Directed by Steven "Flip" Lippman

NOT DARK YET
Released August 2017
Produced by Teddy Thompson
30 Tigers/Silver Cross Records

flipplippman
December 10, 1959 - August 12, 2018

It’s a gift from God to have a sister to sing with. The unspoken happens whenever we open our mouths and hearts to sing with each other and it’s more than just singing with someone. We are bonded as creatures in a habitat connected by deep dirt. Song brings it out to the world. Allison and I have been singing together as long as we’ve been living.  We have been blessed in so many ways but being able to create, and share with others has been the greatest gift of all for us.

I sang the first time for people in public before she was born when Daddy picked me up and put me on top of a Shakey’s Pizza table and I sang “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue.” And Allison was barely big enough to put her fingers on the piano keys when she sang a perfect third part to what Mama and I were singing one day just a few years later.

I headed to Nashville first in 1987, put out my first record in 1989. Allison sang with me some during that time until she decided to follow her own path. Her first album Alabama Song was released around the same time my sixth album, I Am Shelby Lynne came out. She co-wrote a song on Alabama Song that was used in the film The Horse Whisperer and she received an Oscar nomination, and I won the Grammy for Best New Artist that year. We always talked about making an album together. But just like anything else timing is everything, so we waited on the perfect moment in order to make the right recording.

We asked Teddy Thompson to produce it, knew he would understand the family harmonies, and Teddy’s voice is so wonderful, we knew we could ask him to sing on a few too. At the time, she lived in New York City so the chance of getting together to write the songs for the record would be tough traveling from coast to coast. So we decided to make a cover album by choosing songs that represented us as individual artists and tunes that would bring us together. We traveled back in our minds and hearts to our childhood to recall the songs we sang together like Looking For Blue Eyes by Jessi Colter, Silver Wings by Merle, and also added some new songs like My List by The Killers, and Not Dark Yet by Dylan. We composed one over the phone, a tune called Is It Too Much. I started writing it, sent it to Sissy and she finished it with a bridge.

We got together in Los Angeles in July of 2016 at my house to cut for a week, take some pictures for the cover, hoping to knock it out. Some songs we chose made it and some didn’t. So we got together one more time in October that year to finish it. During the sessions in July, we did get the cover shot at the house with us drinking coffee working up tunes, when her seven-year-old son John Henry walked right in between us onto the sunlit porch. The picture says family, togetherness in earth and spirit, and a never-ending place where we live.

Making this record together was a prize, a symbol of accomplishment for both of us having traveled through the atmosphere and coming back down to earth to find each other again, just like the two little girls who grew up singing in the car driving to school everyday with Mama, doing what was most natural to us.

Singing.

available nov. 18th

Directed by Steven "Flip" Lippman

NOT DARK YET
Released August 2017
Produced by Teddy Thompson
30 Tigers/Silver Cross Records

flipplippman
December 10, 1959 - August 12, 2018

It’s a gift from God to have a sister to sing with. The unspoken happens whenever we open our mouths and hearts to sing with each other and it’s more than just singing with someone. We are bonded as creatures in a habitat connected by deep dirt. Song brings it out to the world. Allison and I have been singing together as long as we’ve been living.  We have been blessed in so many ways but being able to create, and share with others has been the greatest gift of all for us.

I sang the first time for people in public before she was born when Daddy picked me up and put me on top of a Shakey’s Pizza table and I sang “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue.” And Allison was barely big enough to put her fingers on the piano keys when she sang a perfect third part to what Mama and I were singing one day just a few years later.

I headed to Nashville first in 1987, put out my first record in 1989. Allison sang with me some during that time until she decided to follow her own path. Her first album Alabama Song was released around the same time my sixth album, I Am Shelby Lynne came out. She co-wrote a song on Alabama Song that was used in the film The Horse Whisperer and she received an Oscar nomination, and I won the Grammy for Best New Artist that year. We always talked about making an album together. But just like anything else timing is everything, so we waited on the perfect moment in order to make the right recording.

We asked Teddy Thompson to produce it, knew he would understand the family harmonies, and Teddy’s voice is so wonderful, we knew we could ask him to sing on a few too. At the time, she lived in New York City so the chance of getting together to write the songs for the record would be tough traveling from coast to coast. So we decided to make a cover album by choosing songs that represented us as individual artists and tunes that would bring us together. We traveled back in our minds and hearts to our childhood to recall the songs we sang together like Looking For Blue Eyes by Jessi Colter, Silver Wings by Merle, and also added some new songs like My List by The Killers, and Not Dark Yet by Dylan. We composed one over the phone, a tune called Is It Too Much. I started writing it, sent it to Sissy and she finished it with a bridge.

We got together in Los Angeles in July of 2016 at my house to cut for a week, take some pictures for the cover, hoping to knock it out. Some songs we chose made it and some didn’t. So we got together one more time in October that year to finish it. During the sessions in July, we did get the cover shot at the house with us drinking coffee working up tunes, when her seven-year-old son John Henry walked right in between us onto the sunlit porch. The picture says family, togetherness in earth and spirit, and a never-ending place where we live.

Making this record together was a prize, a symbol of accomplishment for both of us having traveled through the atmosphere and coming back down to earth to find each other again, just like the two little girls who grew up singing in the car driving to school everyday with Mama, doing what was most natural to us.

Singing.

available nov. 18th

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