In 2000, Shelby Lynne won the Best New Artist Grammy … with more than 12 years in the business. In 2005, she made her acting debut as Johnny Cash’s mother in the Fox Searchlight movie, “Walk The Line.” In 2011, the singer-songwriter released her latest CD “Revelation Road” which found her not only writing 11 songs, but also playing the instruments and producing the project for her own Everso Records label. Now she’s kicking off her spring world tour with a performance at One Longfellow Square on Thursday, March 22.

To that end, a call was made to her Palm Springs home in California and Lynne was more than happy to chat about what’s been happening lately.

Q: How are things going for you nowadays?

Lynne: I just got back from Europe last night where it was very cold, so it’s nice to be back in California sunshine.

Q: How did that part of your tour go?

Lynne: Very well, you couldn’t ask for better. It was an excellent 14 days.

Q: I see the next leg of that tour begins on March 22 in Portland. Have you played a lot here in Maine in the past?

Lynne: No, I haven’t … I have a couple of times, though, I remember doing an outdoor gig somewhere and then I played last year at some venue, I’m not sure where, but no, I haven’t a lot, but I love it up there.

Q: Now I understand that this is your very first solo acoustic tour — how’s that working out for you?

Lynne: Well, it’s excellent — it works out great. I stand there and sing my songs and I enjoy it a lot and people enjoy it, so that’s really all that matters. I look at it this way: the songs were born that way — me and a guitar — so no matter what kind of record you make there’s a certain honesty in going out with just a guitar and a voice and a song and presenting it to the people. If you can do that you really have a showcase for the songs and lyrics.

Q: Because “Revelation Road” was such an intimate and personal album, was it at all cathartic?

Lynne: No. I mean, I don’t make albums because it necessarily feels good, I make albums because it makes me feel good as an artist. I’m a creative person and I write about my experiences in my life. I’m not concerned about the over-emotional qualities of it, I’m concerned about relating to the listener. So, if what I’m feeling and writing and performing somehow resonates in another soul, I’m happy and I’ve done my job.

Q: When you began your career you were on a major record label, but now you have your own company. It seems that with things like the Internet and computers artists don’t need the Sonys or the Capitols or the Warner Bros. anymore.

Lynne: Well, I certainly don’t! I mean, I’ve put out three albums in two years on my label and I’ve toured Europe twice. I’m as busy — or more busy — than I’ve ever been in my career and I’m certainly happier because I have the creative freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want … and I enjoy that creative freedom. What matters is getting my vision out to the people.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to have passed on to the folks reading this article?

Lynne: Just that the show is an hour-and-a-half of the new album and I go back the last 12 years and hand choose several songs from all the rest of the albums that I’ve done since the year 2000. It’s a thick, thick hour-and-a-half and it’s a fun time, so I look forward to playing Portland. I don’t think I ever have.

Lucky Clark has spent over four decades writing about good music and the people who make it. He can be reached at [email protected] if you have questions, comments or suggestions.

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