SBL Entertainment Presents
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin
1925 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75201
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 9:30 PM)
This event is all ages
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Acclaimed songwriters (and longtime friends) Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin share the stage as an intimate duo, performing material spanning their vast catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs.
Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 12 albums and has sold over 13 million records. With hits like 'Passionate Kisses' and 'He Thinks He'll Keep Her', Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October of 2012. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal. Ashes and Roses, the new album from Carpenter, was released June 12, 2012 by Zoë/Rounder. This is Carpenter's twelfth studio album and features a special duet with James Taylor on the track 'Soul Companion'.
Shawn Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, including two for the hit single 'Sunny Came Home', and has been nominated for another seven. She has released 10 albums, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures and created a remarkable canon of work. In June, Colvin released her eighth studio album, All Fall Down. Recorded in Nashville and produced by her longtime friend Buddy Miller, it features a group of stellar musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell and Jakob Dylan. The album's release coincided with the publication of Shawn's memoir, Diamond In The Rough. Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. In its pages we witness the inspiring story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.
In an era when female singer-songwriters are ever more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. As a storyteller, Colvin is both keen and warm-hearted, leavening even the toughest tales with tenderness, empathy, and a searing sense of humor. 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, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.
Combined sales of her albums total more than 2.5 million copies in the United States alone, and Colvin continues to tour nonstop throughout the year. Over the years she has shared the stage and toured with legendary artists such as Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Don Helney and Lyle Lovett. She has toured internationally throughout her career, returning to places as near as the UK and Europe and as far as Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. She was honored to have been asked to perform with David Broza and Jackson Browne in a very special sunrise concert at the base of the 2000-year-old fortress of Masada in Southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.
Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, where she lived until she was eight. A small-town childhood in the university town of Carbondale, Illinois, drew her to the guitar by the age of 10. She made her first public appearance on campus at the University of Illinois at age 15. By the late 1970s Colvin was singing in a Western Swing band in Austin, Texas—the city she now calls home. Moving to New York at the decade's end she remained in the country music field as a member of the Buddy Miller Band until she met producer, guitarist, and co-writer John Leventhal. Leventhal inspired Colvin to find her own voice as a songwriter. She began honing her skill, and was soon signed to Columbia records Her first album, Steady On won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
Colvin continued to win fans and critics with her subsequent releases, Fat City (1992) and Cover Girl (1994). In 1996, she released A Few Small Repairs (1996), which would prove to be her breakthrough. The murder-ballad "Sunny Came Home" gave Colvin a Top 10 hit and two of Grammy's biggest honors: Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Holiday Songs And Lullabies (1998), recorded while Colvin was eight and a half months pregnant with her daughter Caledonia, followed. Whole New You (2001) and Polaroids (2004). Her Nonesuch debut These Four Walls (2006) was lauded by People Magazine as "the most self-assured album of her career" and "one for the ages" by the Washington Post. The Austin-American Statesman called it "an exquisite portrait of strength and vulnerability."
Colvin's most recent release, Shawn Colvin Live (2009), was recorded during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco's famous jazz club, Yoshi's, Live includes 12 songs written or co-written by Colvin, as well as covers of songs by Robbie Robertson, Gnarls Barkley, and the Talking Heads. Shawn Colvin Live captures the beauty and intimacy of Colvin's performances, showcasing her inimitable voice and matchless guitar stylings. Praised by both critics and fans, the album was honored with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
Shawn is currently working on her next studio recording which is being produced by her longtime friend Buddy Miller. She has also written a memoir, to be published by William Morrow Harper Collins, which is a natural extension of the intimate, personal and often hilarious stories that she weaves into her live concerts. Both the album and book are slated to be released in May 2012.