Shelby Lynne plots own course with new album

Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:20pm EDT

Country singer Shelby Lynne gestures to photographers as she arrives for the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Country singer Shelby Lynne gestures to photographers as she arrives for the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, December 7, 2008.

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DETROIT (Billboard) - Shelby Lynne, fed up with corporate politics, is releasing her new album on her own label after butting heads with executives at her former record company.

"I just had it with the corporate money, money, money label thing," said Lynne, a former Grammy winner for best new artist. "I took my little nest egg and said ... 'Let's do this thing,' so here we are. It was just time to do this, and I couldn't be more free and happy. It's the most liberating feeling I've ever had in my life."

Lynne's album "Tears, Lies, and Alibis," released April 20, marks the debut release for her Everso Records label. But she has no plans to sign any other artists. "I don't feel like taking anybody's money," she says.

"Tears, Lies, and Alibis" marks the follow-up to her 2008 Dusty Springfield tribute "Just a Little Lovin'," which was released by Lost Highway Records. But she and the label differed over the new project.

"They were looking for a man to be the record producer," says Lynne, who produced "Tears, Lies, and Alibis" herself, "and looking for songs that they understand, and my singing about Airstreams (mobile campers, in 'Something to Be Said') is not one of them. They were looking for a way to make money, and I've never made any money for anyone, so I don't know what the hell made them think I was gonna make them some money."

With no one to tell her what to do, Lynne plans to record a Christmas album in June for a fall release.

"It'll be traditional," she says, "all of the songs we love. I like calm, simple Christmas records like Willie Nelson made."

She also has about 10 songs left over from the sessions for "Tears, Lies, and Alibis."

"I didn't want to do one of those too long, cheesy records," she explains. "I can't stand too long of a record. So I'm thinking already ahead for the next record, if you can believe that. I've got songs I know you will hear on my next record. Sometimes a song that didn't make one record will stay in my head for so long and just won't go away. I take that as a hint to keep 'em close and not forget about them. That'll make it easier for the next one."

In the meantime, she began a North American tour in Los Angeles on April 22, and has dates on tap through May 25.

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