Grammy Award Winner Marc Cohn at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday [Berkshire On Stage]
Singer-songwriter and pianist Marc Cohn burst onto the scene in 1991 on the heels of “Walking in Memphis,” one of the most resonant songs to make the Top 40 in the last 30 years. The Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1991 soon followed. Cohn’s short-story songwriting style is heavily influenced by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, and he is often named among the most personal and introspective lyricists of his generation.
Collaborating with longtime producer-arranger-multi-instrumentalist and fellow Grammy Award winner John Leventhal, Cohn doesn’t merely recreate the sounds of this storied time. On his 2010 hit album, Listening Booth:1970, he transforms songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Bread into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy and full of easy-going charm. These highly personal interpretations say as much about Cohn’s own history — his experiences, his memories, his inspirations — as about the legacy of these songs.