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Nonesuch Releases New Shawn Colvin Album, "All Fall Down," June 5; Her Memoir, "Diamond in the Rough," to Be Published Same Day

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2012
    Nonesuch Releases New Shawn Colvin Album, "All Fall Down," June 5; Her Memoir, "Diamond in the Rough," to Be Published Same Day

    On June 5, 2012, Nonesuch Records will release the new Shawn Colvin album, All Fall Down. A collection of 11 songs, All Fall Down is Colvin’s eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others. See below for the complete track listing. Stay tuned for pre-order information to come.

    All Fall Down follows the Grammy Award winner’s 2009 Nonesuch solo acoustic set, Shawn Colvin Live, and her acclaimed 2006 studio record, These Four Walls, about which the Washington Post said: “As with Colvin's earlier work, the songs are easy to love, with smooth surfaces to glide along if one merely wishes to skim the top. But 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.”

    The new album was recorded in Miller’s home studio, and each song is deeply personal to Colvin, who describes All Fall Down as "an album about loss but also about redemption and resolution." The release of All Fall Down comes on the same date as William Morrow/HarperCollins publishes her memoir, Diamond in the Rough, which insightfully and candidly looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows. The wit, lyricism, and empathy found in the book are traits that have long characterized Colvin’s songwriting and her live performances.

    Colvin wrote or co-wrote eight of the album’s 11 tracks. “Change Is on the Way” was co-written with Colvin’s Three Girls and Their Buddy (the touring group of Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Colvin) partner Patty Griffin, and “Seven Times the Charm” shares writing credits with Jakob Dylan and longtime Colvin collaborator John Leventhal, who also co-wrote “All Fall Down,” “Knowing What I Know Now,” and “The Neon Light of the Saints,” which was written specifically for HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme and will be featured in an upcoming episode. (Colvin was a guest star on the show last year.) Bill Frisell penned “Anne of the Thousand Days” with Colvin, and Viktor Krauss co-wrote “I Don’t Know You” with her.

    In the 22 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy awards, released nine albums, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, written a memoir, and created a remarkable canon of work.

    All Fall Down track list in full:

    1. All Fall Down
    2. American Jerusalem
    3. Knowing What I Know Now
    4. Seven Times the Charm
    5. Anne of the Thousand Days
    6. The Neon Light of the Saints
    7. Change Is on the Way
    8. I Don't Know You
    9. Fall of Rome
    10. Up on That Hill
    11. On My Own

on April 3, 2012 - 6:14pm
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On June 5, Nonesuch Records will release the new Shawn Colvin album, All Fall Down. A collection of 11 songs—eight written or co-written by Colvin—All Fall Down is her eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others. The release of All Fall Down comes on the same date as William Morrow/HarperCollins publishes her memoir, Diamond in the Rough.

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On June 5, 2012, Nonesuch Records will release the new Shawn Colvin album, All Fall Down. A collection of 11 songs, All Fall Down is Colvin’s eighth studio album and the first to be produced by her longtime friend and cohort Buddy Miller (Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Recorded in Nashville, with a group of stellar musicians, All Fall Down features performances by Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller, among others. See below for the complete track listing. Stay tuned for pre-order information to come.

All Fall Down follows the Grammy Award winner’s 2009 Nonesuch solo acoustic set, Shawn Colvin Live, and her acclaimed 2006 studio record, These Four Walls, about which the Washington Post said: “As with Colvin's earlier work, the songs are easy to love, with smooth surfaces to glide along if one merely wishes to skim the top. But 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.”

The new album was recorded in Miller’s home studio, and each song is deeply personal to Colvin, who describes All Fall Down as "an album about loss but also about redemption and resolution." The release of All Fall Down comes on the same date as William Morrow/HarperCollins publishes her memoir, Diamond in the Rough, which insightfully and candidly looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows. The wit, lyricism, and empathy found in the book are traits that have long characterized Colvin’s songwriting and her live performances.

Colvin wrote or co-wrote eight of the album’s 11 tracks. “Change Is on the Way” was co-written with Colvin’s Three Girls and Their Buddy (the touring group of Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Colvin) partner Patty Griffin, and “Seven Times the Charm” shares writing credits with Jakob Dylan and longtime Colvin collaborator John Leventhal, who also co-wrote “All Fall Down,” “Knowing What I Know Now,” and “The Neon Light of the Saints,” which was written specifically for HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme and will be featured in an upcoming episode. (Colvin was a guest star on the show last year.) Bill Frisell penned “Anne of the Thousand Days” with Colvin, and Viktor Krauss co-wrote “I Don’t Know You” with her.

In the 22 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy awards, released nine albums, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, written a memoir, and created a remarkable canon of work.

All Fall Down track list in full:

1. All Fall Down
2. American Jerusalem
3. Knowing What I Know Now
4. Seven Times the Charm
5. Anne of the Thousand Days
6. The Neon Light of the Saints
7. Change Is on the Way
8. I Don't Know You
9. Fall of Rome
10. Up on That Hill
11. On My Own

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00
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Comments

Can we pre-order the CD and the book? I want a copy on June 5 - how can I get it?

Any Pre-Releases on iTune or Amazon Mp3?

Thanks for asking! We will be launching pre-orders in the Nonesuch Store soon. Please stay tuned for details to come.

My ears are already tickling!! Can't wait.

Was wondering if it might be possible to post the lyrics...?

Interested in pre-ordering both!

Is the cover art ready? I'm eager to write about the album on my blog.

Thanks to everyone for their interest. We're quite excited as well! We'll post the cover and pre-order together as soon as they're ready.

What are the release dates for England ?? Tour to follow ?

fall of rome is finally appearing on an album! heard her play it live in Minneapolis almost 15 years ago. very excited indeed.

Congratulations Shawn! Can't wait to hear and read it all! Cheers!

Please let us know about pre-ordering through FaceBook.

Oh, my! I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to this. I'm not much on reading biographies, but in this case I'm making an exception. I've followed Shawn's career since I first heard ‘Shotgun Down The Avalanche’ on the BBC in '89, just before the album came out, and her music has become an inseparable part of my life ever since. There are many artists who make wonderful music, the 12,000 or so tracks on my iPod are testament to that, but Shawn's music continues to fill a real emotional need, as well as entertain. Thank you, Shawn, for remaining true to yourself and your music. I'm desperately hoping that some UK dates will follow the release, it's been a while since I saw her at the Union Chapel in London.

YEAH! Can't wait to hear it. Will it be streaming pre-release?

I'm going to try and preorder the CD and two books(one for my library) at Barnes&Noble

PS:Fire Mary:)

can't wait for the new album ! " These Four Walls " is one of my favourite albums ever .Please come to England with Mary Chapin Carpenter !

Will there be a vinyl pressing?

Thanks for asking, Patrick. The album is currently scheduled for CD and digital release only. We'll be sure to let everyone know if that were to change.

Really, did you fire Mary, yet:)

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