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Shawn Colvin on World Cafe | July 13, 2012

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Three-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is a contemporary folk legend. Colvin started playing guitar at the age 10 and went on to cut her teeth on the folk circuits of Illinois and San Francisco before moving on to the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village in New York City. During her solo music career, Colvin has appeared in off-Broadway shows and episodes of television shows such as The Simpsons and Treme.

After a period of relative inactivity, Colvin is back with not just a new album — All Fall Down — but also a memoir entitled Diamond In The Rough. Colvin says she was a little skeptical at first about being so open with her personal life in her new memoir. "I was dared to write the book. My manager said, 'You have a story to tell,' " Colvin says. After working up the courage, Colvin got personal about her past relationships and their effects on her songwriting.

As a companion album to the memoir, All Fall Down is her first release in six years and features guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Jakob Dylan and Bill Frisell. With themes reflecting on loss and redemption, All Fall Down showcases Colvin's thoughtful songwriting and musical range. In support of her latest release, Colvin recently played a World Cafe Live show in Philadelphia and sat down with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun to chat about her new projects. (link)


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Robbie Robertson "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" Robbie Robertson
Band of Horses "Knock Knock" Mirage Rock
Peter Bjorn and John "Young Folks" Writer's Block
Kindness "Swinging Party" World You Need a Change of Mind
((Shawn Colvin "Change is On the Way" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Shawn Colvin "All Fall Down" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Shawn Colvin "I Don't Know You" All Fall Down
Shawn Colvin "Change is On the Way" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Shawn Colvin "Facts About Jimmy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Jackson Browne "My Opening Farewell" Saturate Before Using
Dawes "Fire Away" Nothing is Wrong


Beach House "Lazuli" Bloom
((Wilco "Impossible Germany" Sky Blue Sky))
Allo Darlin' "Capricornia" Europe
Wreckless Eric "Whole Wide World" Stranger than Fiction Soundtrack
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There Is No Leaving Now
Elvis Costello "Indoor Fireworks" King of America
Bright Eyes "Shell Games" The People's Key
((He's My Brother, She's My Sister "Coattails" Escape Tonight))
John Fullbright "Gawd Above" From the Ground Up
Susan Tedeschi "Lord Protect My Child" Hope and Desire
The Black Keys "Gold On the Ceiling" El Camino
Tinariwen "Cler Achel" Aman Iman: Water is Life
((Ben Vaughn "Crash Point" Designs in Music))
Kelly Hogan "We Can't Have Nice Things" I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
Nick Lowe "Sensitive Man" The Old Magic
Rhett Miller "Out of Love" The Dreamer
Steve Wynn & The Miracle "Cindy It Was Always You" Tick...Tick...Tick
((Roman Candle "One More Road" Oh Tall Tree in the Ear))