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Shelby Lynne and Vetiver are the latest artists tempted into the shadow of giants. Plus: Peter Bjorn and John's Peter Morén breaks from the pack
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Shelby Lynne gets Dusty

That's why I left it bare."

The woman who played Johnny Cash's mother in Walk the Line isn't a vocalist to be trifled with. A survivor to the core (her father shot her mother and then killed himself when she and sister Allison Moorer were teenagers), she may have been, in her words, "too young to understand the heaviness" of duetting with George Jones on the same mic when barely 19 with producer Billy Sherrill behind the board, but she does know "it doesn't hurt to have a Grammy," as Lynne says of her 2001 Best New Artist award.

And she knows she doesn't want to collaborate with her sister — yet. "We have two very different kinds of things — I tell her maybe when she's an old lady," Lynne drawls firmly. So listen closely to her turn on Springfield because next, Lynne says, "I'm gonna be writing songs. I'm not going to be doing covers again for a long time — if ever. This is it. I think you should be allowed one cover record per career." *

SHELBY LYNNE Thurs/1, 8 p.m., $25. Fillmore, 1805 Geary, SF. www.ticketmaster.com

VETIVER Tues/6, 9 p.m., $16. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. www.gamh.com

PETER BJORN AND JOHN'S PETER MORÉN BREAKS FROM THE PACK

The Last Tycoon, the title of the new solo full-length by Peter Morén, one leg of Peter Bjorn and John, is only that — not a way of life, despite the omnipresent whistle of the group's "Young Folks" last year. Morén swears that he's no mogul — he just wants to gently mock the solo project conceit while referencing the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. "I thought it would be funny to have a grandiose, pretentious title for a homey album," he tells me from Montreal. Tycoon, which Morén describes as "low-key and folky," came about when he brought a song, "Le Petit Guerre," to the rest of his longtime band. "The other guys wanted to take it in a more German kraut-rock direction, but obviously with the French refrain I thought it should be more melancholy, chanson-like, dreamy, like it is on the record now. That's what started the project." And the rest of the band approved. "I needed another outlet," says Morén, "because I've been playing with the boys since I was 15. So it's nice when you have to make all the decisions yourself, even though it can be a little bit scary."

PETER MORÉN With Tobias Frobert and Big Search. Thurs/1, 7 p.m., $15. Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, SF. www.cafedunord.com

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