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Joan Shelley at Lulu's Downstairs show preview 

click to enlarge Sunday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $12/adv, $15/door, all ages, lulusdownstairs.com
  • Sunday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $12/adv, $15/door, all ages, lulusdownstairs.com

When Joan Shelley recruited Jeff Tweedy to produce her fifth solo album, the Wilco bandleader had just gotten out of the studio with Richard Thompson. The decision made sense on a number of levels, including the fact that Shelley’s beguiling vocal style suggests a more Appalachian-folk-influenced Sandy Denny, with whom Thompson had co-founded Fairport Convention back in the late ‘60s.

Tweedy took a low-key approach to producing both records, adding subtle touches of guitar or synthesizer here and there, but mostly letting the music speak for itself. Shelley’s current tour finds the Louisville native accompanied by No Quarter Records labelmate Nathan Salsburg and will feature material from her new collection Like the River Loves the Sea, which also features guest vocals from Bonnie “Prince” Billy. An ode to Shelley’s old Kentucky home, the album was recently described by Q Magazine as “beautiful but inscrutable,” which is never a bad thing.

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