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Grammy Winner Shawn Colvin Comes to WHBPAC “(All Fall Down is) an album about The two worked together in Miller’s loss but also about redemption and home studio, and they encouraged t’s fitting that Grammy Award winning resolution,” says Colvin. Fans who drop-ins from such acclaimed artists singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin is looking have come to enjoy Colvin’s signature as Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, forward to performing by the water, as she folk tunes will find that her newest Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jacob Dylan brings her fluid and melodic voice to the tracks are also evocative of her and fiddle player Stuart Duncan. The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on previous works. “I don’t deviate a lot instrumentals and the guest voices June 29 at 8 p.m. in my style,” says Colvin. “Although also enable this album to bridge the Colvin, whose most popular song is arguably I would say that this album is a little folk-country genre. the calm but haunting “Sunny Came Home” (the more country.” “I just really felt confident with 1998 Grammy selection for Song of the Year), Colvin wrote or co-wrote eight of Buddy Miller as the producer,” says has recently released her eighth studio album the album’s 11 tracks, which also Colvin “I’m in awe of his talent, and I titled All Fall Down. feature cover songs. The country Shawn Colvin was really excited to see what he was “I’m excited that I have new songs to play, musings are due in large part to the going to do with this record.” and hope my fans feel the same way too,” says fact that All Fall Down is produced by longtime More than being an inspiration, Miller was a Colvin of her current tour. friend and Nashville resident Buddy Miller. catalyst that helped to launch Colvin’s career. Born in South Dakota and raised in London, Ontario and ultimately Carbondale, Ill., Colvin had learned to play guitar by the time she was 10 years old. Her first public performance was on campus at the University of Illinois when she was 15 years old. From her Midwestern roots, Colvin moved on to Austin, Texas, where she became more engrained in the country-rock genre, as she worked on other artists’ material. Miller heard Colvin’s work and encouraged her to come to New York to sing in his band. She was soon performing with the likes of Suzanne Vega, as she worked to discover her own voice as a songwriter. Colvin released her first album, Steady On, in 1989, for which she earned a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy. But it was Colvin’s fourth album, A Few Small Repairs and the track “Sunny Came Home,” an eventual Top 10 hit, that catapulted her into the upper echelon of the music industry. In addition to earning the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1998, the song also won Record of the Year. Colvin has since garnered an international following, as fans have come to know her for her humor, sensuality and ability to combine her knack for storytelling with strong, simple melodies. “A lot of times, the inspiration is what is given to me,” says Colvin, who explains that she often receives just the music or the title of the song and is then asked to write the lyrics. Mimicking the emotional, sensitive and fluid nature of her songs, Colvin’s songwriting process is not Thursday 23rd Street Sunday East Hampton highly formalized. If she is in the writer’s to East Hampton to 23rd Street mindset, she is able to write anywhere. And, in that vein, Colvin also released a 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. memoir titled Diamond in the Rough on June 5, the same day as All Fall Down. “It’s a bit of a companion piece,” Colvin says Friday 23rd Street Monday East Hampton of the book, in relation to the album. Diamond to East Hampton in the Rough is a behind-the-scenes look at to 23rd Street Colvin’s life as a singer and songwriter, and 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m. 7:30 & 9:15 a.m. it gives her fans intimate details about her songwriting process, tour and upbringing. “I was dared to write the memoir,” says Colvin. She wrote two chapters to prove the For Scheduled Service between NYC and East Hampton naysayer wrong, and the rest of the book flowed Call Sound Aircraft at 1-800-443-0031 from there. “Challenges and dares inspire me,” affirms Colvin. Her next challenge may be finding time to For Charter Seaplane Service throughout the Northeast head to the beach, which Colvin says is an exciting aspect about performing on the East Call Shoreline Aviation at 1-800-468-8639 End, but one she’s unsure she’ll be able to enjoy with her busy tour schedule. Regardless, “summer is the best time to 17019 perform,” says Colvin. By Kelly laffey
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