Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

Shannon Curtis

Wednesday, June 20

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts

Sacramento, CA

53.50

Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin


“…extraordinary songs, mesmerizing guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes…her lyrics are crafted and clever, full of subtlety and polished phrases…With delicious sarcasm and acerbic stories, she held the audience spellbound…her songs are so personal to her that they speak to everyone who listens.” -The Guardian

In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.

Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, where she lived until she was eight. A small-town childhood in the university town of Carbondale, Illinois, drew her to the guitar by the age of 10. She made her first public appearance on campus at the University of Illinois at age 15. By the late 1970s Colvin was singing in a Western Swing band in Austin, Texas—the city she now calls home. Moving to New York at the decade’s end she remained in the country music field as a member of the Buddy Miller Band until she met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal. Leventhal inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. She began honing her skill, and was soon signed to Columbia records. Her first album, Steady On won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.

Colvin continued to win fans and critics with her subsequent releases, Fat City (1992) and Cover Girl (1994). In 1996, she released A Few Small Repairs (1996), which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad “Sunny Came Home” gave Colvin a Top 10 hit, a platinum-selling album and two of Grammy’s biggest honors: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Holiday Songs And Lullabies (1998), recorded while Colvin was eight and a half months pregnant with her daughter Caledonia, followed. Her next studio album, Whole New You (2001) found Colvin examining her new motherhood and the responsibilities of family. Polaroids (2004) is a showcase for the first half of her recording career. Her Nonesuch debut These Four Walls (2006) was lauded by People Magazine as “the most self-assured album of her career” and “one for the ages” by the Washington Post. The Austin-American Statesman called it “an exquisite portrait of strength and vulnerability.”

Shawn Colvin Live (2009), was recorded during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco’s famous jazz club, Yoshi’s. Live captures the beauty and intimacy of Colvin’s performances, showcasing her inimitable voice and matchless guitar stylings. Praised by both critics and fans, the album was honored with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
All Fall Down (2012), Colvin’s eighth studio album, was the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams). Recorded in Nashville with a group of stellar musicians, the album features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller.
The release of All Fall Down was simultaneous with that of her William Morrow/HarperCollins–published memoir, Diamond In The Rough. With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that have characterized Shawn’s performances and inspired audiences worldwide, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. Through its pages, we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.
Colvin’s most recent solo endeavor, Uncovered (Fantasy Records, 2015), is the long-awaited follow up to fan-favorite Cover Girl. Uncovered's twelve tunes include masterful interpretations of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, Robbie Robertson and Graham Nash to name a few, but in their selection and delivery they are pure Shawn Colvin.
In June 2016, Shawn Colvin and longtime friend Steve Earle united to release, Colvin & Earle, their acclaimed self-titled duo album. Produced by Buddy Miller, Colvin & Earle beautifully captures the pair’s extraordinary chemistry and is a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces. The album received high praise from critics – NPR asserted that the duo “Elevated their collaboration to the level of top-flight album-making, bringing seemingly opposing impulses to the process.”
Colvin was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award at the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards Show. Presenting Colvin with this prestigious award was Bonnie Raitt. Of Shawn, Raitt said “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard— and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist… She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake”
Shawn Colvin’s latest release is The Starlighter, a new album of songs adapted from the children's music book "Lullabies and Night Songs." The Starlighters’s 14 songs are a mix of traditional numbers and children's standards, an elegant and graceful musical offering that resonates with the warmth and tenderness of poignant familial experience and remembrance. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children's lullabies in a moving and timeless musical offering.

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Shannon Curtis
Shannon Curtis
Keyboards, drum machines, and love songs …

What happens when a girl who grew up singing Amy Grant songs into her hairbrush teams up with a guy who raised himself on New Order and wore only black for ten years? They make the dreamy, penetrating songs that have emerged for the upcoming album by LA-based singer/songwriter Shannon Curtis, as helmed by her producer/mixer husband Jamie Hill (Jens Lekman, The Presets, Nada Surf).

Shannon says of the record (as yet untitled):
"Our aim is to conjure the sound of the movies that play in your head, the words you wish you'd said in the moment, the feelings you just haven't been able to shake." Early reports are that the new material is "hypnotic," "like being caught in a dream," and "incredibly beautiful."

The Los Angeles Times has described Shannon as "… a beautiful piano player who sounds like the love child of Fiona Apple and Norah Jones."

Or, as the Boulder Weekly puts it, Shannon makes "music that makes you want to dance in your underwear or cry in your beer."

Shannon has released 3 EPs and one acoustic LP over the last 4 years, all on the small independent label Saint Cloud Records. Saint Cloud has sold nearly 10,000 of those records to date, and Shannon's song "Before the Sun" was featured on MTV's The Hills.

The new album's first single, "Brightest Light In The Room," was released digitally worldwide by Saint Cloud Records on May 31, 2011. The song was inspired by and written for two of Shannon's fans — both retired female US Army veterans of the war in Iraq — on the occasion of their wedding engagement.

Shannon's previous Saint Cloud Records releases are:
Boomerangs & Seesaws (EP, 2007)
Paris Can't Have You (EP, 2008)
Why Don't You Stay? (EP, 2009)
"I play the piano and sing love songs" (acoustic LP, 2010)

Why Don't You Stay? was produced in Nashville by Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Sixpence None The Richer, Switchfoot), and was mixed in Los Angeles by noted mixer Joe Zook (One Republic, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry).

Constant touring (over 150,000 miles in her VW Jetta in the last 3 and a half years) and placements in TV and film have been building Shannon a devoted and growing following across the country.
Venue Information:
Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA, 95816
https://bstreettheatre.org/shows/?series=music