Shawn Colvin | All Fall Down
Shawn Colvin • Nonesuch Records recently released 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.
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 came 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.
“The album is noticeably louder and more guitar-based then some of Ms. Colvin’s recent work, perhaps because she so quickly endorsed Mr. Miller’s proposal to cut the bulk of the record live and unrehearsed. She liked the idea, she said, because she was more confident than ever about the quality of the songs she was bringing to the sessions.”
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.
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