Montana Public Radio

Shawn Colvin's Voice Combines Sparkle, Strength And Vulnerability

Mar 16, 2021

How does Shawn Colvin stay busy during a pandemic? By pairing her own hits with classics of the silver screen. In Live From These Four Walls you’ll hear a solo acoustic reinterpretation of her 1992 album, Fat City, and a second album of movie songs like “Edelweiss,” “Beyond Thunderdome,” “To Sir With Love” and “Everybody’s Talking.”

“…extraordinary songs, mesmerising 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

Shawn Colvin's songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, she is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. In the nearly 30 years since the release of Colvin's debut album, she's won three Grammy awards, released twelve albums, written a memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on many television and radio programs and had her songs featured in major motion pictures.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  3/16/21. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)