LIVE: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/27/14

April 3rd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon
Video and photographs by Timothy Raab

In the first few years of her career, Shawn Colvin was devastating. Remember, she was already 33 when “Steady On” was released in 1989, a fully developed artist who had advanced beyond a mere Joni Mitchell fascination to carve out her own hard, smooth territory.

The propulsive, open-tuned guitar, the flinty, percussive lyrics and a terrifying gift for melody — all of which were nurtured by a relationship with John Leventhal — joined with a preternatural onstage confidence, making Colvin something more than powerful, but mesmerizing.

But around the time she finally hit it big, with “Sunny Came Home,” in 1997, the demons started creeping out of her songs and into her life. Depression cracked the façade and her performances became scattered, sometimes downright weird.

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LIVE: Shawn Colvin & Loudon Wainwright III @ the Colonial Theatre, 3/11/11

March 24th, 2011, 12:23 pm by Greg

Loudon Wainwright III opened the show with the old W.C. Handy classic “Didn’t He Ramble,” and the audience had every reason to believe that it might be a prophecy of the evening to come. After all, both Wainwright and headliner Shawn Colvin have well-deserved reputations for telling rambling, non-sequitir laced, way-off-on-a-tangent tales between tunes.

And while those stories are sometimes charming, both singer-songwriters have such a rich and deep catalog of A-list songs, it often seems shameful to eat up stage time with off-the-cuff monologues instead of getting right to the heart of the matter – the music.

Fortunately, the chit-chat was kept to a minimum – except for the guy in the crowd who mistakenly believed that the price of his ticket also allowed him to engage Loudon in conversation in the middle of the show. No problem, Loudon cut him off nicely.

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Parade of Shoes: Shawn Colvin

May 4th, 2010, 2:05 pm by Sara

Parade of Shoes: Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin @ The Egg, 4/17/10. (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

LIVE: Shawn Colvin @ The Egg, 4/17/10

April 21st, 2010, 4:08 pm by Greg

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

Possessing a gently rolling voice, Shawn Colvin finger-picked her guitar in front of the sold-out crowd at The Egg’s intimate Swyer Theater on Saturday night. She was clearly among friends and fans, many of which have followed her career from the beginning.

Her independently produced live album “Live ’88” brought Colvin to the attention of both the public and the recording industry, and she quickly became a leading voice in the contemporary folk pantheon. Joining Tracy Chapman and Suzanne Vega with a major-label contract, Colvin became the darling of the singer-songwriter scene, winning a Grammy for “Steady On” in 1989.

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Take It From the Top: Shawn Colvin

October 27th, 2009, 1:33 pm by Greg

songswithoutrhyme“we had to call the police again on the mexican bachelors next door. it’s kind of a thrill to call the police on somebody, and my husband and i agreed that we weren’t being reckless because we had asked them twice already to turn the music down and it was 2 a.m. and the last time this happened the baby woke up. we live in an apartment complex and although each unit has a front door, most of the residents use their garages to enter their apartments. we knew, therefore, that the mexicans drove a mercedes and a lexus, a detail that made an impression on my husband, who appreciates fine automobiles. we could also see that the inside of their garage was plastered with absolut vodka ads and pinups of naked women. so we knew the mexican bachelors were young, upscale, and liked to party, and that was fine, but enough was enough.”

(Shawn Colvin’s “Bonefields” from “Songs Without Rhyme: Prose By Celebrated Songwriters,” 2001)

At the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Sunday, November 1, Shawn Colvin plays a benefit concert for Sky Lake Lodge, a Shambhala Buddhist meditation center in Rosendale. Dean Batstone opens the show.

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