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Shawn Colvin on World Cafe | August 20, 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.

This episode originally aired on July 13, 2012. (link)


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Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" Babel
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
Langhorne Slim & the Law "The Way We Move" The Way We Move
((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))
Grizzly Bear "Yet Again" Shield
The New Pornographers "My Rights Versus Yours" Challengers
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss "Please Read the Letter" Raising Sand
Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Black Eye Galaxy
((Wilco "Impossible Germany" Sky Blue Sky))


Paul Simon "Graceland" Graceland
Carrousel "14" 27 Rue de Mi’chelle
Carrousel "27 Rue de Mi’chelle" 27 Rue de Mi’chelle
The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There is No Leaving Now
Elliot Smith "Baby Britain" XO
((Vampire Weekend "Oxford Comma" Vampire Weekend))
The Gaslight Anthem "Handwritten" Handwritten
Tom Petty "Hometown Blues" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Best Coast "The Only Place" The Only Place
Rilo Kiley "Silver Lining" Under the Blacklight
Freelance Whales "Locked Out" Diluvia
((Holly Miranda "Slow Burn Treason" The Magician’s Private Library))
Divine Fits "Would That Not Be Nice" A Thing Called Divine Fits
The Velvet Underground "I’m Waiting for the Man" The Very Best of the Velvet Underground
Ann Peebles "Dr. Love Power" The Hi Singles A's & B's
Moon Martin "Bad Case of Loving You" Shots From a Cold Nightmare