Shelby & Allison ‘Side By Side’

Marking the first time the two sisters have ever toured together, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer strike out on their “Side By Side Tour” early next month.

After all these years it’s kind of amazing that the ladies have never ventured out on that touring highway. Sure, they both achieved success in the 1990s and appeared on each other’s albums, but extensive live work has never been in the plans until now.

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World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lynne (born Shelby Lynn Moorer) is touring in support of Tears, Lies And Alibis. Released earlier this year, the album marked Lynne’s first release on her own Everso Records label. The singer / songwriter recently recorded a duet with Jerry Lee Lewis that will appear on the latter’s Mean Old Man album landing in stores this week.

But wait, there’s more! A vinyl edition of Tears, Lies And Alibis is scheduled for an Oct. 19 release and her first-ever collection of holiday tunes, simply entitled Merry Christmas, comes out Oct. 12.

Thi syear has also been good to Lynne’s younger sister, Moorer, who released her acclaimed Crows in the spring. Called “chillingly brilliant” by The New York Times while The Boston Globe praised it as “a striking album,” Crows is Moorer’s seventh studio recording.

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Mountain Jam, Hunter Mountain, N.Y.

Billed as an “intimate, acoustic show,” the brief Side By Side tour launches at San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Oct. 3 and wraps in Mobile, Ala., at the Saenger Theatre Dec. 2. In between look for the sisters to play Tarrytown, N.Y., at the Music Hall Nov. 27 and Alexandria, Va., at The Birchmere Nov. 29-30.

For more information on the Side By Side Tour, click here for Shelby Lynne’s website and here for Alison Moorer’s Internet dwelling.