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2Matter of Minutes4:31
3Shotgun Down the Avalanche4:01
4Twilight (Robbie Robertson)3:07
7Nothing Like You3:38
8Sunny Came Home4:10
9Fill Me Up3:28
10Witchita Skyline3:42
11I'm Gone3:25
12Ricochet in Time4:10
13Diamond in the Rough4:04
14Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)4:18
15This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads)4:44

News & Reviews

  • Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin to Join Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock Cruise, November 4–8, 2014

    Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin will join fellow Grammy Award-winning and/or -nominated women in music for Grammy Festival at Sea: Women Who Rock, a four-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl, departing from Miami and headed to the Bahamas, November 4-8, 2014. Harris and Colvin join Heart, Indigo Girls, Estelle, Skylar Grey, and others for performances, Q&As, and other activities hosted by the performers. There also will be one-of-a-kind opportunities to interact with the artists on board.

  • Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle to Tour US in March

    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle announce a special run of tour dates together this March: “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage,” in which they share the stage for a night of song swapping, duets, storytelling, and guitar playing. These two longtime friends and mutual admirers will share music from their extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters. The tour kicks off outside Pittsburgh on March 18, followed by stops in Bethlehem, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Troy, Boston, Philadelphia, Durham, Nashville, and Richmond.

About this Album

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” declared Shawn Colvin upon the release of her 2006 Nonesuch debut, These Four Walls, “and it’s great to feel like I’m doing my best work now.”

This new live solo set reconfirms that feeling. The three-time Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter combines material from two decades’ worth of recordings and makes it all sound even more deeply insightful and compellingly up to date, recent songs like “Fill Me Up,” the yearning opening track of These Four Walls, and the tougher, bleaker “I’m Gone,” seem as much like old favorites now as “Sunny Came Home,” Colvin’s career-making Top 40 success, and “Shotgun Down the Avalanche,” from her 1989 major-label debut, Steady On. Along with original songs from five studio albums, Colvin performs covers of Robbie Robertson’s “Twilight” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” With the latter, she transforms what was a funky, sing-along smash into something dark, brooding and bluesy—and she performs it with utter conviction to a rapt audience. She ends on a sweeter, more hopefully romantic note with a version of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place,” which she made her own years ago on the 1994 Cover Girl collection.

Colvin culled these 15 tracks from three sold-out nights at the new San Francisco location of famed Oakland jazz club Yoshi’s in July 2008. The simplicity of Colvin’s performance makes for an engrossing, intimate experience. Her deft acoustic-guitar playing is as eloquent in this unadorned setting as her vocals and her lyrics, which are stripped of sentimentality but stocked with hard-earned wisdom. Aside from the occasional “thank you,” Colvin avoids between-songs patter—though she manages a funny, memorable retort to an audience member’s joking request for “Free Bird” at encore time.

Since joining Nonesuch, Colvin has racked up the accolades. Reviewing These Four Walls, the Washington Post said, “The emotions fueling the lyrics are more complex and more mature than anything she’s offered previously. The image of a middle-aged woman laid bare in These Four Walls isn’t one for the industry. It’s one for the ages.”


Shawn Colvin, guitar, vocals

Produced by Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal
Mixed by Rick Depofi and John Leventhal at New York Noise, NYC
Live recording by Eric Moffat, Obie O’Brien, and Keith Yansurak at Yoshi’s, San Francisco

Songs written by Shawn Colvin (1, 11, 12); Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal (2, 3, 6-10, 13); Shawn Colvin, John Leventhal, Tom Littlefield (5); Jaime Robbie Robertson (4); Brian Joseph Burton, Thomas Decarlo Callaway, Gian Piero Reverbi, Gianfranco Reverberi (14); David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison (15)

Photography by Rodney Bursiel
Design by Jeri Heiden for SMOG, Los Angeles

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