**Limited GA Seating for The Corner Show**
“…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
Americana folk country singer Shawn Colvin is heading our way for Bluesfest and some intimate, solo acoustic sideshows, showcasing her brand new album All Fall Down. This timeless singer-songwriter & guitarist’s first big break came when her powerful voice made the perfect balance to Suzanne Vega’s vocals in her 1987 hit “Luka,” two years later she was awarded her first Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her debut album, Steady On. That was the start of a career filled with accolades. Colvin has since been nominated for ten Grammy awards and won a total of three, including two of Grammy’s biggest honors, ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Record of the Year’ for Sunny Came Home, from thealbum A Few Small Repairs. Over the course of a 23 year career Shawn has released nine albums, 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.
South Dakota born Shawn’s musical career has taken on many genres, from folk to country-rock to Americana to Western Swing, which she performed during her time with the band ‘The Dixie Diesels’. Her 2012 release All Fall Down, which wasproduced by Nashville master guitarist and personal friend Buddy Miller maintains this range of genres. 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.
Coinciding with the release of All Fall Down is the publication of ‘Diamond in the Rough’, which is an account of her life and work to date, with no holding back of the emotional demons she has faced along the way. Shawn’s emotional ups and downs are also documented throughout All Fall Down, with Shawn describing the album having themes of ‘loss’ and ‘breakups.’ It seems through this pain that Shawn really shines, with the album receiving rave reviews:
“…Shawn Colvin is probably at her best in this dark territory. The turns in her melodies are blue and beautiful, and the production here is just about pitch perfect…it’s consistently lovely orchestration, and it’s pungent and specific lyrics, this latest break-up album is strong indeed…” - Pop Matters
“All Fall Down showcases Colvin’s elegant but understated work on flat-top acoustic, with huskily downbeat vocals. This is sophisticated song craft with a twist of Americana” - Guitarist
It’s her deep and honest lyrics, beautifully crafted into passionate songs that will have you spellbound when Shawn Colvin visits Sydney & Melbourne for two special sideshows
Supporting Shawn at THE BASEMENT is Melody Pool
Supporting Shawn at THE CORNER HOTEL is Lachlan Bryan