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ACL Fest review: Shannon Labrie

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Eric Pulsifer

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 12, 2013

Saturday at ACL Fest is relatively packed with phenomenal frontwomen: Grimes, Haim, Hundred Waters, Valerie June and Lissie. Add to that roster Shannon Labrie. Labrie is a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Nashville whose soulful voice’s sensual honey-crisp highs brings to mind the late, great Jeff Buckley.

Tucked away in a corner of the park at the bite-sized BMI Stage, fans and carefree fest attendees crowded on blankets under the shade of nearby oak trees as Labrie and her backing band — a jazz-minded three-piece from Detroit — played a set filled with easy-to-listen-to would-be pop hits that could be as welcome at Blues on the Green as VH1.

Higlights included “Love Somebody,” a Bonnie Raitt-ready southern jam built on bones plucked from “Sweet Home Alabama,” and a swinging tune titled “Secret” about Labrie’s cat.

Labrie said she’s only been touring since January. This was her first “official” show in Austin.