In the more-than-two-decades since Shawn Colvin made her major label debut with Steady On (1989), she's become one of the most widely known and respected singer-songwriters in the realm of singer-songwriter-dom. This was in no small part due to the commercial success of her song "Sunny Came Home," but Colvin has backed up that buzz with a number of albums of honest, raw, and no-holds-barred story songs. In a sweet, unassuming voice she sings about all of life's hardest things - the fear, shame, and heartbreak with which everyone grapples to some extent.
In her memoir, Diamond in the Rough (named for the first song she ever wrote), she delves even deeper into the true stories of what has driven her life and music all these years. It's not an easy story, but Colvin tells it with the same sweet honesty and good humor which makes her songs so easy to swallow. Check out my full review here.
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