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Shawn Colvin is both a peerless veteran songwriter and an acoustic road warrior whose resilient voice has miraculously survived the rigors of endless nightclubs and touring to twirl in chilling delight. This 15-track live album, her second, recorded during a three night solo acoustic stand at Yoshi’s jazz club in San Francisco, includes just about every career highlight you could ask for. Her most familiar material, “Sunny Came Home,” “Polaroids,” “Diamonds In the Rough,” sit next to her excellent interpretations of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” all brought together in perfect intimacy with Colvin’s seamless finger-picking and relaxed delivery. Colvin isn’t one to vary her approach or reinterpret the past. These are faithful renditions made somewhat stronger by the directness of the approach, since Colvin’s songs hinge on her sterling lyrical acumen. (She is the rare lyricist who reads as powerful on page without accompaniment.) So it’s easy to curl up with “Ricochet In Time” and “Shotgun Down the Avalanche” as if they were good books.

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nothing is better...

shawn does it again. she took old songs and made them new. as if i'm hearing them for the first time, shawn's voice gives life to the old songs that made me love her years ago. this cd has been on repeat all day. LOVE the live versions of every single song.

Shawn is a treasure

Her guitar playing is elegant, gorgeous and on par with any other guitar player out there. Her voice is soft and warm yet raspy and worn around the edges. Her wit and insight cut quick and speak volumes of truth. I've seen her many times live and every time I am left with my jaw on the floor at how good she is. This is a great collection showing her at her best - solo and acoustic. Maybe it is just what I was going through at a certain time in my life, but I dare you to find a song as honest and heartbreakingly gorgeous as "Shotgun Down the Avalanche." I hope Shawn never stops what she does so incredibly well.

Shawn at her best!

I was so happy to hear that this album was in the works -- a chance to enjoy Shawn at her best -- just her beautiful and distinctive voice and elegant guitar playing. Nothing beats sitting in an intimate hall and enjoying the spell she can cast when it's just her and the audience. Each track on this recording captures that nicely. Can't wait to see her at Stone Mountain Arts in Maine in July!


Born: January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, SD

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" that began in the late '80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited "woman with a guitar" school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991, but it was her 1997 single, "Sunny Came Home," that...
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Shawn Colvin: Live, Shawn Colvin
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music, Pop
  • Released: Jun 19, 2009

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