Shelby Lynne's new CD opens with the sound of friendly chatter between her and her all-male band as they get ready to lay down a take of the country rocker "Go with It." This sets the informal, intimate tone for the rest of the dressed-down Suit, a down-home disc that is a throwback to the analog recordings of yesteryear. Working with such musicians as former Wallflowers guitarist Michael Ward and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Lynne, who also served as producer, creates a relaxed, jam-session mood on tracks like the bluesy lament "I Cry Everyday" and the folksy kiss-off "You Don't Have a Heart." Elsewhere, the singer-song-writer and guitarist gets the tear ducts flowing on the classic country ballad "Old Time's Sake," one of two songs written and originally performed by Tony Joe White (who plays guitar and harmonica here). Meanwhile, the sweet elegy "Johnny Met June"—which Lynne, who will play Johnny Cash's mother in the upcoming big-screen biopic Walk the Line, wrote the day the Man in Black died—imagines his meeting in the afterlife with his wife, June Carter Cash.
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