Shawn Colvin stopped the industry in its tracks with her arresting 1989 debut, Steady On. The following spring, Colvin took home the GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, establishing herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. In the ensuing 30 years, Colvin has won three GRAMMY Awards, released thirteen superlative albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, 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.
Colvin triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for the Top 10 hit “Sunny Came Home,” from the platinum-selling album A Few Small Repairs.
Her inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in by Harper Collins in 2012. Diamond In The Roughlooks back over Colvin’s rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor. Through its pages we witness the story of a woman honing her artistry, finding her voice, and making herself whole.
Shawn Colvin was recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association. Presenting her with this prestigious award was Bonnie Raitt.
KT Tunstall made her mark on the music scene in 2004 with her multi-platinum debut album, “Eye to the Telescope.” The album featured global hits like “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See,” establishing Tunstall as a captivating performer and a songwriter skilled in balancing introspective folk and energetic rock. Tunstall describes her style as a combination of troubadour, acoustic guitar-driven emotion, and a rocker side with sharper edges.
In recent years, the Grammy-nominated Scottish musician has explored a trilogy of records, each focusing on a specific concept: soul, body, and mind. “KIN” (2016) represented the soul, “WAX” (2018) embodied the body, and the latest release, “NUT,” explores the mind.
Produced by Martin Terefe, who co-wrote her 2005 hit “Other Side of the World,” “NUT” draws inspiration from Tunstall’s love of percussive West African grooves, using them as a metaphor for the learning patterns of the mind. The album is eclectic, seamlessly blending different musical styles. The song “Canyons,” driven by a grimy, heavy rock riff, explores the canyon-like physiology of the brain. Throughout “NUT,” lyrics and sound delve into Tunstall’s personal evolution and the universal theme of how we all evolve through repeated behaviors and reactions to life experiences.