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Shawn Colvin to Release Second Covers Album of Her Career

Shawn Colvin is a superb songwriter, but she also knows how to appreciate the writing of others.

In 1994, she released Cover Girl, her first album of covers and her third album overall. On September 25, she returns with Uncovered, her ninth album and the second to contain just covers of classic songs.

This time around, Colvin presents her versions of songs by such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits and Robbie Robertson. Joining her on the album are David Crosby on Baker Street and Marc Cohn on Gimme a Little Sign.

Colvin explained how the new set is different from her 1994 release. "The songs on Cover Girl were actually staples of my live act at the time. This wasn’t the case with Uncovered. Some of these songs I knew how to play, others I learned for the purpose of recording this album. Until you learn a song, you don’t know if you can bring anything to it. Twenty-one years later, even though I am primarily known as the composer of my material, I’ve never tired of learning covers, and I had more than a few in the hopper. It seemed fitting to get together with Steuart once more and record a follow-up to Cover Girl."

She continued "The title Uncovered has a few meanings. It means uncovering as in an excavation, and uncovered in the sense of vulnerability. This album was made very spontaneously, we didn’t over-think or overdub it. One of my friends said to me, ‘You sound so exposed on this record!’ and I think that’s the thematic key, vulnerability."

Eagles guitarist Steuart Smith, who also produced Cover Girl, returns to the production chair for Uncovered along with Stewart Lerman.

The track list:
  • Tougher Than the Rest
  • American Tune
  • Baker Street
  • Hold On
  • I Used to Be King
  • Private Universe
  • Heaven is Ten Zillion Light Years Away
  • Gimme a Little Sign
  • Acadian Driftwood
  • Lodi
  • Not a Drop of Rain
  • 'Til I Get It Right
Colvin has a lengthy list of appearances through January including a number of dates in support of Don Henley:
  • 08/15 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folk Fest (with Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  • 08/17 - Jackson, WY - Center for the Arts
  • 09/11 - Pawling, NY - Darryl's House
  • 09/12 - Hastings-on-Hudson, NY - Purpl
  • 09/13 - Rockport, MA - Rockport Music - Shalin Liu Performance Center
  • 10/03 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 10/05 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic (with Don Henley)
  • 10/06 - Healdsburg, CA - Raven Theatre
  • 10/07 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (with Don Henley)
  • 10/09 - Inglewood, CA - Forum (with Don Henley)
  • 10/11 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center
  • 10/13 - Denver, CO - Bellco Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 10/15 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie (with Don Henley)
  • 10/17 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (with Don Henley)
  • 10/18 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (with Don Henley)
  • 11/02 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 11/03 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 11/05 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall (with Don Henley)
  • 11/07 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 11/08 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre (with Don Henley)
  • 11/10 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (with Don Henley)
  • 11/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy Of Music (with Don Henley)
  • 11/18 - Berkeley, CA - Freight and Salvage
  • 11/19 - Berkeley, CA - Freight and Salvage
  • 11/20 - Napa, CA - City Winery
  • 01/16 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
  • 01/17 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
  • 01/29 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
  • 01/31 - Miami, FL - Cayamo Cruise - A Journey Through Song