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1989’s Steady On introduced Shawn Colvin to a mass audience — though, in truth, the South Dakota-born singer/songwriter had been building a following in various U.S. and Canadian locales for well over a decade. These years of seasoning may account for the self-assurance Colvin displays on her major-label debut. Her singing conveys an idealism matched with an underlying toughness, heard in both breathlessly-delivered narratives like “Another Long One” and yearning confessions like “Shotgun Down The Avalanche.” The album’s title track is a believable survivor’s anthem, while “The Dead Of Night” is an ode to a fickle muse. Such tracks as “The Story” and “Diamond In The Rough” find Colvin exploring childhood memories with a pang of regret. Her robust acoustic guitar strums are accented nicely by John Leventhal and Steve Addabbo’s blend of folk instrumentation and synthesizer programming. Celtic sonic colors mix with country and techno-rock touches in pleasing ways. In the end, Steady On’s greatest strength is its integrity – Colvin’s performances ring emotionally true and leave an indelible impression.

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Masmarising and magical voice. Great compositions and usage of appropriate instruments. I herd her song "Shotgun down he Avalanche" on XM radio and Instantly became her fan.


Do yourself a favor and download the whole album, not just "Shotgun Down the Avalanche". Shut your office door, lie in bed (by yourself), take your iPod and sit under a nice tree in the park. Close your eyes and listen to this album front to back. And I mean really listen. I assure you that you will feel...something.

Shotgun Down The Avalanche

I worked on the Mountain Village in Telluride CO. and skied there for a number of years. Every time I hear this song I'm on the mountain in the most beautiful, peaceful place I've ever been. Shawn's voice and her music is as beautiful, peaceful, and soothing as that mountain covered in a new fallen snow.


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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