary artists in duets with the late Dean Martin. Alongside Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lynne performed a duet of one of Martin's best known tunes, "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".
She also joined the 9th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.
Lynne has taken on a few acting roles. She portrayed Johnny Cash's mother Carrie in the 2005 film Walk the Line. She appeared in a 2009 episode of the Lifetime drama series Army Wives as a country singer trying to reunite with her son. She played herself in an episode of the Starz comedy series Head Case.
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